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The Dialect

August 13, 2012

The Dialect

Dumela E Desh (2010)

Month (English)

Mese (Italian)



Detti Fellicarolesi

January Gennaio Jnaar Longa l’ e’ la salgada, kurta l’ e’ la via djiig la vostra   e me’ ev’ degg la mia!
February Febbraio Febraar I pampoiul I van been pra’ acender e’ foog.
March Marzo Marz Marz Marzott, long el de’ cpma la nott!
April Aprile Avril Foia Verda, Un Ov Per Pashqua!
May Maggio Majj Chi e’ ga’ un buun chiok el le tegna per Majj.
June Giugno Jogn Chi l’ bell e’ d’ venta brutt; chi l’ e’ brutt, l’ avanza   akshe’.
July Luglio Loi Quand e piov en seka gneent, e quaik beshker es bagne   simper.
August Agosto Agost Ed manjhaa en es fnesha mai, se la boaca lan’ sa d’   furmai.
September Settembre Setember Toch I cann I scosen la cua e tocj cuiun I dishen la sua.
October Ottobre Utober Cun el temp e cun la paia, e’ Madura ank el neshpull.
November Novembre Nuvember La vcjaia la veen cun nuvantanov mancameent e la gocha a el naas che I faan chent!
December Dicembre Dicember Santa Bibiana, quaranta de’ e na shtmana! Santa Bibianella   la frega su surela!

The Houses

August 13, 2012

The Houses

Casa del Campo (Ca’d Truvel)

Casa del Campo was the name of the home of Clemente and Agnese Monari and their children, Angelo, Candina, and Ivo. It eventually became better known as Ca’d Truvel, which was Clement’s nickname. A truvel was the name in the dialect of Fellicarolo for a leather punch, a tool used by a shoemaker. Because Clemente was a shoemaker by trade, he got the nickname Truvel.

Casa del Campo: The home of Clemente and Agnese (Pasquali) Monari. Also known as Ca’d Truvel.

Photo 14: Casa del Campo, Now Two-Story

The House August Pasquali Built for His Mother, Maria Pasquali (Begoni)

Casa Norra (Ca’d Norra)

Casa Norra: The home of Andrea and Cristina (Monterastelli) Giambi

La Cantina di Casa Norra

Il Ballestro

Casa Baroni (Ca di Barun)

Il Possione

Il Poggio


Il Poggio

Photo 18: Il Poggio


La Gagnana

La Vecchiella

Il Serreto

Fellicarolo near Serreto. Monte Cimone is in the fog.


Il Serreto

Getting to Fellicarolo

August 13, 2012

Getting to Fellicarolo

As my cousin, Patrizio Corsini, replied when I asked him for a good way to get to Fellicarolo, “There is no good way to get to Fellicarolo.” He was right. The only way to get there is by car on a windy road, but it is a beautiful drive.

Map 1: Map of Italy shows where Fellicarolo is with respect to other cities and towns. Fellicarolo is not shown on most maps. It is shown here even though smaller towns or villages do not appear so you can see its location.

Map 1: Map of Italy

Of course, in this day and age you can enter “Fellicarolo” in a GPS and it’s not a problem, but it’s always good to have a sanity check when using GPS. If you are using roadmaps look for the town of Fanano first.

Fellicarolo is just over 5 kilometers from away from Fanano. Map 2: The Region Around Fellicarolo shows Fellicarolo and its proximity to Fanano. North east of Fellicarolo is Fanano and Ospitale is South East. South is Tuscany, west is Fiumalbo, and north is Canevare.

Map 2: The Region Around Fellicarolo


Photo 1: The Road to Fanano

The Road

The Bridge

Photo 2: Il Ponte (The Bridge)

Fellicarolo, the Village

The village of Fellicarolo belongs to the municipality of Fanano, in the province of Modena, region Emilia-Romagna. Fellicarolo is 5.02 kilometers from the town of Fanano.

Map 3: Fellicarolo’s Roads

The Piazza


La Rodinara

Photo 3: La Rondinara’s Sign

The Churches

Photo 4: La Chiessa (The Church)

The Cemetery

Photo 5: The Wall of the Cemetery


From the piazza, to get to the waterfall, take the road to the right through town and follow the signs.

Photo 6: The Way to the Waterfall

Photo 7: Doccione (The Waterfall)

Photo 8: Doccione in the Fall

Monte Cimone

Photo 9: Monte Cimone

Photo 10: Monte Cimone in the Distance

Fellicarolo: The Families

August 13, 2012

The Families

All of the information in this section that has consists of dates prior to 1850 is from a book entitled, “Fanano Fra Storia e Poesia, N. 19”, published in 2009. I cannot verify the accuracy of the information.

