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Maybe you already know that in Tuscany, as well as in all the other regions of Italy, we celebrate the Liberation day on April 25 and the Labour Day on May 1. These are very important celebrations because on April 25, the Festa della Liberazione, or Liberation Day, marks the day of 1945 when Italy was liberated by the Allied troops from the occupying army. The Labour Day on May 1st is an annual holiday to celebrate the achievements of workers. During this week, aided buy the fact that there is a week-end in between, there are thousands of events spread in Tuscany. Choose the best for you and enjoy Tuscany!
Turin‘s main attractions include important Baroque palaces and churches and world-class museums.
Turin is the European capital of Baroque including: Palazzo Carignano, Piazza San Carlo – the city’s meeting point and the San Lorenzo and San Filippo churches. Baroque also characterizes the Royal Residences, the Reggia di Venaria, the Castello di Rivoli.
The city also has elements of Art Nouveau style that embellishes the city’s elegant architectural districts.
Turin was the capital of Italy and has plenty of contemporary art and design.
Five of the sites are in the city: Palazzo Reale, Palazzo Madama, Palazzo Carignano, Castello del Valentino and Villa della Regina. The others are outside the city boundaries: the Stupinigi Hunting Lodge, the castles of Rivoli – hosting the important Museum of Contemporary Art, Moncalieri, AgliÃ and the Reggia di Venaria.
Gagliano Aterno is a small medieval village in the Sirente-Velino regional park, Abruzzo. At the top of the hill in Gagliano Aterno stands a beautiful castle built by the Counts Celano in the 14th century.
The valleys and mountains around Gagliano Aterno are full of history and legends. A short car-ride away from the village you will find the Sirente crater. The nearby Valley of Inferno is rumoured to have appeared after the Devil jumped in front of a knight who was trying to save an abandoned baby. They say that St. Francis of Assisi walked some of the paths in the mountains here. The medieval villages (‘borghi’ in Italian) of Secinaro, Castelvecchio Subequo, Castel di Ieri are also well worth a visit. On this page of the Sirente-Velino Park website you will find some fantastic suggestions what to do in the area.
Don’t forget to sample the sweet local specialties: amaretti, confortini, galeotti and letizie are a kind of biscuits and made according to the recipes that were used by the local nuns many centuries ago.
If you're planning to visit Milan this summer, don't miss an exhibit that just sold 40,000 tickets in its first 40 days - Leonardo3 – The World of Leonardo. This interactive exhibit focuses on in interpreting 5,000 pages of Leonardo DaVinci's notebooks and runs through July 31 in the Sale del Re in Piazza della Scala (across from the Galleria).
This show presents the results of research carried out over the last ten years by Mario Taddei and Edoardo Zanon. Its purpose is to highlight Leonardo’s work not just as “artist” but also as “engineer” and help us understand what he wrote, what he designed, the studies he made for his machines and how he worked.
Susan Van Allen, author of "100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go," is back with an entertaining collection of adventures. "Letters from Italy", savor stories filled with passion, rich memories, and laughs, that blend to bring you an authentic portrait of one woman’s experiences in the Bel Paese. Come along with this savvy traveler, as she revels in Roman wine bar flirtations, climbs Sicily's Stromboli volcano, and hunts for truffles in Umbria. Each story weaves together an honest, loving tale of the world’s most enchanting destination. And for travelers, there is practical advice: from where to lunch in Pisa, to the perfect Puglia agriturismo, or a charming B&B in Naples. Whether you’re in a comfy armchair, planning your next trip, or getting psyched on the plane, "Letters from Italy" will inspire you to embrace La Dolce Vita, with all its awesome surprises.
Piedmont continues to pull in visitors who seek to experience its varied landscape. This property in Melazzo is in the midst of it all, never far from the mountains and coast, while enjoying the rolling countryside of its own location. The perfect spot in which to situate yourself, if only for the summer, as we discover.
While much attention is focused on its capital, Turin, the northern Italian state of Piedmont has a lot more going for it than big-city life. Alpine living is fundamental to the identity of the people here, while its proximity to France and Switzerland give it a welcome international outlook.
Small Alpine towns and villages are a huge part of the character of Piedmont (which, aptly, means ‘foothills of the Alps’), though this should not blind visitors to its rural attractions further south. Indeed, with the famous mountains to the north and the Ligurian Sea an hour in the opposite direction, the small town of Melazzo is centrally placed to take advantage of the diverse opportunities presented by the region’s natural beauty.
