Walking almost two centuries back, we’ll trace on the shores of Center Lake Como the footsteps of Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, the wife of the romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, best known as the author of Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus (and from then on a main character in Netflix’s Frankenstein Chronicle as in several other movies). This forerunner of the sci-fi genre had a great and modern pen for travel books too, and we’ll follow her in the narrative of his last book, Rambles in Germany and Italy. We’ll see the Lake Como with hers very same eyes as in an old fashioned tourist style, and we’ll relive a typical vacation of a 19th century traveller engaged in part of the so called “Grand Tour” towards Europe. Reading and listening on the spot hers accounts of places, villas, people, history, habits, landscape, we’ll move from side to side of the lake, from the wonderful gardens of Villa Melzi in Bellagio to Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo and finally in Cadenabbia, where Mary Shelley stayed for one of her last journeys abroad before ending her tragic life.
A journalist and writer, I left a previous job in Milan as newsroom manager of a private radio station. I have been living in the last five years in Tremezzina, lake Como. A graduate in history and geography, I'm cultivating a strong interest in the local history and generally in contemporary history and literature
Tickets for the visit of the gardens of Villa Melzi and Villa Carlotta
Tickets for transfer by ferry
Audio files and written text by the writer
The tour starts in front of what once was the Gran Albergo in Cadenabbia, where in 1840 Mary Shelley spent three months of vacation. From there we’ll sail first to Bellagio to visit the gardens of Villa Melzi, then back across the lake to Villa Carlotta in Tremezzo. On our way, step by step, we’ll listen to pieces of hers travel journal, discovering what has changed and what is still immutable in the solemn and poetry inspiring beauty of the lake
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