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…My Castelli Romani…
On this page we have collected the thoughts, memories and emotions of the five founders of the Castelli Romani Green Tour on the territory in which we live, we want to protect and let the world know.
The Castelli Romani are the place where, coming from Rome, I decided to live 16 years ago. A place that I love because I chose it, a’m not here by chance. It’s not like being born and living in the same place: when you arrive in a country where nobody knows you and decide to stop there because you like the light of this place, you like the colors, the lines that design the urban landscape, at that very moment you start put there your roots. No matter where they were before, now it is here that you feel at home.
I had the chance to travel to many countries, and visiting this area for me was a great feeling discovering places that made me think that I don’t need to take a plane and reach the other side of the world to find fantastic places. Here you can find everything, if you love art and archeology, with sites dating back thousands of years ago and masterpieces signed by masters such as Bernini, and if you are looking for contact with nature.
After 16 years, I still often stop in the street to admire a palace, a fountain, an ancient door and its details, or because finally my eyes can freely enjoy the sky, the hills and the sea. I think the Castelli Romani area enshrines a natural and artistic heritage on which it is to develop the culture of landscape conceived as a common good, to preserve and make accessible through environmentally sustainable tourism. A careful environmental impact tourism.
I am indigenous, but with a history of escapes and returns to the Castles. The last return was that of awareness: the awareness of not doing enough to preserve, protect and enhance this extraordinary territory, and have hallowed that narrow interests, laziness, irresponsibility and indifference disfigured the face and soul of this place.
But it is not too late, I can still do a lot and want to do it, because I clearly see the richness of landscape, environmental and human resources of this area. Because I know for sure that quality of life and economic well-being can co-exist, and because nature and art are the only things that make me feel really and deeply happy …
The Castelli Romani, and particularly Albano, have been for me a random choice. I’m from Rome and I have always been in love with this area, but I had not the custom in the family to spend there the classic Sunday picnics. Rather my father on Sunday led us to discover the lesser-known Rome: a hidden corner, a forgotten church … I arrived in Albano on one December 98 evening: it was cold, the streets were lit by Christmas lights, little traffic … Here I learned that caming a store could also be a time to chat and not just for purchasing in an hectic and impersonal way. I discovered the pleasure of living in an old town and reach everything by walking. And near the house there was a market, and this reminded me the house I had left Rome, because even there I lived next to a market…
And so, one day after another, the Castelli Romani have become for me the place of my roots, not the original ones, ancestral, but those to be replanted. Here my children were born, Francis and David …
What really are these blessed Castelli Romani? Cross and delight of tourists, a bit as the Gozzano not found island:
“Announces itself with the scent, like a courtesan, the not found island …
But, if the pilot goes on, it rapidly vanishes as vain semblance, it dyes of blue color of distance …
These are wonderful places, contradictory, mostly unknown and too often inaccessible or difficult to reach. This could discourage you, but no! It is not the shapeless mass of tourists hit-and-run that we want to bring here, with a heavy impact on a territory already partially compromised. We must think of the Castelli Romani as a protected area, a reserve, a treasure chest full of precious stones. Who came here must do it in a respectful way, on tiptoe and with the eyes and mind of a lover. It is this feeling that I would like to give, with Castelli Romani Green Tour, to people who will come here and we bring here … Because no environmental battle in defense of territory, no civil and political commitment, it really makes sense without a large, deep, unconditional love for our land.
I am native, I was born in a house in the old town of Ariccia, at Via Rosa. I grew up running through the narrow streets of this village and playing at the “Portella”, in Piazzale Belvedere. Yes, this city and the Castelli Romani are definitely my territory. Despite the many trips I have never definitively separate from this earth, and currently I live in the old town of Ariccia, near the palace “of the Fiorini,” my ancestors, right where my father lived.
I wonder why when you live immersed in the cultural heritage , many beautyful places are taken for granted you end up not to appreciate them properly, or worse, they look elsewhere. In fact, I become a”tourist” in my territory only for three years, further studied the history, to look with new eyes what surrounds me rand ediscovering my roots.
I did not know, for example, that my maternal grandfather worked as a gardener at Villa Chigi and Villa Volterra, while my grandmother was a cook in the kitchen of the same Chigi family, and my mother grew up alongside my grandmother, playing in the same building. As a “native-tourist” I feel the impulse to work to preserve this place, to work with an aim: to make who comes here from the outside, and does not know the Castelli Romani, can appreciate the valuable cultural heritage of this area.
Fire, earth, water and sky: these are the Castelli Romani. I was’nt born here, I’m from another region, Umbria, in the heart of Italy. I arrived here through a course of studies that led me to know this reality. A city spread between the crater wall of a volcano and the sea, between stunningly beautiful views that I would not have expected to see. The Castelli Romani are a natural terrace to walk along the Appian side, but even a “garden city” with villas and vineyards to admire in the Tuscolano side. I was surprised finding in this area a long history that has its roots starting from mythology. An area that looks like a seismograph of our times: it also reveals some traces of illegal constructions but equally principles of protection of the cultural heritage that you can’t find anywhere else.
Between memory and the future we go through different territories, in which I try to trace the history of this land, of those who live here, in an itinerary that allows us to understand, conserve and design the territory.
Sometimes it’s scenic beauty, or are the past or recent signs of art and culture, or simply it’s tasting those products that make this area unique and different.
the Castelli Romani, ideally located between the two lakes, have been the cradle and crossroads of peoples and cultures, they have always been a meeting point between peoples, opened and curious to listen to the others, sure about its own ancient and ever-changing identity. The strength of this historic ability consists in being a strong network of many small communities, different from each other, autonomous, proudly independent, free bearers of Latin peoples history and traditions.
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