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Italy, monuments of the mystery: from Ca 'Dario in Venice at the Magic gate of Rome

Italy the mysteries and legends of prophets caves or castles, and palaces, which does not bring good luck; indecipherable or altars incredible obsessions of those they build a monument behind every ancient stone, or nearly so, in Italy there are tales and adventures which sometimes have even esoteric, if not miraculous.

You can start from Miramare Castle in Trieste, “beautiful love nest built in vain” (Rimava Carducci) by Maximilian of Austria in the second half of the nineteenth century, but the Archduke will die in Queretaro, Mexico, and the wife Carlotta can not do anything, in his journeys between Vienna and Rome, the Pope, to save it. Will end up crazy. Nor will it have better fate Amedeo d’Aosta, which will inhabit then, and more. The New Zealander baron Bernard Cyril Freyberg, New Zealand, Head of the source of Montecassino during the terrible bombing in 1945 commanded the allied troops in Trieste. But he lives in a tent in the park lush: sleep in there was to challenge bad luck.

How terrible a halo surrounding Ca ‘Dario in Venice: the only dwelling on the Channel by the name of those who built it proudly on the front: the latest victim happened to Raul Gardini, in 1993, but the first, the same founder the “old courtesan bent under the weight of her jewelry” (D’Annunzio); absurd the series of his endless woes: However, I will save.


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But there’s only bad luck: God forbid. Near Sassari, no one has ever been able to explain the prehistoric altar of Monte d’Accoddi (although the mountain is just a small hill). It dates back to the fourth millennium BC, Mesopotamian ziggurat seems a: grand staircase has always been considered the first example of a temple. But something vaguely similar to the Sardinian case, there is the continent: who built it, and why?

What good was and how it was structured? So many mysteries that someone (Peter Kolosimo) suggested even an alien civilization. On Mount Accoddi, excavated in 1954 by Hercules Contu, who are now 60 years strologa. But in vain: it remains a mystery. But there are also those who went on the hunt for ghosts, or paranormal phenomena in the fortress of Narni, one of those that Cardinal Gil (Egidio) Alvarez Carrillo de Albornoz built in the middle of the fourteenth century in central Italy, the Papal States, even to promote the return of the popes from Avignon.

The assignment had they given Innocent VI Aubert so well born “twins” in Spoleto, Assisi, Perugia, Todi, Gualdo Tadino, Piediluco, Orvieto, Cortona, Cesena, Città della Pieve and Viterbo. In a few years, the Popes conquer the whole central Italy. Perhaps, you have to Matthew Gattaponi Narni, a brilliant creator of the Rocca di Spoleto is above the ancient source Feronia, and is the last of her: in 1367 begins to build, and the cardinal dies.

The result is then a legend that binds to the Saga of Narnia, with its wings and legs mysteriously appeared in old photos. Of all this, and much more, it is a book, on sale from 22 May, esoteric Monuments of Italy Fabrizio Falconi (Newton Compton, 416 p., 9.90 €) recounts and examines thirty, in a ride through history and stories, more or less to prove. The Magic gate which is in Rome, such as the Pyramid, the Pantheon and the Piazza dei Cavalieri di Malta, Egyptian obelisks in the capital; Cappella San Severo in Naples, the Pentagon Frederick’s of Castel del Monte, the monsters of Bomarzo, and so forth.

Between Finale and Borgio Verezzi in Liguria, there are many caves, the most important, Arene Candide, is 70 meters long and 20 wide. In 1864, it was unearthed and excavated: shining cranny of quartz, inhabited 25,000 years before Christ, skeletons which are now at the Museum Pigorini in Rome and elsewhere.

And the burial of a young prince, the skeleton of a 15 year old boy on a bed in red ocher, adorned with bracelets and anklets, and other objects in mammoth ivory, his head covered by a cap made of hundreds of shells ringed , in hand, a flint blade. Died of bone lesions. For he does not know anything more, but these are the tombs, sacred and magical characters to be attributed to the site. Not far away, in Lunigiana, there lived a people, a site that was said to be created even Phaeton.

A civilization of which we still know little, and he left (a nostrana Easter Island, albeit in miniature) anthropomorphic statues, male and female, of 5,000 years ago. There are eighty. Divinity? Heroes? Placed according to well-defined paths? Difficult to establish it today. It is the Italy of the roots of the mysteries of Italy, a country which fascinates.