Piramide Etrusca o Sasso del Predicatore, Bomarzo

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  • A visit to the Etruscan Pyramid, combined with the visit the necropolis of Santa Cecilia and Ditch falls Castle (or grinding wheel Falls) is a beautiful route, full of charm, history and nature. The pyramid is impressive, a huge Boulder carved and from where you can enjoy amazing views across the Valley. The necropolis of Santa Cecilia is perhaps the place of any route that has fascinated me more: completely enveloped by woods, in silence, with structures and tombs covered with MOSS, is truly an enchanting place. The falls are located at the entrance of the Valley, a short distance from Terni, Viterbo, are interesting because the water flows in different Rivulets between hard rock and polished, and inserted in a landscape fine: I had the feeling that the water was murky and not very clean. The route truly deserves, but it is absurd to almost completely missing the signs, especially to get the pyramid. The necropolis of Santa Cecilia and the route to the Chia Tower and the falls is indicated by a few signs along the way. To get there you park at the sports field of Bomarzo, coming from Terni, Viterbo, turn right at the beginning of the village. At the sports field there is a building in ruins on which lists the path to the necropolis of Santa Cecilia and waterfalls. Take the trail to the left of the sports field, which goes slightly downhill for about 200 meters until you come to a clear overview on the Valley with a wooden table. The trail to the necropolis of Santa Cecilia falls on rock cut directly below the Glade while to take the path to the Torre di Chia turn right: both directions are indicated by signs clearly visible. To reach the pyramid instead there are signs and we must take the path that compared to clearing, go left. Continue along the footpath along the margin of the valley below, in short you reach a road and then turn right. Along the little road to the left we find the cultivated fields in part olive grove and initially fenced with electrified fence, while on the right side there is the edge overlooking the Valley, with some scenic spots. Continue straight on for at least 10-15 minutes walk and we enter in oak forest. You get to a crossroad between roads where it would be appropriate to put a big sign (see picture), and at that point you should take right fork marked by a white and Red stain on the trunk of an oak tree: the trail goes to the edge of the Valley and meets for a tomb with horse Head plaque. We descend to a lookout with a particular holestones, then that is a cave dwelling and the path goes downhill over rocks and gets quite steep. Then the trail turns to the left and after about 100 meters you will arrive at the pyramid. The path is traced and visible in winter thanks to the white and Red stains on the trees, but in summer the vegetation could make less visible trail, and since this is a significant archaeological site, it is critical that you have not already done so to place signs more evident, as has already been done to the necropolis of Santa Cecilia. It also completely lacks the posters with information on the site, that really worth a visit.
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  • A strange country, Italy, strange indeed. He is struggling with the most devastating economic crisis in history, not a day goes by without hundreds of people to increase the army of the unemployed, yet simply into a Gorge, in a forest at random and that's unfolding archaeological treasures of indescribable beauty. Treasures that could undoubtedly be our Holy Grail if only they could understand and to invest in their development. From this point of view, the case of the so-called "Etruscan Pyramid" of Bomarzo is really emblematic. To achieve the remarkable how enigmatic artifact-rediscovered in 1991 by John Lamoratta and Joseph M but still substantially ignored by the general public-you need to arm yourself with as much determination and ask someone local. And Yes, there is even a shred of signage and even less a minimum of signs that "waste" a few words about an artifact considered unique. The area dotted with canyons East of Cimino has been heavily populated since ancient times. About 2500 b.c., while around the Nile Imhotep built, at Saqqara, on behalf of the Pharaoh of the third dynasty Djoser, what is considered the first pyramid of human history, among these ravines proliferated the so-called civilization of Rinaldone. It was in the transition from the Neolithic to eneolithic (copper age) and Rinaldoniani, many centuries before the Etruscans were the first to carve the stones of these places. Not only do stalkers, but also to demarcate the territory, astronomical and worship purposes. It is therefore very likely, given the almost systematic reuse of sacred areas since the dawn of human history, that most of the artifacts now considered Etruscan, Roman or medieval should their primal Genesis precisely to that distant era. But no matter, the story is a bit like water, which blends into a perpetual osmosis without worrying too much about whoever ingested-and expelled-first. What really matters is the extraordinary fascination that captures who, for the first time, is located in front of works who braved the millennia. And of course the "Etruscan Pyramid" is no exception. The great monolith is reached along the sports field of Bomarzo, in the direction of the medieval village of Santa Cecilia, this Yes, marked, but instead of advancing the Gorge leading down to the