Memories of pleasant trips visiting remote, charming villages dotting the Lazio and Umbria countryside often come back to me, as I look at my photographs. Castel di Tora (fig. 1) is a medieval village framing the northeastern coast of Lago del Turano (figs. 2,3) located within the Natural Reserve of Monte Navegna, about 90 miles east of Rome. The Lake was created in the 1940s as a hydro-electric project along the Turano River. The surrounding mountains and


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