Genova noir

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The city of crime


The office of “Supremi Sindicatori” (political representatives) was maybe the most powerful among the Genoese magistracies. It was responsible for judging the work of all the other magistrates of the Republic, including the Doge.  On a wall there is still the letterbox where anyone could send anonymous complaints or reports to this office. The texts of the delivered cards were sometimes in rhyme and often in dialect. Those texts were not so much about the identity of spies or traitors, but mainly about the aristocrats’ abuse of the commoners or the city’s economic policy. This letterbox soon became known as the ‘buchetta del mugugno’ (the ‘small grumbling hole’).

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