Ceprano and Liri: when geography makes history

Water is life for man and all the ancient towns built by man were born on the shores of some lake or river. But in the past the river was also a barrier to overcome and so the story of the centres of civilization are also modelled on rivers: this is the story of

Serrone Dreaming: paragliding near Rome

Monte Scalambra today, with Serrone resting across its slopes, is the centre of paragliding near Rome. The mountain was for many centuries the natural protector of Rome due to its incredible view stretching from the Eternal City to the valleys to the south. Today, the experience of free flight, paragliding and hang-gliding, brings extreme sportspeople to

Discover Small museums: in Serrone Museum of Theatrical Costume

The museum of theatrical costume in the old town of Serrone is a small treasure-trove where the visitor can let imagination go free and ‘tread the boards’ identifying with the world of this or that character. Become a dancer, an eighteenth century Count, a nineteenth century gentleman or wear clothes straight out of a

A treasure-trove of traditional poetry in Artena

A life given to traditional ageless poetry with alternate rhyme and to international poetry contests, 5 books penned, and a boundless love for Artena: this is Ezio Bruni – a man filled with poems in song. First things first: What is a poem in heroic verse with alternating rhyme? What are the poetry contests? The poems

Museum of the world’s most interesting barber in Isola del Liri

Right in the center of Isola del Liri, in front of the imposing waterfall, in a late Neapolitan Baroque tenement you can find something unexpected: the world’s most interesting barber! I do not know if Marco Sardellitti is the best barber in the world or not, but he certainly is the most original and the

Talk to your pet on January 17, Feast day of Saint Anthony!

Blessing the Animals is one of the most engaging religious events in the calendar and takes place on January 17, the day of the death of Saint Anthony, one of the most interesting figures of the Catholic, Orthodox and Lutheran Churches. Suddenly the churches are full of pets meowing, barking and squawking, and in the

Last Tango in Palace

Astor Piazzola, Marcantonio Colonna Palace, Paliano, Chamber Orchestra of Frosinone – what do they have in common? Tango in palace for our pleasure. Is it not a paradox that essentially sensuous music from the 20th century should vibrate the thick stone walls of a monument of renaissance or even earlier medieval architecture. Yet this is

Which witch is the Befana Witch?

What is it that attracts mothers in Italy to the spirit of the Christmas witch, the Befana witch? Why is it that so many mothers wrap themselves in a black shawl and, cackling at their offspring, present an image of an old hag, one whose femininity has been lost or destroyed by the ravages of

The origins of the Befana: a festival dedicated to nature

All parts of the cycle of nature and also the feast of January 6 were created to celebrate an important moment in the life of the plants. Although today we see only the Three Wise Men or Befana, it all begins many years before and is linked to the winter solstice. Winter is the time

Bagpipes at Caetani Castle in Trevi nel Lazio

My afternoon tour, with Giancarlo Flavi, on the second last day of the year, had us heading into the Simbruini mountains and the Regional Park, up from the Cesanese vineyards of Piglio, through the high plains of Arcinazzo to hear Scottish Bagpipes in Trevi nel Lazio, a Ciociarian town sitting at 820 metres in