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Carpineto Romano feasts with Cardinal Aldobrandini

It is a warm midsummer night in July, the year matters not exactly, but as I recall it may be 1611. We are in Carpineto Romano, the fiefdom of the Cardinal Pietro Aldobrandini, nephew of Pope Clement VIII. His sister, Donna Olimpia Aldobrandini, has made this town the centre of…

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Party and music in Santa Chiara Murano

Last night something special happened in Murano to begin its social transformation with the opening of a meeting place for artisans, artists and tourists. The notes of a jazz band vibrated in the air and following the source you came to a joyous party in a 'mysterious place'. Through a…

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See you at Forum of Palestrina

Palestrina is an enigmatic town near Rome where literally you walk in millenial history. Recently, a part of the ancient Forum of Palestrina was reopened to refresh the city with a modern 'Forum'. It is an extremely suggestive game of historical mirrors in which perhaps you can find yourself living the same…

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Colle di Fuori: church you would not expect

Observing the view from Rocca Priora, the highest township of the Castelli Romani, you can see between two strips of land a small urban settlement dominated by an unusual church with a tall steeple that leaves us the feeling of being in an alpine landscape. But no, we are in…

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Sezze – on the edge of the Lepini

It is early April, the week of the Sagra del Carciofo (artichoke festivals) in central Italy, particularly in Lazio. On the rich soil flatlands near Latina, the temperature is an early summer 30 degrees. We are driving to Sezze which can be seen from afar strutting the escarpment of the…

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Ninfa Gardens: Medieval Kaleidoscope Park

Ninfa gardens, encompass the pristine Ninfa river that springs into the garden from the heart of the mountains, mountains on which the town of Norma is encamped. Ninfa gardens are a relatively new life form, commenced just 95 years ago by the Caetani family on their land that stretched throughout…

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Something Crazy about the artichoke

In spring in Italy we are in full artichoke season and many parts of the country are getting ready for a special ‘sagre’ tasting events, as in the Ladispoli Festival of Artichokes Romaneschi which is now celebrating its 66th anniversary. Just in Ladispoli, each year more than 400,000 people participate…

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Easter in Umbria: ‘Living Paintings’

Among the most striking manifestations of Easter in Umbraia, the 'living pictures' of Città della Pieve, organized by Il Terziere Borgo Dentro, are certainly worth more than a mention. A group of figures created by members of Terziere Borgo Dentro interprets paintings by great painters inspired by the passion of…

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Il Felcino: horseriding in Umbria

We were driving along a gravel road in the rain looking for horseriding in Umbria. We were near the conjunction between Umbria, Tuscany and Lazio, in the middle of nowhere today, but once it was the centre of the Duchy of Salci (Ducato di Salci). We came across a narrow…

Marostica

Marostica city of beauty and storied diplomacy

The history of Marostica is lost in the mists of time. A succession of dominions and castellans that made it so valuable the Monte Pauso and Monte Pausolino, become palimpsests of this town: a pearl of Veneto. The sunny slopes in communication with the plain below have made the area…

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