Town squares like salons, frequented by their own residents, mindful
of the treasures on show, palaces, churches, statues, archaeological
discoveries, frescos and all that represents the history of their city.
The unimaginable fascination of small towns, the new provinces of Lodi
and Lecco, Sondrio, Varese, and Como so alike yet so different, Mantua,
Cremona and Pavia and then again Brescia and Bergamo, larger but still
on a human scale. Lastly Milan, the metropolis that contains treasures
of such entity and in such number as to impress all who look carefully.
There is a close link dating back to remote ages, not just geographical
but in culture, customs and history, which joins together the "civitates
de Longobardia" (Lombard towns). The most obvious indications of this
are the buildings that still characterise the eleven towns, recorded
with artistic and poetic sensitivity by Alfonso Modonesi's lens. Umberto
Zanetti's text enlivens and complements the story told by the pictures.