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A marble labyrinth on the floor of the Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna.

A marble labyrinth on the floor of the Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna.

It is of a predictable and disarming naturalness to find oneself wandering among the sights of Ravenna and carrying one's nose upward, tangling one's gaze among the golden mosaics until one arrives, more or less morbidly, at the highest point where t...
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Bergamo Brescia Capital of Culture, in Palazzolo sull'Oglio two portraits by Ceruti and Ghislandi compared

Bergamo Brescia Capital of Culture, in Palazzolo sull'Oglio two portraits by Ceruti and Ghislandi compared

The year of Bergamo Brescia Capital of Culture 2023 comes to a close in the Castle of Palazzolo sull'Oglio (Brescia) with an exhibition that compares two great painters who each represent the two protagonist cities of this year that is almost drawing...
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Cleopatra's pool at Hierapolis-Pamukkale: bathing in the ancient baths

Cleopatra's pool at Hierapolis-Pamukkale: bathing in the ancient baths

Bathing inside one of the oldest hot springs in existence, exactly the way we bathed hundreds of years ago. We are in Turkey but we evokeEgypt and the Romans. Let's talk about what is called by all the "Cleopatra's Pool," the pharaoh who in the heigh...
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Trentino-South Tyrol Christmas markets, which ones to see: the 10 most beautiful ones

Trentino-South Tyrol Christmas markets, which ones to see: the 10 most beautiful ones

The Christmas season, with its twinkling lights, enveloping scents and magical atmosphere, reaches one of its peaks in the picturesque Christmas Markets of Trentino-South Tyrol. This region, with its towering mountains and gorgeous landscapes, offers...
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Budapest spas, which ones to visit: 10 baths not to be missed

Budapest spas, which ones to visit: 10 baths not to be missed

If you are getting ready to take a trip to relax a bit, not too far away and maybe spending the right amount, this is the time to go to Budapest. Which on Nov. 17, 2023, celebrated 150 years of its unified administrative identity. The capital ofHunga...
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The centerless labyrinth of Catanzaro's Mediterranean Biodiversity Park

The centerless labyrinth of Catanzaro's Mediterranean Biodiversity Park

More than sixty hectares of greenery, two thousand tall trees, twenty thousand ground cover plants, a ten-thousand-square-meter lawn, an Italian garden, a pond and a waterfall, and then a 1,400-meter bicycle and running path, a playground area with v...
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Renaissance Romagna: on the trail of Leonardo da Vinci and Lucrezia Borgia

Renaissance Romagna: on the trail of Leonardo da Vinci and Lucrezia Borgia

We begin today a series of articles that will take you on a discovery of Renaissance Romagna: six itineraries through the provinces and municipalities of this territory, between art and nature, where some of the most important seigniories of the Rena...
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Bagno Vignoni, the village with a bath instead of a square

Bagno Vignoni, the village with a bath instead of a square

Thermal waters in a landscape of extraordinary beauty, in a region famous for good living. We are talking about the Val d'Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2004, and the thermal waters of Bagno Vignoni. Bagno Vignoni, to be exact, is a hamlet...
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Between the Minotaur and D'Annunzio, the two labyrinths of the Castle of San Pelagio

Between the Minotaur and D'Annunzio, the two labyrinths of the Castle of San Pelagio

Nestled in a remote and rarefied atmosphere, in the heart of the municipality of Due Carrare, stands the Castle of San Pelagio. It is an ancient building that, despite its much more recent reconstruction, entangles its roots with the famous Carraresi...
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A very ancient labyrinth -- nuragic. The labyrinth of the Domus de Janas of Luzzanas.

A very ancient labyrinth -- nuragic. The labyrinth of the Domus de Janas of Luzzanas.

There are countless places in Italy that hold ancient legends and hide magical creatures of all kinds, but only in Sardinia are Domus de Janas found. They look like tiny houses carved into the rock and, according to the oldest folk tales, they are sa...
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A British labyrinth in Molise: the caerdrome of Petrella Tifernina

A British labyrinth in Molise: the caerdrome of Petrella Tifernina

A village of a thousand inhabitants nestled in the mountains of theMolise Apennines, a medieval church finished construction in the early 13th century, and a strange graffito that has no other equal in Italy. It is a very special labyrinth that is en...
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Mantua: exhibitions dedicated to Rubens, a new park and more. Why (return to) visit the city?

Mantua: exhibitions dedicated to Rubens, a new park and more. Why (return to) visit the city?

Between new and great classics, visiting Mantua is always a good idea, both for those who choose it for the first time and for those who have already known it, even in different seasons of the year. Two exhibition events dedicated to Pieter Paul Rube...
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Pinocchio's Labyrinth: a symbol of the vicissitudes of the world's most famous puppet

Pinocchio's Labyrinth: a symbol of the vicissitudes of the world's most famous puppet

In theItaly of the 1950s, the idea of dedicating an entire park to one of the most beloved literary figures for children and adults alike, Carlo Collodi's Pinocchio , was highly original in itself, but opening a park dedicated to Pinocchio and fillin...
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Bayreuth is not just Wagner. A fully preserved court opera house is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Bayreuth is not just Wagner. A fully preserved court opera house is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

The city of Bayreuth, in northern Bavaria, is known to be the city of Richard Wagner, not because he was born there (he was in fact born in Leipzig), but because the famous composer spent the last ten years of his life here and because he elected it ...
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The House of the Labyrinth in Pompeii: the first known labyrinth mosaic

The House of the Labyrinth in Pompeii: the first known labyrinth mosaic

It is a fairly common occurrence to find Roman mosaics depicting labyrinths. They have been discovered in several cities of the Roman Empire, are made with great attention to detail and can vary in complexity, and were usually placed in the most impo...
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Saxony: did you know that it shares its two UNESCO sites with two other countries?

Saxony: did you know that it shares its two UNESCO sites with two other countries?

Interestingly, the only two Unesco World Heritage sites in Saxony, an eastern German federated state, share a common feature: each Unesco site is in fact shared with another country. In fact, Muskau Park is located partly in Germany and partly in Pol...
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The Enchanted Garden of Gigliopoli, a labyrinth on the sea of Sicily

The Enchanted Garden of Gigliopoli, a labyrinth on the sea of Sicily

It is one of Italy's newest labyrinths: a maze born in Milazzo, on the coast of Sicily, literally in the middle of the sea, you might say, in one of the most beautiful places on the island. The Gulf of Milazzo is enclosed by a strip of land that, str...
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A maze in the Renaissance palace: the labyrinth of Palazzo Costabili in Ferrara

A maze in the Renaissance palace: the labyrinth of Palazzo Costabili in Ferrara

Among Ferrara's Renaissance buildings , Palazzo Costabili certainly occupies a top place: it was built between 1495 and 1504, designed by Biagio Rossetti (Ferrara, c. 1447 - 1516), architect of the court of Hercules I, and commissioned by Antonio Cos...
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Cenischia Valley and Moncenisio, what to see: 10 places not to miss

Cenischia Valley and Moncenisio, what to see: 10 places not to miss

Val Cenischia is one of the most beautiful valleys in Piedmont: located in the west of the region, lateral to Val di Susa, it is formed by the Cenischia stream and is known for its natural beauty, rich history and mixed culture (the upper part of the...
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Jeff Saward's glass labyrinth at Chianti Sculpture Park

Jeff Saward's glass labyrinth at Chianti Sculpture Park

Usually those who think of Tuscany think of the Renaissance, or the splendid medieval gold backgrounds that decorate the region's most beautiful churches; someone else perhaps will be willing to go as far back as the19th century Macchiaioli, especia...
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A Labyrinth on the Environmental Crisis. Piero Gilardi's Labyrinthic Anthropocene.

A Labyrinth on the Environmental Crisis. Piero Gilardi's Labyrinthic Anthropocene.

