As we wended our way through Le Marche
we were looking forward to our return
visit to CA' del CARDO.
This is Carlo and Donatella's home
which fortunately for us they have turned
into a B and B. Not only is this somewhere
to sleep, it is a place to relax, enjoy
good food, wonderful friends and
Cardo is an artist himself
plus an ardent collector.
I love the combination of Italian
antiques with contemporary art.
Nothing here is boring and at every turn
is an adventure for your visual senses.
All the room have hand painted doors
The view from their yard is breath taking.
It would have been very easy to spend
the day relaxing with the animals and
enjoying our surroundings but we decided
to take a little trip to the neighboring
town of Fabriano. This is not a place
that draws a lot of tourist, but it is
important to us because our dear
friend Gabriella was born here and
she speaks of it fondly.
The town is known for the paper mills
which go back to the 14th century. We found the
paper museum and had a enjoyable tour
even if it was all in Italian.
As usual on our trips to Italy we get
hungry for lunch when all the places
are closed and having their own lunch.
We were able to talk ourselves
into this nice place anyway.
Close by was Grotte di Frasassi
These are limestone caverns, Italy's
largest and most famous complex of caves.
If you click the name you will go the
their web site and it is a very interesting story.
These caverns are so vast that the
Milan Cathedral would fit comfortable inside.
They don't let you take pictures so I
pulled these from their web site. They
do not do the place justice. I was awe struck
the entire tour.
After a wonderful day we headed back
to CA' del CARDO for our last evening.
Carlo had invited some friends over
and they were cooking up a feast.
We were sad to leave
but left friends behind and hope
to return in the future.