The tiny Garfagnana hilltop village of Sillico, sitting high on the edge above the larger valley towns of Pieve Fosciana and Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, has the distinction of being the home to one of the legendary brigands of the 16th century known as Il Moro. Every July, a Medieval Festival takes place in Sillico called I Banditi del Sillico al Tempo dell’ Aristo celebrating the struggle between Ludovico Ariosto, governor of Castenuovo di Garfagnana, and Il Moro.
When the area sought to distance itself from Lucca’s control and ally itself with the powerful Este family in the 16th century, Sillico was one of first villages in the area to recognize Este authority. Il Moro and his companions acted as mercenaries for the Este, but despite some legends romanticizing him as a Robin Hood figure, he and his companions were ruthless soldiers of fortune. Il Moro’s family house still stands in Sillico, and the castle at Castelnuovo di Garfagnana (now a museum) was home to Ludovico Aristo. History lives on and is celebrated every year.
We visited the village early one evening, just ahead of a storm. Looking out over the edges of the terracotta rooftops towards the Sericho Valley and the towns of Pieve Fosciana (just beyond the large terracotta roof) and Castelnuovo di Garfagnana (hidden by the curve in the valley).
The storm clouds gathering at the edge of the Sillico church – just at the edge of the deluge at dusk.
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