As I mentioned earlier, the Adriatic coast did have a major importance for us Germans in the past war times. It was the closest way to reach beaches and sun. It meant ice cream and pasta and pizza (before the demands became more ugly = Pommes und Schnitzel, which means french fries and cutlet), it meant some hot flirtation with the sunburnt Italian guys for some German girls – it meant dolce far niente.
Then came the time when the invasion was too much, when these ridiculous demands for ugly food was taking over (and sadly the Italians did serve that), when the beaches became polluted and full of algae until at a point in time this region was ill-reputed by us Germans, who never ever realised that it was our own impact that was leading this far.
Luckily, the region got back its own identity, threw off Pommes and Schnitzel from their menus and served local specialities instead. Villages were renovated, old history came back into place and teaches us now how important this region was before the invasion :-)
A real delight to travel there now!
When I was driving around in Milano Marittima, I called it roundabout city. Coming from a country where the city planners have hardly heard of the benefits of roundabouts I liked it very much to drive here, as it calms down the traffic. Moreover, almost each roundabout is transformed into a little park, not to mention the little parks everywhere else. A real green city, Milano Marittima is.
The one in my photos is the one inside the main (big) roundabout, dedicated to music and Europe (the yellow stars).
If you look at Google Earth, you can see that there are huge “green spots” around Milano Marittima. These are the famous pine forests. My father keeps telling how much he liked it to be there on holidays, because of these pine forests.
Near the Casa delle Farfalle is the biggest one in the village – it has paths for joggers and bikers and must be a paradise during hot summers.
But pine trees dominate the village as well. They are standing on many streets and also provide shade for those who seek for it while walking around.