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Michele Pucchini
Giaccomo Pucchini
Ulderigo Tabarracci
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San Pietro extra moenia
San Pietro in Vincoli
Elvira Bonturi

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Spoleto - San Pietro extra moenia

Spoleto - San Pietro extra moenia
The site was once a (probably Roman) cemetery. A church, dedicated to St. Peter existed here already within the 5th century. This was erected by the local Bishop Achilleo, to house the chains that supposedly once had bound St. Peter. The chains are meanwhile back in Rome and can be seen in San Pietro in Vincoli.

"Extra moenia" means, that the church was outside the city walls (= extra muros).

The present church was built between the 12th and 13th centuries. It was severely damaged by the Ghibellines in 1329, but was rebuilt in the following decades. The interior was transformed at the end of the seventeenth century - and so by now is Baroque.

The facade is still in a good condition, though, due to the isolated location, it is covered with graffiti. I took many fotos - and this one caught my attention.

It is a really nice drawing - and there is a name "Ulderigo Tabarracci".

Who was Ulderigo Tabarracci?

I googled the name - and found, that a person named Ulderigo Tabarracci.

He was born in Lucca and was a close friend of the Puccini-brothers. In 1886, when he lived in Milano and was visited by Giaccomo´s later wife Elvira Bonturi.

Soon after Giaccomo´s brother Michele Pucchini left Italy and migrated to Argentinia - together with his friend Ulderigo Tabarracci. Michele found a job in Jujuy, about 1500kms northwest of Buenos Aires, but had to flee the town after a duel.

In 1891 he died of yellow fever at the age of 27. Ulderigo, whom Michele had met again in Rio, described the duel and and wrote about Michele´s death in a letter to Giaccomo in 1901. Ulderigo (nicknamed "Ghigo") lived in Petropolis near Rio at that time. He may have worked in Mexico some time before, as a book, published in Mexico in 1901, is illustrated by photographs taken by Ulderigo Tabarracci.

Sonja has particularly liked this photo

So there, then he did know someone famous and became a photographer. But he still doodled around on a old building as any average bad example of a young thoughtless person. I hope by 1900 he was suitably ashame when a vague memory of that came up.... :o(
At least this one looks somewhat amusing.
23 months ago. Edited 23 months ago.
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Well, before he and Michele left Italy, they may have taken a trip to Spoleto.

Ulderigo was probably in his twenties, just like the Pucchini-brothers. And this surely is the portait of a young man. He seems to whistle..
23 months ago.