Taking in the Healing Waters of Italy’s Fiuggi – Day 4 – Part 1

DSCN7640We saved our visit to the source of Fiuggi water for the last day, as the weather forecast called for bright sunshine, followed by a pleasant evening — no rain in sight!  But, first I wanted to head back up to Fiuggi Citta, as I wanted to explore there, just a bit more, before saying goodbye to this lovely town.  Rather than walk the same route that we had taken the day before, I thought I’d try a shortcut, which, while definitely shorter, was a much steeper climb up to the top of the town.DSCN7644DSCN7645I passed a large, beautiful pink-colored building, which turned out to be the IIS Anagni — sede Liceo Scientifico di Fiuggi, or the Science High School of Fiuggi.  DSCN7646DSCN7648DSCN7649Before long, I was back in Piazza Trento e Trieste.DSCN7650DSCN7651I immediately headed into the narrow, winding streets of the Historical Center.DSCN7652DSCN7653DSCN7656DSCN7658DSCN7657DSCN7660DSCN7661Like most of Italy’s Old Towns, Fiuggi has a castle.  Its location marks the highest point of the town.  Today, the only part that is open to the public is a restaurant, La Taverna del Castello, which is housed on the ground floor of the structure.  DSCN7666You won’t see any bottles of San Pellegrino water on tables, in this town!DSCN7667Along a small, narrow street, three plaques commemorated works by the Italian comic, Toto.  DSCN7669DSCN7670DSCN7671DSCN7673DSCN7674DSCN7675DSCN7679DSCN7681DSCN7683Palazzo Falconi dates from the 17th century.  The Palazzo, built by the Falconi Family, houses a painting by the Master Ubaldo, of Napoleon Bonaparte, which was painted in honor of Napoleon’s arrival in Italy.DSCN7684DSCN7682DSCN7685DSCN7687DSCN7688The Chiesa di Santo Stefano Protomartire dates from the year 1000.DSCN7690DSCN7689DSCN7692DSCN7693DSCN7695DSCN7697DSCN7700DSCN7705DSCN7707DSCN7708DSCN7712Vicolo Baciadonne (in English, the “Alley Where You Kiss Women”) is so called, because it is so narrow that it is impossible for two people to pass each other without contact, and so men would kiss the women they passed.  As you can see, it is tight!DSCN7713DSCN7715DSCN7720Dating from the 12th Century, the Chiesa di Santa Maria del Colle, or Saint Mary on the Hill, is so called, because it is on the hill leading up to the center of town, near where the old defensive walls used to be.  DSCN7726DSCN7722DSCN7723The Fontana del Colle is one of the town’s most historic, and popular water fountains.  DSCN7725DSCN7727DSCN7729DSCN7730

 

Next up: We drink the water at its source!  A visit to the Terme di Fiuggi!

 

Note: This blog is written in English and Spanish, and the author takes no responsibility for the quality of any other translations which may appear.  If you have enjoyed this post, please, check out our archives for more posts from Fiuggi, as well as other Italian destinations.  Grazie! 

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