A FEW OF HISTORY: THE GRAND TOUR

 

Goethes Italian Journe

The Grand Tour was a long trip in Continental Europe made by the rich young European Aristocrats in the Seventeenth Century and intended to perfect their knowledge. This trip could last from a few months to several years. The main destinations were France, Italy and Greece.

During the Tour, the youngs learned to know the politics, culture, arts and ancient history of the European countries. They spent their time doing sightseeings, studying and purchasing local goods.

Italy, with its heritage from ancient Rome, with its monuments, became one of the most popular destination.

Many politicians and diplomats, poets and writers, but also merchants and businessmen, mainly interested in collecting, and sometimes whole families were protagonists of the Tour.

The idea of a trip as a training tool which, by comparison, develop critical awareness, originated in England and from there spread to Continental  Europe and later to America. The disposition of English culture towards the empiricism, determines the preference for direct experience instead of the dogmatism of the medieval scholastic tradition.

The term “Grand Tour” appeared for the first time in 1670 in the “Voyage of Italy, or a complete journey through Italy” of Richard Lassels.

The eighteenth century saw a boom of the Grand Tour. At the end of 1700 every respectable European man of culture must have completed at least one journey in Italy.

The countryside around Rome, and especially “Castelli Romani” were much appreciated by this host of travelers. Many of great artists who hosted in Castelli Romani stayed in the “Locanda Martorelli” in Ariccia. Among them there were G.M.Guglielmo Turner, A.Richter, G.F.Overbeck, G.C.Andersen, E.Longfellow, Ibsen, Ivanov, Corot, Stendhal, M.D’Azeglio, Taddeo Kuntze………..Until March 25th museums of Alban and Prenestini hills host the exhibition of the Grand Tour………………to be continued

ORIGINAL CASTLE

The strange castle that appear on our logo is a part of the fortification of the abbey of St. Nile in Grottaferrata.

And more specifically, a tower, detached from the main body of the abbey flying out into the air.

The effect is spectacular, as indeed the whole fort.

This powerful work has been strongly supported by Cardinal Giuliano della Rovere (Pope Julius II – 1443/1513).

And it was a wise decision given that throughout the XVI century the Alban and Tuscolan hills were the battleground between militias of the Colonna family and those of the papacy.

Work on the fortification of the abbey lasted almost 10 years.

You can visit free every Sunday at 5:00 p.m. in Summer and at 4:00 p.m. in Winter.

INTERVIEW WITH THE VOLCANO

castelli romani

– Hello! old volcano, how are you?

– old to whom? Be careful becouse the volcanos have got seven lives like cats.

– what do you mean? Are you  not extinct?

– Maybe you’re extinct! I’m only dormient.

– I hope you didn’t fix the alarm clock too much early….

– Do not worry I want to keep sleeping  still for a long time. I worked very hard to model this area, and in all modesty, I made a very good work.

– I agree, you created very magnificent landscapes.

– Thank you, I know.

– Good night Volcano

– Yawn! Good night.

DOUGHNUT FLUFFY

Back to Marine every therd weekend of October for the festival of the “Ciambella al mosto”. This Marinese typical specialty is a very fluffy doughnut prepared since 1600 for the tables of local nobles. The tradition seemed to have been lost over time, but inside the houses mariners housewives continued to jealously guard the recipe and prepare it for their families. So, a few years ago thanks to the “Consortium for the Protection Specialties Typical” has rekindled interest in this very special cake that is now regularly celebrated with a festival every year. The doughnut to  the must, as its name implies, is prepared with the juice, or wine still in fermentation. This means you can enjoy this speciality  only during the brief time of year when the wine is fermenting, because, when the wine is ready, no more cake.

NANNI’ NANNI’ OMAGGIO AI CASTELLI ROMANI

 

GUARDA CHE SOLE CH’E’ SORTITO NANNI’

CHE PROFUMO DE ROSE DE GAROFANI E PANSE’

COME E’ TUTTO UN PARADISO LI CASTELLI SO’ ACCUSSI’

GUARDA FRASCATI CHE E’ TUTTO UN SORRISO, ‘NA DELIZIA, ‘N’AMORE, ‘NA BELLEZZA DA INCANTA’

LO VEDI ECCO MARINO LA SAGRA C’E’ DELL’UVA

FONTANE CHE DANNO VINO QUANT’ABBONDANZA C’E’