Can one talk about the current climate crisis through a labyrinth? According to Piero Gilardi (Turin, Italy, 1942 - 2023), anArte Povera artist in the late 1960s and later among the artists who most worked on the connections between art and the envir...
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A labyrinth in the archaeological park: the Basileus Archaeopark in Basilicata

A labyrinth in the archaeological park: the Basileus Archaeopark in Basilicata

The only, large outdoor labyrinth in Basilicata is located at an archaeological site. About fifteen kilometers from Potenza, along the Appian Way, is the village of Baragiano, where two and a half thousand years ago a king of the peuketiantes, a pop...
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Ariadne's Labyrinth, a journey to the origins of life in the heart of the Nebrodi Mountains in Sicily

Ariadne's Labyrinth, a journey to the origins of life in the heart of the Nebrodi Mountains in Sicily

Castel di Lucio is a small town of just over 1,000 inhabitants, located 753 meters above sea level, nestled in the woods of the Nebrodi Mountains, a short distance from the northern coast of Sicily. The capital, Messina, is more than two hours' driv...
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The Carlic Labyrinth, a maze in the orchard among the hills of Bologna

The Carlic Labyrinth, a maze in the orchard among the hills of Bologna

A sumptuous eighteenth-century mans ion now at the center of a vast agricultural estate, transformed into a sumptuous resort: this is Palace of Varignana, a residence that stands in the hills of Bologna, not far from Castel San Pietro Terme, in Varig...
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A maze in the heart of the Republic. The labyrinth of the Quirinal

A maze in the heart of the Republic. The labyrinth of the Quirinal

There is a labyrinth in the heart of Rome, indeed: in the heart of Italy, in the highest institutional seat of state. In fact, not everyone is aware of the presence of a labyrinth in the garden of the Quirinal Palace, right inside the seat of the Pre...
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The labyrinths of Mantua, between the Ducal Palace and the Virgilian Woods

The labyrinths of Mantua, between the Ducal Palace and the Virgilian Woods

It can be said that, in the 16th century, the Gonzaga court in Mantua nurtured a real passion for labyrinths. Those who walk through the Hall of Horses in the Ducal Palace and linger on the east wall will easily notice a fresco depicting Mount Olympu...
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Germany and its UNESCO sites: which ones to celebrate in 2023/2024

Germany and its UNESCO sites: which ones to celebrate in 2023/2024

Ranking third in number of UNESCO sites after Italy and China, Germany has as many as fifty-one sites inscribed on the World Heritage List, forty-eight of them cultural and three natural. The first to enter the prestigious List was Aachen Cathedral w...
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Aqueduct Park in Rome, what to see: 8 places

Aqueduct Park in Rome, what to see: 8 places

The Park of the Aqueducts of Rome, inaugurated in 1999, is a large green lung extending over 240 hectares between the Appio Claudio district, via delle Capannelle and the Rome-Cassino-Naples railway line and represents a remnant stretch of the Agro R...
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Ledro Valley, what to see: the 10 places not to miss

Ledro Valley, what to see: the 10 places not to miss

A hidden gem among the mountains of Trentino, the Ledro Valley, which surrounds the lake of the same name, is a destination known for its natural beauty and rich historical heritage. The crystal-clear waters of Lake Ledro, amid lush forests and lush ...
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Lake Hvar, what to see: the 5 places to visit

Lake Hvar, what to see: the 5 places to visit

Lake Lesina is a beautiful body of brackish water located along the coast of Puglia, between the Tavoliere and the Gargano promontory. It is one of two coastal lakes in Apulia along with Lake Varano. The lake, which communicates with the Adriatic Sea...
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Cagliari, what to see: 10 must-see places in the city

Cagliari, what to see: 10 must-see places in the city

Cagliari, the capital of Sardinia as well as its largest and most populous city, a perfect fusion of millennial history, unforgettable sights, and vibrant culture. A city that surprises with its cultural richness, delicious cuisine, and unique hospit...
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Salò, what to see: 10 places not to miss

Sal, what to see: 10 places not to miss

On the shores of Lake Garda lies the charming Salò, located on the western shore of the lake, a destination that enchants visitors with its well-kept historic center, lake views, long history, and location: surrounded by a backdrop of majestic...
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Pesaro, what to see: 10 must-see places in the city

Pesaro, what to see: 10 must-see places in the city

Located on theAdriatic coast, not far from Romagna, the city of Pesaro is the second most populous city in the Marche region after the capital Ancona. An important Renaissance center, Pesaro has a long history dating back to Roman times and has playe...
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Along the former Capranica-Civitavecchia railway, among archaeological sites and abandoned stations

Along the former Capranica-Civitavecchia railway, among archaeological sites and abandoned stations

It was June 4, 1944 when, four months after the Anzio landings, the Allies began arriving in Rome to free the capital from the Nazi grip. During the dark years of World War II, the Capranica-Civitavecchia-Orte railroad continued its operations undaun...
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Valchiavenna, what to see: 10 places between art and nature

Valchiavenna, what to see: 10 places between art and nature

This enchanting corner of the world that is Valchiavenna, with its rugged landscapes and charming perched villages, offers an extraordinary fusion of man's art and nature's magnificence. The melting of massive ice sheets that took place some 10,000 y...
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Catacombs of Rome, which ones to see: guide to the 10 most interesting ones

Catacombs of Rome, which ones to see: guide to the 10 most interesting ones

The catacombs of Rome constitute a vast system of underground cemeteries located along tunnels that extend beneath the city. These catacombs were primarily used as burial sites during the first centuries of Christianity. The Roman catacombs originate...
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Villas on Lake Como, which ones to see: the 10 not to miss

Villas on Lake Como, which ones to see: the 10 not to miss

Lake Como is one of Italy's most fascinating tourist destinations, famous for its scenic beauty and the historic villas that line its shores. This Lombard jewel has attracted the attention of numerous writers and famous people over the centuries, who...
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Among forests and Etruscan necropolises: the Marturanum Regional Park

Among forests and Etruscan necropolises: the Marturanum Regional Park

Walking through the woods, especially as autumn gets closer, is a bit like coming home after a very long journey. The world here is softer underfoot, and as you walk you discover the warm hues of nature that welcome any traveler. Among the most strik...
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Garfagnana, what to see: the 10 places not to be missed

Garfagnana, what to see: the 10 places not to be missed

Garfagnana, a beautiful mountainous region in the northern part of Tuscany, corresponding to theupper Serchio valley, is located a short distance from Lucca, the provincial capital, and is characterized by beautiful natural landscapes, lush chestnut ...
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The Places of Giovanni Verga in and around Catania: which ones to see

The Places of Giovanni Verga in and around Catania: which ones to see

During the second half of the nineteenth century, literature, following the guidelines of Romantic poetics, persevered in the goal of exploring and spreading truth. Social tensions and clashes, amplified by the lack of satisfaction of the most basic ...
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Hermitages of Majella, which ones to see: the 10 most spectacular ones

Hermitages of Majella, which ones to see: the 10 most spectacular ones

Majella, a majestic and rugged mountain in the heart ofAbruzzo, holds centuries-old places of worship set in the pristine wilderness of its National Park, which, with an area of more than 740 square kilometers, offers spectacular landscapes rich in b...
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Val di Fassa, what to see: 10 places not to be missed

Val di Fassa, what to see: 10 places not to be missed

The Val di Fassa, located in the heart of the Dolomites, is a jewel set among majestic peaks, beautiful mountain landscapes and a rich cultural tradition, being part of Ladinia, the land, between Trentino Alto-Adige and Veneto, where the Ladin langua...
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Ortigia, what to see: 10 places in the heart of Syracuse

Ortigia, what to see: 10 places in the heart of Syracuse

The island of Ortigia constitutes the oldest and most authentic portion of the city of Syracuse, representing an urban core that is small in size but steeped in a deep and complex cultural history. The historical texture of Ortigia unfolds in an intr...
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Lunigiana, villages to see: the 10 not to be missed

Lunigiana, villages to see: the 10 not to be missed

In the northernmost part of Tuscany, here is Lunigiana: a jewel surrounded by the majestic Apuan Alps and the northern Apennines, a fascinating land that is a cross between an often still wild nature and a multi-millennial history, able to offer visi...
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Discover the history of St. Francis in 10 places between Umbria and Tuscany

Discover the history of St. Francis in 10 places between Umbria and Tuscany

St. Francis, of aristocratic extraction, was born in Assisi between December 1181 and September 1182 and, according to one legend, was conceived during a journey to the Holy Land by a couple now advanced in years. Immediately after his miraculous bir...
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Varaita Valley, what to see: 10 places not to be missed

