Franciscan friars’ library

In 1749, Monsignor Gaetano Calvani retired to the convent of the Franciscan Friars of Rocca San Casciano, taking with him his “splendid library, rich in sacred, ecclesiastical and historical works”.

Before his death, he donated his collection to the friars who had welcomed him, and thus the Franciscan Library was born. The donation was undoubtedly well received, so much so that the books were placed on twelve precious cherry wood shelves, which are still in place today. The good relationship between Calvani and the friars is also evidenced by the carved wooden coat of arms, which is still in the library today.

the coat of arms of the former and that of the latter. Today the library contains about 3000 volumes, of which the following are of particular historical importance: the Cinquecento, “Le Rime del Petrarca” by Salvadorini, written between 1513 and 1526, and “Storia del Terremoto avvenuto a Rocca S. Casciano nel 1661” (” History of the Earthquake that occurred in Rocca S. Casciano in 1661″)  by M. Di Castro, printed in Faenza in 1664. Finally, in the rooms of the library there is the flag donated by the people of Livorno to the people of Rocca San Casciano following the election of Francesco Domenico Guerrazzi as deputy of the College of Rocca San Casciano in 1860.

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