Paraphrasing the title of a famous American movie of the sixties “Barefoot in the Park” you should enter Park Olivelli (once Parco Meier) “bareheart” to honor Teresio Olivelli whom the park and the small theatre on the other side of the road are dedicated to. He was an important figure of the resistance, a Catholic and a rebel; in the octagonal cloister, formerly called “tarocchiera” and now renovated and used for exhibitions, you can still read on a tombstone the verses of a long and moving “prayer of a love rebel” (Rebel was also a magazine he founded).

Olivelli was born in Bellagio and chose Tremezzo as his dwelling. Sensitive and poetic he died in 1994, mined in body but not in spirit in a concentration camp in Flossenburg: “lying on the plank/ I stare at the gray wall./ Outside, a summer night/ which doesn’t know me/singing it goes to the countryside/ sleep/refresh your soul and body/ hold on!


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