After people began to settle there, the population of Fellicarolo grew slowly and fairly steadily until it reached an apex around 1900, exceeding 1,000 people. Since then its population has been in decline. In the early 1900s, a great immigration began, particularly to North America and to France. After World War II, another great immigration took place, causing further declines in its population. See Table 1: Population of Fellicarolo by Year.

Table 1: Population of Fellicarolo by Year[1]



















The surnames of the inhabitants of Fellicarolo began forming belatedly towards the middle of the 16th century.


Table 2: All Time Most Common Surnames in Fellicarolo shows the most common surnames in Fellicarolo throughout its history. By far the most common surname is Corsini.

Table 2: All Time Most Common Surnames in Fellicarolo













































































The root of this surname[2] is the name “Bello” and various alternatives coming from the adjective “beautiful.” The Bellettini family is one of the oldest families of Fanano, appearing in the 1400s and spreading to nearby towns of Fellicarolo, Ospitale and Canevare.

Orlando was the first of the Bellettinis of Fellicarolo. His sons Biagio and Giuliano filled the branch of the family in Fellicarolo, while his other son Pellegrino moved to Ospitale about 1630, circulating the last name “Bellettini” in Val di Lamola.



The surname Corsini[3] comes from the medieval names Corso, Corsetto, and Corsino. Within the regions of Fanano, during 1337, records show a Corsino di Cecchino and a Corsino di Francesco. The name was disseminated throughout all Italy, with the highest frequency in Tuscany and Emilia Romagna.

The branch of Corsini family from the area around Fellicarolo were not nobles; documents have not indicated any ties to the noble Corsini families of antique Florence, from which came Lorenzo dei Corsini, elected Pope in 1730 with the name Clemente XII.

The priest Odoardo Corsini (1702-1765) was by far the most famous of this family Corsini. He was born October 4, 1702 at La Borra in Fellicarolo and was baptized the same day at the church of Saint Peter in Fellicarolo.

In nearby Canevare, Paolo Corsini was born August 19, 1787. He constructed the clock in the public square in Fanano. He later moved to Pistoia where he started a clock maker’s workshop. There he reconstructed the clock in the government building (palazzo comunale) of Pistoia, the clocks in the hospital, as well as the one in the Church of the Holy Spirit (Spirito Santo). He was the inventor of many ingenious machines.

Also born in Canevare were the brothers Innocenzo and Michele Angelo Corsini. The two were sculptors in wood. They were master craftsmen who made many fine works for many fine works for many of the churches in the mountains of Modena, including the church of Fellicarolo.

The family Corsini, though not of noble origin, must be regarded as one of the most important families of the Fanano region due to their many artistic and ingenious contributions.


Francisco and Domenico Giambi migrated from nearby Fiumalbo to Canevare during the first half of the 18th century. Francisco Giambi of Fiumalbo married Francesca Nicoletti of Fanano on September 18, 1732 and settle in Canevare. His brother Domenico married Maria Giovanna Guidarini of Canevare on September 16, 1734. The Giambis of Canevare came from these two families, and at the end of the 1700s, the Giambi family had spread to nearby Fellicarolo.

The Family of Andrea and Cristina Giambi (1938): Front – Remo, Cristina, Andrea, Elia. Back – Giselda, Giovanni, Pompeo, Dionigi, Lino, Maria, Natalina.


The Guidarinis were said to have come from Pistoia to Fellicarolo. The family Guidarini[4] is surely one of the oldest families of Fellicarolo, arriving in the early 1500s, and in greater numbers in the 1600s indirectly from Fanano.

In  1575, the church was enlarged due to the contributions from the families in the area. Among the list of donating families, the Guidarinis had a major representation.

Among the religious of note, don Virgilio Guidarini was the second rector of the church of Fellicarolo from 1693 to 1725, and the first native from Fellicarolo to be its pastor.


The surname Lancellotti[5] is found dispersed throughout the Italian peninsula, and has its base in the name Lancelloto, or Lancillotto, Lanciatoctus, “Dominus Lanzalottus .. .”. It represents the name of one of the Knights of the Round Table, Sir Lancelot, known as the lover of King Arthur’s wife, Queen Guinevere.

