Qui l'antico si intreccia con il moderno e il connubio le conferisce un fascino davvero unico. Tutto da scoprire Padua is a journey into the past and in the present, amongst ancient history, traditions and art. Padua is a city full of beauty, and this can be seen in places like the restored Building of Reason and the Loggia of the Carraresi family that bears witness to the splendor of the Carraresi rule, in the Chapel of the Scrovegni with its precious frescoes by Giotto, in sculptures by Donatello or in the more modern lines of the Libeskinds monument. It is a walk amongst the magnificence of old buildings, amongst the spirituality breathed in the Churches - amongst the Basilicas of St. Anthony, St. Justin (Santa Giustina), the Duomo with its Roman Baptistery, amongst the daily bustle of the city markets of the Piazza delle Erbe and Piazza della Frutta, amongst the grandeur of Prato della Valle and under the millenary porticos. Padua is also a city of science with its university in the ancient Building del Bo and along the boulevards of Europe's first University Botanical Garden. Today, this creative and dynamic city is alive with markets, piazzas, refined restaurants, old osterias, and tables of the historical bars like Caffè Pedrocchi or the fashionable venues where the locals meet for the ritual of the aperitif. A year of..: The fireworks in the middle of august (August 15th) Marathon of the Saint (April) Celebrations of St. Anthony (June 13th) Padua on a plate A cuisine that is similar to that of Venice but that has its own flavors and traditions, and that is linked to the countryside and the flourishing agriculture of this area. It would be impossible to list all of the wine and food products of Padua here. However, it is important to note the DOC (Registered Designation of Origin) wines, the DOP Veneto Berico Euganeo prosciutto (the sweet prosciutto from Montagnana) and the DOP Euganei Berici extra virgin olive oil.
Lying on the foothills that extends from Astico to Brenta, not far from Vicenza and Bassano del Grappa, the town of Marostica is enclosed within the ancient walls of its castles and still retains the magic of the past. The distinguishing wall starts from the overlying Pausolino Hill and goes down to the center, connecting the top castle to the bottom castle. The Carmini trail is a scenic route that follows the walls giving visitors a great panoramic view. The famous chess game is the ultimate expression of tradition, a magical moment for this town that is also known as the City of Chess. It is a medieval re-enactment that takes place every two years in the famous Chess Square, opposite the Lower Castle, which takes its cue from a legend. It is said that in 1454 two noble warriors were both in love with Lionora, the daughter of the Castellan of Marostica. These warriors were forbidden to fight a bloody duel and a singular chess game was played instead. The live game of chess takes place on the second Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the month of September in even-numbered years and involves more than five hundred players dressed in period costumes. Those coming to Marostica in spring will be enchanted by the rolling hills and the expanse of cherry trees in bloom, a soft white color gives the foliage a fabulous candor. Roana, Sandra, Francese, Bella Italia, Milanese and Romana: are some of the varieties produced in the area and are so good that they bear the PGI (protected geographical indication) mark. These cherries have been the protagonists of festivals for many years.
All about the 20 regions of Italy, from Tuscany to the region of Rome (Lazio) to the Veneto and more! Do you know Italy… by region? It might seem like a lot to ask, but if you’re planning a trip to Italy, knowing Italy’s regions is a great place to start! The country is broken up into 20 official regions, which you can think of as districts—similar to states or provinces. What are the different regions, what are they known for, and which ones should you travel to? Here’s help!
Dal 1994 è inserita nella Lista del Patrimonio Mondiale dell'Unesco. Lo splendore di Vicenza risiede nella teatralità delle opere del suo celebre figlio adottivo, Andrea Palladio. Declared a World Heritage by Unesco in 1994, Vicenza is decorated with a majestic architecture signed by only one name: Andrea Palladio. The architectural genius has left the clearest sign of his art here and thanks to Palladio; we can admire buildings of incomparable elegance today. Among these is the Palladian Basilica, there is a breathtaking view of the three squares below from the top floor, and the beautiful Loggia of the Capitan. As a backdrop the lively city life, there are three other works by the great architect: Palazzo Chiericati, today's Civic Museum and Art Gallery, Palazzo Barbaran da Porto, home of the Palladian Museum and Palazzo Valmarana. Of particular value for its "dramatic" effect, is the architectural work of the Olympic Theatre, later finished by Scamozzi. At the gates of Vicenza we find one of its most architectural symbols, the country house Villa Almerico-Capra, also called La Rotonda, famous for the particular development of the central plan that fits harmoniously into the natural setting of the Berici Hills. The Basilica of Monte Berico is not far from the town center on the hill that dominates the city. It is the house to precious works of arts such as the painting of the Dinner of S. Gregory the Great by Paolo Veronese. A year of... Biblical Festival (May) New Conversation Vicenza Jazz Festival (May) Hand-in-Hand with Palladio, a guided tour (April-October) Olympian Sounds (May-June) Vicenza on a plate The table of Vicenza is full of "masterpieces", wholesome and high quality food and wines: PGI white asparagus from Bassano, PGI cherries from Marostica, PDO Sopressa (a typical sausage) from Vicenza, PDO extra virgin olive oil, PDO Berico Euganeo prosciutto, PDO cheese from Asiago, Vicenza style cod, grappa, DOC wines, white and black truffles from the Berici Hills, peas from Lumignano...
Cittadella Citadella is a walled medieval city that still has a boundary wall in the shape of an irregular oval with thirty-two towers. The walls that were built around 1220 for defensive purposes can still be visited and offer an enchanting view of the city. Crossing the bridge entrance, there are two main roads of the city that lead to the center of the four gates of the city. The whole town plan is an interesting example of fortified medieval architecture. Cittadella was awarded the Silver Medal of Valor for its work in the partisan struggle during the Second World War. Its Tower of Malta (Torre di Malta), a prison built in 1251 by Ezzelino III da Romano, is mentioned in Dante's Divine Comedy. Today, the Torre di Malta is home to an archaeological museum and the ground floor is a large conference hall. The Church of Santa Maria del Torresino, which has been recently restored and reopened for worship, and the Praetorian Building, a delightful manor house with a Verona red marble door and currently home to exhibitions, are also worth visiting. The Duomo has numerous pieces of art while the Building della Loggia (Building of the Loggia) and the Teatro Sociale (Social Theatre) have become symbols of the city. Tourists should also visit the Convent of San Francesco, built in 1481 and characterized by a bright cloister and the delightful Little Church of Santa Lucia di Brenta that belonged to a Benedictine monastery dating back to 1100.
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