Viterbo’s Wonder, La Macchina di Santa Rosa

October 17, 2012

"La macchina di Santa Rosa" is not the "car" of Santa Rosa, nor of anyone for that matter: it's not even a car...but a "construction", to put it in very understated simple terms. Imagine a curvaceous steel, aluminum, fibre glass tower of gold, silver, greens and ochre, nearly thirty meters tall, weighing around 5 tons, illuminated with 1200 LED lights decorated with 900 handmade textile roses, 9 tall and delicate angels - and carried on the backs of over 100 men through dark medieval backstreets lined with "the locals", awaiting with bated breath....and you are JUST beginning to get a sense of the wonder. read more...

Going Underground in Camerano

July 30, 2012

Ah, Italy "the land of the endless discoveries." One never finishes discovering the wonders "above ground" - let alone underground! And sometimes, serendipity leads you to yet another discovery. Gray weather at the seaside last weekend prompted us to head out for some exploration. What wonders we found in a seemingly nondescript Adriatic seaside town, Camerano, whose very name is linked to its suprising labyrinthine maze of subterranean grottoes and tunnels, used by its first inhabitants, the Piceni, in the 9th-c. B.C., our guide, Daniele told us. read more...