I haven’t read much lately.
I mean, I don’t read any novels or romances.
The only thing I read is boat and bus timetables,
maps, instructions and German, English,Swedish dictionaries.
My time is divided between walking and studying the next routes.
But there is one book I read, read and read again.
It is like a manual to me, it gives me new inspiration everytime I read it. I understand more and more, and have more and more respect for this man and the love he had for this mountain.
The book is called Il Monte Baldo, and tell the story about this mountain, or should I say chain of mountain which is more correct.
Monte Baldo is a chain, stretching from Nago/Torbole in the North of the Garda Lake, to Garda, 36km further south or more exactly San Vigilio, where it ends in the water.
It tells the story about the flowers, the trees and how once this mountain was called the Hortus Europae, the European Botanical Garden.
It’s first “fame” came with the beautiful book “Il viaggio a Monte Baldo, written in 1568 by Francesco Calzolari, also very famous is the painting of his cabinet, from 1622.
Francesco Calzolari’s collection will be the foundation of the future Museum of Science of Verona.
This book also tells the story about the people who has lived here.
Their lives short, hard and difficult.
It also tells the story about the villages and hamlets.
The first time I saw Campedello, I felt my heart ache.
This little hamlet was so important, being on the very important way Via Campiona, that took you from one side of Monte Baldo to the other.
Walking on this old paths I can almost feel the people passing so many times before me.
Back aching, tired, feet hurting.
I love reading Eugenio’s book, I read it over and over again, trying to learn more and more.
He loved this mountain, you can feel it in every word.
I have come a long way, from very far away and it has taken me a lot of time and efforts to understand what I would like to be, what I would like to do.
I would like to protect, preserve, guard this piece of beauty.
Love and fight for it like people have done before me.
The little refugee Mondini, situated at the middle station of the chairlift in Prada (1513mt) ha recently been give the name of
Now it is called baito Eugenio Turri-
One of their specialities is this Chocolate and Pear cake.
Of course I asked to have the recipe.
Rif. Mondini’s Chocolate & Pear Cake
300gr of flour
180gr of butter
200gr of sugar*
250gr dark chocolate
1 glass of milk
1 sachet of baking powder – 15-18gr
Chop the chocolate and put away.
Mix the other ingredients (not pears, and baking powder)
Add the chocolate, mix well and the add the baking powder.
Peel, core and cut the pears in slices.
POur the compound in a mold covered with baking paper.
Add the pears.
Cook in oven 180°C fot 60min.
Check if baked with a wooden stick.
Serve with icing powder.
* I putted 100gr of sugar.