TRAVELLERS DURING THE TIME #2 _ Goethe and the olive trees
Posted on September 08, 2017
Few people know, probably, that before arriving to the Marmore Falls, the travellers of the last centuries had other reasons to appreciate the ternanan countryside. Reasons that we could define… attractive!!

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832), passing through Terni on 27 October 1786, has been fascinated from the wide presence of the olive trees: “In a so rocky landtoday I saw the biggest and ancient olive trees never seen before”. The great german writer was so corious to write in his book “Italienische Reise” (translated with the title of “Viaggio in Italia”).

The olive trees weren't the only attraction for the travellers. The village of Papigno for eaxmple was famous in Europe for its peaches. Also Pliny the Elder (23-79 d.C.) that speaks about it with admiration in his book Naturalis Historia..

There have been also many other groves and plantations that covered, with its gourgeous colours, the lands appropriate for the cultivations. Suggestive is the memory of a travel didi by the french historic philosopher Hyppolite Taine (1828-1893), by carriage from Rome to Perugia in the Spring of 1864, that so described the Ternanan Valley crossed going at the top of the hill where Narni is: “The landscape is even more embellished: this is a fertile plain of green wheat, of elms, a great and smiling garden”.

And given that we are in September, a period of grape harvest, it is right to conclude this pleasant digressions on the ancient delicacies tasted by the travellers remember the famous poet Paul Valery (1871-1945).



Saverio Ricci.

Arts Historic, tourist guide of Umbria


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