I am writing this at home after the eventful course in Mazzano. My mind still lingers back to the sunny medieval village and its narrow streets. Best part of the whole thing though, was the interaction with the local people in both Mazzano and Faleria. I’ve visited different cities and villages in Italy, but this was the first time that I felt like I was absorbed into the social culture of the place. It felt like I was a part of the community, not just observing it – and I loved it! All the meetings and short chats were cheerful and joyous, even though the message sometimes was lost in translation. Read more “Understandings and misunderstandings”
Mazzano in the beginning of June. Since the rainy May, the greenery around the town is still uncommonly strong and vital. The vegetation covers the earth with a soft, moist and shady rug of life, offering the variety of local animals a place to play and breed. Together the beings fill the thick humid air with miscellaneous scents, crackle, hum and chirp. Read more “The Mazzanian Ensemble “
Staying in a room with a balcony overlooking roofs of outer circle of onion-like topography surrounded by the valley of Treja has been a multisensory and mind-expanding experience. The symbiosis of built environment of medieval Mazzano Romano, Castello, with its relaxed small town life, and wild nature almost all around it can perhaps best be observed and experienced from the balcony. Castello easily starts to feel like home even for short time visitors because of its small and exceptionally welcoming international community. What is most particular here, though, is a multileveled connection to the place – one feels like becoming part of the community, but also of the whole symbiosis. Read more “Thoughts from a Balcony of Roberta’s Place”
The workshop in Mazzano Romano inspired me to search for answers to many questions that had risen or were re-discovered. My reflection is a collage of feelings, information about the history and cultural life of the town, expressions of people. Read more “Mazzano oldtown vibes”
Lights. Partly Mazzano is light up like a football field. Sometimes blue, sometimes yellow light dazzles your eyes. Instead of tender soft night you feel like standing at the gas station at the truck headlights. Romantic church ruin has been changed to Coliseum, historic cripple that is constantly under surveillance. We tried to enjoy the night sitting peacefully at the ruins and drink wine in balmy night. It would have been cosier at the roadside or at the display window. But probably that’s what ruins are, just a display window of history. Read more “Mazzano by night”
In the beginning of June a group of students coming from different universities, different backgrounds but with shared passion for Italy, travelled from the North to Mazzano Romano. Upon the first arrival, the tiny village seemed to be a definition of idyll – what are we going to fix there, I asked myself, while climbing up a hill to the old Castello. The historical town standing majestically on top of a cliff, drowning in a possessive jungle, a wild greenery as far as I could see with a promise of Treja river getting lost underneath. Read more “Searching for Mazzano”
Calcata is a medieval town in Viterbo north of Rome. The dense habitat is topping a steep hill. It is only accessible through one city gate. We spent a few hours in Calcata saturday morning. The visit gave an impression of great attention to detail and a common care for the medieval townscape by the inhabitants. The narrow streets, small scale entrances and steep stairs were in impressive contrast to the dramatic placement of the town.
(In Mazzano June 6th, Niina Svartström.) Read more “Calcata – See, Touch, Smell and Taste”