THE MISTERY OF THE LAKE NEMORENSIS

Why in the lake of Nemi, small and without any outlet to the sea, two immense Roman ships of 70 meters in lenght and 24 in width were built?

Why a ship had no oars or sail, while the other wore benches for many oars?

 

Why an elegant structure with marble columns, copper tiles, bronze statues, and mosaic floors had been erected on the wooden hull?

 

Why screws that held the planking of the base structure together were immersed in a gold bath?

Why are there the ruins of a mysterious Roman villa on the shore of the lake?

Why, all around the lake, are there the foundations of a wide road?

Hypothetic reconstruction of the villa

 

 

Why in the great temple, along with the cult of Diana, was celebrated the mysterious Egyptian cult of Isis, the Great Mother?

 

Why, next to the temple, lies buried a small theater?

Why the ships, still new, were deliberately sunk?

Why, a huge quantity of reperts of the two roman ships, during the centuries, finished in the museums of all Europe?

Why no ancient historian, on everythingh of that, wrote a word?

 

 

A VERY WILD FOREST

The south western part of the ridge that surrounds Lake Albano is incredibly wild and mysterious.

The vegetation forms an intricate agglomeration of branches and leaves sometimes impenetrable.

In the spaces between the thick trees and shrubs you can see glimpses of the lake

The lake is part of a very ancient volcanic system (see “Interview with the volcano) so the ground is unstable, often the rain causes landslides that uproot and drag the trees on  the paths steep slope.

during these events even large boulders are sometimes dragged.

Many meet along the paths.

Over time they cover themselves with moss and sometimes with ivy.

Thus covered they tend to resemble a soft pillow.

the atmosphere in the forest is mysterious, fascinating and disturbing at the same time.

 

In this season, autumn, which in my opinion is the most beautiful in the forest, are the hedgehogs and chestnuts along the paths.

Beautiful mushrooms grow on the fallen and decomposing trunks

many shrubs are thorny and make it difficult to pass on the less traveled paths.

The many landslides that occur from time to time erase the paths and you must always create new steps to walk in the woods.

Some passages are dangerous because they overhang the steep slope.

For this reason it is better not to go after a heavy rain because it could be dangerous.

Sometimes, under a thin layer of heart there is a slab of Peperino (typical volcanic material) the rain infiltrates the earth and the rock and suddenly the earth detaches and slides along the rock and falls downstream.If you’re hosted in Castelli Romani and want to explore the wild forest you can contact us. Be careful if you go alone! You’re not expert and the place is very very wild.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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’