Giovanni Belletini, nicknamed “Salvatico” had three sons: Belletino, Giovanni Antonio, and Lancellotto. The last one is where his descendents got their surname. The prototype Lancellotti surname came from Giovanni Bellettini, said to be Salvatico, married Veronica, daughter of Francesco di Paro (Parri) on June 17, 1590 in the Church of Fellicarolo.


The Monari Crest (Designed by Guglielmo Lardi)

Monari[6] is a variant of the surname Molinari, derived from the trade of miller; owner or manager of a mill.” The surname Monari originated from its use in Emilia Romagna, but also from other northern regions in Italy.

The family Monari came from the village of Roncoscaglia, which is in the municipality of Sestola, to Fellicarolo about the mid 1500s. Battista of Roncoscaglia of Sestola is the founder and he worked as a miller and was the tenant of Battista Ottonelli. His son, Bartolomeo continued in the profession of his father and is the origin of the family Monari in Fellicarolo.

Bartolomeo Monari was the pastor of Fellicarolo from 1736 to 1743. Don Giovanni Battista Monari, born in Fellicarolo on June 14, 1747 also pastored at Fellicarolo. Near the end of the 1700s, Giovanni Monari with his wife Domenica Grandi of Fellicarolo, moved to Fanano. Their son Pietro, born January 22, 1794 in Fellicarolo, married Luigia Rinaldi from Fanano and continued the growth of the family in Fanano.

Many in the Monari family distinguished themselves in studies, graduating in medicine and the law, becoming important contributors to the community of Fanano.

Clemente and Agnese (Pasquali) Monari

The children of Clemente and Agnese Monari: Candina, Ivo, and Angelo (1923)


This surname, Monterastelli[7], is derived from the name Monterastello, village of Verica di Pavulo from which the founder Bartolomeo moved to Ospitale in the first half of the 1500s. Pellegrino Monterastelli of Ospitale later married Caterina Zanarini in June 26, 1710, and then moved to Fellicarolo. From this founder, proceeded the original Monterastellis of Fellicarolo. Subsequently, branches of this family moved from Ospitale to Fellicarolo as well.

The Family of Guissepe and Giovanna Monterastell (circa 1908): Atillio, Ermelina; Back: Cristina, Cisira, and ,,,; midle: Giovanna and Guiseppe; Front: Marianna and SDD.



The surname Pasquali[8] is another form of the surname Pasquale, which comes from the Latin Christian word Pasqualis, meaning born of Easter (nato di Pasqua). The implication is born out of Christ’s resurrection.

The genealogy of this family originated from Giovanni di Fellicarolo, born around 1500. The name likely became a surname from his son’s first name, Pasquale. Pasquale had three sons: Pietro, Domenico, and Giovanni, from whom the Pasquali family tree has grown.

One branch of this family came to live in Fanano in early 1700. They put light in the medical profession???????

In 1800, a portion of the family settled at Ospitale, and another portion settled at Madonna dell `Acero di Lizzano in Belvedere.

The pasquali Family in Coalgate, Oklahoma (1922)


The family Pellegrini[9] came to live in Fellicarolo from Trentino of Fanano.

Giovanni Galasso of Giuseppe, after marrying Antonia Monari in 1823, settled in Fellicarolo near Chiesa Vecchia (the Old Church). Giovanni was a shoemake, a profession he passed on to his sons as well. Of note, don Giuseppe Pellegrini, born in Fellicarolo on October 3, 1900 pastored at Vesale, castelnuovo Rangone and Vignola till 1943.


Battista son of Domenico detto Tosco lived in Montecreto and married Domenica Orsini of Fellicarolo, July 14, 1652. Tosci is a variant of the lastname Toscano, found frequently in Emiloa Romagna, meaning inhabitant oriundo of Tuscany.

[1] Fanano Fra Storia e Poesia, N. 19, 2009, page 48.

[2] Fanano Fra Storia e Poesia, N. 19, 2009, page 50.

[3] Fanano Fra Storia e Poesia, N. 19, 2009, page 53.

[4] Fanano Fra Storia e Poesia, N. 19, 2009, page 55.

[5] Fanano Fra Storia e Poesia, N. 19, 2009, page 56.

[6] Fanano Fra Storia e Poesia, N. 19, 2009, page 57.

[7] Fanano Fra Storia e Poesia, N. 19, 2009, page 57.

[8] Fanano Fra Storia e Poesia, N. 19, 2009, page 61.

[9] Fanano Fra Storia e Poesia, N. 19, 2009, page 61.