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    Vicenza: Piazza dei Signori discovering the Palladian Basilica

      Arrived in the beautiful city, it is easy to park your car in one of the many parking lots just outside the old town and walk to admire the magnificent palaces and the ancient buildings.  Piazza dei Signori is the fulcrum of the town: it is the heir of the medieval Piazza Grande and the Roman Forum, as well as crossroads of the so called central squares.   The current name comes from the buildings representative of the Signoria of Venice, who ruled the city from 1404 to 1797; it has a rectangular shape with its 28 meters wide and 122 well long until the two unmistakable columns that mark the transition in the square Biade, so named because it was used for the cereals market and in particular seeds, and is still used today for seasonal markets. The two columns were built respectively in 1464 the first, with the winged lion symbol of the Republic of Venice and fifty years later the second column, with the statue of Christ the Redeemer, in 1640. The more signific ...

    Thursday, 20 November 2014
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    Milan and its hippodrome: an extraordinary show with elegance and charme

    In May 1888, the San Siro Hippodrome was opened and since then has been a growing success of audience and participation.  So successful that in 1919 was formed SIRE (Society for the Encouragement of Horse Breeds in Italy) to manage an increasingly articulated activity. Other lands were added to the first, with stables and training tracks.   In 1920, designed by architect Paolo Vietti Violi, the new hippodrome gallop was inaugurated; five years later, in 1925, it was the time of the racecourse trot, renovated fifty years later. With the Hippodrome Milan could take over an immense green space, where alternate passion for horse racing with the pleasure of long walks outdoors. A place to meet to cheer the riders: the San Siro Racecourse is the place that fulfills a passion of ancient origin such as that of horses, and combined it with the desire for leisure and the pleasure to be outdoors.    It is impossible not to be fascinated by the exciting races of the ...

    Monday, 03 November 2014
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    Alto Adige: a fall with original effects

     South Tyrol is a land rich in ancient and rich traditions: here fall becomes very special. And in fact this is the season when all the cattle ranchers let return to the valley from the high mountain pastures all the cows, horses, sheep, and also their families: this is the moment to organize large parties in the valleys with the arrival of livestock.      This tradition is called "Cattle drive" and the most beautiful take place in Renon (horses) in the Aurina Valley, Val Senales (sheep) and the Alpe di Siusi. Autumn is also the season when farmers make wine and grow chestnuts; it's time for "Törggele," that the custom of walking from farm to farm to taste exactly the must of wine ("Siaßer") the new wine ("Nuier") or the old wine ("Alter"), accompanied by the inevitable "Keschtn" (roasted chestnuts).   To give new impetus to this age-old tradition, we go back to the origins of "Törggele" with the "Törggele original": the objective is to keep the origina ...

    Tuesday, 28 October 2014
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    Val d'Aosta in the Middle Ages: let's discover of the Castle of Fenis

    Coming from Turin or Milan , and going to Aosta, the Castle of Fenis appears in all its beauty on the left side of the road. Contrary to what one might expect, it is not perched on rocky ridges of the mountain, dominating the valley in defence from the enemies, but instead it lies, just imposing, on a plain surrounded by vineyards.     This manor was in fact intended to represent the prestigious office of the greatest exponents of the family Challant's, who added the imposing defense system, as well as elegant pictorial decorations to enhance their power and prestige.     This Castle, whose origins are still not certain - I wonder if also in this case it was built from the ruins of a Roman villa? - is equipped with several towers and crenellated walls that were added in the mid-fourteenth century by Aimone of Challants to the existing turret.       Bonifacio I of Challant, son of Aimone, gave way to a transformation of the castle. al ...

    Wednesday, 08 October 2014
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    Lombardy: discover the small Lake Endine, between woods and Reeds

      The Lago Endine spread over a perimeter of about 14 km; its maximum length is about five kilometers while the width varies between one hundred and seven hundred meters. Its depth is very low since it varies between a maximum of 9.40 meters and an average of 5.10: why it is also called "the flat lake".     The perimeter of this lake is totally viable, as it is flanked on the east side of the road that connects the Castle to Monasterolo to Endine Gaiano: an excellent opportunity to enjoy a nice walk or jogging.       The lake Endine, irecessed into the narrow valley Cavallina, has preserved almost intact the natural environment. Along the banks of thick reeds, breeding place of the rich fish fauna and also haven for birdlife, alternate with small beaches are popular with tourists who can enjoy breakfast packed in specially equipped areas on weekends.     Also, it is possible to rent pedal boats to enjoy few hours of peac ...

