Tucked in the Tuscan Apennines on the border between Umbria and Emilia Romagna there is a small village known for its stories. That village is Pieve Santo Stefano, otherwise known as the City of Diaries. The town has about 3,000 inhabitants but here about 8,500 lives have been captured on pen and paper in the diaries, memoirs and letters that are preserved at the National Diary Archive, founded in 1984, based on an idea by Saverio Tutino, well-known journalist and writer. It contains the stories of the “common people” of Italy, including professional writers, non-writers, young people, the elderly, women, soldiers and lovers. Among the pages of the diaries, you can find a history of Italy from the last two hundred years, told through stories that are both intimate and collective at times. Private pages that give you the truest portrait of the Italian soul. Pages of popular autobiographical memories that you can explore thanks to the Little Diary Museum.
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