Varaita Valley, what to see: 10 places not to be missed

Val Varaita is a beautiful valley located in the Cottian Alps in Piedmont, at the foot of Monviso, the mountain where the source of the Po River is found. Characterized by a natural beauty that has few other equals, the Varaita Valley, which begins i...
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Assisi, what to see: 10 places not to miss

Assisi, what to see: 10 places not to miss

Along the cobbled, narrow streets of Assisi one discovers stories of saints and pilgrims who have lived, loved and suffered here. As you walk along them the soul surrenders, but the Umbrian city, home of St . Francis and St. Clare, is not only a stor...
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Unusual and little-known Sardinia: 10 places to discover

Unusual and little-known Sardinia: 10 places to discover

Hidden among the turquoise waves of the sea and sculpted by the strong wind, stands wild and guardian of raw legends, the island of Sardinia. A land, this one, that possesses an untamed beauty, where the waves crash with unprecedented force against t...
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Ossola Valley, what to see: 10 places not to be missed

Ossola Valley, what to see: 10 places not to be missed

The Ossola Valley is one of the most beautiful valleys in Piedmont, corresponding to the catchment area of the Toce River, which runs through its entire length. Val d'Ossola is located in the province of Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, occupies the northernmos...
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Catania, what to see: 10 must-see stops

Catania, what to see: 10 must-see stops

The main city of eastern Sicily, at the center of the island's largest metropolitan area, Catania, dominated by the mass of Mount Etna, is one of the main economic, industrial and cultural centers of southern Italy. A city of ancient origins, founded...
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Val Formazza, what to see: 10 places not to be missed

Val Formazza, what to see: 10 places not to be missed

We are in the far north of Piedmont: the Formazza Valley is the last offshoot of the Ossola Valley, crossed by the Toce River whose source lies in the mountains on the Swiss border. Nestled in the Lepontine Alps, Val Formazza, totally part of the pro...
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Trieste, what to see: the 10 places not to miss

Trieste, what to see: the 10 places not to miss

They say Trieste is the most Central European city in Italy. What is certain is that, besides being a wonderful city, it has been a meeting place of different cultures for centuries, a multicolored city where different languages have always been spok...
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Free spas in Tuscany: 8 sites where you can bathe for free

Free spas in Tuscany: 8 sites where you can bathe for free

When people say "thermal baths" they usually think of luxurious establishments with pools, indoors or outdoors, that channel water from a nearby spring and where you enter strictly for a fee. However, not everyone knows that there are, all over Italy...
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Carrara, what to see: the 10 places not to miss

Carrara, what to see: the 10 places not to miss

Carrara, the world capital of marble, a city with a history spanning thousands of years, nestled among quarries in the Apuan Alps, a city that stretches from the mountains to the sea, dominated by the imposing bulk of Mount Sagro, the sacred mountain...
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Garfagnana and Middle Valley villages, which ones to see: top 10

Garfagnana and Middle Valley villages, which ones to see: top 10

Garfagnana, or theupper Serchio Valley, corresponds to the northernmost area of the province of Lucca, squeezed between the Apuan Alps on one side and theTuscan-Emilian Apennines on the other. Among its mountains, rich in chestnut forests, and reachi...
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Stelvio National Park, what to see: 10 places not to be missed

Stelvio National Park, what to see: 10 places not to be missed

The Stelvio National Park is one of the largest and oldest in Italy: established in 1935, it is the fourth in the history of our country (after those of Gran Paradiso, Abruzzo and Circeo) and covers an area of more than 130,000 hectares, spanning two...
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Elba Island, what to see: the 10 places not to miss

Elba Island, what to see: the 10 places not to miss

Elba Island is the largest island in theTuscan Archipelago as well as the third largest in Italy. It is located about ten kilometers from the coast, and the easiest and quickest way to get there is by ferries that leave from Piombino and in about for...
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Tarquinia, what to see: the 10 must-see places in town

Tarquinia, what to see: the 10 must-see places in town

Tarquinia is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in central Italy, but not only that: it is also one of the most historically rich cities in our country. It is the ancient Tarchuna of the Etruscans, one of the most important cities of the Do...
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Venosta Valley, what to see: the 10 places not to be missed

Venosta Valley, what to see: the 10 places not to be missed

Famous for its apples, its mountains and the variety of its landscapes, the Vinschgau Valley is one of the most popular tourist destinations inSouth Tyrol, all year round: in winter its ski resorts are crowded, while in summer it is possible to indul...
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Palladian villas, which ones to see: the 10 not to miss

Palladian villas, which ones to see: the 10 not to miss

The Palladian Villas, the set of sumptuous patrician residences designed in the mid-sixteenth century by Andrea Palladio (Andrea di Pietro della Gondola; Padua, 1508 - Maser, 1580), one of the greatest architects of his time, are one of the most shin...
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Tropea, what to see: the 5 places not to miss

Tropea, what to see: the 5 places not to miss

Tropea is one of the most popular seaside destinations in Calabria and the Tyrrhenian Sea, because of its fine beaches, crystal-clear sea, landscapes, quality of life, and gastronomic specialties, starting with the renowned red onion of Tropea, widel...
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Lunigiana, what to see: the 10 places not to be missed

Lunigiana, what to see: the 10 places not to be missed

Lunigiana, a mysterious land of castles, ancient parish churches, inhabited in ancient times by the indomitable population of the Apuan Ligurians, who in these parts have left their most obvious artistic and cultural testimony, the stele statues of L...
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Cilento museums, which ones to visit: the 10 not to be missed

Cilento museums, which ones to visit: the 10 not to be missed

There are many museums dotting the territory of Cilento, a land rich in history, art, nature, and beautiful villages. What are the museums to visit in Cilento? From archaeology to art via paleontology and sea life, Cilento's museum scene is o...
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Ravello Cathedral, a concentration of medieval art on the Amalfi Coast

Ravello Cathedral, a concentration of medieval art on the Amalfi Coast

A destination of the Grand Tour and a place beloved by such notables as Richard Wagner, Winston Churchill and Virginia Woolf, Ravello, on the Amalfi Coast, opens to the traveler as a very ancient town that, according to tradition, was founded by the ...
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Monferrato, what to see: 10 places not to be missed

Monferrato, what to see: 10 places not to be missed

An ancient marquisate, a land of art, wines, ancient legends, and great writers: this is Monferrato, the territory of Piedmont that roughly corresponds to the present provinces of Asti and Alessandria, extending from the hills bordering Liguria to th...
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The Scaliger Castle in Sirmione, a medieval jewel on Lake Garda

The Scaliger Castle in Sirmione, a medieval jewel on Lake Garda

Like a gem set in the southern side of Lake Garda, rises Sirmione, a small village celebrated over the centuries by the dreamy pens of important literary figures from Catullus to Goethe. The lake water skims the millennia-old walls of the Scaliger Ca...
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Renaissance in Romagna: on the trail of Piero della Francesca and Leon Battista Alberti between Rimini and Ferrara

Renaissance in Romagna: on the trail of Piero della Francesca and Leon Battista Alberti between Rimini and Ferrara

To follow in the footsteps of two great protagonists of the Italian Renaissance such as Leon Battista Alberti and Piero della Francesca in order to explore in Romagna the historical-artistic and intellectual heritage that these artists left us: this ...
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At Faenza's Pinacoteca, the most important art collection in Romagna from the Middle Ages to the 20th century

At Faenza's Pinacoteca, the most important art collection in Romagna from the Middle Ages to the 20th century

After theflooding that hitEmilia Romagna last month, in Faenza, among the cities most affected, the Pinacoteca Comunale (Municipal Art Gallery ) reopened its doors to visitors on June 9, thus continuing its primary goal of making its important art co...
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Agrigento, what to see: the 10 places not to miss

Agrigento, what to see: the 10 places not to miss

In 580 B.C., settlers from Gela and Rhodes founded Akragas, today's Agrigento, on a plateau not far from the sea that lent itself easily to the construction of a city. During the time of the tyrant Theron, between 448 and 473 B.C., the city witnessed...
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Ferrara, three bike and boat routes to discover the Delights and nature

