Thursday, August 29, 2013

Alberobello the marvelous city of "trulli"

Another extraordinary city of rural Puglia is Alberobello, known worldwide for its beautiful architecture. About housing characteristics (trulli) very little is known. Just as certain is that trulli existed about 300 years ago. The first news about them dates back to 1635, when a local Squire, Baron Gian Girolamo Acquaviva, better known under the nickname "Guercio of Apulia", had them build in Alberobello with dry cover, for not paying taxes then established only on masonry buildings. At this point the story becomes almost ... fun; do you think that when tax agents of the Spanish viceroy of Naples came down here, the peasants avvistavano them in time and quickly smontavano roofs. In this way the Spanish tax collectors were only heaps of stones and had to return to London empty-handed! A curiosity: Alberobello isn't the only city in the world that possess the trulli. Another is located in Turkey and is named Harran; lies along the course of Balak, a tributary of the Euphrates, about 10 miles from the border with Syria, on the road connecting Urfa these Abyad. That village of ancient origins, was rebuilt on the old schema about a thousand years ago, the arches at the time of the Byzantine reconquest of Italy and during the period when between Bari and Taranto settled many Oriental and Jewish groups. From this you can deduce that the Puglia learned (maybe) from the East to build their homes. is an idea seriously considered by historians.

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Hello, after a period of pause, a kind of holiday, I'm back to talk again about Italy and the treasure of this land. Enjoy my reports!

Sunday, July 7, 2013


Exploring Livorno
Livorno is a quaint seaport town located on the western coast of Italy. Sound beautiful? It is. The city is filled with culture, food and exciting stops for tourists who want to do something a bit different from the usual Italian tour of Rome, Florence, or Venice, which are all located in Tuscany.

Florence actually played an important role in Livorno’s history. Florence purchased the town from the city of Genoa in the early 15th century. The location was an important strategic location for Florence to protect its maritime interests. The Medici Family controlled Livorno until its patriarch died in the mid-18th century. Another political family, the Lorraines of Austria, ruled Livorno until Napoleon took control in 1796. The Lorraine family regained power in 1800, and during their second rule the city experienced tremendous growth. In fact, some of the structures built during this period remain popular destinations for tourists in the area: the Teatro Goldoni, which underwent a massive renovation two decades ago, and the San Benedetto Church with its elaborate angel staircase. In the late 19th century, a new shipyard harnessed the economic power of this seaport town.

Places to go, things to see
A city this old has lots of stories to share. Livorno is rich in history and culture, with strong French and Italian influences present as you stroll through the streets. Here are a few things to check out while you are in town:

The Fortezza Nuova
This fort-like structure was built in the 16th century for the Medici family to protect the city from pirates. It is surrounded by canals and serves as a public park now.

Museo di Storia Naturale del MediterraneoThis natural history museum is well-regarded for its broad collection. The permanent collection’s main attraction is a 20 meter-long whale skeleton that has been named “Annie.” The museum is family-friendly, so there are activities and exhibits for guests of all ages.

Canal cruiseTravel aficionados promise this is the best way to see the city.

Mercato della VettovaglieThis open-air, covered market is a main attraction in Livorno for locals and tourists. There are more than 200 shops, featuring fresh produce, meats, and other foods and treats. You can bet on everything being fresh, too. Fish is caught fresh daily and the vegetables are brought in regularly from nearby countryside farms.

Where to stayGrand Hotel Palazzo claims to be one of the best hotels in Italy, and this might actually be true if you attention to customer reviews when you plan your travel. Guests enjoy indoor and outdoor pools, a full-service spa and breathtaking seaside views. There’s also Hotel Rex, which is located on a private beach near Castello del Boccale. There is a private beach here, so you don’t have to worry about a large crowd during primetime sunbathing hours.

Where to eatSome say Livorno has some of the most authentic Italian cuisine in the country. Antica Venezia features a handwritten menu. (Sometimes it even has specific pages folded over for recommendations!) If you go here, you should order whatever your server tells you the catch of the day is, because that’s their specialty. There’s also Osteria La Barrocciaia, a hole-in-the-wall that others say is one of the worst-kept secrets in Livorno. You will find authentic Italian dishes here, and if the place is too crowded, which it often is, at least you can get a take-away sandwich from the front of the restaurant.

There are a lot of beautiful places to see in Italy, and adding Livorno to your list is a wise choice. This port city has beautiful views and will certainly be a place of rest and relaxation as you drink local wines, eat seasonal food and enjoy the history of the streets.

