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Secret Italy to be discovered | part two

posted by on February 11th, 2016

Villages and towns with an ancient history, that have preserved their most intimate and silent soul, far away from mass tourism. Fishing villages, castles inhabited by ghosts, cultural or natural oases hermitages.
The voyage continues…and stops in the Marche region. Here is the most fascinating underground routes of the country: the caves “Grotte di Frasassi”, with inlaid stalactites, gigantic stalagmites, lakes enclosed between crystal arabesques, alabaster lances dangling from the majestic vaults.

In Lazio region, near Viterbo, there is an unusual garden to get lost in: Villa Lante and its amazing park, with incredible waterfalls.
And yet to try is a bath in the thermal waters of the Cave of the Nymphs in Cerchiara di Calabria (Cosenza). These nymphs jealously guarded their secret of eternal beauty, linked to the use of the sulphurous waters. Today it is a pleasure for ordinary mortals to enjoy the benefits of these warm waters, the spa complex.

Secret Italy to be discovered

posted by on February 4th, 2016

Mines, castles, villages of fishermen and natural oasis. A book reveals 101 “unusual” places in Italy worth to be visited at least once in a lifetime.
A place not to be missed.” “I do recommend it, you should go there!”. These are the phrases you probably have heard from friends and relatives returning from their holiday in Italy. But if you are planning a trip in the Bel Paese, how to decide where to go? The choice is often a problem, especially if you have already visited the most famous destinations of Italy.
Some ideas might come from a book, “101 unusual places in Italy where to go at least once in a lifetime “(Newton Compton Editori), written by the journalist Giuseppe Ortolano. He selected the most hidden jewels of Italy, destinations accessible to all, from North to South, easy to reach and not too expensive.
Villages and towns with an ancient history which were able to preserve their most intimate and silent soul, far from tourism mass. Fishing villages, castles inhabited by ghosts, silent and cultural oasis.
Where to start from?
Away from the clamor of Venice, one ideas could be discovering the hidden islands of the Venetian lagoon. Among these, the island of Vignole, with it ruins of the ancient church Santa Erosia and San Lazzaro degli Armeni, an island home to one of the first centers of the Armenian culture.

Even more unusual is a tour in Rovereto, in the province of Trento, where it is possible to follow the footsteps of the dinosaurs in the paleontological site.
To satisfy your “sweet doing nothing” desire, just go in Renon (Bolzano), where the Freud-Promenade path connects connects Soprabolzano to Collalbo in about one hour. And in the midst of this beautiful scenery, enjoy nature and fresh air.

For those who love the thrill and mystery, Ortolano recommend a “ghosts hunting” in the Castles of Parma and Piacenza. The Bardi Castle was home to the khight Morello, who killed himself for love. The
wandering of his restless spirit was even photographed by two Bolognese parapsychologists.
Another gentle ghost, the fairy Berna, occupies the castle of Montechiarugolo. It is said to appear to the young women on the eve of the wedding day to educate them on their new life. From ghosts to goblins the step is very short!

Venice celebrates Carnival!

posted by on February 1st, 2016

Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth. O. Wilde

Great excitement and suspense for the most important event which opened the 2016 edition of the Carnival of Venice yesterday, the 31st of January; Irene Rizzi, wrapped in an elegant orange dress designed and made by the Atelier of Stefano Nicolao, reached the St. Mark’s square in the famous Volo d’angelo (the flight of the angel).
The Flight of the Angel dates back to the mid-500, when an acrobat amazed and shocked the city by walking on a rope from the dock to the bell of the tower of St. Mark. The artist reached the balcony of the Doge and the crowd strongly applauded this courageous young man. Since that time, the event was organized every year.

A busy and interesting program this year: until the 9th of February many events and historical re-enactments for this edition called CREATUM arts and traditions! a name centered on the ancient origins of Venice and also linked to the topography of the city. There are countless streets and squares of Venice which recall the ancient arts and traditional crafts.
St. Mark’s Square, the hub site of the festivities, from 30 January to 9 February, will host artisans who through the excellence of their work will tell the unique story of Venice. The audience will be entertained by the presence of mask makers, instrument makers, glass makers, tailors who will exhibit their wares in the shops of Piazza San Marco and show the beauty of their art. A real dive in the Venice of the ‘700 with actors and masks that will emphasize the moments and the most important passages of all crafts.

The Carnival of Venice 2016 is enriched with a new event: from Thursday the 4th to Tuesday the 9th of February in Campo San Geremia, near Piazzale Roma and the train station of Saint Lucia, there will be a large pavilion in eighteenth-century style curated by the designers of the theater La Fenice in Venice. The pavilion will present the Italian regional excellence on a journey through the flavors and typical products but also through folklore and crafts. Timeless atmosphere of the Carnival, The Field of flavors and traditions narrate an old history, by telling the memory and culture of wonderful places of our country to intrigue and win in a cheerful and festive audience. This will be done through the typical wine and food and craft products, not only memory and art of an area, but often promoters of history and innovation.