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“La Pompia”: from Sardinia to our Table

April 29th, 2017 | By Paola Mazzo in Parco San Marco, To know more about | No Comments »

You may never have heard of it but you can find a very special variety of lemon at Parco San Marco, which Sardinians fondly refer to as  ‘la Pompia’.

pompia pianta

“La Pompìa” is a type of primitive citrus  local to Sardinia which can reach a weight of up to a kilo, and  which is found throughout the communes of Siniscola, Posada, Torpè and Orosei in north-west Sardinia.

Interestingly, until July 2015, it was defined in such a way that it was not recognized at the academic level.

Its origins are not yet fully known. The most accredited theory is that it is a hybrid between cedar and lemon, although some scholars talk about a hybrid between cedar and grapefruit. What is certain is that Pompia are among the rarest and most ugly citrus fruits in the world: up to twenty years ago there were only a few hundred trees. The revival and rediscovery of this fruit took place at the end of the 90′s of the last century, when Siniscola decided to plant an extensive cultivation of Pompia for a social agriculture project.

cesto pompia

In 2004, a committee was formed in Siniscola to preserve this rare example of biodiversity. Since that year, the Pompia has participated in all the ‘slow food’ events such as the Salone di Taste, both editions of Eurogusto a Tours (2009-2011) and in the major Italian fairs dedicated to quality food and food products.

The Pompia is used for its sweet-sour flavor, for example, in a jam for the tarts we make in-house for the breakfast buffet or even to accompany the Fiore Sardo DOP cheese.

With its sublime freshness, it is the ideal ingredient for a great Mediterranean flavour of our land. It is also used to prepare liqueurs and liqueur creams and one of the widely appreciated products is the Pompia liqueur, which is served cold as a digestive. In the past it was also known to be caramelized and used in the preparation of sweets and deserts.

Written by MICHELE PILI, Executive Chef

Como – The Roman Town-

April 4th, 2017 | By Annalisa De Maria in Parco San Marco, Surroundings, To know more about | No Comments »

Let´s discover the city of Como, a jewel near Parco San Marco!

The modern city, with roads that intersect at right angles, reflects the origins of the military camp from which the Roman Novum Comum was born: the decumanus (an east-west-oriented road in a Roman city) corresponds with the today’s Via Indipendenza.

comotorre

Starting from Porta Torre on the right hand side, inside a nineteenth century building, is the Porta Roman Como, the main access for those who came from Milan which headed to the north, across the lake or along the Via Regina . The archaeological remains of the Porta, discovered in 1914, were recently the subject of a new museum.

Continuing along Via Cesare Cantù you can see eight marble columns that have been used in the neoclassical façade of the Liceo Alessandro Volta. Coming from the early Christian Baptistery of San Giovanni in Atrio, it had already had been reused by an unknown monument from the Roman period.

Turn right into Via Giovio, you get to the Piazza Medaglie d’Oro where  you will find the The Civic Museum of Archeology “Paolo Giovio”, which collects the material evidence of the territory from the Palaeolithic to the late Roman period. The Roman period is illustrated by the finds in and around the city and with plastic and graphic reconstructions. Some architectural marble documents the sophistication that was to characterize the city in the first centuries after Christ.

 

Along Via Vittorio Emanuele II, turn right into via Perti to visit the Roman baths of Viale Lecco, whose remains, which are conserved in a newly built car park, are accessible to the public. They were built in the second half of the first century A.D. and demonstrate the importance of the city at that historical moment. Expanded and enlarged in the second century A.D., it fell into disuse in late antiquity and the area, outside the walls, was later occupied by a necropolis.

The visit can end along Via Independence, the decumanus, in Piazza San Fedele, probably the ancient area of ​​the Roman Forum.

Como Piazza San Fedele