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Month: April 2018

Villa Jovis and the emperor Tiberius

Villa Jovis is situated in the very northeast of the Capri island atop Monte Tiberio, 334m of elevation and is the second-highest peak of Capri after Monte Solaro. Find water was […]

Montagnana, the village inside the walls.

Montagnana is built on an area of an ancient prehistoric settlement, dating from the Neolithic and Bronze Ages. Later, the Romans made it a settlement fortified to defend the bridge […]

La Villa delle Streghe, the Witch house of Tivegna

This is an old villa, uninhabited since decades, with a special charm after its abandonment. already its appearance is creepy, and there is also a legend that is told by local inhabitants: it seems that a group of witches built a church in one night and took refuge in this villa after destroying the same church. Maybe it's just a legend, or not?....

Il ponte di barche sul delta del Po. Pontoon Bridge.

About a month ago, I went for a trip on the delta of the Po. With the car, I crossed for the first time in my life, a "pontoon bridge" (in Italian "Ponte di Barche"). But what is it? A pontoon bridge or floating bridge, uses floats or shallow-draft boats to support a continuous deck for pedestrian and vehicle. The buoyancy of the supports limits the maximum weight they can carry. Most pontoon bridges are temporary, used in wartime and civil emergencies....

Vezio Castle, one of the most spectacular views of Como Lake.

At the centre of Lake Como, on the mountain overlooking Varenna, there is Vezio Castle, here for more than a thousand years. It is an ancient military outpost of early medieval origin built by the Lombard Queen Theodelinda to defend and control the lake and surrounding villages....

Teatro Guido, Inside the abandoned teather

This beautiful theater, now abandoned, was inaugurated in September 1895. Up until the beginning of the First World War it had the prestigious role of lyric theater. In the first period there were important operas such as the Faust (the opening day), Rigoletto, La Cavalleria Rusticana, the Barber of Seville, Boheme and Tosca. The theater is about nineteenth-century, although it was partly modified with the restoration of 1938, (when the theater was called "Teatro Guido").....

Villa Renier, historic villa abode of Ugo Foscolo

It is said that in the nineteenth century Ugo Foscolo, Italian poet, writer and translator and one of the leading writers of neoclassicism and pre-Romanticism, stayed in this villa and wrote here the novel “Ultime lettere a Jacopo Ortis”. Now, after more than 20 years since the death of the elderly landlord, the four heirs were never able to buy the villa.....

Villa Magnoni and its ghost.

Very little is known about Villa Magnoni, an abandoned house in Cona, near Ferrara. The old, big house must once have been magnificent, but it has been empty for lot of years. This is just another ghost story.....

Aguscello, the asylum of ghost children

This place has all the features to make it one of the place of the most classic among legends and ghost stories: an uncertain past, the innocent spirits of children victims of horrendous abuses, and an atmosphere due perhaps more to an improper care of the living rather than the maledictions of the dead. This place is near Ferrara, Italy, exactly in Aguscello, a small fraction of the city known to most of the local people only for the tradition, and testimonies about one the most sinister and haunted in Italy.