San Miniato also has its proverbs. More precisely, these are popular idioms, whose origin is lost in the mists of time and which have been passed down orally for generations, up to the present day. We offer three that are the best known and are linked to characteristic places of the town, but it’s not excluded that there are also others less known.
Proverbs of San Miniato:
- The first proverb refers to that particular meteorological event when, during the winter season, the clouds gather at low altitudes, enveloping our beloved Tower of Federico II, hiding it from view. Since this circumstance usually announces the arrival of rain, it is always good to follow the advice:
“When the tower puts his hat, it’s better for the citizen to take the umbrella!”
- The second is a pearl of Tuscan wisdom, used in other forms also elsewhere, in this case adapted and referred to two local churches: the church of Santissima Annunziata and the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta and San Genesio. The message it contains is rich of meaning and can be summed up with the concept that it’s not the poor who must help the rich, if anything, the opposite. As obvious, this does not always happen so it’s good to always remember:
“The Nunziatina does not charity to the cathedral!”
- Finally, the third is a proverb that refers to the particular feature of a small frescoed Chapel located on Via Angelica, located below the Church of San Domenico, without windows to allow light to enter in the chapel, and for this reason when you want to make the idea of darkness you say: