This itinerary takes visitors to discover the places of Padre Lino Maupas (1866 – 1924).
In 2017, on the 2200th anniversary of the Parma foundation, the association Amici di Padre Lino with the Municipality of Parma, have placed along the streets of the town 11 street signs to mark the places that were crucial for the activity of Padre Lino in the first quarter of the 20th century. These signs are bas reliefs of thirty centimeters of diameter, made in bronze by the Fonderia Caggiati of Colorno, a work by Irene Venturini.
1 – Church of SS. Annunziata – Via D’Azeglio 8
The ancient Capitulary hall presents a historical itinerary along the life of Padre Lino
2 – Convent of SS. Annunziata – Strada Imbriani, 4
This is where Padre Lino lived since 1893. At the first floor of the convent there’s his room with original furniture and remains. Beside the convent, the Canteen of Padre Lino is been offering food and comfort to the less fortunate ones, carrying on the charity action started out by the franciscan friar over a century ago
3 – Monument to Padre Lino – Piazzale Inzani
A work by Jucci Ugolotti inaugurated in the February of 1998 representing Padre Lino walking among the alleys of the Oltretorrente district, with his arms carrying bread for the poors
4 – Old hospital – Via D’Azeglio, 45
Founded in 1201 and open until 1926, was the set of the diligent assistance activity of Padre Lino along its aisles. The building now hosts the National Archive of Parma and other cultural institutions
5 – Oratory of Santa Maria delle Grazie – Borgo delle Grazie
Beside the small church, there was a building no longer existing, that was the office of the Camera del Lavoro of Parma where many popular riots took place and led to numerous arrests. Padre Lino was a witness at the court trial – that took place in Lucca – in favour of the unionists, who were eventually discharged
6 – Ponte di Mezzo – formerly Chapel of San Giovanni Nepomuceno
In the middle of the bridge there was a little chapel with the statue of the Saint from Prague, tossed in the river during the riots in 1914, and lately destroyed. On that occasion, Padre Lino intervened in different spots in town to calm people down and prevented them to burn the church of Annunziata and Cappuccini on fire
7- Borgo Sant’Anna
In August 1922 Parma, the only city in Italy, opposed fascism by erecting barricades and resisted seven days against the Black shirts of Italo Balbo. Here there was one of the trenches that divided the “Arditi” of the population from the fascist squads. Witnesses remember that the only person who could cross the barricade to reach the jail was Padre Lino, at whose passage weapons kept silent
8 – Prison of San Francesco – Piazzale San Francesco
In the old convent of San Francesco del Prato, since the times of Napoleon there was the local prison, where Padre Lino had been Chaplain since the year 1900 until his death. He was so much welcomed by the inmates that they wanted to build themselves his coffin and accompany the hearse, on the square in front of the prison. Even though they realized they were outdoor, they silently got back to their cells. To remember the friar, the inmates wanted a monumental plaque, a work by Luigi Froni, that still exists. The building is no longer a prison but it’s property of the University of Parma. It’s not possible to visit the monument to Padre Lino
9 – Charterhouse of Parma – Via Mantova, 123
The ancient complex of the Certosa had hosted, in the first half of the 20th century, the reformatory Casa di rieducazione Raffaele Lambruschini of which Padre Lino had been chaplain from 1910 to 1924. Appreciated by the young students, who committed major crimes, he helped them finding place back to the normal life. A bust by Pietro Camerini remembers his activity there
10 – Remembrance plaque at the Barilla pasta factory – corner between Viale Barilla and Via Dell’Arpa
At 7pm on May 14, 1924 Padre Lino died at the reception of the Barilla factory, where he went to talk to his friend Riccardo Barilla, asking him to hire a former inmate. In that spot, Riccardo wanted a plaque to remember him. The memorial is no longer there due to the urban transformation of the area, now it’s on the side of the first building of that street.
11 – Monumental cemetery of the Villetta, Padre Lino’s grave – Viale Villetta, 31
On the second arch on the right hand, there is the grave with the remains of Padre Lino and the statue made by Guglielmo Cacciani, wanted by Riccardo Barilla. The dialect poet Renzo Pezzani has set one of the most touching poems in front of this grave. In the North-West area of the cemetery there is the Cloister of Padre Lino, built in 1947, with a copy of his statue and quotes from the Cantico di Frate Sole of San Francesco d’Assisi.