Ferrara, three bike and boat routes to discover the Delights and nature

Passionate about art, nature and maybe even cycling? Visit Ferrara leads you to discover the province of Ferrara with three new itineraries in which the natural scenery of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the bicycle and the river coexist. The Rings o...
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Bisentina Island, what to see on the largest island of Lake Bolsena

Bisentina Island, what to see on the largest island of Lake Bolsena

Bisentina Island, at 0.17 square kilometers in area, is the larger of the two islands on Lake Bolsena. Administratively part of the municipal territory of Capodimonte, one of the villages overlooking the lake, until recently it was inaccessible: sinc...
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Como, what to see: 10 must-see places in the city

Como, what to see: 10 must-see places in the city

Intellectuals of all kinds and ages have often sought, carried away by fascination and an almost carnal love, to recount what they have seen and experienced in the city of Como. The shores of Lake Como have enchanted and engulfed great names includin...
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Bergamo, what to see: 10 places not to miss

Bergamo, what to see: 10 places not to miss

Bergamo, a marvelous city with a very ancient history, divided into two parts(Bergamo Alta and Bergamo Bassa) equally fascinating and rich in monuments, set in one of the most active productive areas in all of Italy, an important center during Roman ...
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Street art: where to find the most beautiful murals in Romagna

Street art: where to find the most beautiful murals in Romagna

It is perhaps a little-known aspect, but the land of Romagna is rich in... street art: cities and towns are literally invaded by works of urban art created by the most famous Italian and international street artists. Here is where you can find the mo...
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Crete Senesi, what to see: itinerary in 10 steps

Crete Senesi, what to see: itinerary in 10 steps

Not far from Siena, a short distance from the outskirts of the city, heading southeast, one comes across a characteristic, almost lunar landscape: these are the Crete Senesi, the vast area characterized by large areas of barren, clayey soil (hence th...
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Malta, itinerary in the footsteps of Caravaggio and the Order of the Knights, from Valletta to the Three Cities

Malta, itinerary in the footsteps of Caravaggio and the Order of the Knights, from Valletta to the Three Cities

In the Lives of the historiographer Giovan Pietro Bellori we read that "Caravaggio reputasi felicissimo con l'honore della Croce," referring to when the famous painter obtained the title of Knight of Malta thanks to the portrait he painted for the Gr...
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Golfo dei Poeti, what to see: 10 villages not to be missed

Golfo dei Poeti, what to see: 10 villages not to be missed

One thinks of the Gulf of the Poets and one's imagination immediately runs to the beautiful colorful villages that overlook the waters of eastern Liguria, the steep cliffs that provide unique views of the world, the literati who passed through here (...
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Brescia, what to see: 10 places with art

Brescia, what to see: 10 places with art

If you do not know Brescia, you will be amazed: it is not only factories and crafts in the heart of Lombardy, the economic locomotive of Europe. It is also so much to discover in terms of history, art, architecture. It has been chosen together with B...
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Perugino in Umbria, what to see: 10 places that preserve his works

Perugino in Umbria, what to see: 10 places that preserve his works

There are many towns inUmbria marked by the presence of Perugino (Pietro Vannucci; Città della Pieve, 1445 - Fontignano, 1523). No region more than Umbria bears the traces of the great artist: known as a pupil of Verrocchio and especially as a...
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Naples, 10 unusual places off the beaten path of mass tourism

Naples, 10 unusual places off the beaten path of mass tourism

When you say Naples, you say Italy, with all its cultural and hospitality background. Among the stereotypes of the Italian abroad is not for nothing the famous "spaghetti-pizza-mandolino," or three elements that characterize Naples. Therefore, it can...
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Venice, 10 unusual places off the beaten path of mass tourism

Venice, 10 unusual places off the beaten path of mass tourism

Whether you are bewitched by it like Woody Allen or have never been there, for everyone Venice represents one of the wonders of the world to be known and discovered again and again. The most apt adjective is "unique"-there is nothing else to add to t...
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Design in Milan, what to see: 10 places of design

Design in Milan, what to see: 10 places of design

Milan, city of art, fashion, and design evolves by anticipating, stopping the moment and enhancing it, showcasing new forms that creativity has unleashed in this land or that this city has welcomed by appreciating its value. A cosmopolitan city, a ca...
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Sicily of the Florios: what to see, 8 stops

Sicily of the Florios: what to see, 8 stops

There is a family that between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries made Palermo one of the capitals of the international jet set, a regular destination for crowned heads, captains of industry, renowned artists and architects invited by what was on...
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Genoa, 10 unusual places off the beaten path of mass tourism

Genoa, 10 unusual places off the beaten path of mass tourism

"With that face a little bit like that, with that expression a little bit like that that we have before we go to Genoa...": so sang Bruno Lauzi (or Paolo Conte, depending on which version you prefer) in that habanera tango with the overwhelming rhyth...
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Discovering Perugino's places: thematic itineraries

Discovering Perugino's places: thematic itineraries

On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the death of Pietro Vannucci known as Perugino (City of Pieve, c. 1450 - Fontignano, 1523), theArchdiocese of Perugia-City of Pieve has organized, as part of the Perugino in the Sign of Time project, a seri...
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10 unusual or little-known places to see in Milan

10 unusual or little-known places to see in Milan

In the "drinking" and business Milan, the city of skyscrapers and technology, modernity and design, where people work and produce, there is a whole artistic heritage to discover and appreciate. And we are not just talking about the best-known places,...
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Rome, 10 unusual places far from mass tourism

Rome, 10 unusual places far from mass tourism

Rome certainly needs no introduction; the Eternal City has spanned history and is universally known. The capital of Christendom, with its wealth of history and artistic heritage, it is one of the few places in the world where a lifetime would not be ...
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Val d'Orcia, what to see. Itinerary in 10 stages

Val d'Orcia, what to see. Itinerary in 10 stages

When speaking in images of Tuscany there is one, excluding that of monuments, that in iconography represents it par excellence: it is the Val d'Orcia. Or rather, perhaps many people don't know it but those cypress trees on top of a hill in a context ...
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Lake Vico, what to see: 10 must-see stops

Lake Vico, what to see: 10 must-see stops

Near Viterbo, an hour from Rome, until 90,000 years ago there was an active volcano that concluded its activities and collapsed in on itself, forming a crater that later became a lake, surrounded by centuries-old forests, creating a protected environ...
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Majella Park, what to see: 10 stops among nature, history, art

Majella Park, what to see: 10 stops among nature, history, art

In Abruzzo there is a natural park "overlooking the sea": it is the Majella National Park, which with the mountains of the Majella Massif, the Pizzi Mountains, the Mount Porrana group and the Morrone chain is one of the green hearts of Italy that for...
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Susa Valley, what to see: 10-stop itinerary not to be missed

Susa Valley, what to see: 10-stop itinerary not to be missed

The Susa Valley is a cradle of life and civilization nestled in the heart of the Alps, a magical place that straddles Italy and France and for centuries has seen kings and emperors, soldiers and pilgrims pass through. All this has left the Susa Valle...
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Villa Borghese, what to see: 10 stops in the green heart of Rome

Villa Borghese, what to see: 10 stops in the green heart of Rome

To one of the most important of the families in Rome's history, the Borghese family, originally from Siena, who counted cardinals, princes and popes, we owe the presence of Villa Borghese, one of the most evocative spaces in today's super-urbanized I...
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Monte Argentario, what to see. Itinerary in 10 stages

Monte Argentario, what to see. Itinerary in 10 stages

In Tuscany, almost on the border with Lazio, there is a promontory famous throughout the mare nostrum: Mount Argentario. A crystal-clear sea, between theislands of Giglio and Giannutri, in the middle of the "Cetacean Sanctuary" with a marine area cla...
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Gran Sasso Park, what to see: 10 places not to be missed

Gran Sasso Park, what to see: 10 places not to be missed

The Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park represents one of the highest expressions of Mother Nature in Italy. It would be enough to start from the numbers to understand its richness and biodiversity, but what makes it even more of a recommen...
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Vigezzo Valley, what to see: 10-step itinerary

