Greccio is an old hilltown and comune of the province of Rieti in the Italian region of Lazio, overhanging the Rieti valley on a spur of the Monti Sabini, a sub-range of the Apennines.
Greccio was founded, according to tradition, by a Greek colony or family, who fled or exiled from their homeland following wars and destruction who fell in love with the amenity of the place and the comfort of natural defense it offered, and settled there. Hence the name Greece, Grece, Grecce and finally Greccio. The first certain information dates back to the 10-11th century. when the fragmentary possessions of the Abbey of Farfa were reunited and the fortification of the curtis proceeded. The Benedictine monk Gregorio da Catino (1062-1133) refers to the locality of Greccio (curte de Greccia) in his work “Regesto Farfense”.
Geneva is a city in Switzerland that lies at the southern tip of expansive Lac Léman (Lake Geneva). Surrounded by the Alps and Jura mountains, the city has views of dramatic Mont Blanc. Headquarters of Europe’s United Nations and the Red Cross, it’s a global hub for diplomacy and banking. French influence is widespread, from the language to gastronomy and bohemian districts like Carouge.
Europe’s villages are some of the most magical places in the world! Enjoy this 4K travel guide across Europe’s most scenic villages. From lakeside wonders of Varenna, to the views of Wengen, there’s just something special about villages that you can experience in other places like cities.
NASA introduced the space agency’s first planetary defense test mission, the Double Asteroid Redirection Test or DART, a spacecraft they plan to launch later this month on a mission to crash into an asteroid.
Animal photographer, Tim Flach’s latest project is a testament to the diversity of birds. “I’m celebrating this extraordinary wonderment out there”, he says. Shooting birds like a fashion photographer might photograph human subjects, Flach’s images are purposefully anthropomorphic. “There is a role for an anthropomorphic approach,” he says, “I want to grab people’s attention to think about the wonderment, beauty, character and maybe their stories”. Which, he hopes, will elicit in the viewer empathy for birds “We became who we are because of this rich biodervisity if you took that away we would be lesser”.
Hallstatt is a village on Lake Hallstatt’s western shore in Austria’s mountainous Salzkammergut region. Its 16th-century Alpine houses and alleyways are home to cafes and shops. A funicular railway connects to Salzwelten, an ancient salt mine with a subterranean salt lake, and to Skywalk Hallstatt viewing platform. A trail leads to the Echern Valley glacier garden with glacial potholes and Waldbachstrub Waterfall.