Angie Picardo is a staff writer at NerdWallet, a financial literacy site dedicated to helping people explore new places on a budget and understand the difference in ETFsvs mutual funds. As an undergraduate, she spent time abroad in Florence.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013


Portofino is a famous climatic resort on the Riviera di Levante, a small Bay of the homonymous promontory, which preserves the ancient appearance of fishing village. 
 For the uniqueness of its environmental values and climatic characteristics is one of the most famous tourist destinations. 
 Overlooking the Marina and the fortress Church of St. George; a few minutes is the tip of the Head, at the extreme of the promontory which closes the Gulf of Tigullio (faro; from here and climb to the Church, beautiful views).  
Behind the built-up area extends in Portofino Vetta (v. Camogli) protected Park of Monte di Portofino.
 In 20-minute motorboat you reach San Fruttuoso, a fishing village in a picturesque Cove with small beach, on the slopes of the promontory, SO where is a Benedictine Abbey which includes the Abbey building of xrtt sec., a Romanesque cloister, the Church of the 10th century. (with modern facade) and the tomb of Doria (1275-1305). On a backdrop is the bronze statue of Christ of the abyss.

Sunday, January 27, 2013


The largest and westernmost of the islands of the Gulf of Naples, linked to the capital with ships and hydrofoils and summer in Capri; is long and 10 km wide field more than 7, and has a surface area of 46.3 km2. Volcanic fumaroles and still presents numerous hot springs. Is mostly mountainous (m.Epomeo 788 m), with very jagged and few, small rade. The very fertile soil produces grapes in particular (typical wines) and citrus fruits. The very mild climate, with 13° annual hike, promotes
the island's main industry, tourism, promoted by the thermal cures and favored by an excellent equipment. Colonized by the Greeks, fortified by Siracusani, occupied by the Romans in 322 BC, the island was the Duchy of Naples and then followed with special troubles the fortunes of the Kingdom, a fiefdom of the d'avalos by principle of Spanish domination in 1729. The last volcanic eruption recorded dates in 1302.
The main town is Ischia, on the coast, consisting of two contiguous to Port cores and bridge, the first stylish and well-equipped seaside resort and Spa, the second characteristic fishing village Island joint on which stands the Castle. The port is in an ancient volcanic crater of elliptical shape, connected to the sea by a canal excavated in 1852. A S the port begins the via Roma, which took the name of via Vittoria Colonna (d'avalos) constitutes the most elegant Street, with shops, cafes and restaurants. For a bridge built by Alfonso d'Aragona in 1438 it goes to the islet and climb, partly with lift, to the ruins of the Cathedral, of 1301, modified in ' 700, partially destroyed by bombing of 1809 (crypt with noble chapels and frescoes, some of which 1300). You still in sight of the arcades of the former Basilian monastery until the Church of the Immaculate, 18th century, annexed by the former convent of the Poor Clares (the Church left the hypogeum). We come finally to the sixteenth century Church of St. Peter at Pantaniello, hexagonal, and the castle of ancient origins but more times used in 800 reworked to political prison. From Ischia to the road toward's one arrives at Barano d'Ischia m 210, which has a S, in Lido dei Maronti, one of the most beautiful beaches of the island with undersea hot springs and fumaroles. After the belvedere of Barano, continuing on the provincial road leads to m 452 Fountain, whence a road to N makes it easy to hike to the Summit of Mount Epomeo, 788 m brinkpart of the crater (to S collapsed): ^ panorama of the Gulf of Naples and m. Lepini, Matese and the Cilento. By Panza m down 155 to the enchanting village of Sant'Angelo, scenically located on rocky promontory that same close to or the Maronti Beach, with good accommodation and Spa facilities.
Continue towards NO, situated on a promontory in an important area for wine production and catering equipment and thermal. At the end of the promontory is the white Church of the Madonna del Soccorso (panorama on Sea); in the Center, the cylindrical tower, remarkable raised (with several others in the area) from Aragon in 1480 to protect the coast, and the 14th-century Santa Maria di Loreto, remodelled in the Baroque age, with beautiful adornments and polychrome marble tiles. The beaches of St. Francis and Citara (at which waters flow at 46° -56 hyperthermal° Celsius), have excellent equipment. Continuing the tour of the island reaches Lacco Ameno, in territory inhabited perhaps as early as vn sec. a. C, one of the most elegant and well-known centers on the coast N of m. Vico m 116. In front of the small shore stands the characteristic mushroom rock. The village centre is the square N S. Restituta, in which stands the homonymous sanctuary consists of a greater Church rebuilt neli ' 800, with twentieth century facade, and a smaller one erected in 1036 and rebuilt at the beginning of the ' 700. A 16th century wooden statue of the Saint and a crypt, rest of the basilica built in rv-5th cent. reworking a large cistern of Republican age. In the churchyard is a museum with finds from the bronze age to the Byzantine period. At the end, or of the town, famous for its spas are the fumaroles or stoves of s. Lorenzo. In villa Arbusto, which It has a large park based events, is in Constitution an archaeological museum, with artefacts and Tomb kits from the necropolis of San Montano. Approximately 1.5 km or of Lacco Ameno is the Lido of San Montano, one of the most picturesque of the island.
Continuing on the provincial road N coast meets Casamìcciola Terme, major centers for the resort and spa treatments, distinguished in part built around the harbour marina, and a top, oldest.