Vigezzo Valley, what to see: 10-step itinerary

Almost on the border with Switzerland, between the upper edge of Lake Maggiore and the Toce River, on a gentle plateau around 800 meters above sea level lies Val Vigezzo, also known as the Painters' Valley. We are in Piedmont, at the foothills of the...
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Lake Pusiano, what to see: 5 stops between art and nature

Lake Pusiano, what to see: 5 stops between art and nature

If you find yourself passing through the provinces of Como and Lecco, you cannot fail to drop by Lake Pusiano, "the pearl of Brianza," in the Lambro Valley Natural Park. Lake Pusiano is one of the few remaining totally swimmable lakes, rich in fish a...
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Lake Mergozzo, what to see: 5-point itinerary

Lake Mergozzo, what to see: 5-point itinerary

A short distance from Lake Maggiore is Lake Mergozzo. We are in Piedmont, in the Leopontine Alps, and Lake Mergozzo is renowned for its waters, which are among the cleanest and clearest of European lakes. The lake, which was once part of Maggiore, is...
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Capri, what to see: the 10 must-see stops on the island

Capri, what to see: the 10 must-see stops on the island

Capri is known throughout the world for its timeless charm of the ancient world and the modern world, mentioned in movies, and TV series, it is in the collective imagination for "VIP" vacations. A destination for international tourism in every season...
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Buti, the Tuscan oil village celebrated by D'Annunzio

Buti, the Tuscan oil village celebrated by D'Annunzio

Are you familiar with Buti? It is a village in the province of Pisa, which can boast the first Palio of Tuscany in chronological order, castles and fortifications, a Medici villa, a mountain from whose slopes you can climb for a hiking trip in the mi...
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Lake Viverone, what to see. Itinerary between nature and history

Lake Viverone, what to see. Itinerary between nature and history

It can be said that Lake Viverone, in Piedmont, is a rarity in Italy, as it is fed by the same watercourses that cyclically inject water or bring it out of the reservoir. A rarity that has been specially studied by the Piedmont Regional Environmental...
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Holy Island, what to see in the beautiful village between the Apuan Alps and Garfagnana

Holy Island, what to see in the beautiful village between the Apuan Alps and Garfagnana

Isola Santa, an enchanted village endowed with a charm so evocative that it seems to have come out of the brush of an impressionist painter or the imagination of a novelist, instead of being the result of the toil of a proud population always living ...
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The places of Empress Sisi: an itinerary in her footsteps in Vienna

The places of Empress Sisi: an itinerary in her footsteps in Vienna

Duchess of Bavaria and later Empress of Austria, the story of Elisabeth Amalia Eugenie of Wittelsbach, better known as Sisi, has enchanted little girls and women of all generations, even if in reality her existence was not so happy with her handsome ...
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Cremona: an itinerary to discover the places of music

Cremona: an itinerary to discover the places of music

Over time, Cremona has increasingly defined itself as the "city of music and violin making," as it in its history counts such figures as the composer Marcantonio Ingegneri (Verona, 1536 - Cremona, 1592), his pupil Claudio Monteverdi (Cremona, 1567 - ...
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Berici Hills, what to see: itinerary in 10 stages

Berici Hills, what to see: itinerary in 10 stages

The Berici Hills embrace the city of Vicenza and hold among their reliefs a rich treasure of art and architecture. Among their gentle slopes, the Berici Hills offer the visitor a succession of evocative scenery with the emerald green woods that is in...
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Lake Nemi, what to see: 5-step itinerary

Lake Nemi, what to see: 5-step itinerary

Lake Nemi has been a splendid resort since the time ofancient Rome. Easily accessible from the capital, Lake Nemi is a volcanic lake with characteristics similar to those of Lake Albano compared to which it is considerably smaller. Geologically speak...
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City Life, what to see in the modern heart of Milan: 10 stops

City Life, what to see in the modern heart of Milan: 10 stops

The City Life neighborhood in Milan is a small, human-scale center in the heart of Italy's most modern city. At once a new symbol of Milan and a new standard for sustainable and architecturally innovative development throughout Italy, City Life is a...
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Lake Idro, what to see: 10 must-see stops

Lake Idro, what to see: 10 must-see stops

Lake Idro is a gem set among whitewashed peaks on the border between Lombardy and Trentino. Lake Idro is a pristine body of water that is a symbol of sustainable and respectful tourism. Lake Idro is the natural boundary of the Chiese valley and over...
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Viennale, Vienna's international film festival, kicks off. To be directed by Italian Eva Sangiorgi

Viennale, Vienna's international film festival, kicks off. To be directed by Italian Eva Sangiorgi

Viennale - Vienna International Film Festival, Austria's most important international film festival, turns sixty this year. In October, the festival takes place annually in the cinemas of Vienna 's historic city center and features a careful selectio...
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Do you know how a violin is made? Visit the violin-making workshops of Cremona

Do you know how a violin is made? Visit the violin-making workshops of Cremona

In 2012 Cremona received UNESCO recognition as an intangible cultural heritage of humanity: the history of Cremona cannot be separated from that of the violin makers' workshops that populate it, places where the violin was born more than 500 years ag...
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San Daniele del Friuli, what to see: itinerary in 10 steps

San Daniele del Friuli, what to see: itinerary in 10 steps

Say San Daniele del Friuli and you immediately think of the joys of the table. San Daniele del Friuli is world-renowned for its famous prosciutto, but this village nestled in the hills also has much more to offer. San Daniele del Friuli is rich in ar...
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Guardabosone, village Museum alive. What to see in the ancient medieval village of Vercelli

Guardabosone, village Museum alive. What to see in the ancient medieval village of Vercelli

In the province of Vercelli, on a scenic hillside between Valsesia and Valsessera, stands Guardabosone, a small village known as the"living museum town." Despite its small size, it offers as many as four museums, a botanical garden and a quaint m...
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Bologna in the Renaissance, what to see: a 9-step itinerary

Bologna in the Renaissance, what to see: a 9-step itinerary

Bologna is known in the world's imagination above all for the medieval splendor still visible in the features of the historic urban fabric, testifying to its rise as one of the most important cosmopolitan centers in Europe between the 13th and 14th ...
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Mantua city of water, art and nature

Mantua city of water, art and nature

Lords of Mantua, the Gonzagas ruled the Lombard city bathed by the banks of the Mincio River for several centuries: from their seizure of power with the famous expulsion of the Bonacolsi, masterfully depicted in the large painting preserved in the Du...
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Autumn in Vienna, including foliage and Schoenbrunn Park

Autumn in Vienna, including foliage and Schoenbrunn Park

In a few daysautumn will begin, and what better time to enjoy the Austrian capital with its foliage? The Prater turns a thousand shades and becomes truly enchanting, and walking through Schoenbrunn Park will be an unforgettable experience. Opened to ...
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The Diocesan Museum of Cuneo turns 10 years old. Its history and what to see

The Diocesan Museum of Cuneo turns 10 years old. Its history and what to see

The San Sebastiano Diocesan Museum in Cuneo celebrates its first ten years of activity: it was in fact September 29, 2012, when it opened its doors to the public in Contrada Mondovì, although its history began in 2000, with the restoration of ...
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Animals and fantastic places in Italy's museums: Aosta Valley

Animals and fantastic places in Italy's museums: Aosta Valley

Last leg of our journey to discover fantastic animals and creatures in Italian museums. With the twentieth stage we arrive in the mountains of the Aosta Valley to see what creatures lurk in these parts. The project is led by Windows on Art in collabo...
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The Kunsthistorisches Museum: history and masterpieces of Vienna's most famous museum

The Kunsthistorisches Museum: history and masterpieces of Vienna's most famous museum

One cannot think of seeing Vienna without a visit to the Kunsthistorisches Museum. In fact, the famous museum is a must-see on a trip to the Austrian capital, not only because it is considered one of the most important museums in the world, but espec...
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San Benedetto Po, a thousand-year-old village of Lower Mantua. Art, nature and enogastronomy

San Benedetto Po, a thousand-year-old village of Lower Mantua. Art, nature and enogastronomy

Traveling along roads and narrow streets immersed in the endless expanses of fertile Lower Mantuan countryside, one reaches San Benedetto Po, a village of almost 7,000 inhabitants just over twenty kilometers from Mantua that holds architectural and a...
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Five Varallo churches to visit with masterpieces by Gaudenzio Ferrari

