The area of Northern Lazio continues to surprise with the recovery of treasures lost for hundreds and even thousands of years. Thanks to the determination, generosity and professionalism of local art historians, archeologists and private groups who give financial and technical support, many ancient sites and lost works of art have been recently recuperated adding to Italy's wealth of art.
|entrance dromos Etruscan tomb Norchia|
At the ancient Etruscan necropolis of Norchia, in Vetralla, an equipe of archeologists and volunteers with financial support from Trust Sostratos of Lorenzo Benini completed a second campaign of excavations bringing to light about 11 pieces of funerary art including painted vases and bucchero ware datable from the 4th to the 3rd centuries BC.
That these treasures have escaped the pick axes of tomb
robbers for two thousand years is incredible in itself. The area on which the necropolis of Norchia sits
is privately owned (a certain Signor Stelliferi) and will probably become a future archeological park similar to
the nearby privately owned Sacro Bosco
|one of the vases found in Norchia|
These ceramic treasures are now being cleaned and restored before being presented to the public on September 13th in the Sala Regia of Viterbo’s Palazzo dei Priori.
|Simona Sterpa at the Soriano presentation|
Simona Sterpa is one of the archeologists coordinating the group of volunteers, including Luciano Proietti, Rudolfo Neri and Mario Sanna of Archeotuscia who were on site digging by 6 a.m. before the August sun and heat made work impossible.
In Soriano nel Cimino’s historic center another equipe of local art historians and restorers have brought back to light part of a 16th century fresco which had been hidden under layers of white paint in the tiny Misericordia church located in the shadow of the imposing Orsini Castle. A word of warning for Soriano: arrival and parking are difficult due to numerous narrow one-way streets and hidden parking lots.
|explaining the newly found fresco|
|unveiling the fresco|
|crammed in to the tiny chapel|
|fresco fragment of Last Judgement|
The presentation took place yesterday in a nearby church, then the crowd moved over to the tiny Misericordia chapel to watch the unveiling of the long lost fresco.
fireworks announced the unveiling and causing a
bit of panic (one woman threw
herself on the ground) but the rest of late afternoon went on seamlessly with a delicious buffet offered to
guests in a series of ancient rooms with
low beams reminiscent of a Venetian sottoportego.
|sitting on the altar|
|spindle fountain where tyrant DiVico was decapitated|
|16th century organ still needs repair|
|view from Soriano over the Tiber valley|
|peeking inside the Misericordia chapel|
|The fresco is a represtation of the Last Judgement |
|low ceiling with ancient beams|
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In September - series of Enrichment lectures for passengers sailing on Silverseas luxury cruise from Venice to Dubronik and return
Visits in USA- Buffalo, NY and Boston areas
In October- "I nostri castelli-veri gioelli" illustrated presentation about the castles of N. Lazio for Archeotuscia in Viterbo's Prefecture.
Date to be announced. Copies of my books will be available at all these happenings.