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Ludovica, at 13 years wins the Francigena literary prize

Ludovica Zenti, Florentine of 13 years in Pontremoli wins with her story: "The tree of the Great White Road"

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The prize for the "under 25" section of "was awarded yesterday in Pontremoli:"Meanwhile, I am leaving. Stories and words on the way”, The literary competition to talk about the journey along the Via Francigena and the paths.

First place: "The tree of the great white road"By Ludovica Zenti, Florentine, of only 13 years. The story wins because of its ability to link physical nature to the nature of the soul and because it succeeds very well in linking the past to the present emphasizing the transforming power of spiritual and physical journeys. It is an original point of view, that of a secular tree, a large oak tree, which takes the reader to reflect on time passing and human relations.

In second place: "The most beautiful journey of my life"By Giada Occhipinti for the ability to tell the intimate meaning of the journey by linking it to family traditions, literature and history. It is a message of wisdom that finds its expression in literary quotations and in the experience of a grandfather who transmits to the niece the truest values ​​and reflections on the journey as a metaphor for life.

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The third step of the podium goes to: "Now is a good morning”By Giuli Frullini for his ability to demonstrate the transformative power of travel. It is a look at the experience of the journey with nostalgia and gratitude for what it transmits and gives in relationships with others, with one's parents and with oneself. A journey that brings us back down to earth and that should teach us to continue the journey even in everyday life.

Special Mentions for: "The way of hope"By Rosa Piccolo," Risorgo as the sun in the aftermath "by Isabella Cerasuolo," Step by step "by Alessia Delre," Why do you walk? Listen to your heart "by Massimo Casale," The journey of Hélène, a medieval woman along the Via Francigena "by Silvia Colligiani," The mortal journey "by Yassmine Mourabiti," A strange afternoon "by Letizia Grasso," Let yourself be carried by the wind ”By Niccolò Paolino.

The awarding of the "budding writers" was held at the Ospitale San Lorenzo martyr (ex convent of the Capuchins) within the event: "A village to browse" in the presence of the Mayor of the Municipality of Pontremoli, Lucia Baracchini, Massimo Tedeschi , president of AEVF, of Luca Betti, publisher and creator of the award, and Valentina Zinzula, ranked first in the 2019 edition of the “over 25” category award.

In the jury, in addition to the editor, Silvia Iuliano of AEVF and Selin Sanli, journalist of the foreign press.

"Joy, satisfaction and amazement for the literature award" Inanto parto. Stories and words on the road ”, proposed and organized by the editor" friend "of the Betti journey and who saw, among the under 25, a significant example of what the youngest want and can do - declared the Mayor of Pontremoli Lucia Baracchini - a fine example of boys, beautiful people, who have been able to bring their sensitivity, gentleness and depth to Pontremoli! Thanks to them today we can look to the future with their eyes and their hearts! ".

The book that brings together the best 10 stories was presented and the winner received an iron sculpture representing a sandal made by the craftsman Fabio Zacchei.

This is the first edition of this section of the prize dedicated to young people, probably more linked to the "stories" on social media than to the real stories, used to communicate in 160 characters, but with so much to tell and share.

It is a new approach to travel that we are witnessing, where more and more new narrative canons are being defined for a need that is transversal to all generations and that is enriched in the interweaving of different languages ​​and channels, without losing its power.

"The" village of books "has opened its heart to us. The idea of ​​the wayfarer's library inaugurated yesterday, where we left our books on the Via Francigena, is perfectly combined with our literary prize. And it was great to see young, indeed very young, faces pick up the prize - said the publisher Luca Betti - we need to read in Italy, and these very young people do not only do it, they write. An antidote against the rampant ignorance of this historical moment. "

The award is organized by the Betti Publishing House in collaboration with the European Association of Vie Francigene (AEVF) and the Tuscany Region and was created with the contribution of the municipalities leading the Via Francigena in Tuscany (Pontremoli, Lucca, Fucecchio, Siena), representing all and 39 the Municipalities. Among the collaborations we note that with the Italian Cultural Institute in Krakow, with Lions Clubs and with local associations and organizations, including the Tuscany Association of Vie Francigene. Media partner: “Radio Francigena. The voice of the paths "; technical sponsor: the Fagnani di Montalcino winery.


Born in the 1992 with the aim of enhancing and promoting the Sienese culture, over the years it has been able to grow and diversify its offer both as themes and for literary genres and presenting itself today as a publishing house linked to its territory, but with an eye to the 'external. A balance between past and future, where respect for history and traditions coexist with curiosity for novelty and innovation ".


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