History and linguistic study by Dr. Gioal scallops , President of the Institute of Experimental Archaeology Fianna apPalugThe name ” Delo ” comes no doubt from the Greek word ” Delos ” meaning ” Bright” , his persistence , even in compound forms , albeit rare , both in cognomastica as place names in Italian is always ascribed to the term greek.
In the specific case of Delos Mizzole , as the link with the Greek root is indissoluble , the origin of the name seems , however, more than anything else related to a historical reality attached to the term ” Delos ” transversely and ideally .

As early Neolithic site , we know that the area of ​​Mizzole and Novaglie was densely populated in the Bronze Age : the excavations of Monte and Monte Tesoro Pipaldolo have returned evidence of heretics , two castles , fortified settlements with dry stone walls , dating from 1500 and 1200 BC.

Both settlements , in particular that of Monte Tesoro , where now stands the monastery of San Fidenzio seem closely linked to its sacred geometry of ancient foundations, and intrigues the popular legend that he would like San Fidenzio built near or overlap to a pagan temple dedicated to the ” Sun God ”.

The thing in itself is not too surprising , if we consider the mode of settlement of the Christian churches since the early days , it was common in fact build churches and monasteries in the same places where the pagans used to worship their gods , and often on the ruins of temples destroyed as soon as .

The habit of going to a place already perceived as sacred and would have helped pushed the pagans to conversion in 542 AD only Ninety-nine churches and twelve monasteries were built on the ruins of houses of worship illness.

If for parallel studies with similar realities has already led to believe that its origins Monte Tesoro was a place of worship , we have confirmation of the findings in later periods : there is indeed a Roman altar , found on site, which today supports the canteen of ‘ altar of the church of S. Fidenzio.

Further in the light of what we find Versus de Verona or Rhythm Pipiniano of 796 AD : The anonymous composer , probably belonging to the ecclesiastical circle , near Verona recalls the presence of several pagan temples ” Fana , temporarily , to constructa deorum appointment, Lunis , Martis et Mineruis , Iouis atque Veneris , et Saturnis SIUE Solis, here prefulget onsnibus “(” There are ancient shrines dedicated to the gods , the Moon, Mars and Minerva , Jupiter and Venus, and Saturn, and the Sun shining on everything. ” Versus de Verona , V)

If you already Grancelli was able to identify with Castel San Pietro a place sacred to Saturn and that of Hecate – Selene , the Moon, the place where now stands St. John Valley there is no evidence that would help to recognize in any place of the city of Verona, the sacred place dedicated to the Sun quoted by Rhythm Pipiniano .
This could be explained by the fact that actually , according to archaeological evidence , the main site of the pre-Roman Verona and consequently the increasing penetration of its primeval sacred places , adopted and endorsed by the Romans as was their custom, was not where now stands the city , but its center was located in what is now the village of Montorio.
The presence of pre-Roman betile known as Pilotòn that marks the way to the monastery of San Fidenzio and which is also in line during the Winter Solstice with the aforementioned church of San Giovanni in Valle would then be further interesting clue should be to validate the popular legend .

In addition, the term is not used in the Rhythm Pipiniano ” templum ” or the Roman temple par excellence, but ” fanum “, the shrine within a shrine archaic , whose antiquity is reinforced by ” temporary ” .

While ” templum ” is the place of worship within the city walls built civil ” fanum ” is often the memory of ancient pre-Roman rural shrine : ” fanum ” is the Etruscan temple of Veltune in Tuscia , or the wood of Diana at Nemi , sacred center of the Latin League .
This leads to further analysis, if we can be satisfied with the words ” Sun God ” in an early medieval text like the Rhythm Pipiniano and even more we understand the use in the folk tradition , we can not accept such a generalization if we are dealing with its ancient origin , especially Roman and pre-Roman times .

Throughout the pre-Roman Veneto (to quote famous examples just think of Altino , Este , Vicenza and Lagole ) we have throughout the Iron Age evidence of the cult of the Celtic god Belenos or Belatucadros.

The Celts , or Gauls, arrived in the Veneto region in the fourth century BC, strongly influencing the local networks and the Venetians, with their culture .

In some cases, their penetration of the territory taken important forms and almost exclusive , and Verona ( or would it be more correct to say the Verona at the time, then Montorio) is one of these.

The meaning of names and Belenos Belatucadros is ” Bel Resplendent ” or ” Just Bright” , and how it can easily be deduced from the meaning of the name the Romans assimilated this sun god Apollo, which in mythology Italic driving the Chariot of the Sun.
Almost all the temples and shrines dedicated to Celtic and venetici solar deities , after the Roman annexation are therefore attributed to Apollo, according to the practice scenes of ‘ interpretatio .
Apollo by the Romans is also ” Delius ”, who is from the island of Delos ( ” The Light ” ) , as well as laurel, a plant sacred to Apollo is for them the ” Folia Delia ”.

