there are those things that arouse my curiosity and push me to find answers to the most unusual questions, such as: how thick is an ancient Roman or Greek column?
This came after I was face to face with a dissected Greek column in Selinunte, Sicily. I had never seen one before, at least not cut down like that 😀
The city of Selinunte rises on a hill, not far from the sea, between Marsala and Agrigento. First inhabited by Sicani and then by the Phoenicians, Selinunte was a Greek colony since the end of the sixth century B.C. Now this site is considered as the most imponent in all Europe, quite rightly. Here I found numerous temples, shrines and altars.
All the temples here in Selinunte are all built following to the canons of the Doric order which is the oldest greek architectural style. It is easy to identify as its main features are simplicity and essentiality which give a sense of order and divine immortality, contrasting the fleetingness and frivolous chaotic world.
The Doric order has columns with no base and with a very simple capital. In other words, Doric buildings were the least decorated. Archaeologists believe that Doric architectural buildings, which were built in stone and covered in stucco, evolved from wooden buildings that were very similar.
The distance between each column as well as their diameter can vary greatly: some of them are constituted by sixteen grooves with a diameter of 1.72 m (see my first photo with the dissected columns) while others have twenty grooves and a bigger diameter, ranging from 1.84 m to 2.00 m.
Below I’m sticking out of Temple G.
Today’s daily capture is a very Italian wedding celebrated on the top of Taormina overlooking the Etna volcano. Could you ask for a more romantic setting?
Stanito continues her pursuit of hidden gems of Italy that will take you to strange places…
Did you know that in Italy you still find towns where only a dozen people live? And did you know that there is a town that is slowly breaking town? This town, did you know it looks like a floating city in the sky for most of autumn-winter days?
Civita di Bagnoregio, dear Reader, it’s the town I’m talking about… and I’m going to take you with me as I continue telling you the story 🙂
In Etruscan times, it was a sizeable city above fertile valleys and winding streams in what is now the Lazio region.
But those streams ate at the plateau and eroded its clay and sand base.
In every earthquake, exposed tufa stone and parts of the city tumbled into the valleys
You can see the evidence today, in narrow streets that end abruptly at the edge of the cliff and in walls still standing.
The population today varies from about 12 people in winter to over 100 in the summer.
Life is simple in Civita di Bagnoregio and the locals, not used to tourists, continue spending their days doing what they did decades ago; going to the local butcher, buying fresh bread and sitting outside talking to their friends and neighbours.
The village is riddled with tunnels and caves; some may have been Etruscan tombs. Some are used as wine cellars and cisterns
The reason Civita is so unusual is that it is disappearing.
They call it “the dying city” because, gradually, over many centuries, erosion and earthquakes have tugged away at the tufa rock until only this small part remains.
Everywhere you turn, the views across the collapsed hillsides and wide barren landscape,as far as the Umbrian mountains, are breathtaking.
Happy belated New Year 🙂
Stanito staff is back home in Mexico after a European adventure tail: Italy, Czech Republic and surroundings.
Some quick photos have been uploaded on the road but now is time to dig in the deep stories of the places we have visited starting from this week! So stay tuned in, dear Reader!
Before we dig into new stories I’ll share with you another short gallery of photos of Italy and Czech Republic. Photo quality is phone so please wait until I upload the real pictures 🙂
this is just one photo of this wonderful creation: the biggest Christmas tree in the world is in Gubbio, Umbria, Italy!
Stay tuned for the entire story on my next post 🙂 !
Happy holidays everybody 🙂 I hope you had a lovely Christmas and ready to have an exciting New Year!
Stanito and Travel Buddy are on the move again, this time focusing on Europe.
Starting from Italy and soon heading to Prague, Stanito caught the White Christmas everyone on Europe dreams of, only this the white element is not exactly snow this time… Have a look.
Still counting as White Christmas atmosphere, Stanito is still thrilled.
High pressure mixed with cold temperatures have created this never ending fog but luckily not too bad as we could still enjoy the Umbrian beauties during day time.
Yes dear Reader,
the smallest theatre (or theater) in the world is precisely in Italy, more specifically in a little town of Umbria. The Teatro della Concordia as we were saying…
The cutest little theatre you can imagine. it’s the smallest theatre not in terms of number of seats it offers but because it is the smallest architectonic representation of the typical Italian theatre of the 700th century. It is the typical teatro all’italiana in Goldioni style.
It was built by a bunch of rich families during the occupation of Napoleon and it officially opened in 1808.
The thing is, dear Reader, that as you can imagine the name “smallest theatre on earth” sparked some considerable controversy as in fact many other theatres around the world claim the same record.
However, dear Reader, only Concordia is the true and faithful model of the great Italian and Europeans theatres. Here is why:
It has a bell-shaped floor plan, a proscenium, fresco decorations on the entire surface and in the foyer, dressing rooms, a meeting room, a grand staircase entrance, a lobby, a ticket booth…
All the classic architectural elements of the “Italian theater” are here, thrown together in the cutest mini teeny tiny scale.
Teatro della Concordia has 99 seats squeezed in 68 square metres and the stage measures 50 metres with a foyer of about 30 metres.
Isn’t it adorable? 🙂
Few weeks ago a fellow Reader asked me about old Italian military aircraft and I thought to myself, if you like Italian military and war “stuff” then this is the place for you 🙂
It is regarded as the oldest military museum in Italy and Stanito spotted it for you.
You’re probably wondering why would I want to visit this place… Thing is that I have “a thing” for war items especially if I can see them dissected. In fact here for the first time in my life I saw a missile and aircraft wing totally opened. Fascinating 🙂
Anyway, the museum collects aircrafts and engines that represent the evolution of aviation in Italy. But it also houses important collections related to photographic equipment, radio equipment, weapons, on-board equipment, both individual and collective.
Among the activities that relate to the museum is the recovery and restoration of historic aircraft in order to preserve the national heritage aircraft.
It’s built and exposed on four large exhibition hangars with a collection of more than 60 aircraft, engines and memorabilia that take you back in time and tell you about the history of the Italian military aviation and the men who led to its prominence.
The first hangar you see as you enter the museum is the one dedicated to the Pioneers, the Airships, the First World War (hangar Troster, as soon as you enter on your right side)
Then you’ll find the epic North Pole flight aircraft of General Nobile, the Large Cruise Massa, the Schneider Cup, more aircrafts between the two Wars (hangar Velo), the Second World War and the great airplanes (hangar Badoni), to finish with the last pavilion illustrating the post-war revival of Italian Air Force, which includes jet aircraft from a more contemporary stage (hangar Skema).
How cool is it? 🙂 Happy Sunday!