Ditch Castle (just over upstream chosen by Pasolini in ' 64 to shoot scenes of the baptism of Jesus in the Gospel according to Matthew ") it is necessary to continue on the path that bends to the left. After about a kilometer and a half, looking at the edge of the path, you will notice a Boulder with a noticeable splash of red paint: marks the path to follow. A little later, incredibly enough, you will come across the grave of a horse, "Musetto", who died tragically during the palio di Sant'Anselmo of 2001. Still a few hundred meters down the Gorge and here it is, finally, emerge from nowhere, with all its load of mystery. Complicit in the massive rains that have scourged the Italy during April and may, the lush vegetation that surrounds it is so intrigued by pretend for an instant to be in the Yucatan or Angkor Wat. And we understand better why its name. But even if evocative the term pyramid is a tad forced, for sure this is the most monumental example of altar rock of Tuscia and beyond. This artifact falls into the category of so-called "preacher's Stones" scattered everywhere around (especially in the nearby forest of Malano) but much less impressive and sophisticated. Carved from a huge Boulder of peperino precipitated from the edge of the Canyon in time immemorial-probably even before the emergence of Sapiens along the Tiber Valley--the main altar stands approximately 10 meters tall and is accessible from a first flight of 22 steps visible (there are at least another 4 buried saw that many sources cite 26 and it cannot be excluded that may be even more) followed by a second in 9 steps , flanked by two platforms. Around this incredible monument has generated a heated discussion regarding both its real function (or shrine's funeral fonts?) that for dating. And if the "intended use" can somehow, not yet been made a dig, make room for some subjectivity, much different appears the diversity of views about the era in which it was made. In fact, although a scholar such as Giovanni De Feo has the seventh century BC, then in full Etruscan period, certainly looks huge divergence with Stephan Steingräber and Friedhelm Prayon which, in their "Etruscan-Roman cave Monuments", propose an origin of agustea era, namely around the 1st century AD, followed by a second phase of the middle ages. View this profound divergence, it seems very unlikely as bogus then launch into emphatic reconstructions, with the Etruscan haruspex (netsvis) that raise your eyes to heaven just before slit a victim boar and quench the dark gods. In fact, if they had to be right, when the altar was built Steingräber Prayon and the Etruscans had already been assimilated by Rome for at least a couple of centuries. Yet, though maybe in future archaeology prove just that, we continue to think that this big Boulder is really a kind of Pyramid. And having regard to its peculiarities, we would rather that from parts of Villa Giulia someone of the Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici dell'etruria Meridionale decides finally to set up a thorough excavation campaign. At that point, who knows that even the municipality of Bomarzo decides to put some sign that can be more easily finding?
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  • We made a trek of about three hours by dwelling on visits of various archaeological sites encountered on our trail, which are not well marked, and to get to the pyramid we also used the GPS to the vegetation. Get there cannot be taken for granted! Bomarzo is considered the gateway to southern Tuscia. Here, nature has provided the raw material in abundance with many enormous masses of peperino rained down from the sky with volcanic eruptions. The routes are winding, unmarked and sometimes overwhelmed by vegetation, dotted with ups and downs and really steep steps but ... the treasures they conceal all worthwhile efforts needed to achieve them. In the thick of the forest is a huge (8 x 16 m) and particular tuff Rock used as a place of worship by the Etruscans in the 7th century Bc is called "pyramid of Bomarzo" Although it is actually a truncated pyramid, in some ways similar to those of the Mayas; a more appropriate name is "pyramidal altar", some people call it also "sasso of the preacher", because it resembles a pulpit. The Boulder was expertly worked so hard to make a flight of 26 steps leading first to two side-by-side and then the main altar altars intermediate place on top. In addition there is other minor staircases totalling about 50 steps. The area where the pyramid is rich in relics and settlements belonging to that period. Walking trails in the surrounding forests you will therefore also in cave dwellings carved in huge megalithic rocks, altars and shrines and an early Christian Cemetery. The altar was discovered in the spring of 1991 by an expedition led by some local researchers. Unfortunately the official archaeology has not yet carried out a thorough study on this settlement that remains, in fact, abandoned to itself which is a shame. One wonders how it is possible that such a monument-unique-has remained unknown for centuries. It's a hidden, mysterious, for certain esoteric Tuscia that today only emerging knowledge from thousands of years of obscurity, neglect and abandonment. The thickets of stains and the asperities of places, often very secluded and not always easily accessible, abstracted to looks and the interest of fans and scholars as well as visitors and curious unusual monuments, strange, sometimes unique. IT IS A MUST SEE
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