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'little caps'

Tiny biscuits (singular tapín) made in Oleggio during carnival, who are linked to the story of the 14th-century Duke Barnabò Visconti, who built an enormous kennel in the town for his 5000 dogs. If the dogs were small or weak, however, he sent them to around to his subjects and ordered them to care for them, and summoned them all in for an inspection every two weeks, and if a dog still looked small or sickly the duke would confiscate their property or throw them in prison. One brave peasant attempted to kill the tyrant with a poison tapín, only he was caught and executed, but is remembered as one of Oleggio's carnival masks.



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