More of Rome from Serafino
This is a note about Rome from our friend, Serafino Garella, who lives in Biella, Italy, a beautiful town just south of the lake region.
“I enjoyed reading your suggestions in a previous blog entry about what to see in Rome. And to those I add: When around Rome, if you have one day to ride about, go to visit Civita di Bagnoregio. Civita is a left-over town that is slowly disappearing. Built on a hilltop, the friable terrain around it is slowly being eroded, so that the small town is now linked to the town of Bagnoregio (in the environs of Orvieto, another place very much worth a visit!) only by a bridge. It is about two hours’ drive out of Rome. The old bridge that was linking Civita to Bagnoregio was blasted at the end of WW II, and the new bridge is not in keeping with the rest of the town, architecturally speaking. But the town itself is wondrous, especially towards evening, as you can see from the few attached pictures that I send as a small sample.”
And another note from Serafino….
“The new year almost starts with a palindromic date: the first of February, when written in the Italian acception, is 01-02-2010, which can be read forward and backward, and is considered an omen of good luck. (By the way, “Palin” in ancient Greek and perhaps in modern Greek as well, means “again” . Another omen?).”