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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THOSE WONDERFUL MACHINES BY LEONARDO DA VINCI: GREAT SHOW IN MONTEPULCIANO (TUSCANY)

Held in the beautiful Montepulciano (Tuscany) at the Fortezza, the exhibition Anatomies: Machines, Man, Nature places emphasis on the Renaissance genius’ concept that machines, the human body and nature are all governed by the same universal laws. Expect masterful drawings that mark the birth of modern scientific illustration and models of Da Vinci’s futuristic machines.

The exhibition features some of Leonardo’s ambitious projects, which illustrate very well his inclination to put himself to the test by taking on highly complex subjects. Man’s dream since ancient times, flight takes shape in his studies and in the machines he devised. Leonardo also tackled the idea of providing motion to inanimate objects: the self-propelled cart and the mechanical lion bear powerful witness to the results with a highly innovative potential that he was able to achieve. Lastly, the project for the giant bronze equestrian monument in memory of Francesco Sforza represents additional proof of the exceptional intelligence and determination with which Leonardo dealt with the most daring technological and artistic challenges.

One of the most innovative aspects of Leonardo’s contribution is his analysis of the “organs” of machines, that he considered not as an indivisible whole, but as an assemblage of distinct parts. He applied the same method to the study of the human body, whose organs he regarded as highly sophisticated mechanical devices. For Leonardo, even the Earth is a vast organism whose motions are governed by the universal mechanical laws of Nature. The exhibition features working models of the machines conceived by Da Vinci and a gallery of mechanical, anatomical and geological studies from his notebooks.

Exhibition Dates

21.04.2018 – 07.10.2018 Montepulciano (SI), Fortezza

Tickets cost 5 euro; open daily 10.30am-7.30pm. For more information, visit http://www.leonardoanatomie.it.

VILLA CARLOTTA, WHERE ART AND NATURE MASTERPIECES LIVE TOGETHER IN A PLACE OF RARE BEAUTY

© Photos by SR.M. LUISA ALBORGHETTI

Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo (Lake Como, Italy) is really a place of rare beauty, where masterpieces of nature and art live together in perfect harmony in over 70.000 square meters of gardens and museum.

The beautiful Villa was built at the end of 17th Century in a natural basin between lake and mountains, facing the dolomitic Grignas and the peninsula of Bellagio.

The architect created for the Clericis – a noble and powerful Milanese family – an important but sober building, with an Italian garden decorated with sculptures, stairs and fountains.

In 1801 Gian Battista Sommariva, famous politician, business man and patron of arts, bought the villa. Thanks to him, the villa attained the summit of its splendor and became one of the most important halting-place of the Grand Tour with its collections of art – as the masterpieces of Canova (Amore e Psiche), Thorvaldsen and Hayez – and its fascinating romantic garden.

In the Museum, at ground floor, we may visit the Marble Room, the Plasters Room, the Cameos Room, the Palamede Room, The Wicar Room, the Magdalene Room, the enchanting Eros and Psyche Room, the Romeo and Juliet Room, the Views Room, the Napoleonic Room. At the second floor, we admire the Gallery, Princess Carlotta bedroom, the Red Parlour, the Tapestry Room, the Empire Style Parlour, the Empire Style dining-room, Georg II Room and the bedroom.

In the second half of the Century Princess Marianne of Nassau bought the villa and gave it as a present to her daughter Carlotta in occasion of her wedding with Georg II of Saxe-Meningen. Georg was passionate about botany and made a lot of improvements and new additions to the park that became more and more famous for its botanical richness and the rhododendrons and azaleas spring flowering. They are more than 150 varieties giving an extraordinary flowering which is known all over the world.  In the park we may admire the beautiful Terrace and the Italian Gardens, The Camelias, the Theatre of Greenery, the Rock Garden, the Ferms Valley, the Azaleas, the Rhododendrons Wood, the Bamboos Garden, the Old Garden, the Museum of agricultural tools and a Tower (XIX Century). 

VILLA CARLOTTA FROM THE LAKE

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