Magical Morcote, Canton Ticino, Switzerland, seen from Porto Ceresio, Italy, across Lake Lugano

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More about Morcote:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morcote

https://www.ticino.ch/en/commons/details/The-village-of-Morcote/2713.html

This is what Lonely Planet wrote in 2016: https://www.lonelyplanet.com/news/2016/10/11/beautiful-village-switzerland/

See also: Castello di Morcote: http://castellodimorcote.ch/.

Photo taken from Porto Ceresio, Italy.

More on PC:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porto_Ceresio

in Italian: http://www.comune.portoceresio.va.it/?q=node/10

More on Lake Lugano: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Lugano/

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Il Giardino della Valle: a secret garden in Cernobbio on Lake Como

This is a place we found entirely by accident, on a day-trip to Cernobbio, on Lake Como: we just followed the signs in the centre of this small town to the “Giardino della Valle”. A ten-minute walk, past lovely old houses, slightly uphill, but no matter, and we reached this delightful public park that hugs the banks of the torrent that carries melted snow from the mountains above to the lake below.

The Giardino della Valle (the Garden in the Valley) is a labour of love on the part of one local woman who, thirty years ago, disgusted by the fact that the area was being used as an illegal rubbish dump, decided to crowd out the garbage, replacing it with trees and plants, adding little bridges across the stream, as well as the occasional bench, where visitors can sit and ponder a while, and enjoy the gifts of nature. The result, is a quiet, pretty place, which also features a little free library: donate a book and take a book. Access to the Giardino della Valle is from Via Plinio, or the first left off Via Regina after Villa d’Este in Cernobbio, on Lake Como.

More at: Giardino della Valle on Facebook.

When the cows come home: the transhumance, in Livigno, Valtellina, Italy, 23 September, 2017

 

 


The transhumance (transumanza, in Italian), whereby dairy cows, sheep, and goats were taken to higher ground to escape the heat as the summer approached (and brought back down again in September or October), is a long-established tradition in Italy. While this Wikipedia entry mostly refers to the transhumance between the lowlands of Puglia to the cooler mountainsides of Abruzzo, as does this piece, for which we thank  Philip Curnow and Giuseppina Marcolini of Delicious Italy, the practice occurs in many Italian regions, including Lombardy.

For more information, including videos, on the transhumance in Lombardy, see here: (in Italian).

With an emphasis on sheep, this piece is also very informative (in Italian).

On Saturday, 23 September 2017, at Livigno, 2000 meters above sea level, in the Valtellina area of northern Italy, we witnessed the return of the dairy cattle, sheep, and goats from their summer quarters. Some who had been taken higher up the mountains, and some who had gone down, usually a two to three hours trek, at a cow’s (or sheep’s) walking pace, of course. Livigno is 129km from Varese, 70km from Sondrio, and 20km from the Swiss border. Our visit was organized by the association Amici della Cascina Molina of Induno Olona (Varese), whom we thank.

If Livigno seems a long way to go, why not go for the Sagra della Transumanza at Nebbiuno, a short distance from Arona on the road to Stresa, above Lake Maggiore? Details here. We went a couple of years ago, and if I can find some pictures, I will post them.

One Festa della Transumanza that we missed this year (these things are not very well advertised, was at Sarigo,  hamlet that forms part of the municipality of Castelveccana, on the Lombardy shores of Lake Maggiore. Here’s the poster:

 

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If you want more on this subject, see La Transumanza.

Liberty, Italian Art Nouveau: Luigi Matteoni’s photos on show at Porto Ceresio, to 27 August, 2017

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You have until Sunday (27 August, 2017) to see an exhibition of Italian Art Nouveau architecture, photographed by Luigi Matteoni, being held in the public library, Porto Ceresio, on Lake Lugano, Italy. Don’t miss it!