The data collected in this way leads to what is perhaps a semantic wonderful game but, in the light of historical and archaeological evidence leads us to conclusions almost self-evident :
Near closer to a hill where he was worshiped Belatucadros , ” The Shining ” ” The Light ,” which the Romans call Apollo Delio , there is a place called Delos, whose Greek etymology , ” Delos ” always means “Bright” .

It appears , therefore, impossible not to relate the place of worship of the Roman and Celtic deities ” bright ” with the name of the place it facing, according to a methodology of sacred topography quite common in Italy: just think of Genoa named in honor of Janus Bifronte16 Eraclea and Erchie sanctuary in memory of Heracles , Gioi and Jupiters in memory of the temples of Jupiter.


The facility enjoys the charm and elegance of an independently run boutique hotel or a refined country retreat, thanks to the well-thought-out room planning, customised furniture, the cultural atmosphere and the quality of the welcome. The inherent luxury and sophistication of the hotel is tempered by the simplicity and tranquillising beauty of the magnificent natural setting in which the hotel is fortunately situated.

The buildings have been restored accurately and sensitively, with great respect to the landscape and constructions. The salvaging of old ceilings and stone walls, the laying of floors in antique terracotta tiles, the 18th century red stone fireplace in the hall and the use of authentic 18th Century fittings, create the atmosphere of great serenity, warmth and refinement.

The wonderful living room, the intimate breakfast room … nothing is anonimous … the magic harp, the piano, the books, the antique carpets and furniture, the works of modern art … everything shows you the love and culture of the owners, their traditionally Italian lifestyle, the authentic warmth of a true family in a true home.

Three Classic double-bedded rooms, one Classic double, two carefully furnished two-room Suites and four double Junior Suits, offer a diversified and high-quality stay.


The rooms take their name from the views they give onto. Each room is unique, with an individual harmony and specifity, which has been felt and realised combining their architectural unicity, their wiew and light. The salvaging of old ceilings, the laying of floors in antique terracotta tiles and the use of authentic 18th Century furniture and carpets, create an atmosphere of great familiarity and serenity, warmth and refinement that make your stay really unforgettable. All the Classic, the Junior Suite and the Suite are soundproofed and equipped with private bathrooms with a wide shower, air conditioning, LCD television, safe, Internet ADSL, hairdryer and overlook large and fascinating landscapes. All the windows are equipped with mosquito nets.

We ourselves … chose to live here, with our Guests. A choice of life – of slow life in this spectacular landscape – to enjoy and share the fruits of Venetian culture and tradition which we have been harvesting here for centuries, in a true house and in the warmth of a true family … with the natural and contagious hospitality of the mistress, her smile and the delightful originality of her cakes and jams which make you start a wonderful day …

Easy … Delo becomes your own country retreat in Verona; the home where you feel easy … and let yourself enjoy a light reading or a peaceful sleep in your comfortable bed … or laying in the lawn; in a silence occasionally interrupted by the sounds of nature and the music of the wind … discovering and enjoying our wine and olive oil, the fruits of our earth. The home where to come back to escape from a life in the fast lane and make you feel completely regenerated … peace and quiet … the time and space to find harmony together …

Enjoy … our breakfast buffet is rich and genuine to delight your taste … every morning a different home made cake, bread and croissants just from the owen, our jams and local honey with Monte Veronese cheese, ham and salami, flakes, fresh fruit and yoghurt … At dinner time, on request for groups, delightful tastings and light meals … wines from our grapes, oil from our olives, fresh vegetables directly from our garden, and even a special grappa softened by contact with the olives … or stay in the kitchen with me for a cooking lesson and discover the simple secrets of cakes and jams, and italian pasta and pizza … or enjoy the famous DOC Veronese wines at the wineries in the area … taylor made shiatsu treatment for you … the relaxing wellness of our open-air pnoramic Jacuzzi … a healthy training in our nordic walking point.

Look around … without giving up the convenience of being just a few minutes from Verona, our natural destination. Magic Verona, so rich in Roman and medieval monuments, classed as a “world heritage” site by UNESCO, which offers the evidence of art and culture of every age since the Neolithic Age, as is no part of the world. A prime cultural venue – combining the Opera season at the Arena, concerts and art exibitions – and an important business centre through its famous trade fairs like Vinitaly. As for the surroundings, within a slow drive of the estate, you can reach the mountains of Verona, the splendid cities of Mantua and Vicenza and the Lake Garda, Venice and Padua, equipped handling and fields to play golf.

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