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    Cervia and its Salt Pans: enjoy the endless beaches of the capital of 'White Gold'

    A well known tourist resort on the Adriatic coast, with its nine kilometers of fine white sand and a  gently sloping sea, Cervia is one of the most famous and popular of the Adriatic Coast seaside     The Cervia's Salt Pans is a paradise for birdwatching lovers and nature photography. From paths of few hours to those of half or full day, the Salt Pans is interesting for children, teens and adults.   Cervia has its roots in ancient times: the old town in fact stood in the middle of the salt and occupied an area of 20 hectares. The old Cervia was demolished because of  pressures by the inhabitants, who were decimated by malaria and unhealthy living conditions.   The new Cervia was built in the shape of a rectangle with a perimeter of about 800 meters: the outer part included 48 houses that could accommodate more than 150 families of salt workers, a small hospital, a barracks, a slaughterhouse and the theater. Just outside the quadrilateral ...

    Monday, 25 May 2015
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    Discover Lombardy by rafting along the Ticino Regional Park

        We can start from the naval base at the Hydroelectric Power Station "Ludovico il Moro" in Vigevano .     Everywhere in the world there are more rivers "quiet", which in technical terms are classified as "Class 1". The majestic and peaceful River Ticino, immersed in the homonymous nature park, established in 1974, belongs to these. .   Rafting on Ticino means being able to enjoy the excitement of a river navigation adrenaline active. The sports association "AqQua" that offers this unique experience called in Italian "Slow Rafting" Birds of rare beauty that cross the majestic river Ticino, uninhabited islands, where to stop for a refreshing swim or a snack. In river Ticino there are "amazonian" atmospheres that you can enjoy in the water tunnel completely covered by lush vegetation.       The river Ticino is navigable for 110 km from Lake Maggiore up to its confluence with the Po, after Pavia. The routes propose ...

    Thursday, 14 May 2015
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    Monte Isola, the magic gem of Lake Iseo

    Situated in the middle of lake Iseo, it divides  the lake in two parts, the bank of Brescia and the bank of Bergamo. Monte Isola has a perimeter of  eleven kilometers and an ancient and historical tradition; many characteristic activities and food and wine handed down from generation to generation, in addition to the charming architecture and marine culture of its villages overlooking the water, remained intact over time.   This islanis inhabited by a little less than 2000 inhabitants; you can not use the car, so you can visit it on foot or by bicycle, perhaps renting a bike on the spot as I did.     In the island there are twelve small villages and quiet landscape in the countryside with spectacular views, including the islands of St. Paul, formerly the site of a Franciscan monastery, and Loreto, which housed the Poor Clares, both now privately owned and inaccessible. The island's culture is strongly influenced by the cult of Our Lady of ...

    Tuesday, 21 April 2015
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    Gardaland and “Oblivion”: the new vertical plunge roller-coaster looking at the lake

    42.5 metres in height, a 566 metre long track , a speed of almost 100 km/h, a vertical plunge descent - 87° of inclination - towards a mysterious space-time passage, tailspins and , head-over-heels upturns, 360° rotations: those are the first, effective key words to present Oblivion - The Black Hole, the new vertical plunge roller-coaster, the first in Italy and the longest ones in Europe!  The white colour of the track of Oblivion The Black Hole and the orange of its trains – designed and built to resemble space vehicles – stand tall over every other attraction of the Park, inside an area themed in NASA style. But it is mainly the Black Hole,  the core of the Oblivion experience, that attracts the sights of Guests. Besides the mouth of the tunnel one can spot some truly unusual elements, completely distorted and sucked in. It looks like they have been dragged inside the conduct, almost swallowed: part of the roof of a saloon, a windmill, a little cart, a water tank, 3 ...

    Monday, 30 March 2015
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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 Gardacquacenter 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 assured, th ...

    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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