    Tuesday, 16 September 2014
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    Lake Maggiore: discover the picturesque Fishermen’s Island

      The small stretch of water that separates the Fishermen's Island from the shores of Lake Maggiore offers us the chance to admire the verdant stretch of coast that surrounds the Borromean Islands, being enchanted by the magnificent villas that overlook Lake Maggiore.   Isola Superiore, also called 'Isola dei Pescatori' because of the historical work of its inhabitants, is located north of Isola Bella, from which it is separated only by a small island, quite a rock, known as "the Malghera ". With its 100 meters wide by 350 long Fishermen's Island is the smallest of the Borromean Islands (the largest one is Isola Madre).    Inhabited during all the year, the island houses a small village where fifty inhabitants live, and are concerned with fishing and tourism; the village is characterized by a small square surrounded by narrow winding streets that lead to the promenade on the northern tip of the island.      The village is characterize ...

    Thursday, 28 August 2014
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    Alto Adige - SouthTyrol: hiking through nature and archeology

    Dear friends, welcome to My Own Italy to discover Italy with my personal touch! Our travel to Italy today will be very special: we are going to  Alto Adige -South Tyrol. ake the opportunity of the hot and sultry days to leave the city and move towards the cool offered by our mountains and our green mountain pastures.   Walking is the most natural and healthy that you can do. If during the whole year in the big cities or because of laziness or lack of time we don't walk or go to the gym to walk on a treadmill in an artificial way, it's important to move on vacation. In the mountains, and especially in Alto Adige / Südtirol, there are no excuses: you go walking. And you can choose if enjoy an experience the mountains running or climbing vertically ... If you go to the mountain for the first time, surely it is worth to rely to a mountain guide; depending on what you'd like to do, if you want to go hiking in high mountain or rock climbing.   The routes? Take ...

    Tuesday, 22 July 2014
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    Sardinia: enchanting Sardinia, the sea of La Maddalena with the color of mint

       Located in the north-east of La Maddalena, Cala Spalmatore is very protected from the wind, thanks to the presence of headlands made up by spectacular pink granite rocks, where three beaches of golden sand. offer themselves in all of their enchanting beauty     The wide sea has a magnificent blue-green backdrop, unique and extraordinary. La Maddalena is one of the islands that make up the archipelago of the same name, located along the coast of Gallura to this island, the only permanently inhabited since the foundation in 1770, join the islands of Caprera, reached across the bridge of the "Passo della Moneta" , and also Budelli, Razzoli and Santa Maria to the north, while Spargi Island is situated in the south. Cala Spalmatore, placed close to two headlands that shelter it from the wind, it is formed by a cream-colored sand beach, with a sea of ​​shallow water. It is framed by green Mediterranean shrub and is enriched, as mentioned, with beautiful granite ...

    Wednesday, 02 July 2014
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    Lake Garda: discover Monte Baldo, an enchanting terrace on the lake

      A truly exceptional vantage point on a lake so large as to deserve the name "Gardasee", or the "sea" Garda : this is what you can enjoy when you get to Monte Baldo, a solid whose peak reaches over 2,000 meters!  Escape form the summer heat and get the coolness offered by the high mountain enjoying a panorama that sweeps across the Alps in a few minutes: this is what you can do starting from Malcesine, an enchanting village of Lake Garda, and arriving to Monte Baldo, overlooking the lake. The Monte Baldo, once the mountain of the shepherds because of the large pasture areas exploited since time immemorial, it is also called "the garden of Italy" because of the extraordinary quantity and rarity of plant species and in particular for the spectacular blooms. Many of them have survived to the glacial debris on the mountain that stood out as an island between the huge glaciers. The Baldo dues its name to the German "wald" - the forest - and it is the ideal place for lon ...

    Tuesday, 24 June 2014
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    Veneto: navigating along the River Brenta, among noble villas and calm waters

      Fascinated by the slow and calm flow of the water, I was enchanted by the timeless landscape offered by the Brenta along its quiet coves flanked with magnificent weeping willows.  And it's possible, along the course of the river, to admire the beautiful and aristocratic villas, anciently holiday residences of noble Venetians.   Dates back to the 1345 the repeal of the law prohibiting citizens of the Venetian Republic the purchase of land on the mainland, which prompted some of the interest of the Veneto nobility to move from commercial activities to the hinterland and along the banks of the river Brenta.     The possibility to intensify the exploitation of the possessions on the mainland caused the problem to closely monitor the agricultural production; that's why the country residences  born: in a single complex the nobles met the manor house and buildings needded for the different services.     So different types of villa were buil ...

    Tuesday, 20 May 2014
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