onsdag 26. desember 2012

Kaffepause !


Overalt i små italienske byer, vil du på torget alltid finne en liten bar eller fler, sommerstid med stol og bord ute.

Deilig å sitte her mens man nyter sin kaffe, kanskje med noe søtt til? Akkurat denne lille baren, ligger på hovedtorget i sjarmerende Bolsena by...

mandag 17. desember 2012

Spise ute...

... er noe man gjerne gjør når man er på ferie, lunsj eller kanskje middag. Her en av mine favoritt strand restauranter, il Moro, som ligger i vannkanten av Lago de Bolsena.


De har en søt terrasse, som er stedet å sitte å spise. Her fisk med italienske bobler:
Alt til en rimelig penge !

torsdag 13. desember 2012

Saturnia - termer.

 

Located in southern Tuscany, this warm waterfall is a gem. With a surrounding of empty fields and rolling hills, you can relax in one of the many pools — the higher up you go and closer to the source, the warmer the water is. The one downfall of these free, open-air baths are that there is no privacy to change out of your wet clothes.

 

Once you get used to the sulfur smell and concentrate on the results on your body of it's properties, stress just melts away. There are many pools each with it's own heeling properties. Some are warm, some hot, some cold and some with jets to melt your stress away. There are waterfall that massage your shoulders and back.

Saturnia 58050 Grosseto- free of charge.

onsdag 5. desember 2012

The park of Monsters !

Little less than one houres drive from Villa Helena, you will find: Bomarzo's main attraction is a garden usually referred to as the Bosco Sacro (Sacred grove) or, locally, Bosco dei Mostri ("Monsters' Grove"), named after the many larger-than-life sculptures, some sculpted in the bedrock, which populate this predominantly barren landscape.

The Park of Monsters - full of surprises and grotesque stone sculptures.

 
It is the work of Pier Francesco Orsini, called Vicino (1528–1588), a condottiero or mercenary and a patron of the arts, was greatly devoted to his wife Giulia Farnese, daughter of Galeazzo Farnese, Duke of Latera, (not to be confused with Giulia Farnese) and when she died, he created the gardens. The design has been attributed to Pirro Ligorio, a well known architect and antiquarian of the time. The park of Bomarzo was intended not to please, but to astonish, and like many Mannerist works of art, its symbolism is arcane; for example, one large sculpture is of one of Hannibal's war elephants,


which mangles a Roman legionary, and another is a statue of Ceres lounging on the bare ground, with a vase of "fruits of the earth" perched on her head. The many monstrous statues appear to be unconnected to any rational plan and appear to have been strewn almost randomly about the area, sol per sfogare il Core ("just to set the heart free") as one inscription on an obelisk says.

Be shocked, amused and impressed by giant mythical monsters that hide in every twist and turn along a wooded path. What astonished me was that the garden was created almost 500 years ago. Famous visitors include Salvador Dali. It is original and entertaining. Definitely worth a visit.

Bring a camera!
Coordinates: 42°28′N 12°14′E