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Terra Madre would hardly be more diverse if all the personalities in the history of Italian food were milling around in there as well; if one could spot a medieval spice merchant chatting with a First World War POW, a papal chef comparing notes with a lazzaro, and a humanist scholar listening intently to a ragged transatlantic migrant.
Any porter pausing to catch his breath, or any fisherman sitting out a contrary wind could be mistaken for an exemplar of the famous lazzaro by the incurious traveler.
Italy, San lazzaro di savena last visit Jul 12 2009 1 friends
Most visitors assumed that lazzaro was merely another word for a member of the city’s barefoot underclass, numbering as many as 40,000.