Monday, October 26, 2020

Where you could buy live lice in Florence, 50 years ago.


According to what I heard from the people who remember these things, I think I was able to locate where you could buy live lice in Florence to swallow to cure your jaundice. A typical holobiont thing to do. 

The old lady who sold these lice lived - I believe - in the house with the small arched door of this street called "Via Camaldoli." She was called "La Pidocchina," that is, "the little lady louse."

I didn't try to ring the bell to ask if someone in there still sold live lice. But, who knows?


  1. Now that's very strange, I noticed that La Pidocchina sound similar to păduche in Romanian which comes from Latin peduculus. which means lice I looked further and it seems pidocchi can also mean lice in Italian is there a posibility that actually Piddocchina means rather something related to lice?



Ugo Bardi is a member of the Club of Rome, faculty member of the University of Florence, and the author of "Extracted" (Chelsea Green 2014), "The Seneca Effect" (Springer 2017), and Before the Collapse (Springer 2019)