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Journey of discovery in the “Bosco di San Francesco”

Apr 3rd, 2017 | author Antonella Bazzoli
Journey of discovery in the “Bosco di San Francesco”

This was the first time that I really took advantage of the opportunity of traveling to Italy, to find a deeper meaning behind the visit to one of the historical landmarks.
I have always felt awe at the living history in Italy. But, this time I approached the visit to new places [...]



The mythical founders of Perugia

Feb 6th, 2016 | author Antonella Bazzoli
The mythical founders of Perugia

The grand Etruscan arch that opens Perugia’s ancient city walls at its northern end is a prime, and still intact, example of military architecture. Two massive towers on either side acted as protection for the city gate and form the bases of the great double arch, from the top of which, in case of [...]



Galactophorous saints and therapeutic waters

Jan 12th, 2016 | author Antonella Bazzoli
Galactophorous saints and therapeutic waters

February is the month of mother’s milk, that has always been associated with  the element water, the idea of fertility and the world of women. February is also a month of preparation, waiting for the renewal of the cosmos, which will only arrive with March and spring. Also for this reason, in ancient times, the [...]



Visit Umbria

Oct 27th, 2014 | author Antonella Bazzoli
Visit Umbria

Umbria and the surrounding countryside offers a magnificent opportunity to get to know the rich history of the region, to experience first-hand the symbolism that is contained in the historic structures, many of which date back to Medieval times,  and to discover the magic of the region for yourself.
We offer guided tours, if you are [...]



Butchers, surgeons and charlatans

Jun 7th, 2014 | author Antonella Bazzoli
Butchers, surgeons and charlatans

Near the medieval castle of Preci (formerly Castrum Precum), in the pristine mountainous area of Umbria which is called Val Castoriana (the valley of Castor), lies the Abbey Sant’Eutizio, a medieval monastic benedectine complex which is among the most beautiful and evocative of Italy.
The story of the foundation of the building is to be found [...]



The symbolic language of the Main Fountain

Sep 1st, 2013 | author Antonella Bazzoli
The symbolic language of the Main Fountain

The Fontana Maggiore, or Main Fountain, is like a book of stone that unfolds while walking around it.
It is like a great clock that transcends both cosmic and earthly timetables. Completed in 1278, the monument of Perugia became the fulcrum to which public life revolved around, and therefore the symbol of the Platea Magna (latin [...]



Medieval parchments

Aug 15th, 2012 | author Antonella Bazzoli
Medieval parchments

Some scrolls found in the archives of the monasteries of Santa Giuliana (Saint Juliana) and San Domenico (Saint Dominic) in Perugia, indirectly provide some very useful information to help us understand the status of women in the late Middle Ages.
The documents found, in fact, seem to confirm that women held a relatively [...]



The Fountain of Women

Jun 18th, 2011 | author Antonella Bazzoli
The Fountain of Women

The reliefs and inscriptions that decorate the Main Fountain of Perugia catch the eye of every passer-by. In the past the reliefs of the fountain welcomed the visiting merchant for the fair, consoled the worried farmer during the harvest, lifted the spirit of those gathering in the Cathedral’s square, and made all quietly reflect, whether [...]



Isis and “humanitas”

Dec 12th, 2008 | author Ambra Antonelli
Isis and “humanitas”

What Flaubert tried to express in his letters about the Metamorphoses by Apuleio reminds to a sense of vertigo, a physical feeling above all. The mixture of fabulous adventures of Lucio, the protagonist of the story, is not subjected to an immediate understanding, just like the experience when it is caught as it happens. The [...]