VIEW OF COLDIGIOCO FROM THE SOUTH DURING
The main building of the Observatory is
a renovated former schoolhouse and has a public telephone, a library room,
a xerox machine, study spaces, geological labs, and computers. The schoolhouse
has recently been outfitted with solar panels (financed in part by the
Regional government) which will heat water for several observatory buildings.
Named in memory of geologist Stanley Margolis,
this building (the white one) houses a classroom equipped with slide and
overhead projectors. Also home to the large communal kitchen, pizza oven
(see below), and dining terraces. Access to bocce court is off the west
end terrace. The yellow house is "La Birotta".
||Pizza Oven (Margolis
The wood-burning pizza oven and barbeque
center is located on the west terrace of Margolis Hall immediately adjacent
to the bocce court.
Most of the buildings in Coldigioco are
renovated 300-400 year old residential or farm buildings which are rustic
and each beautiful in their own ways. There are four main buildings which
house visitors. Each room holds anywhere from two to four people. Each
house has a bathroom including toilet, sink, and often a shower. Showers
may also be had in the bathhouse, which is better equipped to handle larger
groups. Beds, sheets, and pillows are provided by OGC. Towels are not provided
(but are nice to have, especially for swimming in the Adriatic Sea or the
local reservoir). Laundry can be done using several laundry machines. As
in most European households, clothes are line dried.
Restored former residence with 3 bedrooms,
kitchen, bathroom, and common room. This is a view from the street which
runs through town. The basement houses a tool shop, laundry facilities
and geology storage and work areas.
Restored former residence of Itala and
Giovanni Villani, longtime local residents since moved to Frontale, 2 km
west of Coldigioco. The visitor housing includes 3 bedrooms and a bathroom.
The street level houses a demonstration kitchen for cooking courses (the
C.U.C.I.N.A. -- Coldigioco Unit for Culinary Investigations in the Northern
Apennines) and a glasswork studio for art courses. The building also houses
a private apartment on the east end not used for visitors.
Restored former residence with 3 bedrooms
and a bathroom. Also houses the wine cellar. This building also contains
a separate visitor apartment with mini-kitchen and bathroom with an entrance
around the corner.
Restored former residence. This building
houses an upstairs private apartment not used for visitors and visitor
housing downstairs which includes 4 bedrooms, a kitchen and a bathroom.
This building also includes the Jurassic Pub, a frequently-used gathering
spot. This is a view from Piazza Itala (the central town square).
La Birotta, Casa Koeberl,
Villa Rosa, and other buildings
Other buildings in the town house private
residences (e.g., La Birotta, Casa Koeberl, Villa Rosa). The Coldigioco
Hill Astronomical Observatory Station (C.H.A.O.S.), located between
Old Rifugio and Villa Rosa, consists of a Mead LX200 telescope and computer
control system used for studying the morphology of lunar impact craters,
the planets, and beyond. There is also a small chapel in which mass is
conducted on the feast day of the town's patron saint (Festa di San
Michele, September 29).
Website designed by Jenn Macalady.