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Location: Near Rab      by: Alvise Bonaldo
Area: Croatia      Date: 20.8.2019
Assirtidi è il nome dato da Plinio il Vecchio alle isole del Golfo del Quarnaro, fra l'Istria e la costa croata. Terra storicamente italiana: l'Istria appartenne alla X Regio augustea, e poi allo Stato da Mar della Serenissima assieme alle isole quarnerine e a tutta la costa dalmata fino a Durazzo, Corfù e oltre. Leoni alati di pietra e alcuni relitti linguistici sopravvivono qua e là sulle isole e la costa. Celebri i versi di Dante, che afferma: "sì com' a Pola, presso del Carnaro,
ch'Italia chiude e suoi termini bagna».
Poi ci sono state le guerre, le orribili guerre. Tra la Prima e la Seconda l'Italia ha rivendicato queste terre e per un breve periodo ne ha di nuovo tenuto il possesso. Altri tempi, che non possiamo pensare di giudicare con le categorie mentali di oggi. In ogni caso la storia recente del Novecento ha deciso altrimenti, vi sono state tragedie da entrambe le parti (forse, un po' più dalle parti degli esuli istriano-dalmati).
E' però ormai passato molto tempo. Nessun rimpianto, ma un po' di nostalgia sì, per queste bellissime isole galleggianti su un mare color zaffiro.

Assirtidi is the name given by Plinio il Vecchio to the islands of the Kvarner Bay, between Istria and the Croatian coast. This is an historical Italian land: Istria belonged to the Augustean X Regio Venetia et Histria, and then to the Venetian Stato da Mar together with the Kvarner islands and the entire Dalmatian coast down to Durres, Corfu and beyond. Stone lions on the walls and some "fossil" language survive here and there in the islands and the coast. Dante says: "yes as in Pola, near Carnaro,
which closes Italy and wets its borders. "
Then there were the wars, the horrible wars. Between WWI and WWII Italy claimed these lands, and for a short time it helded possession again. Old times, that we aren't able to understand with nowadays mental categories. In any case, the recent history of the twentieth century decided otherwise. There have been tragedies on both sides (perhaps, a little more on the side of the Istrian-Dalmatian exiles).
However, a long time has passed. No regrets, but a bit of nostalgia, for these beautiful islands floating on a sapphire-colored sea.

Comments

An excellent panorama from this impressive coastline, Alvise !!!

Thanks also for the detailed and very interesting description of the history, which reminds me of a long conversation with a "real Venetian" at breakfast on 18.08.2019 in Hollókö, and who has meanwhile built up a second residence in Hungary. For a long time we talked about the rise and fall of Venice. A conversation that remains in my memory and that has caused me to continue researching the history of Venice and Italy ... exciting indeed!!!

My next panorama will be from Hollókö, the place of this conversation about the Venetian Empire ;-) ...

Un caro saluto a te, Hans-Jörg
2019/09/21 10:37 , Hans-Jörg Bäuerle
Highly attractive. Cheers, Martin
2019/10/07 20:48 , Martin Kraus

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