IT’S NOT SNOW! IT’S THE WHITE ROCK OF A WONDER OF NATURE: THE HOT SPRINGS IN TUSCANY

 

© Photos by Roberto Alborghetti

Despite the prohibitions – and in the bitter cold of these early January mornings: the temperature is at – 3/4 degrees! – there are those who challenge climbing and allow themselves a bath in the warm and sulphurous waters of Fosso Bianco, a marvel of nature in Bagni San Filippo, in the territory of Castiglione d’Orcia, on the slopes of Amiata (Siena), in Tuscany. The white rock, which looks like snow, draws evocative and incomparable images. It is a magical and fascinating place that enchants the eyes and the mind. It is a continuous destination for tourists and visitors, who find in this unique glimpse of Tuscany an oasis of peace and well-being. The show is guaranteed. It really seems to be on the snowy slopes of the Alps.

For nature lovers the Fosso Bianco is the perfect place, a stream in the woods at the confluence of several hot springs in a series of pools where where you can swim all the year long and enjoy the special limestone formations that for their shapes have inspired the evocative such names as ‘the white whale’ or ‘the glacier’.

Bagni San Filippo is a small village of the Val D’Orcia in southern Tuscany. Historically known for its thermal water, it is the ideal destination for an intimate and relaxing SPA vacation. The resort Terme San Filippo features a swimming pool Hotel and wellness centre. Exceptional SPA and beauty  treatments are offered thanks to the use of all-natural sulphurous water, its sediments and mud.  Because of its location on the slopes of Mount Amiata on the edge of Val d’Orcia, Bagni San Filippo is the ideal base for visiting the many attractions of southern Tuscany, tasting local products and fine wines.

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20190109_131409Nonostante i divieti – e nel freddo pungente di queste mattinate di inizio gennaio: la temperatura è a – 3 gradi – c’è chi si sfida nelle arrampicate e si concede un bagno nelle acque calde e sulfuree del Fosso Bianco, meraviglia della natura a Bagni San Filippo, in territorio di Castiglione d’Orcia, sulle pendici dell’Amiata (Siena), in Toscana. La roccia bianca, che sembra neve, disegna immagini suggestive e incomparabili. E’ un luogo magico ed affascinante, che incanta gli occhi e la mente. E’ meta continua di turisti e visitatori, che trovano in questo singolare scorcio di Toscana, una oasi di pace e di benessere. Lo spettacolo è assicurato. Sembra davvero di essere sulle piste innevate delle Alpi.

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I SHOW YOU THE STUNNING CRYPT IN ASSISI (ITALY) WHERE THE NATIONAL PREMIERE OF MY BOOK “FRANCESCO” (3rd VOLUME OF THE SERIES) TOOK PLACE

 

 

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Museo della Cattedrale e Cripta S.Rufino, Assisi, Italy

Roberto Alborghetti, Italy. 

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I lived an extraordinary meeting in the land of St. Francis, in Assisi (Italy) to present in national premiere the third volume of “Francesco”, the “first major historical illustrated biography of Pope Francis” that  I had the honour to write (Edizioni Velar). The event took place on Friday June 26, at the Cathedral of S.Rufino, specifically in the “very heart” of the city of Saint Francis, in the crypt which houses the S.Rufino museum and art gallery. I think images talk better than words (see the photo-gallery). 

Assisi Cathedral dedicated to San Rufino is a major church in Assisi, that has been important in the history of the Franciscan order. This stately church in Umbrian Romanesque style was the third church built on the same site to contain the remains of bishop Rufinus of Assisi, martyred in the 3rd century.

Under the cathedral there is a crypt – the presentation of my book took place there – with the pagan Roman sarcophagus from the 3rd century, asserted to have once contained the remains of Saint Rufinus. It bears across its front, as many sarcophagi do, a bas-relief with the myth of Diana and Endymion, offering a pagan vision of tranquil afterlife. Here are also the Pozzo della Mensa, a medieval well and the ruins of a Carolingian cloister from the 10th century.

The Museo Diocesano e Cripta di San Rufino (Museum of the Cathedral and Crypt of San Rufino) was opened in 1941. It contains lot of works associated with the cathedral. I have to mention, for examples, the Front of 2nd century AD Roman sarcophagus con Nikai Clipeofore e a libation scene; the detached frescoes of Mary and Christ by the Master of Saint Clare (last quarter of the 13th century); the detached frescoes on Passion and Crucifixion by Puccio Capanna (1334), once in the Oratory of San Rufinuccio; the  Polyptych of the Story of San Rufino (1462) by Niccolò Alunno ; The Perkins collection composed of 32 works including Giovanni BoccatiJacopo della QuerciaFilippo LippiFrancesco di Giorgio Martini, and Giovanni Santi.

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THE GENIUS OF LEONARDO DA VINCI DESIGNED IN 1502 THE STUNNING HARBOUR (PORTO CANALE) IN CESENATICO (ITALY)

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© Photos: ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI / TOURISM OFFICE, CESENATICO

 

Cesenatico is an historical resort city on the Riviera Adriatica (Forlì-Cesena Country, Italy). For its relaxing and elegant atmosphere it is called the “living room of Adriatic Sea”.  Here, the old fish market, still active, is within walking distance from the modern wholesale market. And the old sailing ships stand side by side with modern fishing boats. You may find them on the beautiful and ancient harbour designed by the genius of the great Leonardo Da Vinci.

The so called Porto Canale ( Port Channel) is the main axis of the old town. On the docks still takes place social life and it’s one of the visitors favorite sites. The Port, however, is also the main historical monument of the city, which follows the lines drawn by Leonardo da Vinci in 1502 when working for Cesare Borgia, one of the sons of Pope Alexander VI. Along the harbor, you may visit the beautiful Maritime Museum and the house belonged to Marino Moretti (one of the greatest Italian poets).

