Let’s face it: an important party or ceremony is approaching and, during the week of preparations, you designate a day to go to the barber … Who knows whether to go on Thursday or Tuesday, but one thing is certain: Monday is impossible, everyone knows that the hairdressers are closed on the first day of the week. Why does this custom exist?
The story we are going to tell is an episode with a plot characterized by love, jealousy and death. One might think that barbershops are closed on Mondays only in the south; instead, it is the recurrence of the whole Italian boot.
We must take a leap into the past, of about three centuries: in 1700 in Florence a woman named Mariuccia died, but let’s go in order. In the summer of 1742, more specifically in June, a body was found in Via San Cristofano, near Santa Croce.
The slaughtered body belongs to a well-known prostitute in the city. This murder aroused the most disparate reactions and, as usual, the police, then known as “Birr”. The first trail is represented by the pawn shops already in vogue in the eighteenth century. According to investigators, the killer somehow wanted to get rid of objects that could have set him up.
And, just like in a Sherlock Holmes story, the Birri have an excellent intuition: the skirt of the brutally killed woman was found in a pawnshop in Florence. The dress was clearly that of Mariuccia since the whole city he knew he welcomed his customers that way. To sell the garment to the merchant is a twenty-two year old, a certain Antonio di Vittorio Giani, a barber in Via Romana.
In order to witness the execution of the boy, guilty of murder for jealousy, all the barbers of Florence they close on the following MondayJune 11, 1742. Since then, the barbers have got into the habit of keeping the salon closed on Mondays.
Remaining on the subject of facts before our eyes to which we forget to give an explanation, do you know what the trouser pocket is for?