After the 30th, any birthday comes with a mixed feeling of both being excited to be at the centre of your loved ones’ attention and disappointment about what you thought you would have accomplished by that age.
My 30something friends agreed to add a spoonful of sugar to any bittersweet anniversary by organising out-of-town celebrations.
After dinner, we wandered around the oldest part of the town, which still retains its medieval style and atmosphere until we reached the panoramic terrace on the lake (known as the “viewpoint of the watchman”) to better enjoy a majestic full moon.
Monterano ghost town
One of the most impressive abandoned buildings in Monterano ghost town is the Ducal Palace, whose facade has been designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The facade is combined with a rocky base supporting the bearing walls of the palace and with a lion-shaped fountain –a combination that Bernini attempted again 40 years later with the construction of the much more famous Trevi Fountain in Rome.
Gian Lorenzo Bernini also designed the church and the convent of Saint Bonaventura, which are on the other side of the path crossing Monterano ghost village.
>> Canale Monterano
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