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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Down the road along the Tuscan Riviera, lulled by the fast corners and games of light and shadow that the pines throw on the asphalt, moving away from Versilia and going towards Grosseto, you can't miss a stop in the Bay of Castiglioncello, in Rosignano Marittimo, in the province of Livorno.
The clear sea, with its colors that fade from emerald green to deep blue, awarded with the Blue Flag by the EEC, along with the towns of the coast for its quality of water and services, wet 90+ km of this land.
Castiglioncello was an ancient Etruscan village, overlooking a small promontory which is the latest offshoot of the mountains of Livorno.
"The Pearl of the Tyrrhenian Sea" is a tourist resort of international prestige and indisputable beauty; it has a very unique charm. In the Etruscan Coast the colors and scents of Tuscany mix the lights and aromas of the Mediterranean.
Red cliffs overlooking the sea, sheltered bays, coves and beaches washed by cry ...
Arriving in Bellagio, and just I crossed the gate of the entrance to Villa Melzi, I was greeted by the incredible landscape that overlooks the picturesque that Lake Como offers from this elegant Villa: here you can admire the whole coast, and in distance the magic of the snowy Alps that are a counterpoint to the stunning garden, green expanse of grassy lawn that looks like velvet and the bright colorful camellias, azaleas and rhododendrons that exhilarate your sight and senses.
Villa Melzi d'Eril is a historic private mansion - declared, with the surrounding property, a national monument - owned by the family Melzi d'Eril, today its branch Gallarati Scotti: in fact, Ludovico Melzi joined in marriage with Josephine Barbò, and they had two daughters. Their favorite married Giancarlo Gallarati Scotti, Prince of Molfetta, and with the marriage she led to her husband's her family's villa in Bellagio.
The splendid view over the center of th ...
Mombaroccio is a village within the walls with two gates, one of which, the Porta Maggiore, really beautiful and characterized by two large cylindrical towers on either side. It offers the opportunity to enjoy a pleasant walk along the high walls that overlook beautiful views of the valleys.
Lying to the south-east to north-west along the ridge of a hill, the village of Mombaroccio, located about 20 km from Pesaro, is entirely surrounded by thick walls built to protect the ancient 'castle'. Characteristic herringbone configuration with the major buildings on either side of the road axis center.
The name of the village "Mombaroccio" comes from the italian "The Biroccio", the traditional means of transport of the Marche.
The tradition dates back the origins of Mombaroccio to the thirteenth century, following the union of five 'castles' existing in the surrounding area at that time. Originally it was part of the dominions of the Church, then moved to the Malat ...
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