Posted by: anzianoandsorellawillie | April 28, 2013

Miracles in Mesagne 2

This blog will highlight our meeting with one of my  living, direct relatives, Adalgisa Pasimeni, daughter of Antonio Pasimeni, who was the brother of Luigi Pasimeni, who was my father’s (Tom Pasimeni) father. But before we go there, here is a bit of history of Mesagne. See below the display of pictures.

Today, Mesagne has a population of 28,000 people and is located on a fertile, raised plain, near Brindisi. It is rich in history and artistic inheritance. Its strategic position along Via Appia, the great Roman road that went from Roma to Brindisi, was key to its successful historical development. The town’s first settlers, the Iapigi, arrived in the second half of the Iron Age (8th-7th century BC). The second group of settlers influence is still detected in various archaeological sites in the town and nearby countryside. They were the Messapi.

We have found Pasimenis’ dating back to the early 1500’s, the medieval period. Prior to this time, Mesagne was caught between the Eastern and Western empires, the Byzantines and the Barbarians.

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