NIGEL'S RAMBLES

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NIGEL'S RAMBLES
A blog mostly featuring lots of photographs and some words describing my explorations of the high Apennines between Tuscany and Emilia and the Po Valley in Emilia. The articles about the Apennines are spit up into single day walks and cover the whole range from Corno della Scala, Bologna to Passo Cisa, Parma From time to time I stray from the main theme to talk about photography or anything else that interests me.
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  • Exploring the Land of the Gonzaga's 1 month ago I have been exploring the obscure corners of the province of Mantua of late. I came across these three places on a recent exploration.  The Oratorio dei Campi Bonelli It is one of the best-preserved churches dating from the Middle Ages in the area around Mantua. It is characteristic for its...
  • The Tower of Hunger, Castel d'Ario 2 months ago Castel d’Ario near Mantua/Mantova is a place I wanted to visit, more for the history rather than any photo opportunities. I tacked it onto the visit to the Po at Revere last week. This castle has a tremendous history attached to it. A face of early Renaissance Italy that does not rise to the...
  • The River Po at Revere and Ostiglia 3 months ago A few days ago, I had a chance to explore a couple of towns on the River Po that I had not seen before. The sleepy little towns of Revere and Ostiglia face each other across the river. Both are in the Province of Mantua.Revere MNWhen I arrived at Revere a thick Po Valley fog was just starting...
  • Messages from the past in Nonatola 5 months ago Nonantola is one of the many anonymous and seemingly uninteresting little towns that fill the Pianora Padana. I have passed through it many times without stopping on my way to work appointments. I was told some time ago that it had an abbey that was well worth visiting. The Modena earthquake...
  • Along an Ancient Road at Sassalbo 6 months ago Last Sunday, seeing that the weather was awful on the Emilian side of the Apennines, but on the Tuscan side it was a sunny autumn afternoon, I decided to return to a fascinating footpath that starts at Sassalbo, MS.Sassalbo MSSassalbo MSSassalbo is just below the Cerreto Pass, isolated in the...

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