Five Varallo churches to visit with masterpieces by Gaudenzio Ferrari

When one thinks of Varallo, the small town in the province of Vercelli, in Valsesia, one unhesitatingly links it to Sacro Monte, but in reality it reveals quite a few surprises to its visitors: in addition to the aforementioned Sacro Monte and the Pi...
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Animals and fantastic places in the museums of Italy: Trentino-South Tyrol

Animals and fantastic places in the museums of Italy: Trentino-South Tyrol

Nineteenth and penultimate leg of our journey to discover animals and fantastic places in Italian museums. Today we travel to Trentino-Alto Adige to find out what creatures lurk in the institutions of Italy's northernmost region. The project is carri...
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Maniago's Museum of Craftsmanship and Cutlery: shared tradition becomes storytelling

Maniago's Museum of Craftsmanship and Cutlery: shared tradition becomes storytelling

Maniago, the Friulian town of about 12,000 inhabitants in the province of Pordenone, has become world-famous for its ancient tradition of making knives and all kinds of cutting implements. The beginning of the history of Maniago's blacksmiths can in ...
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Mugello's museums, between tradition, arts and landscape

Mugello's museums, between tradition, arts and landscape

The Mugello museum system, where Mugello means the Tuscan territory a few kilometers from Florence that stretches in the middle-upper part of the Sieve river basin and is characterized by awide variety oflandscapes, from dense forests to flat areas, ...
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Animals and fantastic places in Italy's museums: Sicily

Animals and fantastic places in Italy's museums: Sicily

We have reached the third-to-last leg of our journey to discover animals and fantastic places in Italian museums. For this chapter number eighteen of our itinerary we move to Sicily: here is what we found on the island. The project is led by Windows ...
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Casertavecchia, what to see: eight-step itinerary

Casertavecchia, what to see: eight-step itinerary

Casertavecchia is a piece of the Middle Ages ten kilometers from one of the most celebrated masterpieces of Baroque architecture: the Vanvitellian Palace of Caserta. Casertavecchia lies on the slopes of the Tifatini Mountains, just over 400 meters ab...
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Oltrepò pavese, what to see: itinerary in 10 stages

Oltrep pavese, what to see: itinerary in 10 stages

TheOltrepò p avese is a rich and evocative land capable of combining picture-postcard landscapes with centuries-old traditions. TheOltrepò p avese is framed by the great river Po that always flows placidly in the background and by the A...
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Austria's most beautiful palaces and castles

Austria's most beautiful palaces and castles

From Vienna, the capital, to Lower and Upper Austria, from Carinthia to Styria, from Salzburg to Tyrol, Austria is rich in palaces and castles linked to important families and personalities. Mansions that were once the scene of the events and intrigu...
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Animals and fantastic places in Italy's museums: Abruzzo

Animals and fantastic places in Italy's museums: Abruzzo

The journey to discover fantastic animals in Italy's museums reaches stage number seventeen: let's find out today which creatures can be found in the museums ofAbruzzo. The project is conducted by Finestre sull'Arte in collaboration with the Ministry...
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Animals and fantastic places in Italy's museums: Puglia

Animals and fantastic places in Italy's museums: Puglia

The sixteenth leg of the journey to discover animals and fantastic places in Italian museums comes to Puglia. Centaurs, sea monsters, gorgons, satyrs, griffins and fauns in fact populate the museums of the Boot of Italy, and with this project Windows...
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The Mozarthaus: the only Viennese apartment in which Mozart lived that can still be visited

The Mozarthaus: the only Viennese apartment in which Mozart lived that can still be visited

On the occasion of the two hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the birth of the great Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Salzburg, 1756 - Vienna, 1791), the Mozarthaus, a permanent museum tour in Mozart's only surviving Viennese apartment, wa...
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Borromean Islands, what to see: the 5 must-see stops

Borromean Islands, what to see: the 5 must-see stops

The Borromean Islands are a daydream just a stone's throw from Milan. The Borromean Islands are the most resplendent jewel of Lake Maggiore, a unique place in terms of nature as well as history and culture, a destination for many tourists every year....
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Animals and fantastic places in Italy's museums: Sardinia

Animals and fantastic places in Italy's museums: Sardinia

The journey to discover animals and fantastic places in Italian museums reaches its fifteenth stage: let's find out today what creatures are hiding in Sardinia. The project is conducted by Finestre sull'Arte in collaboration with the Ministry of Cult...
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Porto Cesareo, what to see: 5 places not to miss between sea and history

Porto Cesareo, what to see: 5 places not to miss between sea and history

Porto Cesareo: crystal clear waters, white beaches and a very rich history. Porto Cesareo is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Salento, able to attract many visitors every year thanks to a unique mix of natural beauty, hospitality and a...
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Casentino forests, what to see: 10 places not to be missed

Casentino forests, what to see: 10 places not to be missed

The Casentino Forest s are a unique place straddling Tuscany and Romagna where unparalleled nature frames medieval villages, ancient castles, parish churches and shrines with ancient charm. Always a land of passage for pilgrims and merchants, the Cas...
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Cattolica, what to see: not only sea, 8-step itinerary

Cattolica, what to see: not only sea, 8-step itinerary

Cattolica is known everywhere as a land of vacations, endless beaches and nightlife, but it is also a land of art and culture. Still Romagna, but with Le Marche just around the corner, Cattolica over the years has become a point of reference for thos...
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Val Brembana, what to see. A journey in 10 stages

Val Brembana, what to see. A journey in 10 stages

The Brembana Valley is the ideal place for a vacation that brings together outdoor life, culture and relaxation. The Val Brembana is nestled between the spurs of the Orobic Alps and preserves within it fairy-tale landscapes and villages that seem to ...
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Colli Bolognesi, what to see: 10 must-see stops

Colli Bolognesi, what to see: 10 must-see stops

The hills of Bologna are natural parks, they are villages and castles just a stone's throw from Bologna, one of the most beautiful cities in Italy, they are museums and adventurous trails, they are unmissable gastronomic specialties, yet it is not al...
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The Esterházy family and their palace in Eisenstadt, a Baroque masterpiece of Austria

The Esterhzy family and their palace in Eisenstadt, a Baroque masterpiece of Austria

Among Hungary's oldest noble families, the Fraknó princely branch of the Esterházy dynasty began with Nikolaus Esterházy (Galanta, 1583 - Großhöflein, 1645). A convert from Calvinism to Catholicism, he was one of the g...
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Apuan Alps, what to see: 10 places not to miss

Apuan Alps, what to see: 10 places not to miss

The Apuan Alps are the best possible answer to the question, "Sea or mountains?": this mountain range is in fact a naturalistic paradise overlooking the Ligurian Sea, a unique environment that makes it possible to go in just a few tens of minutes fro...
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Animals and fantastic places in Italy's museums: Liguria

Animals and fantastic places in Italy's museums: Liguria

A marvelous land squeezed between the sea and the mountains immediately behind: this is Liguria, and even among the museums of this region it is possible to come across the presences of fantastic animals and creatures. From the coasts of the Levante ...
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San Marino, what to see: 10 places not to miss in the Republic of Titan

San Marino, what to see: 10 places not to miss in the Republic of Titan

San Marino, an independent republic a stone's throw from the Romagna Riviera. A UNESCO World Heritage Site on par with Mount Titan, the highest of the hills on which the "Most Serene Republic" stands, San Marino has a history as ancient as it is uniq...
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On Pasolini's trail in Friuli, from Casarsa della Delizia to Grado

On Pasolini's trail in Friuli, from Casarsa della Delizia to Grado

Some places in Friuli-Venezia Giulia are still intimately linked to the life and education of Pier Paolo Pasolini, one of the greatest intellectuals, poets and filmmakers of the 20th century. Although born in Bologna in 1922, he came to Friuli on man...
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Animals and fantastic places in the museums of Italy: Calabria

Animals and fantastic places in the museums of Italy: Calabria

Calabria is the thirteenth stop on the journey among fantastic animals in Italian museums: from Reggio Calabria to Kaulon, from Vibo Valentia to Cosenza, mermaids, dragons, sphinxes, sea monsters and more arrive. The project is led by Windows on Art ...
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Not only Salzburg. Vienna also has a Mozart House.

