San Martino al Cimino’s baroque ideal town and the ghost of Donna Olimpia
San Martino at dusk
San Martino al Cimino’s baroque ideal town and the ghost of Donna Olimpia

Nestled among the chestnut woods that grow on the volcanic ridges of the Cimini Mountains, the small town of San Martino al Cimino has several stories to tell. Above all of these though, looms the shadow of Donna Olimpia "la Pimpaccia", perhaps the most famous woman of Baroque Rome and her ambitious urban plan which brought artists such as Borromini and Bernini to this region of Tuscia. I will be writing many articles about the Monti Cimini; these modest volcanic mountains are one of my favourite places in Lazio and they were shaped by volcanic activity dating back to one million…

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