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LITTLE DOCTOR

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Lionardo da Vinci, after the experience he had in Montenero, more than frightened, was confused, but also disappointed that he had not received the requested assistance from the local religious. The only help the religious gave was an overnight stay for him and the hunter. The next morning the two walked on the way back, but since the hunter noticed Lionardo's disappointment, he proposed a much longer alternative route through the forest that would take them to the village of Colognole where an ancient pagan people, according to an ancient legend, had built a temple dedicated to water. These people, who lived immediately after the prehistoric era, were worshipers of water, because they believed that water was the expression of a God who manifested himself on earth in liquid form in order to better reach every place, even the bowels of the man, in addition to those of the earth. Legend tells that the water of those places had marked magical-healing properties. To support this legend it must be specified that this water flowed from the mountains called Lecceta and Monte Maggiore. The waters that arise from these hills form a river that descends to the sea. In ancient times this river flowed right near the church of San Jacopo in Acquaviva. Unfortunately, in modern times, the natural river bed has been repeatedly deflected and buried to be able to build roads and build buildings: the current naval academy of Livorno is one of the main buildings involved. Located just behind the ancient church, it incorporated the tunnels that once led to the original source of the Acquaviva. The legend of the water temple has now been almost forgotten, but it was well known until the Middle Ages. In fact, even the Templars landed on the Livorno coast in 1221 later learned of this legend and having already ascertained the healing properties of the spring water of San Jacopo, they decided to verify the reliability of the legend. For this reason they wanted to go up the river called Rio Maggiore from the name of the apostle Giacomo called the "Maggiore" who crossed it in antiquity. A group of knights led by Roberto Martello, called da Volterra, went up the river in search of clues that could validate the legend and lead to the discovery of that lost temple. Legend has it that the Templars really found the temple of water, by that time reduced to ruins, but that's another story ...
A more modern history known by all is that of the famous Leopoldine aqueduct, built right there in the late 1700s. A majestic work that has its foundations resting on the last ruins of the water temple! The construction of the Leopold aqueduct definitively concealed and destroyed the ancient temple of water. During the works, the workers often found remains of buildings of considerable size such as stairways formed by huge stones and these findings made the aqueduct work stop for months, but in the end, in order to complete the aqueduct, it was decided not to interrupt anymore the works and to continue building even over the precious ruins left. Some of these ruins are still hidden by soil and vegetation, a magical vegetation that has safeguarded a part of the ancient temple of water from the inexorable passage of time and from the stupid neglect of man.
 

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Leonardo da Vinci, arrived in Colognole, was welcomed and hosted for a day in the estate of the Gualandi family, wealthy landowners in the area. The Gualandi family had the opportunity in the past to meet Lionardo da Vinci, on the occasion of the feast of the patron saint of Florence San Giovanni Battista, an occasion for which Mr. Giorgio Gualandi gave the Saint a 10 pound candle to be paraded during the great procession. Lionardo learned useful information from the Gualandi about the ancient water temple built with the use of a particular gray-green volcanic rock called "gabbroso". The temple was fed by the numerous springs that flowed from the hills above, today called "Poggio Lecceta" and "Monte Maggiore". So that the memory of those places is not lost, I will try to describe what the Gualandi said to Lionardo. We will take a trip to a forgotten past that will soon be re-evaluated. For centuries, the area that separates the Benedetta valley from Colognole has been inhabited by an ancient and mysterious people to whom historians have not yet been able to give a historical-cultural identity. A people that rises in the mists of time which by modern scholars are classified as "Gentile people". Little is known about them, they thrived between the Iron Age and the Etruscan era. It was the Gentiles who built the temple of water. They lived not far from the temple, on a high ground where they had built a pyramid structure in which they had brought together the water that came down from Poggio Lecceta. Over time this pyramidal structure turned into a hill and it is on this hill that the church of the Valle Benedetta still stands. Over time the Gentile people died out, the only remaining nucleus was the one I'm talking about ...
 

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Although the Gentile people had survived hidden among those hills, another important civilization was developing and expanding: the Etruscans. The two civilizations came to contend for those territories and the clash became inevitable. This happened when two Etruscan princes, twin brothers, who reigned in a location not far from Colognole, today called Montecalvoli, decided to wage war against the last descendants of the Gentiles. The two Etruscan princes lived on the slopes of Montecalvoli where at the time there was a large Etruscan village bordered and protected by a large city wall. The two princes decided to conquer the temple of water, but first they had to defeat the last Gentile warriors left to preside over the pyramidal structure that was in today's Benedictine Valley. There was a short but intense siege, then a bloody battle which saw the two Etruscan princes perish under a rain of arrows. The two princes were hit almost simultaneously as they wore helmets that were owned only by the Etruscan nobles. Those showy helmets attracted the attention of the Gentile archers who mercilessly struck the two. At the end the Gentiles were defeated and the survivors retreated to a hill, now called "Monte La Poggia". The Etruscans took possession of the pyramid structure and decided to bury the two principles there. Together with the two bodies, the weapons and the two helmets equipped with splendid crests were also buried. These finds were found centuries later, during excavations to plant a vineyard in the area, at the time of Colombino Bassi. But we will talk about this next time .... in detail!
 

