Friday, August 29, 2008

From the mariner's compass: swordfish vs. man...



A trident in the neck is all it takes. But other than that it was an uneventful day. At 11:30 a.m. yours truly arrived at the castle of Santa Severa, just north of Rome, to make a pilgrimage to its chapel. Still being closed for restoration, it was off to swim. They have a nice, sandy beach there and it's clean and free, just a bit of a walk from the train with one train per hour.

So then it was off on a five hour walk north along the coastline to the neighboring town of Santa Marinella with periodic swims and a stop at the Portofina (http://www.hotelportofina.com/). Great to see all the kids having fun, families and boats, the Rossellini villa where Ingrid Bergman lived, but the best are the old Etruscan ruins along the coast. The Lord has so blessed Lazio, the land around Rome!

Yesterday in Santa Marinella I took photos of the Pacelli family summer villa, the Petacci summer villa as well as the Torre Chiaruccia, where radar was invented on the eve of war. It's a chapter of history not yet written, but interesting to see what went on in this quiet resort town in the 1930s. The key players were all kind of all there. Cardinal Pacelli (future Pius XII) was at his villa just down the coast from Dr. Petacci (the one who many Italians, along with E. Card. Tisserant, believe killed Pius XI) and whose daughter, Clara, was il Duce's lady on the side. Meanwhile, at the same time G. Marconi was there where he invented the radar and then Hitler himself came there to visit a year later, in 1938, as the guest of il Duce and the King at the castle located in the same town.

3 comments:

Iosephus said...

I had never seen that before - some people suspect that Pius XI was murdered??

Anonymous said...

Marconi invented radio not radar.

Anonymous said...

Marconi invented radio not radar.