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.
Some observations from the balcony of things connecting our bedroom to the surrounding environment:
Thunderstorm with pink lightning in the night seen from bed through open balcony doors
Early morning scenery changing from light grey curtain of fog till sunny lush green hills of jungle
Sounds of a foreign couple on a honeymoon attending a cooking course at someone’s home somewhere in Castello
Wide selection of wild life from swallows flying all around, pigeons sitting on roof tops in pairs, cats yelling loudly at each other on the street to red aphids on the balcony leaving amazingly red dots when accidentally smashed
Roofs below with natural ventilation enhancement devices and chimneys, walls with windows and balconies on different levels on both sides and depth creating mountains as a background canvas and birds flying around form restful outside extra “room” that is one step closer to solitude from a shared bedroom and then again part of street life. It is a spot to enjoy friendly weather and soothing views of nature and built heritage made of durable and beautiful materials well suited for their site.