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A VISIT TO VACONE IN SABINA, WALKING AMONG POETRY, HISTORY AND NATURE

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  A VISIT TO VACONE IN SABINA SUMMARY  page 5, page 6, page 7  LIST OF PHOTOS  page 8, page 9, page 10 A GUIDE TO A N ENVIRONMENT  WALKING AMONG POETRY, HISTORY AND NATURE  Cesare Cherubini – Pietro Mellini    pag. 2(Cover photograph) 98B 1. Purple Salsify ( Tragopogon porrifolius  )  It belongs to the Asteraceae family or to the Compositae family. It is a biennial wildflower, which grows alone or in small groups. Its basal rosette in the first year can be eaten and has an agreeablebitter taste. In the second year it develops an elegant and slim stem from which few flower-headswill sprout. Its flowers appearing in May have a colour between dark violet and purple, so that they pass often unnoticed. They can be observed in all their refined beauty (the outer star of the light  green sepals and the inner star of the violet petals draw the observer's attention to the central area,where the golden stamens show out on the purple-violet background) closely and during very short  periods. Its winged fruits, like tiny parachutes, are light brown, with a pappus consisting of lighter hairs. Its botanic name, which in Greek means  Goat beard with leek's leaves  , derives from the formand colour of its fruits and leaves. This plant was cultivated in the sixteenth century both in Franceand in Italy. It is used in  preparation of herbal medicines:  e. g. it is an ingredient of spring depurants.The cover photo illustrates a flower grown along the Strada Statale 313.  English Translation by Pietro Mellini  P r i n te d in De c e mbe r 20 11i n t he ty pog r ap hy  : System Graphic SrlVia di Torre Anastasia No. 6100134 ROMA   pag. 3 Foreword To get Vacone known is since long a top priority of themunicipality.This “Guide” will surely be a useful tool in order to make our village better appreciated and loved.The authors have carried out this useful work that greatly enriches our bibliography. A special thank-you must be expressed to our fellow citizenLuciano Pasquali, who is always close to us and permits our village to have texts that could be suitable for a large town. Renato Romano RENZIThe Mayor of Vacone   pag. 4 2B To the reader This work is the result of a contribution for four hands, in order to put together quite a lot of dataabout Vacone, that should be as far as possible trustworthy.The text is both for residents and for visitors as well as for the young who are staying at Vacone for a restful holiday or relaxation. It intends to let all know better the host village.We proposed to act as a guide to visit the old village centre, to approach the Horace's traces and theitineraries in the middle of nature, to allow the reader to get the most from his / her stay at Vacone.Information about public events, local products and accommodation facilities could not be missing.The list of local associations completes information that can be useful about Vacone.An index, to make easier to search for the most important names and things quoted in the work, isincluded at the end of the guide.A special section is devoted to the illustration of the rich natural patrimony, for the protection of which the constant attention of all is required.As a true respect and a true appreciation rely on knowledge, the work wishes to inspire positiveattitudes towards all the natural resources and not only towards a specific environment. Not for anabstract duty imposing to treat environment with care, but out of respect for ourselves, because anunpolluted air and an agreeable landscape are primary assets of all residents as well as acommunity's card for visitors.The included images should make the reading of the text lighter and often are essential for a better understanding of the text (a few self-explaining photographs are not provided with a caption).We wish you a good reading!The authors SUMMARY  page 5, page 6, page 7  LIST OF PHOTOS  page 8, page 9, page 10   pag. 5 SUMMARY To the reader....................................................................................................... X 2Foreword.............................................................................................................3 X List of photographs .......................................................................................... X 8 1. Introductory notes........................................................................................  X 111.1 Introduction....................................................................................  X 111.2 A land celebrated since more than 2000 years...............................  X 131.3 Vacone, Vacuna and holidays........................................................  X 141.4 The many reasons of a visit............................................................  X 142. Environmental features................................................................................  X 172.1 The geographic position.................................................................  X 172.2 The landscape.................................................................................  X 182.3 The water........................................................................................  X 192.4 The economy..................................................................................  X 203. The flora ......................................................................................................  X 213.1 Where the  Mediterranean scrub  meets the  Apennine wood  ...........  X 213.2 On the traces of prehistoric sea......................................................  X 223.3 The woody patrimony....................................................................  X 243.4 A few species seen from close-up..................................................  X 263.4.1 Hedge maple (  Acer campestre ).............................................  X28 28 X 3.4.2 Italian buckthorn (  Rhamnus alaternus ) X  ................................  X 283.4.3 European hackberry ( Celtis australis)..................................  X 29 X 3.4.4 Cornel tree ( Cornus mas ) X ......................................................  X 29 X 3.4.5 Holly oak or Holm oak ( Quercus ilex ) X  .................................  X 29 X 3.4.6 Lentisk pistache  (Pistacia lentiscus  ). X ....................................  X 30 X 3.4.7 Privet (  Ligustrum vulgare ) X ....................................................  X 31 X 3.4.8 Christ-thorn (  Paliurus spina-Christi ) X  ...................................  X 31 X 3.4.9 South European flowering ash (  Fraxinus ornus ) X ..................  X 313.4.10 Bramble (  Rubus fruticosus ) ................................................  X 32 X 3.4.11 Smilax or Rough bindweed ( Smilax aspera ) X ......................  X 33 X 3.4.12 Terebinth pistache (  Pistacia terebinthus ) X ...........................  X 333.5. The mushrooms............................................................................. 353.6. The wild herbs...............................................................................  X 373.7. The terricolous orchids..................................................................  X42 42
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