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

PIsa, Tuscany

Here is another famous cities of Tuscany; and here is a Tower even more famous than the city worldwide: the Tower Pendant. Pisa's territory was inhabited since Remote prehistory: long before the Etruscans came in Italy and befor the foundation of Rome. But it was the Romans who extended the city and made it since the antiquity an important centre. Pisa occupied then a privileged position from the point of view of commercial and military: stood on the road that linked the Italy to Gaul. In the middle ages, Pisa, which in the past was at the sea, was a thriving marine Republic in
competition with Genoa and Amalfi. Later he subject to stronger rule of Florence, which imposed the
its predominance in Tuscany.
The heart of the historic center of the city is the Piazza dei Miracles. Here, on the wide grassy stretch, enclosed by walls Embattled, the harmony of the beautiful architecture is composed from the Cathedral, the Baptistery, the leaning tower and the monumental cemetery. The Leaning Tower,
built between 1100 and 1300, is about 55 m and is world famous for its elegance and for how almost miraculous that despite the inclination to remain standing. The tilt came to completed construction for a soil subsidence below the tower itself. Pisa is also host to a famous University founded in 1329 and no less famous Scuola Normale, College fo teaching of mathematics and physics. The city is also an industrial centre (glassworks) and an iron-node important road. In the province of Pisa, a very important Center for its history is Volterra, ancient city of Etruscan origin.
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Monday, December 3, 2012


The oldest and one of the most famous and elegant Italian mountain stations, at the foot of Montebianco 4807 m, frequented both summer and winter (grandiose complex of ski lifts and ski) also as international transit location, lying at the mouth of the tunnel of Montebianco (km 11.6) to Chamonix-Mont-Blanc in the Haute Savoie, which also connects one of the longest and highest cableway in the world.  
Note for the mineral waters since xvii sec, and in the 800 as Piedmontese nobility mountain resorts, has grown in recent decades, especially after the opening of the tunnel and the creation of cableways. Among these is spectacular, for views and techniques adopted, * cableways from La Palud m 1370 to Entrèves at Torino Mountain refuge m 3321 (summer skiing at colle del Gigante; 3 t-bar lifts), passes over the Glacier du Géant (the largest of m. White), reach the Aiguille du Midi m 3842 on the French side (elevator to the top) and down to Chamonix (1037 m crossing e. 15 km in 4 hours and 1.30). The great ski Chécrouit-Val Veny is served by a cableway (4 sections), 2 cableways, chairlifts and drag lifts.
In the village, who lost the original valdostana footprint to take a look modern and cosmopolitan, are interesting the Malluquin Tower, the medieval Romanesque Bell Tower of the parish church and the adjacent Museo Alpino Duca degli Abruzzi, with reminds of ascents and expeditions.
• Numerous day trips possible, ride, drive and walk, White massif, in two valleys that flank (Ferret and Veny NE to O) and the mountains surrounding the Valley, from where you have beautiful views of peaks and glaciers. Among the more attractive, those little '' Lake of Miage m 2020 (12 km) to go and Veny (14 km) to Arnouva m 1769 in go Ferret and the Pré de Bar glacier.
• 5 km downstream is Pré-Saint-Didier m 1004, Spa and holiday resort with a view of Mt. Blanc. The Church preserves Romanesque Bell Tower and three noteworthy wooden baroque altars; above the village are the Spa (arsenical-Iron  waters at 36° C; currently closed) and the picturesque ravine carved by Dora Verney.
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