Under the patronage of Mark
November… Time is getting cold. It’s time for team championships. So in Italy this time there were enough teams to measure their strength in international draughts.
The place chosen for the championship is significant. And the history of the city is rich in events.
Latina is the capital of the province of Latina in the Lazio region, in central Italy. As of 2011, the city has 126,612 inhabitants and is the second-largest city of the region, after the national capital Rome. It was founded as Littoria in 1932 under the fascist administration, when the area surrounding it which had been a swamp since antiquity was drained.
Although the area was first settled by the Latins, the modern city was founded by Benito Mussolini on 30 June 1932 as Littoria, named for the fascio littorio. The city was inaugurated on 18 December of the same year. Littoria was populated with settlers coming mainly from Friuli and Veneto, who formed the so-called Venetian-Pontine community (today surviving only in some peripheral boroughs). The edifices and the monuments, mainly in rationalist style, were designed by famous architects and artists such as Marcello Piacentini, Angiolo Mazzoni and Duilio Cambellotti.
The patrons of the city are Maria Goretti and the Holy Apostle and Evangelist Mark, celebrated on April 25 and July 6.
But let’s move on to the tournament…