Along the Channel, there is a floating section of the Museum. Here incredible under sails old boats are on permanent show. Every boat exhibits different designs. It’s a spectacular scenary, to be seen also during the night time. In Piazza Pisacane you admire the monument dedicated to Giuseppe Garibaldi (who stayed in Cesenatico, with his wife Anita). In the large square Ciceruacchio there ‘re still on the ground the traces of an ancient tower that once guarded the port from the pirates attacks. Nearer the sea, close to the lighthouse, the massive doors now are defending the town from seastorms: it’s a modern technology project reproduced on the example of Leonardo ‘s intuitions.

The picturesque Piazzetta delle Conserve, located in the heart of the city, owes its name to the buildings excavated in the ground where was placed the fish mashed up with snow and ice. That it was an intelligent solution to preserve fish for a long time, before the invention of refrigerators.

 

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ART NOUVEAU “LIBERTY” STYLE IN THE NEW “GUIDE TO THE HISTORICAL PLACES OF ITALY”: THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS HOTELS, RESTAURANTS, TRATTORIE, CAFE’ AND GRAPPA STORES

The Guide to the Historical Places of Italy, published by the Association, is the only one of its kind, and it is reviewed by the Italian press along with the most important national guides.

This year the Guide takes us on a tour of the over seventy historical establishments of Italy which bear witness to the Italian Art Nouveau “Liberty” style.

Seven new establishments now enhance this thirty-seventh edition, almost half of which has been rewritten and expanded. For the first time we also have a place in the open air: the famous “Piazzetta” of the seaside village of Portofino, which – like a grand hotel, café or restaurant by the sea – has been a salon of culture and high society since the early twentieth century.

Devoted to those who enjoy cultural tourism, the Guide presents the two hundred and forty oldest and most prestigious hotels, restaurants, trattorie, pastry-shops, confectioners’, and grappa stores, which have made the history of Italy in terms of their illustrious patrons and the events they have hosted. An exclusive journey to discover and enjoy the finest establishments, which maintain and hand down the delights of tradition, with architecture, memorabilia, furnishings and memories of great artistic, cultural and civic value.

With line drawings in true nineteenth-century style created by the painter Gianni Renna, and directed by journalist Claudio Guagnini, the Guide is published in English and Italian and is 280 pages long. Each page of the Guide is devoted to a single establishment.

Copies are available free of charge at the Association headquarters and from Association members. If you wish to receive a copy by post, at no more than the cost of shipping, please contact the secretary’s office of the Association using the form “Contact Us” at this web site:

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DRAWINGS: GIANNI RENNA

MY SURPRISE PUBLIC EXHIBITION IN A BEAUTIFUL MEDIEVAL SQUARE WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF 3 HISTORICAL PLACES AND THEIR FOOD EXCELLENCES…

A surprise public exhibition dedicated to my works… It will happen on Sunday, July 14, during an evening event with food excellences, good Irish music and a special performance with my “Lacer/actions” artworks. The venue is an ancient and fascinating place: a beautiful square in the historic heart of Ambivere, “The Countess Palace”, Bergamo country, not so far from Milan; this place is  documented and quoted in scripts dating back to year 923!

In this picturesque setting between ancient walls and medieval towers, three Historical Places will present some delicious menus: this is “GustAmbivere”. Master chefs and barmen will represent Antica Osteria dei Cameli (founded in 1856), Trattoria Visconti (founded in 1932) and Caffè del Fiola (founded in 1887). These Historical Places has been highlighted and  recognized in national and international publications, as Michelin Guide (Antica Osteria dei Cameli). A special selection of wines will be served by Azienda Agricola S.Egidio from  Fontanella-Sotto il Monte. 

I was invited to have a “solo show” focusing on some of my works from “Lacer/actions” Project about torn and decomposed publicity posters and urban tokens. I think these historic square and places, evoking the passage of times, are an ideal space to enhance the contrasting language of colors and shapes of my compositions. My art comes from the streets and now it goes back to the streets, along these ancient streets… This special event – which has a charity purpose for “Ponte di Stelle”Association – is promoted by Ambivere Council and the three Historical Places.

THE 2012 GUIDE TO THE ARTISTIC AND HISTORICAL ITALIAN PLACES – 36TH EDITION (HOW TO GET A COPY BY POST AT NO MORE THAN THE COST OF SHIPPING)

The Guide to the Historical Places of Italy, published by the Historical Places of Italy Association and now in its thirty-sixth edition, is the only one of its kind, and it is reviewed by the Italian press along with the most important national guides.

Now with nine new establishments and many entries revised to include new historical facts, this edition presents two hundred and thirty-six of the oldest and most prestigious hotels, restaurants, trattorie, pastry-shops, confectioners’, grapperie, and literary cafés. Establishments that have made the history of Italy and that still preserve their interiors, atmospheres, furnishings, and mementos, along with delicious products of surpassing appeal.

This year the Guide is paying particular tribute to the longest lineages of families, who have been at the helm of historic establishments in Italy for five, six and even seven generations. An extraordinary feat in a world that is increasingly rapidly erasing its own past. The reader will find all of them listed in the “Most Family-Run” section.

With line drawings in true nineteenth-century style created by the painter Gianni Renna, and directed by journalist Claudio Guagnini, the Guide is published in English and Italian and is over 250 pages long. It comes out in February and copies are available free of charge at the Association headquarters and from Association members. If you wish to receive a copy by post, at no more than the cost of shipping, please contact the secretary’s office of the Association: info@localistorici.it . The entire Guide, each page of which is devoted to a single establishment, can also be consulted on the official site: www.localistorici.it