Why a three breasted woman?

pupazza frascati
La pupazza frascatana

Most people know Frascati for the good wine, but probably you never heard about the biscuit shaped as a woman with three breasts, colled “la Pupazza Frascatana” which is as much famous.

It is prepared only with flour and honey and to enjoy it you need to wait until it has draw some humidity from the environment because just prepared is too hard to eat.

The story is very fanny. In the past times, when the women were engaged in harvesting, they left their babies to the wet nurses, and there was one of them very very good even with the most capricious babies. For this reason she was very appreciated and the mothers were in competition to obtain her services.

However, after sometimes, an incredible discovery was made: she had three breasts, two with milk and the third, fake, with good Frascati wine. And that was the secret of her success.

Once I was telling this story to a group of Canadian people during a tour, and one of them said: “That’s what every mother should need sometimes.”

Do you think the same?

THE LOCANDA MARTORELLI IN ARICCIA (The fantastic story of a small inn)

When you arrive in Ariccia, you’re immediatly enraptured by the scenography of the square and, probably, you don’t notice the two very normal windows that open into a small terrace just above the chemist. But if you look up, you can see the banner on the railing of the balcony, with the image of Goethe. That is the Locanda Martorelli.

The Locanda Martorelli is a historic building closely linked to the Grand Tour d’Italie. It is located in Piazza di Coorte in Ariccia.

The story begin in 1917 when Antonio Martorelli buy the building and turns it into an inn in 1920. Ever since the Inn osted many famous artists who passed for Ariccia in the context of the Grand Tour.

Started as a simple inn, slowly became a meeting poit for musicians, writers, painters who shared the experience of the Grand Tour, changing in  a real academy of painting.

Among the celebrity who have stayed at the famous Inn we can remember G.M. Guglielmo Turner, Antonio Richter, G. Fedrico Overbeck, Nino Costa, Antonio Ligeti, G. Cristiano Andersen, H. Jorgen Hammer, Massimo D’Azeglio, Goethe, Orazio Vernet, Enrico Ibsen, Longfellow, Byron, and Gogol who during his stay wrote a chapter of the novel “Dead Souls”.

This great artists, who spent periods of study and resort in the Locanda, spread through their poetry and painting, the image of the Castelli Romani in the whole Europe.

The special friendship that was created between Mr Martorelli and the Polish painter Taddeo Kuntze, ispired the artist who wanted to honor his friend by decorating the inn. So, he literally covered with paintings throughout the central all of the locanda with a series of tempera wall created between 1770 and  1771 telling the whole history and mythology of the ancient Latin city of Aricia that once included also the modern towns of Genzano and  Nemi.

 

In 1988 the Locanda Martorelli was purchased by the town of Ariccia, very carefully restored and is now used to host art exibitions.

 

 

THE ALBANO MUSEUM

If you are on holiday in the Castelli Romani area, don't lost the opportunity to visit the Albano Museum.

The Museum is housed in the charming neoclassical Villa Ferrajoli, set in the midst of a park of giant magnolias. The main feature of the façade is a tetrastile portico topped by a pediment containing a fine terracotta relief that illustrates the myth about Ceres teaching Triptolemus the art of agriculture.

The delicate paintings that decorate the interiors are the work of Giovanbattista Caretti and are inspired by Classical and Renaissance art.

Visiting the rich collection of the Museum you will retrace the amazing story of Albano, the born of whic is lost in the legend.