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Capicchioni and Fracassi

Before joining the Kingdom of Italy between 1859 and 1861, the regions of Emilia-Romagna, The Marches and Umbria had shared a long history as some of the oppressed Papal States. Romagna, however, led a fairly separate existence from its big sister, Emilia, until they were united in 1947.

While the main cities and towns of the adjoining regions (Bologna, Perugia, Fermo, Ancona and Ascoli Piceno) had seen their share of excellent violin making during the 18th and 19th centuries, the craft failed to develop in Romagna until the early 1930s, when Marino Capicchioni and Arturo Fracassi began making their mark.

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