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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Touring in the Rain, or rather: “The wettest tour ever”

Only Irish people could persuade me to go on tour in a steady drizzle, with the landscape suffering from a very low visibility. Despite all that rain Rocca di Papa was still a charming little town. And the legends of Nemi were not the least tarnished by the rain.

On the contrary the mist on the lake and this gloomy atmosphere made these ancient stories more engaging. The rain has not the least penalized the crispness of fresh-made pizza in Castel Gandolfo, eaten in the car on the way to Rocca di Papa.

And last but not least Irish people are really fantastic. Certainly rain is staple food for them.

Thanks Irish people for this unusual experience.