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    Parma and the beautiful Colorno Palace: aristocratic charming in 400 rooms

      When you arrive to Colorno, you can admire the big square just in front of the entrance of Ducal Palace where you can also take a rest looking the river just outside the Palace.     After the entrance, you can see the wonderful park, with a mix of French- and Italian-style landscape garden, which was further modified by Duchess Marie Louise. Damaged during World War II, it has been recently returned to its antique splendour by a restoration. The palace, at the beginning a medieval castle, was completely restored by Barbara Sanseverino, who trasformed it in a palace and made it a noble court with important paintings by Tiziano, Correggio, Mantegna e Raffaello.   After the beheading of Barbara Sanseverino, the  Colorno Palace abecame a property of Farnese family.  The palace was the home of the defunct Enrichetta d'Este, widow of Antonio Farnese, Duke of Parma.     In 1749 Duke Philip Borbone, dediced to dedicat the palace ...

    Tuesday, 24 March 2015
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    Discover Marche: Montappone and the ancient tradition of making hats

       Montappone is located a few kilometers away from the sea and Sibillini mountains; it is a small village in the hills of Fermo, and we have news about it since the year one thousand AD. The legend has that once upon a time in Montappone lived a King...   The king was very wise and since his daughter was to be married, he established that her hand would go to the one who had brought the most beautiful thing. A young poor farmer was in love with her and wanted to marry the princess, but he was afraid of being too poor to be worthy of the princess. Anyway the king said that "everyone is rich for what he has, and not for what he needs."  The farmer decided to fold ears of corn and the day after he came back to the castle with a crown made with braids straw sewn together, enhanced by a board that could shelter from sun or rain the beautiful face of the princess. The king, pleased by the entrepreneurship of the farmer, was happy to celebrate the marriage of t ...

    Wednesday, 18 March 2015
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    Gardacqua, wellness and relax between the olive trees and the picturesque Lake Garda

       Between Bardolino and Punta San Vigilio, you will find the small town of Garda, from which the largest lake in Italy got its name. Military outpost during the barbarian invasions ("Warda", ie guard), Garda is still dominated by the fortress which is in the center of town.   Just above the Wellness & Spa Gardacqua center soars with its stunning crystal dome.        Located in the middle of a garden of eight thousand square meters, the center - recently renovated - is able to provide the needs of all guests.   The selection of well-being offers many opportunities to spend a day of relaxation admiring the lake.   Sports enthusiasts, in addition to the gym with fitness machines, can swim in a pool dedicated to fun and to swimming lessons by qualified instructors, but there are also lanes for free swimming and acquagym.     The center is ideal for families with children: entertainment and fun are assur ...

    Monday, 16 February 2015
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    Gradara: an enchanting castle among the fairy hills in The Marche

    The two famous lovers, whose love story was immortalized by Dante in his Divine Comedy, were killed by her husband in the late 1200 and they were the protagonists of one of the most tragic love affairs of the MIddle Ages: they were as famous as Romeo and Juliet, but they really existed.     Paolo and Francesca were young and beautiful, but the lovers were guilty of adultery, because Francesca was married to the nobleman Giovanni, Paolo's brother. A love story became a symbol for lovers and still attracts thousands of visitors to the Gradara Caslte, in the province of Pesaro-Urbino, where the murder took place.        Gradara Castle is one of the best preserved examples of medieval fortification in Italy; the building is dated in the first half of the twelfth century. In Gradara the Malatesta Fortress is the heart of the village which can be accessed through the imposing Porta Firau.    The whole village is surrounded by the w ...

    Tuesday, 03 February 2015
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    Alpe di Siusi: romantic sleigh rides in a wonderful snowy landscape

      The silent rhythm of the blades on the freshly fallen snow and the tinkle of bells attached to the bridles of the horses sound like a sweet melody in the cool of winter. Wrapped in the warm blanket, kissed by the winter sun, you will be able to enjoy the quiet nature and the incredibly romantic atmosphere of a really magical winter landscape.     Not only liberating breadth of its landscape and the breathtaking backdrop of the mountains, but also the sunny and windless slopes of the Alpe di Siusi ski area make this a unique place in the Alps. The largest alpine at high altitude in Europe is an excellent winter sports paradise, for all tastes and all ages. Careful to promote winter tourism sweet and environmentally friendly, the Alpe di Siusi excites all those who like to practice different winter sports in peace and close contact to nature.   60 km of slopes that can satisfy even the most hardened skiers and snowboarders wildest, who will not complain or gi ...

    Tuesday, 13 January 2015
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    Relax looking a breathtaking view: enjoy the Terme di Saint-Vincent!

      Saint-Vincent, located in a valley sheltered from the wind, with a mild climate, and thus nicknamed "the Riviera of the Alps", two of the most famous in the Valle d'Aosta.  Its tourist development is due precisely to the spa, discovered in 1770 by Abbot Jean-Baptiste Perret, who noted that persistently grazing cows were affected by water spring gushing from rocks micaceous dyed red.   In fact the water was analyzed, and it turned out that it is rich in bicarbonate, carbonic acid, sodium sulfate and chlorides and therefore the water of St. Vincent could be considered diuretic, purgative and much more mineralized than others (and for this it was called "Fons Salutis" source of health).     The fame of the water quickly spread and it was found that the water, in a number of its components, exceeded famous waters such as that of Vichy and Sangemini. At the end of the eighteenth century a road was built to connect the village to the "Fons Salutis" to ...

    Sunday, 21 December 2014
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    Casale Monferrato, enjoy and taste the Piedmont tradition!

      So, if you had the opportunity to go and discover the Castle of Camino you can go on discovering the land in Monferrato.  Casale was the little but powerful capital of the  Marquise of Monferrato, who ruled this area of Piedmont for eight hundred years, until the beginning of the eighteenth century.       The territory of Casale consists of a flat area, where rice is mainly cultivated, and a beautiful hilly area, which produces rich and famous wines, home of large wineries and innovative initiatives farm.     The historic center of the town is mainly characterized by the Baroque architecture because in the eighteenth century the city was inhabited by many noble families, rich merchants and officers of Savoy, who built palaces and churches here.     Among the most significant monuments, there are the civic tower, 60 meters high, and the cathedral of Sant'Evasio dating from the twelfth century, where there are an eigh ...

    Thursday, 27 November 2014
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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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