The plague in Turin

During the plague of 1630, the one made famous by the Promessi Sposi, the Ducal family and nobles had left the city to save themselves. The mayor Gian Francesco Bellezia and Gianfrancesco Fiochetto, a court physician, together with the friars and priests of the various religious Orders, remained to guarantee the authority and help the infected. An opening was made on the façade of S. Domenico to allow people to attend the services without entering the church and reducing the risk of contagion.

The treaty on the plague of the physician Fiochetto contained sanitary and far-sighted hygienic indications, which were used in case of pestilence also in the following centuries.

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