Posts Tagged ‘ Perugia ’

Butchers, surgeons and charlatans

Jun 7th, 2018 | 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

Jun 1st, 2018 | author Antonella Bazzoli
The symbolic language of the Main Fountain

The Fontana Maggiore, also known as Main Fountain, is like a book of stone that unfolds while walking around it.
It’s like a great clock that transcends both cosmic and earthly timetables.
Completed in 1278, the monument became the fulcrum of the Guelph Commune of Perugia, and therefore the symbol of the Platea Magna (latin term for [...]



The ideal bride through the months

Jun 1st, 2018 | author Antonella Bazzoli
The ideal bride through the months

In the cycle dedicated to the twelve months of the year, carved by Giovanni and Nicola Pisano in 1278 on he Main Fountain of Perugia, the month of May is represented by an uxor (latin term for wife) riding a horse and followed by an elegant medieval knight.
The lady of May is holding a hawk [...]



April and Venus Verticordia

Apr 3rd, 2017 | author Antonella Bazzoli
April and Venus Verticordia

The female protagonist of the double scene of April, carved by Giovanni and Nicola Pisano in the lower basin of the Main Fountain of Perugia, holds a floral wreath and a bouquet of flowers in her hands.
There is no doubt of her identity as uxor (wife in Latin), as it’s clearly written in stone, in [...]



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 [...]



Bevignate and the mistery of the Templar Code

May 8th, 2015 | author Antonella Bazzoli
Bevignate and the mistery of the Templar Code

Who was Bevignate, the mysterious hermit venerated like a saint by the population of Perugia, notwithstanding the Church had never approved his canonization?
An aura of mystery surrounds the figure of this medieval monk, whom The Templars dedicated a new church in Perugia. Inside the medieval building there are interesting frescoes, dating back to the seventies [...]



The Sacred Spring on the Etruscan Sarcophagus

Apr 4th, 2015 | author Antonella Bazzoli
The Sacred Spring on the Etruscan Sarcophagus

In the Archaeological Museum of Perugia we can admire one of the most fascinating pieces in Perugia’s Etruscan collection: the  so-called “Sarcophagus dello Sperandio”, done in pietra fetida (limestone typical of Chiusi), which dates back to the Etruscan archaic age and which takes its name from the  place where it was found in 1843.
The funeral [...]



Vacations in Perugia

Sep 25th, 2014 | author Antonella Bazzoli
Vacations in Perugia

Vacations in Italy revealed always too short! Did you ever have a vacation experience that totally exceeded your expectations? Did you ever choose a destination on a whim and then end up liking it better than all of the other places you had chosen when you planned your vacation? That is [...]



The refused canonization of a Templar saint

May 8th, 2013 | author Antonella Bazzoli
The refused canonization of a Templar saint

It was on the 13th of October 1307 when the King of France, Filippo il Bello, ordered the arrest of the Templar Knights. The monks who belonged to the order were imprisoned and tortured, including the Great Master Jacques de Molay. Their property was confiscated, and all archives and documents were destroyed, making the task [...]



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 [...]