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They use the tower piazza to develop a typical village scene............i.e. how they lived way back. In this photo they are dismantling the temporary structures but it gives you an idea of the size of the tower when compared to this man's height.
The tower is not now open to receive visitors unfortunately............it would be a marvelous view from on top.
Updated Mar 11, 2003
Early last century (doesn't that sound like a long time ago) a plane carrying the property of some European princess (as the story goes and if I understood correctly), actually crashed into the mountain here. The scar is still visible from this vantage point on the lower piazza of Maranola looking NE and into the Auranci Mountains.
Written Mar 14, 2003
Favorite thing: This from the bottom piazza and looking over Formia and toward the peninsular of Gaeta.
Fondest memory: The friendly people would be what I would miss most I think.
Written Mar 12, 2003
Favorite thing: It is hard to say what one favourite thing about Maranola is..........there are a few. Maranola is a main stop on the route from Formia to Pinitro and if you approach it by bus, the first time you might have to gasp for air. There isn't sufficient space for the bus to turn around and therefore it does what we in Australia call a three point turn. The backing section of that leads you to a huge drop (not as high as Amalfi), and if the brakes failed it could be nasty. The Italians are fantastic bus drivers though..........not so sure about the cars.
So the bus stops on the bottom piazza, and you walk up to the next or general piazza from which you get a panoramic view from Castellenorato in the south to all of the way North to Gaeta. Fantastic on a clear day.
This photo and tip though relates to walking up through the old township to the Torre at the towns highest point. The photo is of about halfway up. Did I tell you that there are many old churches in this small town?
Fondest memory: I guess my fondest memory goes with the hair cut that I had there. Talk about hilarious. The hairdresser tried so hard to understand my poor Italian without success, so other storekeepers came to the rescue and finally my hair was cut to my satisfaction amongst some of the most interesting hand movements I have ever seen, then or since.
Written Feb 27, 2003