TRAVELLERS DURING THE CENTURIES #1
THE WATERFALL, A REAL PASSION !
Thanks to the success of the historical fims, an increasing number that see as protagonists Kings and Queens of the Great Britain (from Elizabeth to the speech of King to the latest new Victoria and Abdul), we can imagine them, haughty british monarches while they were climbing on the rocky cliffs, in the middle of thethunderous waters of the Waterfall, exclaiming the typical english expression “it looks like it’s raining cats and dogs!” (Sembra che stiano piovendo anche cani e gatti !).
So, it will be easier for us that live nowadays to understand the emotions of the Kings and Queens, even if used to benefit of the splendor, sorrounded by the beautiful, in front of the one of the most Italian marvel.
Referring to the memories of the Real House's historic lived in the XIX century, Charles Greville, the Princess of Galles Carolina of Brunswick stayed for a month by Villa Graziani, between Papigno and the Waterfall, hosted by a noble family of the Ternanan Count. Caroline was married since 1795 with the reigning (since 1820) King of the Great Britain, King Giorgio IV. But the woman came to Italy in 1814 with the intention to stay for some years to forget her unhappy wedding: the spouses became obvious that was formally separated since 1796, after the birth of their only daughter. Inthe summer of 1817 came to Terni with her lover, the Milanese manservant Bartolomeo Pergami. In the pages of Voyages and travels of her Majesty, Caroline Queen of Great Britain (1821), we can find the words that enchant the beauty of the Nera Valley, described in detailed way. Worthy of interest also some Ternanan monumetns, as the amphitheatre and other elegant Palaces, as well as the landscape of the Piediluco Lake, so that in the book has been reminded the cerefree hours that the noble woman spent in the so-called Echo Valley (Monte Caperno).
Today the "main glory and pride of Terni is however the celebrate Waterfall and its surrondings, that it can be considered as one of the most noble and extraordinary things of this genre, not only in Italy but also in the entire universe". The Holiday at Villa Graziani, so appreciated from Caroline, costed a king's ransom. The sources of that period remembered in fact as Caroline already repudiated from her husband and condammned of adultery in a process right for her idyllic stay in Terni.
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