Friday, May 22, 2009

A gorgeous cover from Italy!

Today, I received 2 lovely covers from Ceprano, a town in the Lazio region of central Italy. Many thanks to fellow blogger, Matteo!

Here I would share with you one cover, leaving the other for my next post.

The 3 fountain stamps franked on this gorgeous cover belong to the 1st series of "Fontana" stamps issued by Italian Post on 10th Nov 1973.

The first stamp on the left depicts Fontana di Trevi (Trevi Fountain) in Rome, Italy. Standing at 25.9 meters high and 19.8 meters wide, it is the largest Baroque fountain in the city.

A traditional legend holds that if visitors throw a coin into the fountain, they are ensured a return to Rome. Approximately 3,000 euros are thrown into the fountain each day. The money has been used to subsidize a supermarket for Rome's needy. However, there are regular attempts to steal coins from the fountain.

We had the chance to visit this magnificent fountain during our Italy vacation back in 2006.

The second stamp features Fontana Pretoria in Palermo.
Designed by the Florentine sculptor Francesco Camilliani between 1554 and 1555 for the Tuscan villa of Don Pedro di Toledo, the fountain was bought by Palermo in 1573 in a bid to outshine the newly crafted Fontana di Orione installed in Messina.

Proudly positioned in front of the Palazzo Pretorio, the fountain's flagrant nudity and leering nymphs proved a bit much for Sicilian churchgoers attending the grandly formal Chiesa di San Giuseppe dei Teatini, and they prudishly dubbed it the Fontana della Vergogna (Fountain of Shame).
Next, we have the beautiful Fontana dell'Immacolata, aka The Giants. Both names derive from two of the locations that have been home to the fountain during its many travels. The fountain was sculpted in the early 1600s and is the work of Michelangelo Naccherino (1559-1622) and Pietro Bernini (1562-1629). It was first located near the Royal Palace near a statue of "The Giant," recovered from the ruins of Cuma. In 1815 the fountain was moved to the port of Naples to be in front of the Immacolatella, the old quarantine station. It was then moved near the Carmine church at Piazza Mercato; then to the gardens on the square of San Pasquale a Chiaia; then finally, in 1905, when the new seaside road was finished during the "risanamento" (urban renewal) of Naples the fountain was moved to its present location at the pituresque curve beween via Partenope and via Nazario Sauro.
The stamp franked on the extreme right belongs to the Europa CEPT "Astronomy" series, issued by Italian Post on 7th May 2009.
Lastly, we have a stamp commemorating the Torino Winter universiade in 1966. The Universiade is an International multi-sport event, organized for university athletes by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The name is a combination of the words "University" and "Olympiad". That's all folks! Till next post!

1 comment:

  1. I'm so happy you liked my covers!
    Great job with this post, very interesting! Many compliments!
    Waiting for the next!
    Best regards,



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