Recanati (Macerata) October 29 - Italy's top heritage organization is collecting votes on whether it should protect two places that inspired a couple of great 19th-century poet Giacomo Leopardi's best-known poems as part of its Places of the Heart collection.
The Fondo per l'Ambiente Italiano (FAI) says that until November 30, fans of Leopardi can vote to protect the Colle dell'Infinito (Hill of Infinity) and the Piazzuola Sabato del Villaggio in the Romantic poet's Marche home village Recanati. The FAI works to preserve sites all over Italy that are deemed to be important to Italy's artistic and natural heritages.
The home where Leopardi was born in the late 18th century in Recanati is already a heritage site with a museum.
From there, visitors can follow some of his favourite walks, including the picturesque piazzuola (small piazza) and the Colle looking out over the rolling Marche landscape.
The two odes, 'L'infinito' and 'Il sabato del villaggio', are among Italy's most popular poems and are learned by generations of schoolchildren.