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  • Roccasecca Photo Gallery

    "The Ciocia"
    Start Here for a photo tour of the town of Roccasecca, which is located in the Lazio region, or select from the list below. This town is also part of the area called Ciociaria. The name Ciociaria comes from the primitive footware of its inhabitants called "ciocia". This " sandal " was put on by the Latins, that will be identified with the appellative of Ciociari in the following centuries, and from here Ciociaria; now we don't use that kind of shoe and the ciocie are only a memory of our grandparents. You can see them when you meet some folk groups of the province of Frosinone or in the historical feasts. The ciocia is an ancient kind of shoe, with a simple and primitive form, that doesn't wrap completely around the foot, because the upper part is open. The foot is anchored to the ciocia by an interlacement of leather laces, inserted in special side holes; so the foot sticks to this special "sandal," making it sure and comfortable. The origins of this particular kind of shoe are very old. A similar form, was already present among the Etruschis, the Ernicis, primitive inhabitants of this area, and between the mountainous regions of the Yugoslavia and Greece. In fact, the ciocie are the result of different transformations. By Virgilio we find the first historical quotations, in fact in the book VII, of the Eneide, he describes some warriors coming from the Ernicis mountains and of the Aniene, that brought "a rough to put on of rough leather."

    Text and Photo copyright © Danila Bracaglia.
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