Not only Salzburg. Vienna also has a Mozart House.

Vienna is the capital of music: many of the greatest composers of all time were born or lived in the Austrian capital, so the city offers places where music takes center stage. Inaddition to the House of Music (Haus der Musik) at 30 Seilerstät...
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The Vienna House of Music: an immersive and playful journey into the world of sound

The Vienna House of Music: an immersive and playful journey into the world of sound

At 30 Seilerstätte in Vienna is the House of Music, an innovative sound museum. Opened in June 2000, it aims to be a place that plays with music with the goal of conveying understanding and enthusiasm for it and experiencing it in its diversity....
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Animals and fantastic places in Italy's museums: Marche

Animals and fantastic places in Italy's museums: Marche

We have reached stop number twelve in our journey through Italian museums in search of animals, creatures and fantastic places. This time the itinerary stops in Le Marche in search of presences in the region's museums. Here's what we found! The proje...
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Animals and fantastic places in the museums of Italy: Veneto

Animals and fantastic places in the museums of Italy: Veneto

The eleventh leg of our journey to discover animals and fantastic places in Italy's museums takes us to Veneto. Indeed, in the city of the lagoon and other cities in Veneto, one can find dragons, strange creatures, tritons, jellyfish heads and even a...
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Selinunte, what to see: 11 stops at the archaeological site

Selinunte, what to see: 11 stops at the archaeological site

Selinunte is a piece of ancient Greece in the heart of western Sicily. Selinunte is located in the municipality of Castelvetrano, a small town in the province of Trapani that offers its visitors not only white beaches and crystal-clear waters, but al...
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Tremiti Islands, what to see: 7 places not to miss

Tremiti Islands, what to see: 7 places not to miss

The Tremiti Islands are a corner of paradise bathed by the waters of theAdriatic Sea. The Tremiti Islands are located off the coast of Gargano, and among enchanted coves, crystal clear waters and unspoiled nature they preserve the traces of an import...
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Val Camonica, what to see: 10 places not to be missed

Val Camonica, what to see: 10 places not to be missed

Val Camonica has always been a crossroads of people, a cradle of culture and a treasure chest of natural treasures. Val Camonica is the ancient land of the Camuni and straddles the provinces of Bergamo and Brescia. Starting from the beautiful shores ...
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Franciacorta, what to see: itinerary in 10 steps

Franciacorta, what to see: itinerary in 10 steps

Franciacorta is an oasis of peace and tranquility just a stone's throw from Milan. Franciacorta covers an area of about 200 square kilometers overlooking the shores of Lake Iseo (here is our 10-stop itinerary on Lake Iseo) and includes as many as 19 ...
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Animals and fantastic places in Italy's museums: Basilicata

Animals and fantastic places in Italy's museums: Basilicata

We reach stage number ten in our journey through Italian museums in search of fantastic animals and places, and our new destination is Basilicata. A region teeming with fantastic creatures: dragons, sphinxes, chimeras, harpies and many others. Let's ...
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Animals and fantastic places in Italy's museums: Umbria

Animals and fantastic places in Italy's museums: Umbria

Ninth stage of our journey to discover animals and fantastic places in Italian museums: let's find out today what is hidden in Umbria. The project is led by Windows on Art in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture to bring the public to know and ...
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Five itineraries to discover the treasures of Carnia, Friuli

Five itineraries to discover the treasures of Carnia, Friuli

Five differentitineraries to discover the places of Carnic history and tradition: PromoTurismo FVG offers a new project of Carnia tour services , the hidden treasures, led by experienced tour guides and each lasting afull day. The full day includes d...
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Animals and fantastic places in Italy's museums: Emilia Romagna

Animals and fantastic places in Italy's museums: Emilia Romagna

The journey through Italy of museums to discover fantastic animals and places comes to stop number eight,Emilia Romagna. As usual, many fantastic creatures we found in the region's museums, from the Apennines to the sea. Animals and Fantastic Places ...
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Esterházy Palace and the St. Margarethen Quarry: two treasures of Burgenland, Austria

Esterhzy Palace and the St. Margarethen Quarry: two treasures of Burgenland, Austria

Less than an hour's drive from Vienna, in the Schlossquartier of Eisenstadt, capital of Burgenland, Austria's easternmost and flattest state, stands the imposing Esterházy Palace, one of Austria's most beautiful Baroque castles . The castle wa...
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Soave, what to see: 8 places in the Veronese village

Soave, what to see: 8 places in the Veronese village

Soave: wine, history and culture. Soave is an enchanted village located just a half-hour drive from the center of Verona. Soave is famous for the excellent wine grown in the surrounding countryside, but it is above all a magical place for a trip out ...
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Venosa, what to see: 10 places in the city of Horace

Venosa, what to see: 10 places in the city of Horace

Venosa, the city of Horace. Venosa, crossroads of people and goods. Venosa, cradle of a millenary culture and treasure chest of precious artistic and architectural treasures. In the province of Potenza, on the border between Basilicata and Puglia, on...
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The castles of the Vercelli area, places of charm and history: which ones to see

The castles of the Vercelli area, places of charm and history: which ones to see

If you are fascinated by castles and fascinated by their stories related to the people who populated them, the legends around which sometimes still hover a veil of mystery, and theart that you can find inside them, we let you discover in this...
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Animals and fantastic places in Italy's museums: Tuscany

Animals and fantastic places in Italy's museums: Tuscany

The journey of discovery of animals, creatures and fantastic places in the Italian peninsula continues with Tuscany, thus reaching its sixth stage. The Windows on Art project is in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and aims to bring visitors...
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Vatican Museums, what to see: the museums of the popes in 10 steps

Vatican Museums, what to see: the museums of the popes in 10 steps

The Vatican Museums are not only one of the best known and most visited museum complexes in the world, but they are a treasure chest where some of the greatest masterpieces in the history of art are carefully kept. The list of must-see works that can...
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Pollino Park, what to see: 10 stops among villages, art and nature

Pollino Park, what to see: 10 stops among villages, art and nature

The Pollino Park is a place where art, traditions and nature combine to perfection going to enhance the beauty of a truly unique territory. The Pollino Park straddles Basilicata and Calabria and ranges from the Tyrrhenian Sea to the Ionian Sea in a s...
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Animals and fantastic places in Italy's museums: Molise

Animals and fantastic places in Italy's museums: Molise

Fifth leg of the journey in search of animals and fantastic places among the museums of Italy: we move to Molise to see what this small region nestled between the Adriatic Sea and the Apennines has to offer. We remind you that museums and places of c...
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Tuscia, what to see: journey in 10 must-see stops

Tuscia, what to see: journey in 10 must-see stops

Tuscia is an area with a very ancient history in the heart ofcentral Italy. Tuscia now encompasses roughly the entire province of Viterbo andupper Lazio and preserves within it true natural and artistic treasures. To discover Tuscia is to discover th...
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Chianti, what to see: 10 places not to miss

Chianti, what to see: 10 places not to miss

You say Chianti and you think of wine, of course, but you also think of rolling Tuscan hills, cypress trees and alternating shades of yellow and green, you think of towns and villages with centuries of tradition and rich in artistic treasures, you th...
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Lake Varese, what to see: 10 must-see places

Lake Varese, what to see: 10 must-see places

Lake Varese: among nature walks, artistic treasures and traces of a distant past. Lake Varese is a perfect place to take a break from hectic city life and relax in an environment endowed with a unique charm. First and foremost, the entire circumnavig...
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Animals and fantastic places in Italy's museums: Piedmont

Animals and fantastic places in Italy's museums: Piedmont

The journey among the animals and fantastic creatures of Italian museums reaches its fourth leg with Piedmont: here are the creatures we found at the foot of the Alps, in these museums teeming with life, to visit safely, to spend time alone, with fam...
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Underground Naples: how to see it, what to see, which sites to visit

Underground Naples: how to see it, what to see, which sites to visit

There is another Naples, besides the one that can be seen under the blue sky of Campania: it is the underground Naples, a sort of city within a city that develops underground in the Campania capital. A thousand-year stratification with tunnels, galle...
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Colonnata, what to see in the village of lard and marble

