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A New Zealand woman travelling solo in Italy in August a trip report.

A New Zealand woman travelling solo in Italy in August a trip report.

Old Sep 19th, 2006, 03:34 AM
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Just to be precise: the Sagra di San Michele is an amazing place, an hidden Italian treasure that definitely worth a visit but it is not the place where "The Name of the Rose" was shot...
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Old Sep 20th, 2006, 08:55 AM
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True, I had thought that this was the location for the movie and ill-advised Kiwi-chick, but after going there myself I couldn't figure out the angles of the film, so I rented the DVD, which includied an extra clip where the director explains how he made the film, it was entirely shot a a giant set at the film studio's outside Rome.

None the less its a marvellous place to visit, not just the monastery, but on a clear day you can see the Superga mausoleum on the bluff overlooking Turin. Maybe Umberto Ecco got his inspiration for the book from the Sacra di San Michele.
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Old Sep 20th, 2006, 09:42 AM
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How did Kiwi use Sampaguita's computer to add the Florence portion if she was heading that very instant to the trains station

This is hilarious!
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Old Sep 20th, 2006, 10:01 AM
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And funny too is that the 4th reply to the original post is from 'ballacqui' at the Baur B&B who says she is glad that KiwiChick had such a good time with Tim and Rina...

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Old Sep 21st, 2006, 11:34 AM
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On the Sagra di San Michele: note that this ancient abbey is dedicated to San Michele as the (more) famous Mont Saint Michel in the north of France. The link between these two marvels is strenghtened by the fact that the same Italian architect contributed to the construction of both. By the way, they are both unique and stunning constructions and those who visited and loved the Mont Saint Michel should not miss our Sagra which is definitely as impressive as the MSM....

For Sampaguita: the name of the writer of the Name of the Rose is Umberto Eco (and not Ecco)
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Old Sep 21st, 2006, 10:26 PM
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lco thanks for the name correction, it was a typo. I too have been to both of Saint Michael's mounts as well as the one in England, and I am fascinated by the Michael cult which apparently came from around Syria or Persia. I keep thinking that these structures built on the mountain tops must have had an old pagan temple at one time, and it makes me think of the Chinese geomancers and there "dragon's spines" plus wasn't there an Arthurian legend about stirring the dragon's tail? St Michael is depicted much like St George, as very feminine and slaying the dragon. Food for thought on a foggy morning like today.

Oh and BTW Marigross, Kiwichick came back here after her UK stay and back posted her Florence and UK reports plus I don't stay in convents, but this thread at least has added spice to some jaded lives amp;
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Old Oct 10th, 2006, 06:24 AM
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I wanted to top this - interesting report and something to peruse for the next trip to Italy!
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Old Oct 10th, 2006, 11:32 AM
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Flygirl, Kiwichick is off somewhere in the Cinque Terre, probably can't find an internet cafe on the trail, however you can read her Palio d'Asti report on
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