Sigurtà Park - water gardens
In this picture you can see the "water gardens" (giardini acquatici), where the waterlilies flower in the summer season. In the pano you can also see the train and some golf carts you can hire to make a trip around the park. In the park there are 20 km of porphyry alleyways.
Passing a summer´s day in Parco Giardino Sigurtà is a truly regenerating experience. There are quiet walks to be had in the cool avenues or woodland, or perhaps you may wish to rediscover the childhood emotions of treading barefoot over the soft lawns, or simply enjoy the peace and relaxation of sitting in the shade of the trees. There are as many ways of enjoying this world of Nature that the Park offers as there are individual grown-ups and children.
We must not forger the great flowering of local and tropical water Lilies, which in the summer float placidly in the eighteen ornamental lakes of the garden.
Sigurtà park is a fantastic natural park created from Carlo Sigurtà a few centuries ago. That picture...
between the mill houses of Borghetto sul Mincio
old millhouses in Borghetto sul Mincio and Ponte Visconteo
between the old mill houses of Borghetto sul Mincio with view to Ponte Visconteo
The name "Italy" is shrouded in mystery; some etymologists trace it to a Greek word meaning "the land of young cattle."
Italy was fond of Jupiter and Mars from the very start, Jupiter for fatherly good luck and Mars for war!
But it all began with Rome. Rome was founded by Romulus and Remus who were sons of Rhea and Mars.
The twins were abandoned at birth out of a fear that they would grow up and later overthrow Amelius, usurper of their grandfather's rightful throne.
Wrongful mis-doings most foul! Treachery and sabotage!! HOW would these two blessed infants make their way in such a world?
As it turns out, the twins didn't have to make their way very far, because one of them killed the other one and then they weren't twins anymore. But that happens later.
First they got rescued by a she-wolf who suckled them with her milk and raised them as her own until they were discovered by the shepherd Faustulus.
Faustulus fed them meat and bread and also raised them as his own until they were old enough to return to Amelius and hack him up as planned. They reinstated the grandfather Numitor to his rightful throne and went off to celebrate by starting a town of their own.
They chose a hilly area where the mama wolf had saved them from certain death in the barren wilderness and began scouting locations.
Romulus liked one hill. Remus liked another. The circle of crows like Romulus' hill, so Romulus killed Remus and named the town after himself. Thus Rome was born and Italy with it.
Text by Steve Smith.