Fino a domenica, 27 agosto, 2017 (ore 15-19), una bellissima mostra di architettura Liberty, fotografata da Luigi Matteoni, nella Sala Polivalente della Biblioteca di Porto Ceresio, sul Lago di Lugano, Italia. Non mancate!

In più, una ottima occasione per conoscere Porto Ceresio, sulle sponde italiane del Lago di Lugano, a poca distanza dalla frontiera con la Svizzera. La piacevolissima passeggiata sul lungolago vi offre scorci deliziosi, specialmente la veduta su Morcote, un bellissimo paesino del Canton Ticino.

Ecco un pezzo da Exibart dall’Notiziario di Andrea Speziali sulla mostra.

The images, all by Luigi Matteoni, depict:

Brunate (Como), Villa Cantaluppi
Busto Arsizio (Varese), Casa Liberty, Via Mameli/Via Nino Bixio
Celle Ligure (Savona), Villa Ravera, Passeggiata Romana
Cervia (Ravenna), Villa Righini, Via Roma 82 (arch. Matteo Focaccia)
Cesenatico (Forlì-Cesena), Casa Liberty, Via Anita Garibaldi 22
Florence, Palazzo Pola/Casa Poggi, Via De’ Brunelleschi (arch. Giuseppe Paciarelli)
Induno Olona (Varese), Birreria Angelo Poretti (arch. Ulisse Stacchini)
Lodi, Via Giuseppe Garibaldi 17, ringhiera/wrought-ironwork (Alesssandro Mazzocotelli)
Milan, Casa Battaini, Via Telesio 22 (arch. Alfredo Menini)
Milan, Casa Liberty, Via Aurelio Saffi 9
Milan, Casa Liberty, Via Castelvetro 5
Milan, Casa Liberty, Via Volta 16
Milan, Casa Moneta, Via Ausonio
Milan, Piazza Wagner, 4/6, Casa Liberty
Milan, Tomba Elisi, Cimitero Monumentale (Francesco Penna)
Milan, Palazzo Castiglioni, Corso Venezia 49 (arch. Giuseppe Sommaruga)
Milan, Villa Romeo Faccaconi, Clinica Columbus, Via Buonarotti (arch. Giuseppe Sommaruga)
Monza, Casa Ranzini, Via Mantegazza 1
Novara, Casa Quaroni, Via Baluardi/Via Quintino Sella (arch. Mario Rosina)
Porto Ceresio (Varese), Scuola Materna
Porto Ceresio (Varese), Villa Liberty
Ravenna, Casa Liberty, Via IV Novembre
Riccione, Villa Antolini (arch. Mario Mirko Vucetich)
San Pellegrino Terme (Bergamo), Grand Hotel San Pellegrino (arch. Romolo Squadrelli)
Trezzo d’Adda (Milano), Centrale Idroelettrica Alessandro Taccani (arch. Gaetano Moretti)
Turin, Casa Florio, Via Bertola/Via San Francesco d’Assisi (arch. G. Velati Bellini)
Valganna (Varese), Villa Cesarina, Via degli Alpini (arch. Vittorio Verganti)
Varese, Grand Hotel Campo dei Fiori (arch. Giuseppe Sommaruga)
Varese, Grand Hotel (arch. Giuseppe Sommaruga)
Varese, Villa Agosteo, Via dell’Annunciazione, 6
Velate (Varese), Casa Liberty, Via Adige 49
Venice, Palazzo Salviati, Sestriere Dorsoduro (arch. Giacomo dell’Olio)

After the exhibition, which is open from 1500-1900, take a look around Porto Ceresio, a lovely lakeside town, on the Italian/Swiss border. Take a stroll along the shore, look out and see the delightful village of Morcote, Switzerland, have a coffee, cold drink, or an ice-cream.

Inaugurated on Friday 18 August 2017, this show is part of the annual calendar of art exhibits held in the Library in Piazza Luraschi in Porto Ceresio, 10km from Varese (Italy), and 21km from Lugano (Switzerland). More here.