Melazzo is located in the province of Alessandria, which is known for various UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the church and convent of Santa Croce at Bosco Marengo and Sezzadio’s Abbazia di Santa Giustina (St Guistina abbey), founded in 722. A striking building in Melazzo, however, has its own very impressive history. Castello di Melazzo (Castle of Melazzo) dates back to the 11th century and, according to historian Ian Mortimer, England’s King Edward II lived here for two and a half years in the 1330s.
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Ever thought of yourself as the next Michelangelo? Then Residenza D’Arte nestled into the heart of the Tuscan countryside may be just the place for you to flourish. Accompanied by rolling hills, cypresses and olive trees, this may well be an artist's paradise, as we discover.
Although it has not been revealed whether the artist is of any significance or more of a talented amateur, what is most immediately apparent about Residenza D’Arte (The Art Residence) is its warm heart – an asset that has apparently allowed the artist to flourish as a creative person in their own space. Indeed, with its combination of rustic exterior and mellower interior, it is easy to see why she chose this charismatic piece of real estate.
Residenza D’Arte is located in the central Italian province of Siena, a 20-minute drive from one of the country’s best waters, Lake Trasimeno, a popular tourist resort. That the village – Torrita di Siena – lies at the heart of rural Tuscany and can trace its origins to beyond the Middle Ages sounds persuasive enough; but its attractiveness appears to be compounded when one considers that the estate is superbly situated on a hilltop and is surrounded by cypresses and olive trees. [...]
The Villa di Pratolino was a Renaissance patrician villa in Vaglia, Tuscany, Italy. It was mostly demolished in 1820 and its remains are now part of Villa Demidoff, 12 km north of Florence, reached from the main road to Bologna.
The villa was built by Francesco I de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany. The designer of the villa and gardens was his court architect/designer/mechanic/engineer Bernardo Buontalenti, who completed it in a single campaign from 1569 to 1581. In 1579 it was complete enough to serve as the the setting for Francesco’s wedding to Bianca Cappello. In its time it was a splendid example of the Mannerist garden.
Though the villa and its fountains were kept in repair, after Francesco’s death it was deserted and the place was left to fall into decay. Later, the Grand Duke Ferdinand III decided to demolish the villa and the garden was then re-designed in the English landscape manner.
There wasn’t only food involved on this tour. There was plenty of wine and prosecco to go around. Venice is a great place to sample all of the local adult beverages because it’s a walking city. Drinking and driving is not an option. That’s why instead of going for coffee breaks, locals go for prosecco breaks.
Following in the glamourous footsteps of Brigitte Bardot and Elizabeth Taylor, Helen Atkinson Wood heads for Italy's stunning southern coast including the island of Ischia.
There is something unavoidably cinematic about the neighbouring islands of Ischia and Capri in the Bay of Naples, and the drama starts well before you reach them. The city of Naples itself is the perfect film set. It cowers in the shadow of Vesuvius, which freeze-framed history in 79 AD by petrifying Pompeii. [...]
One of the best things to do in Siena is to climb to the top of the Panorama del Facciatone, an old facade of an unfinished extension of the beautiful cathedral nearby. A very tight spiral staircase leads to the top where you get magnificent views out across Siena. In this photo you can see out past the old town of Siena to the surrounding Tuscan countryside. This is a place that I would love to visit again one day.
There are several myths about the origins of Todi, but history says that the city was founded by the Umbrians in 2700 BC. Today, Todi is an immaculately preserved hilltop town, with a definite international vocation. Its splendid landscapes and natural scenery has attracted hundreds of home buyers from all over the world, in search of a second home. Todi is located in a strategic position to reach many other famous cities in the area (Monte Castello di Vibio, Spoleto, Orvieto, Montefalco, Deruta, Perugia, Narni, Amelia, Terni). Villa Todina is located in a incredibly scenic, beautiful and unspoiled area, with a wooded area to the south-east, cultivated fields all around, and a direct view of the world famous town of Todi.
This prestigious property for sale in immaculate condition, boats a large well-kept garden (5000 sq m), 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms and is well connected to shops and services, halfway between the village of S. Damiano and the exit Todi south from the E45, both found circa 2 km away.
Our humble water toilet may be a modern invention, but plumbing existed as early as 2700 BC for the civilizations of the Indus Valley. But among the ancients, the Romans perfected the use of plumbing and toilets into an art, so much that a modern traveler to Ancient Rome would find everything in good order, even if the lack of intimacy might be unsettling at first.
Romans, as we know, had a bit of an obsession with aqueducts and baths, kind of hygiene freaks, they were. Because of this, plumbing was a profession in its own right, and the ancient plumber was called, duh, plumbarius.[...]
