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    Aristocracy in Como: discovering the noble gardens of Villa Melzi

        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 ...

    Tuesday, 01 April 2014
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    The Marche at the medieval age: the village of Mombaroccio

     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 ...

    Friday, 28 March 2014
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    Lake Garda: Sirmione and the Catullo’s Caves

     It is said, therefore, that Quinzia, a young girl fell in love with Catullus, and because she could not accept his departure, she went to the lake and cried all her tears, convinced that he was dead. Slipping into the water, the girl's tears formed on the bottom of an effigy of the poet ...    Apart from the legends, and coming to the ancient village, the town of Sirmione is a peninsula that juts out for about 4 km into Lake Garda, from the south bank on the side of Brescia. In ancient times Sirmione - "Sirmium" for the Romans - was a "station" road at the base of the peninsula; in fact, in addition to its natural beauty, Sirmione had a certain importance in Roman road system as it was on the Via Gallica, the ancient road that, passing through Bergamo and Brescia,  got to Verona, where it was connected with the way that Postojna, built in 148 BC, and joined Genoa to Aquileia.   In Desenzano, the Via Gallica continued to Peschiera and towards ...

    Wednesday, 12 March 2014
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    Alassio, the fine beaches and the famous Muretto

       Alassio is a characteristic town in the province of Savona; it is very popular thanks to the fine sandy beach which stretches for over three kilometers. The water of the sea in front of it is pure and characterized by a beautiful seabed and a variety of "inhabitants" of the sea!     In front of Alassio there is the famous Island Gallinara, the only real island of Liguria. The others - Tino, Bergeggi, Palmaria - are simple rocks and they are still linked to the mainland by an umbilical cord. Here, in Gallinara,  the strength of the currents have made room for a channel 12 feet deep and wide about one kilometer and a half. This island is located midway between Albenga and Alassio and here is the place where the royal seagull nests!  The pearl of Alassio is its famous "Muretto" ("little wall" in italian), invented by Mario Berrino, owner of Cafe Roma, and the writer Ernest Hemingway, embellished over the years by the signatures of all the fam ...

    Tuesday, 04 March 2014
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    Monastero Bormida, between noble knights and polenta record

      Monastero Bormida, located in the province of Asti, takes its name from to the settlement of a group of Benedictine monks who, around 1050 circa, were called by the Marquis of Monferrato Aleramo from San Benigno Canavese (Abbey Fruttuaria) to plow and sow the lands devastated by the invasions of the Saracens.        The present castle corresponds exactly to the site of the original monastery, of which there are only a few walls and the bell tower, especially those on the square of the tower.      Most likely there was a previous monastery founded by the Lombards, as witnessed by the cult of Santa Giulia (whose devotion was widespread in northern Italy by the Lombards) that is still the patron saint of the village and the one to whom is dedicated the eighteenth century parish church, and from some Lombard place-names as Braia, which means the region that is near a river.     During the fifteenth century the first defe ...

    Wednesday, 12 February 2014
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    Alto Adige: pampering and wellness at high altitude

       Wellness in South Tyrol is based on tradition, typicality and traceability. I'm speaking about the tradition of the ancient secrets peasants of typicality, which makes the well-being of the South Tyrolean a unique traceability, as the products used are all from South Tyrol. The treatments in South Tyrol are focused on, therefore, the full force of the mountains and the smell of nature. In the end wellness is also guaranteed in our Spa and so, after a leisurely stroll or hiking, enjoy your relaxation!    It's cold outside, but you can enjoy your wellness in South Tyrol relaxing in the warm thermal spa, without neglecting "activities" outdoors ... It's called 'cryotherapy', or cold therapy, in vogue among athletes to improve their muscle tone.      In much more delicate and not strictly therapeutic way, the cold is still one of the moments of relaxation and pampering at the end of your day on the snow and after a sauna it is a real f ...

    Friday, 24 January 2014
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    The Marche: Senigallia, the 'velvet beach'

         Senigallia doesn' t need to focus on only one item to be remembered and to attract droves of tourists.     Inserted in the beautiful setting of the Marche, it is in an area surrounded by hills sloping down to the sea: harmonics and sinuous forms, cliffs and caves that are interspersed with unforgettable beaches, hills that recall the history, tradition, art.     The historic center of the city follows the Roman urban setting. In fact, Senigallia was founded on a hill south of the river Misa.      In fifteenth century Senigallia became rule of the Malatesta, and in particular of Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta, who became interested in the city to the point of being considered the "re-founder". Sigismondo decided to rebuild the city walls and defensive bastions too, partly following the route of the old walls demolished, and created a fortified city with a rectangular shape, incorporating new defenses in the fort. Later it ...

    Thursday, 16 January 2014
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    Tuscany: beautiful Viareggio, between papier-maché masks and art nouveau

       Viareggio probably gets its name to the presence of a castle, called "Castrum de via regia" (Castle of the King Road), erected in honor of Frederick Barbarossa in 1172 AD from the cities of Lucca and Genoa, both enemies of Pisa, to defend the coast.     The oldest fortification of the city is the Torre Matilde, which dates back to 1500, built by the Lucchesi to defend against pirates. All around is the oldest neighborhood right along the Burlamacca canal, that is the ideal sport for fishermen and for also the people of Viareggio who moor their small boats.    At the beginning of the nineteenth century Viareggio starts to turn into tourist destination, thanks to the holiday of Paolina Borghese, sister of Napoleon Bonaparte: Viareggio becomes a popular seaside resort. The tourist vocation of Viareggio always combines art, and in fact you can visit the Museums of Villa Paolina, with the wonderful examples of Art-Deco and Art Nouveau that adorn the ...

    Tuesday, 07 January 2014
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    Genoa and the Aquarium: the fantastic emotion of diving into the world of cetaceans

       Designed by the famous architect Renzo Piano, the Pavilion of Cetaceans of the Aquarium of Genoa is an important extension of the preexisting structure.     Located between the main body of the Acquario and the Grande Nave Blu, the new Pavilion is perfectly integrated inside the Porto Antico Area with minimum visual impact thanks to the glazed wall on the south side and the height of the visitors’ path that rises at only 3 metres above sea level.    Consisting of four open tanks - main tank for exhibition, nursery, bath tub and medical curatorial - the Pavilion can accommodate up to 10 dolphins!   The tour is structured on two levels and allows the public to admire the animals either from above, or from a diving perspective.     However, the thing that excited me the most, was the passing through a glass tunnel about 15 meters long, which, thanks to the shape of the curve, goes partially into the volume of the tank main exhi ...

    Tuesday, 03 December 2013
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    Vicenza: Villa Valmarana, the villa "of the Dwarfs"

     The Villa, which in 1720 became property of the noble Valmarana Family from Vicenza, who still live there, it is open to the public, as well as Villa Capra "La Rotonda" designed by Andrea Palladio, also property of the Valmarana's. In fact, the avenue of access to this Villa starts from the Villa Valmarana and it's just a few hundred meters.    A poetic legend gives the name to the villa. A dwarf princess was locked up in the old castle with her servants, all dwarves, because she couldn't become aware of her deformity. But one day a handsome prince entered with his horse in the mysterious garden and the princess saw him: so she threw herself from the tower to the chagrin. The dwarves negligent, as punishment, were petrified and placed on the wall of the house to watch the sleep of the daughter of the owner of the Villa up today.   Classic example of a country house, Villa Valmarana was built for the jurist Gian Maria Bertolo in 1669. C ...

    Friday, 25 October 2013
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