0528 The Button Museum (Italia 047—new)

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Veering away from the Adriatic coast gives me a bittersweet feeling.  On one hand I’m relieved that I won’t be running into any more boring beach towns… but on the other hand, it looks like it’s all flatland from now on--  so no more of those fairy tale mountaintop castles… But I’m sure these northern Italian plains have a lot of history to them, so I’m ready to discover whatever there is to discover…

 

My first town, Santarcangelo, is a pleasant surprise.  At first it looks like a very ordinary middle class village with long shady streets and middle class homes… but then I suddenly reach the plaza with a beautiful arch, a fountain, a dramatic War Monument and a tower and castle on the top of a hill… Definitely not in the boring town category…

 

And as I explore the winding stairway alleys of the Old Town I come across… a Button Museum--  with free entrance!  What more could you possibly ask for? 

 

Of course, there’s no way I’m turning down a free museum, so soon I’m browsing through a collection of thousands and thousands of buttons and pins from all over the world--  including buttons worn by Napolean and Queen Elizabeth… I’m the only guy in the museum so the old fellow who runs the place was happy to give me the full tour and explain the history behind each one (OK--  not quite each one!)

 

So if buttons is your thing, you must make it your priority to visit the Button Museum of Santarcangelo…

 

I continue on up to the Tower at the top of the hill and the castle on the other side… I’m really liking this little town, you can explore it without wearing yourself out having to climb a mile 1000 meter mountain…

 

I loop around to the other side of the Old Town, which is still encircled by a wall, with houses perched right on top… and on down to a unusual modern fountain with thousands of tiny little fountains looking like a magical carpet of sorts…

 

I’m looking forward to seeing what other treasures the Northern Italian Plains hides…

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