Siena, Italy - Photograph by Marco Di Lauro, Getty Images
Before trials for the Palio horse race, members of Italy's paramilitary police force, called carabinieri, ride through Siena's Piazza del Campo. The raucous 90-second race around the city square has taken place every summer since the 1600s. Siena's neighborhoods, or contrade, compete against one another, and almost everything is fair game—including bribery and whipping an opponent.
The temple built by Romulus to celebrate the hand of Jupiter giving Roman troops their unstoppable force has been found at the foot of the Palatine Hill, Italian archaeologists say.
The ruins of the temple identified by Italian archaeologists as the one built by Romulus in 750 BC, after winning the battle against the Sabines [Credit: Archeologia Viva]
The ruins of the shrine to Jupiter Stator (Jupiter the Stayer), believed to date to 750 BC, were found by a Rome University team led by Andrea Carandini.
In the article in Archeologia Viva, Carandini's team said they might also have discovered the ruins of the last Palatine house Julius Caesar lived in - the one he left on the Ides of March, 44BC, on his way to death in the Senate.
The spring and autumn have long been popular seasons for savvy travelers planning Italy trips – shoulder seasons usually mean you get to experience a nice balance of good weather, reasonable prices, and crowds that aren’t huge.
In Tuscany, fall draws people for the harvest season festivals that pop up throughout the region – but spring in Tuscany can be an equally fantastic time to visit, too.
Although technically spring runs from about March-May, both the spring weather and the high season in Tuscany don’t quite correspond to such strict schedules. The weather is often warming up to spring-like temperatures by March, but sometimes by May the mercury soars to summer levels. [...]
Want to know where to find gelato like this in Rome?
The mostly-classic flavors, like pistacchio and coffee, are done as they should be: all high-impact flavor and creamy texture. (No graininess or iciness here!). But what really keeps me coming back is the marron glacés (see up top), where bits of chewy, candied chestnut are mixed in. Pair it with the cioccolato fondente (dark chocolate), and it's a match made in rich-gelato-flavor heaven.
Ciampini is located at Piazza San Lorenzo in Lucina 29, in between the Spanish Steps and the Pantheon.
Gelateria dei Gracchi
After a visit to the Vatican or Castel Sant’Angelo, reward yourself with this homemade gelato made from all-organic, fresh ingredients. Ignore the stark atmosphere and focus on the gelato instead: I especially love the chocolate-and-rum (made from chocolate fondant, not cocoa powder) and pistachio (made with fresh-roasted Sicilian pistachios) flavors.
Dei Gracchi is located at Via dei Gracchi 272, about a 10- to 15-minute walk from St. Peter's Basilica or Castel Sant'Angelo.
Gelateria del Teatro
Among other things, Gelateria del Teatro wins for most charming location: It's tucked just off the beautiful Via dei Coronari, not far from Piazza Navona.
Its gelato is top-notch. The ingredients are all-natural and high-quality, and the flavors creative—think white chocolate and basil or garden sage and raspberry. If you're in the mood for something even more refreshing, you can't go wrong with a granita, Italy's answer to the slushie.
Gelateria del Teatro is located at Via di San Simone 70, right off Via dei Coronari.
Gelato from Il Gelato, near Piazza del Popolo. This flavor was probably, like, celery or something.
Il Gelato, and its gelato master/owner Claudio Torcé, already had attracted foodie fame for the shop's all-natural ingredients and wild flavors. And then Il Gelato opened its most central location yet—just a short walk from Piazza del Popolo, right off Via del Corso. There's something here for everyone, from classic flavors (hazelnut, chocolate) to crazy ones (chocolate and chili pepper, gorgonzola). The ingredients are very high-quality, so no matter what you go with, my money's on the fact that there won't be any surprises: gorgonzola does taste like gorgonzola.
Il Gelato di Claudio Torcé (its most central location) is located at Piazza Monte d’Oro 91/92, near Piazza del Popolo.
It was a beautiful drive along the coast out to the headland with stunning scenery. We stopped at one of the road side vendors and bought fresh locally grown fruits.
Then we arrived in the centre of the town. Vieste is a town and comune in the province of Foggia, in the Apulia region of southeast Italy. It is a marine resort on the Gargano promontory, a rocky mass that makes up part of the “heel” of Italy
For years, Vieste was just another fishing village but now it’s a popular Mediterranean beach destination. The conditions for swimming, sailing or boating are fabulous. The water is crystal clear, clean and deep blue.
We seemed to be the only English speaking people in town, although Liane is from Brazil, however she speaks perfect English and very good Italian. We sat for a coffee and worked out our plans for the day.
After exploring the town by foot we took a jet boat ride to tour the caves which are on the coast and accessible by boat. It only costs about 10 euro each.
