A festival will take place in Umbria (Italy) to celebrate the bicentenary of Mary and Percy Shelley‘s visit to the Terni Waterfalls, a famous tourist attraction for the travellers of the Grand Tour.
The Shelley’s went there on the 18th November 1818. Both of them were extremely impressed by the majestic view. Terni waterfalls, also known as Cascata delle Marmore, are 165 metres high, the highest in Europe.
Mary Shelley wrote: <<It put me in mind of Sappho leaping from a rock and her form vanishing as in the shape of a swan in the distance>>.
Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote: <<We went to Terni, and saw the cataract of the Velino. This is the second grandest spectacle I ever saw. But words (and far less could painting) will not express it. The very imagination is bewildered in it>>.
Furthermore, this year is also the bicentenary of the publication of the gothic novel Frankestein, which is Mary Shelley’s most notable work.
The celebration, which is at its first edition, is called TERNI FALLS FESTIVAL.
It is organised by the cultural association “Porto di Narni, Approdo d’Europa”.
As many famous travellers visited the area of Terni and Narni during XVII and XVIII centuries (Lord Byron, William Turner, von Goethe, Giacomo Casanova, Hans Christian Andersen, Camille Corot, Giacomo Leopardi, Felix Mendelssohn, Charles Dickens etc.), every year the festival will focus on one of this characters.
By train from Rome, the journey to Terni and Narni takes only about one hour.
Several interesting events will take place in the beautiful area of Terni-Narni-Valnerina between 16th-18th November 2018.
All the events will be connected with the Shelley’s or with a gothic theme experience.
Below is a summary of the main events:
TERNI – 16th NOVEMBER
Conference about Mary Shelley and Frankestein by prof. Elisabetta Marino “University of Tor Vergata” (3.30 pm).
Cultural aperitif about the psychological and philosophical aspects of the novel Frankestein (6.00 pm).
TERNI – 17th NOVEMBER
Walking tour of the city “with the eyes of the Shelley’s”, also available in English (9.45 pm).
NARNI – 17th NOVEMBER
Walking tour of the city “with the eyes of the Shelley’s”, also available in English (2.30 pm).
Visit of the Narni Sotterranea, the underground cells of the Inquisition, also available in English (4.00 pm).
Conference about Percy Bysshe Shelley by prof. Francesco Rognoni “University of Sacro Cuore Milano” (5.00 pm).
TERNI – 17th NOVEMBER
Concert by local students with gothic musics and reading section from the novel Frankestein (9.00 pm).
TERNI WATERFALLS – 18th NOVEMBER
Theatrical performance by the actor Stefano de Majo about the mythological origins of the waterfalls (11.30 pm).
Visit of the Terni waterfalls (12.30 pm).
FERENTILLO – 18th NOVEMBER
Guided visit of the Museum of Mummies, also available in English (3.30 pm).
ARRONE – 18th NOVEMBER
Theatrical performance by the actor Stefano de Majo about Frankestein (5.00 pm).
All the cities and towns mentioned above are located within a distance of about 20-25 kms.
A shuttle service will be provided to move from one place to another.
Some of the events will be free (for example, the two conferences). Others will be charged at a very discounted rate (for example, 3 euros per person for each walking tour or museum).
Also, it will be possible to have lunch in some local restaurants at reduced prices. Similar offers are available for people who want to spend the night in local accommodations.
Terni is a city with lots of bars, pubs, restaurants and a vibrant night life.
Organisers would be glad to provide more information and assistance for the planning of your stay.
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