Every year, in Ivrea, Italy, during Carnival, the people stand up to recall and celebrate the story of Violetta, the miller’s newly wed daughter who was supposed to lay, on her first night as a bride, with the lord of the town, according to an old infamous principle named “jus primae noctis”. Read more “THE BATTLE OF THE ORANGES AT THE IVREA CARNIVAL”
Let’ put it this way. It sounds trite, but the polo team with the best polo players wins the game. Read more “SANKT MORITZ SNOW POLO 2017 TOURNAMENT”
Mental asylums radiate a mysterious allure soaked with anguish, injustice, prevarication and deceit.
Volterra former psychiatric hospital originated from an economic evaluation. In the XVIII century, the community of Pisa used to send its own mental patients at a dear price to Siena. To save money, the city launched an offer that was met by Volterra. Therefore, the Mendicity Hospice of this town welcomed the initial body of mental patients and, in 1989 the Mental Asylum was established. The first pavilion was erected near a hilltop called Poggio alle Croci. Read more “VOLTERRA FORMER PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL”
Along with neighbouring Volterra, San Gimignano origin dates back to the Etruscan domination, although it owes its main development to the pilgrims traveling around the turn of the first millennium along the Via Francigena, mostly coming from France and making in San Gimignano an important stop on their way to Rome. Read more “TWO MIDIEVAL TOWNS IN TUSCANY: 2. SAN GIMIGNANO”
Volterra is a medieval town in Valdicecina, Tuscany, populated by real people, with real activities (including tourism), compared to San Gimignano (next post), which is a popular destination that lives and earns (profusely) solely upon the tourist industry. Read more “TWO MEDIEVAL TOWNS IN TUSCANY: 1. VOLTERRA”
Built in 1687, the church of St. Gothard is a seldom used building in Somasassa, an outlying suburb of Teglio, Valtellina, that counts about 1000 souls. Read more “ST GOTHARD CHURCH IN SOMASASSA VALTELLINA”