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Umbria Jazz Winter @Orvieto: 100 artists in 5 days to celebrate the New Year!

posted by on December 30th, 2015

It has now become a tradition for Orvieto to welcome the new year to the rhythm of music. From December the 30th 2015 to January the 3rd 2016 the town will host the winter edition of Umbria Jazz: five days of music at the highest level, concerts and performances.

The Winter Umbria Jazz in Orvieto

it will not be only jazz music to enliven the evenings, but also blues, soul and gospel to be listened and appreciated all around the city, at different hours of the day and the night. Most of the eveining concerts are held in the Theatre Manicnelli , in Palazzo del Popolo and Palazzo dei Sette.
Jarrod Lawson and Allan Harris will play in the stunning Cathedral of Orvieto. And in the Cathedral, during the Mass celebrated in the afternoon of New Year’s Day, it will raise the notes of a vibrant gospel concert, expression and synthesis of different cultures and religious beliefs.

Let's celebrate New Year's Eve in Umbria

Historical Coffee Houses in Venice

posted by on December 15th, 2015

When talking about historical coffee houses, you cannot help but mentioning Venice. It is in the lagoon city that the coffee tradition was born thanks to its location and the trade relations with the Arab world. The real explosion of the phenomenon “coffee house” takes place in the 1700, with the launch of numerous clubs. Among them, the most famous and the oldest one is definitely the caffé Florian, which is still the symbol of the city. A tour among the best known historical Venetian coffee houses starts here, right under the arcades of the Procuratie Nuove in St. Mark’s Square.

Caffè Florian was founded in 1720 opened under the name “Alla Venezia Trionfante” (Venice the Triumphant). Since the beginning, this elegant building was characterized by its exclusive products and acquaintances: it was the place where politicians and intellectuals met (such as Carlo Goldoni and Casanova and, more recently, Gabriele d’Annunzio).
Today, the Caffé Florian still maintains the charm of the times it lived. With its architecture, the result of restoration and reconstruction, and the richly decorated interiors, the caffè is an important cultural center and, at the same time, a perfect place to enjoy an espresso a few steps from the Grand Canal.

Always in St. Mark square, there is another historic café; after Stendhal, Lord Byron, Alexandre Dumas, Wagner, Marcel Proust, even today, the Gran Caffe Quadri is the favorite place for actors and directors attending the Venice Film Festival in Venice, including Woody Allen.

More recent, but equally fascinating, the history of Harry’s Bar begins in 1931. Built from an old warehouse next to St. Mark square, in this place spent time intellectuals, artists and writers such as Arturo Toscanini, Guglielmo Marconi, Charlie Chaplin, Orson Welles and Peggy Guggenheim.

In the Lido area, finally, is the Lion’s bar, designed in 1925 to offer visitors and tourists a shining example of the Art Deco.

Manarola, the biggest nativity scene in the world

posted by on December 10th, 2015

Genoa – Every evening, following the tradition, the largest nativity scene in the world is represented in Manarola, in the Cinque Terre: 15 thousand lights and 250 statues covering the entire hill of Tre Croci, with the guiding star carried by one of the trains used to rack during the harverst.

This year, before the starting, they played both the French and the Italian national anthems: “the nativity scene is a symbol of peace” says Mr Mario Anderoli, the man who created this incredible nativity scene 54 years ago.

Christmas markets in South Tyrol

posted by on December 9th, 2015

Here our 5 stars itinerary for this Christmas: five cities of South Tyrol that are welcoming Christmas with suggestive street markets.

The first one is the medieval city of Bressanone, where it is possible to buy local handicraft; nativity scenes, sculptures, hand made potteries, candles and Christmas decorations. Not to miss the Nativity Scene museum, proof of a tradition lasting since 1200.

The second star is Brunico, a perfect location for those who want to add the amusement of the Plan the Corones slopes. The streets of Brunico are overwhelmed with the smells and flavors of this land: from the Vin Brulé wine to the typical desserts.

The third stop is in Merano, the ideal place for relaxing and have fun at the same time with its thermal baths, the trekking paths and the suggestive Christmas markets.

The fourth star is the lovely Vipiteno. This city develops along a long narrow pedestrian street with lovely wooden houses. The late-medieval architecture bears witness of the affluence of many mining entrepreneurs who, around 1300, with their economic resources and their cosmopolitan conception, gave a special impression to the essence of the city.
The splendor of that era, combined with the exemplary restoration, have made it possible to insert Vipiteno in the catalog of the most beautiful towns of Italy.

Last stop of this fascinating journey is Bolzano.