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We must specify that Gualandi told the legend of the water temple to Lionardo not knowing that Lionardo already knew this story in part since it was told by Piero Martelli during his stays at the Martelli house. On that occasion, the story was told after lunch and Lionardo kept the small Braccio Martelli, son of Piero, on his knees. The small Braccio Martelli had a silk dressing gown and moved on Lionardo's legs who felt very upset by those movements, almost excited ... But this is a story that I will never and ever tell !!!
Now I report what was written by chroniclers of the early 1700s on the discovery of the site in question during the construction of the church of Valle Benedetta. "... nel proseguo dei lavori, mentre facevano gli scassi per impiantare una vigna e degli ulivi nel progettato orto del monastero. Gli operai scoprirono in profondità una gran' urna di finissima terra cotta, la quale, il Colombino Bassi, fece rompere da una parte per vedere che cosa dentro vi fusse, ma appunto trovarsi un bellissimo morione di bronzo, ed una palla pure del medesimo metallo sopra il cimiero, spada, sproni, con molta cenere dentro, le quali cose diedero animo di guardare più all'intorno, ove trovarono molte ossa di morti, e circonvicini alla detta urna, parecchi di cotta finissimi, ch'era molto somigliante al nostro bolo in figura di piccoli piatti, di lucerne, e vasi di bevanda, e si dice che quivi vi fosse fatto una battaglia e che le ceneri fussero di persone ragguardevolissime come d'un generale comandante e che furono tutti Gentili, quali avevano in costume di incenerire i corpi prima che si putrefacessero".
The archaeological discovery, although it did not interrupt the work, had the effect of affecting Father Colombino Bassi, whose erudition and classical culture were sufficient to make him believe it convenient to bring to the court of Prince Ferdinando, who was currently in Livorno, the finds so fortunately found. Ferdinando greatly appreciated those objects, especially the crest of a singular workmanship, very light and thin and decided to bring it to Florence in his gallery-museum (see figure). As we can see there are some discrepancies between real history and legend. The truth must be sought in both hypotheses, equally fascinating. Besides, we know, sometimes reality even surpasses the legend. After a short stop in Colognole Lionardo and the hunter returned to Nugola, but first they passed through a nearby location called Castel Anselmo which Lionardo wanted to immortalize with a drawing to place it on his territorial map. Returning to Nugola, the two stopped among the remains of what remained of an ancient castle partially collapsed. Only an old tower stood as the only bulwark of a glorious past. Inside the ruined tower the hunter had set the traps to catch the wolves and the skins to dry. The old tower had become the headquarters of the hunter who used it for his purposes. At one point Lionardo, looking up towards the top of the tower, seemed to see a hooded figure almost as if he were a monk and immediately warned the hunter, but the hunter told Lionardo that nobody could access the tower because the staircase it had collapsed. Soon after, however, the hunter added that others from the place had seen a similar figure appear from the tower. A local legend claimed that the hooded figure was nothing more than the ghost of a wizard monk who had taken possession of the tower after he had destroyed his tower-mansion in Bibbona. Now the old castle of Nugola no longer exists, but in its place, centuries later, a splendid villa-castle was built: villa Traxler.
 

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The coronavirus is simple. It is Mars or Sars. Nothing new. Just a public scare tactic during an election year (to persuade towards a socialist/ communist view. Well timed from China right,,,?). More harmful to infants and weakened immune systems. Take great care of these people.

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You are welcome solitaire, true believers will be always welcome here. We all rejoice seeing YOU!!
 

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I don't think Lightsolitaire is in the least interested in the story told by Little Doctor ,now it's just me and Tourist who have followed this discussion.
 

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Maybe not, but check his topic for more knowledge about him. Just to be sure!

 

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"The legend of the castle of Nugola"
Around the year 1000, the noble Tuscias built a fortification around the small village of Nugola. This structure later became a castle as in 1049 the Marquises Tuscia also had a sumptuous tower built there. A lost legend tells that in that tower, when the castle was abandoned, a magician settled who in order to maintain his anonymity covered the tower with a dense cloud, to the point that the inhabitants of the place could spot it, but in that area the fog was at home. For this reason the town of Nugola had earned numerous appellations: "Nubila, Nuvila, Nebula or simply Nuvola (cloud)". The curious thing is that to this day, after a thousand years, the magic of the magician still seems to produce its effects, since most of the inhabitants of Nugola, despite being born and raised in that place, do not know that it exists the Traxler villa, the former medieval castle. Even those who have moved to Nugola from other locations are unaware of the villa. Some of them will know this by reading these lines and will be very surprised by the veracity of my statements. Still looking at the tower of villa Traxler we can feel a shiver, the same shiver that Lionardo da Vinci felt when he looked at it on that distant day, which is not very far away. Everything returns, everything resurfaces. Even the events of Lionardo in the hills of Pisa, which seemed forgotten and canceled, have come to light. For too long they have been prey to oblivion, the time has come for these events to have their proper place in the history of these places. Places where the past is making a comeback, as well as wolves have returned to reclaim their hunting grounds.
 

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Hi, along a street to Nugola can be watched the tower built on the place where an older and bigger tower was located in a past time.
It is said that the older tower had been built for a specific purpose; perhaps in case of a return of an hooded man. May be for a tall wizard ?
The actual tower is equal in form , a little larger than the older one that was thinner but of the same height.
Under the modern building, however, the ancient foundations still lie……..
People often speak about the fog that effectively takes shape all around down the fields the country of nugola during some season; it really looks like a cloud posed there to cut off Nugola at sight.
The tower can be watched only for a very few moments while driving due to trees on the hill that hide it almost.
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