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House of the Linguacciona – The Bergonzi legend

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Legend has it that in Pavia there was a washerwoman entrepreneur named Bergonzi. Once he had accumulated some wealth, he decided to build himself a house on the land he had available, in what is now Via Milazzo, partly to show the rest of the city that he had made it up the social ladder. It is not known for sure whether he had taken on debts to have it built or not; what is certain is that the washerwomen who used to go to the riverside to wash began to gossip about him. Bergonzi, who was apparently not without creativity, had a sculpture of a woman with her mouth open and her tongue out added to the front of the house in a prominent position, aimed at all those who like to gossip about people. The sculpture can still be seen today at the end of Via Milazzo.

House of the Linguacciona – The Bergonzi legend

Via Milazzo, 193, 27100 Pavia PV, Italy

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