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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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    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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