Villa Bartolomea, Carpi, Italy

Villa Bartolomea, Carpi, Italy


"I cannot imagine any writer who would not fight for his peace and quiet."
- Wislawa Szymborska

Aaaaaaahhhh.  We have left the crowds and come to the most beautiful and peaceful place in Villa Bartolomea.  We are amongst the crickets, birds, dogs, cats, and fish that inhabit this area.  We are currently in a rural area at a B&B with land and sky that go forever, fresh air, and the songs of the night that abide only in rural spaces.  We are grateful to also be in the company of some very kind people who have welcomed us lovingly and completely.  

An evening walk in our neighborhood.

An evening walk in our neighborhood.

The village of Carpi belongs to the municipality of Villa Bartolomea, in the Province of Verona, in the Italian region Veneto.  It is  located about 80 kilometers southwest of Venice and about 45 kilometers southeast of Verona.

A very late evening walk around "the loop" in our neighborhood.  The clouds here quickly became darker and the winds suddenly kicked up, almost blowing us over.  We were only halfway through a 45-minute walk.  We made it back with about two minutes to spare before the thunder and lightning began.  It was an incredible storm and a walk we'll never forget!  Exciting and fun!

A very late evening walk around "the loop" in our neighborhood.  The clouds here quickly became darker and the winds suddenly kicked up, almost blowing us over.  We were only halfway through a 45-minute walk.  We made it back with about two minutes to spare before the thunder and lightning began.  It was an incredible storm and a walk we'll never forget!  Exciting and fun!

The beautiful pond at our B&B.

The beautiful pond at our B&B.

We learned from our B&B owner that this old railway shed was once active and the attendant who lived in the house next door would go out and pull the lever to lower the gates by hand when a train was approaching.

We learned from our B&B owner that this old railway shed was once active and the attendant who lived in the house next door would go out and pull the lever to lower the gates by hand when a train was approaching.

Art on a windowsill in Villa Bartolomea.

Art on a windowsill in Villa Bartolomea.

Parrocchie Santa Margherita Vergine e Martire, Villa Bartolomea

Parrocchie Santa Margherita Vergine e Martire, Villa Bartolomea

Walking down the road behind the cathedral Santa Margherita Vergine e Martire

Walking down the road behind the cathedral Santa Margherita Vergine e Martire

A village street leading to the clock tower, the cathedral, and the Adige River.

A village street leading to the clock tower, the cathedral, and the Adige River.

Beautiful, bright home we came across on one of our walks through the village.  One of many.

Beautiful, bright home we came across on one of our walks through the village.  One of many.

Gato di Villa Bartolomea. 

Gato di Villa Bartolomea. 

We are loving our time here.  It is exactly what we needed, at the perfect time.

 

**Wislawa Szymborska (1923-2012), quoted above, was a Polish poet, essayist, translator and recipient of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Literature.  Other awards were the Koscielski Award, Goethe Prize, Herder Prize, Nike Award: Audience Award.  

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