This ancient trail climbs the mountain where a Latin League cult worshipped Jupiter, its main deity.
The Via Sacra climbs the steep slopes and dense chestnut woods
of Monte Cavo (3,084 feet, or 940 meters, above sea level) to the site
where the ancient cult of luppiter Latiaris worshiped the god
Jupiter. This spectacular hike is both an archaeological and spiritual
journey and ranks among the most beautiful itineraries in the region.
The road, rebuilt with basalt stones under the reign of the fifth
king of Rome, Tarquinius Priscus, is the natural continuation of a
sacred path that led from the Temple of Diana Nemorensis, by the nearby
Lake of Nemi, to the temple of the Latin League’s major deity.
Once a year during the traditional Feriae Latinae delegates
from the cities of the Latin League walked in a procession, carrying
offerings for a great sacrifice that would be held in honor of the god
(as recounted by Dionysius of Halicarnassus, a historian from the first
century BC). In later times, as the Latin League’s importance dwindled,
Jupiter’s temple in Rome overshadowed its Latin counterpart.
Nowadays, the temple has disappeared (although some of the foundation
stones are still visible on the summit), replaced by a monastery and
later, a restaurant and hotel, which is now abandoned. The view from the
viewpoint below the peak (celebrated by Goethe in his Italian Journey)
provides a breathtaking view over the volcanic lakes of Albano and Nemi
and the great plain of the Campagna Romana (Roman countryside)
beyond. Most of the road is still in good condition, complete with its
original stone paving. Historical reenactment groups organize yearly
events to celebrate the ancient Feriae Latinae.
Clancy's comment: I'd sure like to walk this track.
is incredibly beautiful. And when we have the opportunity to see such
incredible photos like the ones you're about to see below, it is evident
that the world we live in is a truly stunning place. Take a look at some
incredibly beautiful photos captured for the world by the renowned National
Clancy's comment: Brilliant, eh? Three cheers for the National Geographic.
Let’s check out some fashions from a past era. So, let's start with the New Yorkers, photographed by Alfred Eisenstaedt–
most famous for that shot of the sailor kissing the girl in Times
Square. The following photos are from a street style series for LIFE
magazine in 1944 called ‘Beautiful Girls’…
Clancy's comment: Mm ... How things have changed, eh? Did you notice that not one of them was overweight?
In all my travels around the world, I've always had great admiration for those hotels, guesthouses and resorts that have a collection of pre-loved books for their guests. Now, here is a sample of some very cute bookshops around the world.
Clancy's comment: Ah ... I can almost smell them from here.