It is sometimes related that, while the young Leonardo da Vinci was an apprentice to Florentine painter Andrea del Verrocchio, the two collaborated on a painting. But when Verrocchio saw the beautiful angel that da Vinci had depicted holding the robes of Christ, he put down his brush and never painted again. To celebrate the life of da Vinci – painter, sculptor, musician, architect, writer, botanist, inventor, engineer, and anatomist par excellence - here are 15 quotes from the Renaissance man himself.
1. Progress: “Poor is the pupil that does not surpass his master.”
2. Mental waste: “Iron rusts from disuse; stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.”
5. Modern art? “Many are they who have a taste and love for drawing, but no talent; and this will be discernible in boys who are not diligent and never finish their drawings with shading.”
7. Truth endures: “Truth at last cannot be hidden. Dissimulation is of no avail. Dissimulation is to no purpose before so great a judge. Falsehood puts on a mask. Nothing is hidden under the sun.”
9. Be reasonable: “The senses are of the earth; Reason, stands apart in contemplation.”
11. The fallacy of opinion: “The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.”
12. Keep your eyes on the road: “He who walks straight rarely falls.”
13. Humility: “We see the most striking example of humility in the lamb which will submit to any animal; and when they are given for food to imprisoned lions they are as gentle to them as to their own mother, so that very often it has been seen that the lions forbear to kill them.”
Costa Paradiso, is a consortium developed on an area of 800 hectares and is located in the municipality of Trinita d'Agultu in Sardinia. It includes exclusive villas, villa apartments, a well-equipped sports centre, hotel, restaurants and shops, all situated in a lush Mediterranean haven. Both the small square of ‘Paradiso’ and the ‘Maya’ square are the heart of Costa Paradiso: shops, supermarkets, pharmacy, boutiques, artisan shops and a bar where you can relax with friends. The "Community”, provide an active private medical service, a security service that is responsible for the internal security and the resort’s peaceful ambience. It is also served by a private water supply, a sewage treatment plant, and over 50 km of roads. In addition to this, there is a well-equipped sports centre with swimming pools, tennis courts, soccer, beach volleyball, basketball, archery, a qualified diving centre for breathtaking excursions, and nearby, a horse-riding centre.
The Villa for sale of the photos is a newly built villa, in a unique and panoramic position surrounded by greenery with breathtaking sea view situated on a 1,100 square-metered plot. The villa is spread over an area of 283 square metres plus a veranda of 72 sqm. Outside there is a private garden surrounded by Mediterranean shrubbery, as well as a solarium and swimming pool situated in a private and secluded position. Access to the villa is by a private road. This can be customized with the finest materials available on the market.
This is a recently built detached villa, located in a panoramic position surrounded by greenery with a unique sea view composed of: entrance hall, lounge, kitchen, dining room, four bedrooms, four bathrooms, and shower.
I celebri cipressi che Carducci cantò in “davanti San Guido” accompagnano i visitatori attraverso un lunghissimo viale che porta a Bolgheri. L’armonia del borgo, i vicoli lastricati, gli antichi palazzi sullo sfondo, gli odori delle ricche vigne e degli ulivi rendono queste terre irresistibili per il turista in viaggio.
A due passi da qui si trova l'Oasi di Bolgheri, il primo rifugio faunistico del WWF istituito in Italia, area suggestiva e di eccezionale rilievo naturalistico per la presenza di uccelli acquatici rari come il tuffetto, l'airone rosso, il germano reale e la folaga e per essere tappa di uccelli migratori come gli aironi bianchi, i beccaccini e le cicogne nere.
A questo punto come non provare alcune delle etichette più importanti del panorama enologico internazionale (dal Bolgheri DOC ai Supertuscan come Sassicaia e Ornellaia) visitando le cantine delle aziende vinicole opportunamente segnalate lungo la strada del vino e dell’olio lastradadelvino.com.
Marina di Donoratico custodisce una grande risorsa che regala a questo territorio: la talassoterapia, “terapia del mare”, per la quale qui sorge uno dei centri italiani più autorevoli, il Tombolo Talasso Resort. Un punto di riferimento sia per un pernottamento chic, che per il sano benessere.
All’interno del Tombolo (che prende nome dalla fascia di dune sabbiose con vegetazione, tipica del litorale della costa etrusca) si trova una grotta con cinque piscine di acqua di mare riscaldata, prelevata a 900 metri dalla riva e immessa direttamente nelle vasche: la talassoterapia utilizza le risorse dell’ambiente marino - alghe, fanghi, sabbia e clima, e naturalmente acqua - attraverso massaggi e idromassaggi.