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Tuscany’s Divine Adler Thermae Resort and Spa

November 17, 2016 by · Comments Off on Tuscany’s Divine Adler Thermae Resort and Spa 

Without a doubt, the Adler Thermae Resort and Spa is the best hotel spa experience I have ever encountered.  I wrote a story about it for Luxe Beat Magazine and hope you will use this link to read it.

Perfection at the Adler Thermae Resort

High Adventure in the Carrara Marble Mines

September 5, 2016 by · Comments Off on High Adventure in the Carrara Marble Mines 

Touring the Carrara Marble Mines  in Italy is a sensational, out of the ordinary travel adventure.  I highly recommend the tour and wrote an article about it for My Itchy Travel Feet, a travel blog for Boomers.  

View from the top.

View from the top of the Carrara Marble Mines.

At the summit!

At the summit!

Please read it here: http://myitchytravelfeet.com/2016/08/09/carrara-marble-mines/

 

Recalling a visit to the Strange Capuchin Cemetery in Rome

October 14, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

cemetery_of_capuchinsWith Halloween approaching, I thought I’d blog about a few of the eeriest places I’ve visited over the years. Without a doubt, the Capuchin Cemetery in Rome, Italy, takes the dubious honor.

You’ll find the cemetery, actually a crypt beneath the church of Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini (Immaculate Conception), on the Via Veneto near Palazzo Barbareni. The ghastly chamber reeks with decay and is divided into five tiny chapels linked via a dim passageway. The place is so weird, even Dan Browne skipped a mention in his book, Angels and Demons.

Within lies the final resting place for over 4,000 Capuchin friars who died between 1528 and 1870. Some were first buried elsewhere and then transferred here. The soil in the crypt was brought from Jerusalem. A few dozen skeletons remain intact, draped in hooded Franciscan habits. Large numbers of bones adorn the walls in complex decorative patterns; some resemble bas-reliefs, others hang from the ceiling as working light fixtures. One chapel overflows with countless leg bones and skulls.

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The first room, known as the Crypt of the Resurrection, features a picture of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead, framed by parts of a human skeleton. Visitors are encouraged to interpret the displays of funereal art as the Christian belief in resurrection and everlasting life.

A plaque in one of the chapels reads, in three languages, “What you are now, we once were; what we are now, you shall be.”

I honestly can’t describe the macabre, grotesque effect, albeit with a certain artistic merit. The unearthed skeletal array makes this sacred shrine more a ghoulish tourist attraction. One needs only a few minutes to see the place, if at all.

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