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Laurel Street – The Salvation Pit

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If you pass by Via Alloro, you will notice on the side elevation of the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli, a hole accompanied by a commemorative plaque: the "salvation hole". It was 1860 and it is said that an uprising against the Bourbon troops began. Two of the rebels, Filippo Patti and Gaspare Bivona, escaped capture and took refuge in the crypt of the church, where they remained for five days. Then, at the end of their tether, they decided to escape and make a hole in the wall overlooking Via Scopari. The local women, "le scopariote", realised what was happening and having recognised them, decided to help the two compatriots by staging a series of "sciarrie" (fights) to attract the attention of the guards and make them move away from the point of the opening. This is how Patti and Bivona managed to escape.

Laurel Street – The Salvation Pit

Via Alloro, 4, 90133 Palermo PA, Italy

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