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    Villa Monastero, a charming gem looking at Lake Como

    Villa Monastero takes its name from the Cistercian monastery founded at the end of the twelfth century in Varenna and that at the beginning of the seventeenth century was restored by the italian family Mornico (who called it "Villa Leliana"). It was later modified and decorated between 1897 and 1909 by its last owner, the rich German businessman Walter Kees. Nel 1936 Villa Monastero was donated to the government by the family De Marchi, who had bought it in 1925. Four years later, the charming garden was opened to the public and in 1953 was created to convention center.    Villa Monastero has a botanic garden of great value and interest, while the interior is a house museum and a conference center. The House Museum consists of 14 rooms completely furnished. All of them, from the Pool Hall to the Music Hall, from the Mornico Parlour to the Main Room, offer visitors the opportunities to go back to the past through the various styles, the precious materials and th ...

    Wednesday, 18 November 2015
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    Discover Piedmont: travelling around Lake Orta

    The territory of Armeno reaches up the slopes of Mottarone, the mountain that separates Lake Maggiore from Lake Orta and which offers a unique and extraordinary view. Armeno Armeno has very ancient origins, perhaps even dating back to the eleventh century, but certainly boiled was inhabited since prehistoric times; in Roman times it was obligatory passage for Switzerland and it was crossed by the road Settimia. In the Middle Ages it was linked to the events of the family Riviera Orta and the count-bishops of Novara. In  Armeno you can't miss a visit to the beautiful parish church of Santa Maria Assunta which dates back to the twelfth century. The Church is one of the best examples of Romanesque art. Essential and strict in its simplicity, it demonstrates the importance of the village during the Middle Ages. The interior is divided into three naves, the splendid frescoes on the walls and on columns can still be admired. They have been restored to their beauty afte ...

    Wednesday, 28 October 2015
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    Marche: discover Fano and its ancient walls

     Fano, the ancient Roman garrison, was called "Fanum Fortunae" because of the "Temple of Fortune" erected to witness the battle of Metauro where the Roman legions defeated the Carthaginian army. The climax of the Roman presence was at its Augustus imperial period when the emperor Octavian Caesar Augustus built the wall around the city by elevating it to the status of  colony.   The walls are still preserved today for about two-thirds of the original circuit; they were made of sandstone and an internal filling of mortar and shavings of processing. Eight cylindrical towers remain today, but once the walls were interspersed at regular spaces by twelve towers. The walls were opened through the doors and the most important was the Arch of Augustus, situated where the Via Flaminia entered the city.   A smaller door to the city still opens about half of the Roman walls. It is called "Gate of the Herd" because in the past there were grazing herds. In 1357 Fano c ...

    Wednesday, 26 August 2015
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    Val d'Aosta: the spectacular Gressoney Saint-Jean and Lake Gover

    Located at the center of the valley, 1,385 meters high Gressoney Sain-Jean is a true gem of the italian Alps. Located in a unique scenery due to its view on the Lyskamm glacier and on the impressive Monte Rosa massif which is reflected in the emerald green waters of the small and picturesque Lago Gover.        Lake Gover is artificially formed and it is surrounded by pine and fir trees, beautifully positioned to admire the chain of  Monte Rosa.     Immersed in the greenery of the woodland, in a panoramic locality called “Belvedere”, you will find Castle Savoia. It was built during Queen Margherita’s reign in 1894 as her residence on her frequent holidays.       Also in Gressoney Saint Jean , as for  Gressoney La Trinitè, the Walser architecture is the typical style for the woody houses.      Walser were people coming from Germany in the fourtheenth century. They decided to live in the L ...

    Thursday, 09 July 2015
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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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