Saturday, December 08, 2012

Monterano Nature Reserve

Today, December, 8th,  it is public holiday here in Italy, as we celebrate the feast of the blessed virgin Mary. It is celebrated by the Roman Catholic Church as well as a few other closely related Chistian churches. The weather here in Central Italy shows that Autumn is going to an end: this week, on Wednesday, 5th, I went to Umbria for job and the main part of the freeway was covered with icy snow. Really dangerous, as you can see in photo above. The weather changed gradually as we drove west, across the valleys, where there wasn't any snow and we could still enjoy an autumnal scenery as you can see below. that photo shows a very quiet place located 80 km north from Rome, where we could hear birds singing. It is the Canale Monterano protected area.
It's a beautiful valley without rubbish, advertising billboards, supermarkets and McDonalds. There are very few cars. Sometimes there is only one: yours! That place offers beautiful scenery, fascinating archaeology and, first of all, wonderful paths to run.

In the meanwhile, I am running three times a week and I haven't planned any race. I'll probably run the Christmas race on December, 16th, which will be held to help charities.
Nice weekend and happy running to all my blogger friends!


Char said...

What a beautiful way to spend your public holiday - surrounded by nature.

ajh said...

Those two pictures look quite different. Do you get much snow where you live? Enjoy your running.

Giorgio said...

To ajh:
We sometimes get snow in January and February next to the see where I live. On the contrary, in the hill in Central Italy people always get snow since December, as you can see in the photo.

Johann said...

Beautiful place! I love places where nature is still the prominent force. We humans mess things up so quickly.

Thomas Bussiere said...

Looks like a great place to run. Love the pics. Hope your family enjoyed the holiday.