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Our favorite engineer Chiara Rossi together with Elettra Casali presented the fairy tale “The magic of Nece” written by Chiara and her daughter and illustrated by Elettra.
The fairy tale with its main character Nevino and the Biancofiore horse tells the story of the Rocca Priora snow industry seen through the eyes of a little girl. Rocca Priora is the highest municipality of the Castelli Romani and for centuries it was under the careful government of the Apostolic Chamber because it had a ‘particular production’, that of ice.
During the frequent snowfalls, the whole population was called to collect snow in deep wells where it was pressed to form ice. Then, during the winter, this was brought to Rome where it served as a delight to the Popes and for treatment in hospitals.
An afternoon of rain and wind as only Rocca Priora can give, but the room was packed with children and parents and the two authors excited the audience.
The fairy tale was read by Virginia Belli, the inspirer of everything.

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