Giggi Zanazzo

       "Io de sospiri te ne manno tanti
        Pe quante foje smoveno li venti:
        Tu me disprezzi, io me ciaccoro,
        lampena d'oro me fai morì."
These are the most famous Gigi Zanazzo's verses that resonate out of sight of the spectator in Tosca ...
Luigi Antonio Gioacchino, named Giggi, Zanazzo was born in Rome on January 31st 1860, Santa Caterina dei Funari's square, corner of Via dei Delfini. In his youth he studied accountancy.
Although the family of Venetian origin, Zanazzo was a true son of Rome. He has dedicated a large part of his short life to this city and he has considered the successor of the poetic school of Belli and the discoverer of Trilussa. Immagine Giggi ZanazzoBecause of his uncommon sense of observation he captured the detail that is hidden in everyday life.
Many of his best sonnets and plays are inspired by popular models actually lived, even if revisited.
Most of his work is dedicated to the folklife of Rome. DDue to his acute transposition of the vices, virtues, prejudices and traditions of the Roman people we have an important memory of the past as well as a huge collection of habits and customs that would otherwise be lost.
His reputation as a dialect poet soon arrived in Milan for representing masks typically Roman.
In 1887 he founded one of the best-known regional newspapers : "Il Rugantino" by which he became famous.
He worked for the theater, writing several plays, such as "Er re gobbetto" (The hunchback king) (1885),"Li Maganzesi a Roma" (1887), "L'amore in Trastevere" (Love in Trastevere) (1888). He died in Rome on 13 December 1911.
Poet, prose writer and thorough researcher, he has left us a lot of works which have been utilized by later writers to study the past life of the Roman people.




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