E APPRESSO CE VIE’ GENZANO CO’ ER PITTORESCO ALBANO

SU VIETTE A DIVERTI’ NANNI’ NANNI’

LA’ C’E’ L’ARICCIA, PIU’ GIU C’E’ CASTELLO CH’E’ DAVVERO UN GIOIELLO CO’ QUEL LAGO DA INCANTA’

E DE FRAGOLE ER PROFUMO SOLO A NEMI POI SENTI’

SOTTO QUEL LAGO UN MISTERO CE STA, DE TIBERIO LE NAVI SO’ L’ANTICA CIVILTA’

SO’ MEGLIO DE LA SCIAMPAGNA LI VINI DE ‘STE VIGNE

CE FANNO DA CUCCAGNA DAR TEMPO DE NOE’

E I PRATI A TUTTO SPIANO SO’ FRUTTI VIGNE E GRANO

S’ANNAMO A METTE LI NANNI’ NANNI’

E’ SERA E GIA’ LE STELLE TE FANNO UN MANTO D’ORO

E LE VELLETRANELLE SE METTONO A CANTA’

SE SENTE UNO STORNELLO, RISPONNE UN RITORNELLO

ER CORO VIE’ A SENTI’ NANNI’ NANNI’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE MOST FAMOUS

The most popular festival of the Castelli Romani is undoubtedly the “Wine Festival of Marino.

It takes place the first weekend of October. The main phases of the celebration are the solemn procession, the parade, the miracle of the fountains that “give wine”, the distribution of grapes and wine in the streets of the village, the sight of the flag. The procession recalls the historic event took place in Rome on 4 December 1571, when Pope Pius V wanted  to be bestowed to Marcantonio Colonna, Lord of Marino, who  had given command of the papal fleet in the Battle of Lepanto against the Turks, same great honor reserved in ancient Rome to the bravest generals. Marcantonio Colonna was in fact distinguished courage and ability to contribute decisively to the victory of the Holy League against the forces of the Ottoman Empire. By the same historical event gave rise to the religious festival of thanksgiving to the Virgin of Victory – then the SS.Rosario – under whose protection the Pope had placed naval expedition. The procession and the festival are therefore both “historical” as originating from the same event.

RAPTURE FELINO

In the daily life of a driver most unpredictable things happen. For how much experience you have gained in your work, there will always be something new and never dealt with which we are not prepared. This happened two nights ago when, going out  for the last service of the day at 10 p.m., just after driving 500 meters from home, in the dark and deserted street I heard a disturbing sound like “the exorcist”. Immediately I looked at the radio thinking of some strange  program but the radio was off. Then I stopped to listen better and I realized  that it was a cat  in serious trouble. Because cats have a habit of slip into the engine I became warried and went  down to control …. Instead I see the cat  of my neighbor on the roof of my car, very very scared. I had  involuntarily “kidnapped”. Luckily it was easy enough to catch it  and return home. Budget: a little ‘fear for the cat, a scratch for me and 10 minutes late. It ‘went well.

THE FRUITS OF THE GOLDEN LAND

During the months of September and October, is celebrated a bit all over Italy, the grape and  wine. The Castelli Romani  are famous for the wine, they honor this great gift of land with festivals and events in almost every town. Next weekend let us go in Velletri for the Festival of Grapes and Wines. Rich program that start  with the decoration of  the streets, squares and fountains. Opening of  “Living Wine” tasting points. At the city park “Checkers and Chess while drinking,” Giant Chess Game, Tastings, Music and Games until 20:30 when the historical parade will take place at night. The festival continues Sunday with a parade of flag-wavers, and at 16:00 with the historical procession along the city center. 17:00 hours Joust of the Quintana, 18:00,  Race of running barrels and  “Crushing Grapes”. Music, dances, wine and local specialties until late at night. In these two days the museums will be open to visitors entrance at reduced rates. The Tourist Information Point in Piazza Garibaldi will remain open to provide guidance and information about the event. Sunday 25th,  local shops will remain open 10/00 – 13/00 and 16/00 – 21/00. In the 2-day event, all over the streets you can find places with stand tasting of agricultural products, fancy goods and curiosities, music and entertainment of various kinds. Some restaurants offer special menus at special prices. Special event this year becouse the group of historical re-enactment of Marino  will honor’ the celebration bringing in the event the triumph of Marcantonio Colonna, who has been successfull in the famous battle of Lepanto. A great gesture of peace and mutual recognition between the two cities.