Longobardi, a people who change history

Fibbia in argento dorato, niellato e con almandini e vetri Pavia, Musei Civici

After the end of the West Empire, Italy, under the rule of the Goths, remained the economic, cultural and religious heart of Europe. All attempts to unite the ancient Empire crashed in 568 with the arrival of an “invader” people: the Longobards. Since that moment  the history of Italy will no longer be the same.

The “long-bearded men” kick off the long period of political fragmentation of the Peninsula that lasts until the Risorgimento. But the story of this people is also the story of great economic and social challenges, relations and mediations between the Mediterranean and Northern Europe, centuries of wars and clashes, strategic alliances and cultural contamination between different populations and great personalities. An epic that saw Pavia become the capital of the Kingdom of Longobardo and southern Italy, with the Benevento Duchy, memory and heritage until more than half of the XI century of the pavilion dominated by Charlemagne in 774.

Borchia in oro decorata con gemme, Napoli, Museo Archeologico Nazionale

Over 300 works from more than 80 museums and Italian and foreign service providers are ready to unveil the great history of the Longobards. A journey through the crucial moments of the Longobard saga made even more unique by the multimedia insights accompanying the visitor on display: holograms, video and touchscreen.

Yuri Petrovski dell’Ermitage di San Pietroburgo

A great international event in three locations, the first stage of which is Pavia, which is ideally capital for one of the most original exhibitions ever made on the Longobards.

Visconteo Castle in Pavia, Italy from 1 September to 3 December 2017

Antonio Gala

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