Colonnata, what to see in the village of lard and marble

Colonnata is a splendid village set among marble quarries, in the Apuan Alps: it is located a short distance from Carrara, from whose center it is little more than seven kilometers away, which can be traveled by a convenient road that enters the marb...
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Animals and fantastic places in Italy's museums: Lazio

Animals and fantastic places in Italy's museums: Lazio

After Lombardy and Campania, Finestre sull'Arte 's journey to discover the animals and fantastic creatures depicted in the works of Italian museums and the fantastic places one encounters as one travels along our peninsula makes a stop in Lazio. Betw...
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Vercelli, five beautiful parishes surrounded by rice fields

Vercelli, five beautiful parishes surrounded by rice fields

The territory of Vercelli is characterized by rice cultivation: in fact, here in the spring season the landscape turns into a checkered sea because the water submerges the rice fields in which the entire natural surroundings and the ancient parish ch...
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Animals and fantastic places in Italy's museums: Campania

Animals and fantastic places in Italy's museums: Campania

Second leg of the journey along Italy to discover animals, creatures, characters and fantastic places around the country: today we go to Campania. A project that Windows on Art conducts in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture to find a new, int...
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Animals and fantastic places in the museums of Italy: Lombardy

Animals and fantastic places in the museums of Italy: Lombardy

Today begins our journey that will take you on a discovery of the animals, creatures and fantastic characters depicted in the works of art in museums in all regions of Italy, from North to South, including painting, sculpture and art objects, as well...
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Lake Turano, what to see: five-step itinerary

Lake Turano, what to see: five-step itinerary

Lake Turano is undoubtedly one of the most scenic places in Lazio among striking views, great biodiversity and enchanted villages where time seems to stand still. Lake Turano is a reservoir in eastern Sabina, in the province of Rieti, and lies on th...
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Val di Noto, what to see: 10 places not to be missed

Val di Noto, what to see: 10 places not to be missed

The Val di Noto represents one of the ideal destinations for a trip that combines culture, natural beauty, food and wine and much more. In Val di Noto, under the shining sun of Sicily you can literally stroll immersed in the history of a land that fo...
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San Pellegrino Terme, what to see: five-step itinerary

San Pellegrino Terme, what to see: five-step itinerary

San Pellegrino Terme: thermal waters, towering mountains and unparalleled style. Just 20 kilometers from Bergamo lies one of the most famous spas in the Belpaese. San Pellegrino Terme has been known for centuries for the quality of its waters, but it...
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Bernardino Lanino, protagonist of the Piedmontese Renaissance. Works in Vercelli and Valsesia.

Bernardino Lanino, protagonist of the Piedmontese Renaissance. Works in Vercelli and Valsesia.

A center of great artistic production in the Piedmontese Renaissance, especially in the 16th century, is certainly Vercelli, whose main exponent is considered Gaudenzio Ferrari (Valduggia, c. 1477-80 - Milan, 1546), to whom we had already dedicated a...
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Villages on Lake Garda, which ones to see: 10-step itinerary

Villages on Lake Garda, which ones to see: 10-step itinerary

Lake Garda: it is unspoiled nature nestled between the plains and the Alps, it is still living testimony to a very ancient past and the cradle of artistic and architectural masterpieces(here we talked about the 10 must-see art destinations on Lake Ga...
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Maremma, what to see: 10 villages not to be missed

Maremma, what to see: 10 villages not to be missed

Maremma: a land waiting to be discovered. Straddling Tuscany and Latium, the Maremma is a land that is impossible not to fall in love with, among Italian-style wild west views, fashionable villages and beaches and many, many treasures guarded among t...
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Mount Amiata, what to see: itinerary in 10 steps

Mount Amiata, what to see: itinerary in 10 steps

Mount Amiata: an extinct volcano in the heart of Tuscany now an authentic paradise for lovers of the outdoors. Amiata, with its nearly 1,800 meters (6,500 feet) of height, stands imposingly tall over this corner of Tuscany and from its summit offers ...
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Conero, what to see: itinerary in 10 steps

Conero, what to see: itinerary in 10 steps

The Conero is an unmissable corner of Le Marche and all ofcentral Italy where the force of the elements and the creativity of man have shaped a unique environment. Crystal-clear waters, beaches surrounded by the sinuous profiles of the promontory, an...
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San Miniato, what to see: 8 places not to be missed

San Miniato, what to see: 8 places not to be missed

San Miniato: art, crafts, good food and a rich history in the heart of Tuscany. Placidly nestled in the hills halfway between Pisa and Florence, San Miniato is one of the pearls of the region within which it has always played a far more important rol...
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Valtellina, what to see: 10 places not to be missed

Valtellina, what to see: 10 places not to be missed

Valtellina is undoubtedly one of the most iconic places in the entire Alpine region. Thanks to the beauty of its mountains and the many resorts that dot its entire territory, Valtellina is a land that offers so much to the traveler in all seasons of ...
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Sibillini Mountains, what to see: 10 stops among villages, nature and art

Sibillini Mountains, what to see: 10 stops among villages, nature and art

The Sibillini Mountains are a magical place in the heart of Italy. Beautiful landscapes, ancient villages and centuries-old traditions make the Sibillini Mountains with their National Park the perfect place for a "slow pace" vacation away from the hu...
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Getting to know the Etruscan princes. An itinerary from Chianti to Valdichiana

Getting to know the Etruscan princes. An itinerary from Chianti to Valdichiana

The present province of Siena was in ancient times a central area for Etruscan civilization. Chiusi, one of the cities of the Etruscan dodecapolis, that is, the set of twelve city-states that gave rise to the Etruscan League, is located here, and in ...
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What to see in the Aeolian Islands. 10 must-see stops

What to see in the Aeolian Islands. 10 must-see stops

The Aeolian Islands are a wonder of nature that emerges powerfully from the waters of the Mediterranean. The Aeolian Islands-Lipari, Vulcano, Salina, Stromboli, Filicudi, Alicudi, and Panarea-are located northeast of Sicily and are a unique spectacle...
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Discovering the Mastallone Valley: what to see among art and culture

Discovering the Mastallone Valley: what to see among art and culture

One of the three main valleys of Valsesia, along with Valgrande(here an in-depth look at the churches in the latter valley) and Valsermenza, is the Mastallone Valley , which takes its name from the Mastallone stream, a tributary of the Sesia River th...
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Po Delta, what to see: journey in 10 stages

Po Delta, what to see: journey in 10 stages

The Po delta is a cradle of nature and civilization on the border between Veneto and Emilia-Romagna. The Po delta is a symbol like few others of how close the relationship between the environment and man can be and how one can shape the other in its ...
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Lake Bracciano, what to see: 10 must-see stops

Lake Bracciano, what to see: 10 must-see stops

Lake Bracciano is an important naturalistic oasis just a stone's throw from Rome, but not only. Lake Bracciano is an ideal place for a vacation that combines the outdoors with discovering the traditions of ancient civilizations and the secrets of pla...
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Paestum, what to see: the 8 must-see stops

Paestum, what to see: the 8 must-see stops

Paestum is one of the symbols of the magical land of Cilento. With its millennia-old history Paestum offers visitors the possibility of a journey back in time to discover the remains of the ancient Greek city in which stand out its imposing temples b...
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Lake Iseo, what to see: 10 stops not to be missed

Lake Iseo, what to see: 10 stops not to be missed

Lake Iseo is a gateway to the central Alps and at the same time a place easily accessible from the main cities of Lombardy. This dual nature of it, glamorous and wild at the same time, is perhaps the best key to understanding how much Lake Iseo has t...
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Western Sicily, what to see: 10 towns and villages not to be missed

Western Sicily, what to see: 10 towns and villages not to be missed

Western Sicily is one of the most visited places insouthern Italy. Always a crossroads in the country's history, it is known for the wild beauty of its landscape, including dreamy beaches and lush vegetation that looks like something out of an impres...
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Santa Maria di Leuca, what to see: 5 places not to miss

Santa Maria di Leuca, what to see: 5 places not to miss

Santa Maria di Leuca is one of the most resplendent pearls of a land as rich and full of charm as Salento. Santa Maria di Leuca is located on the southernmost tip of the heel of the boot and is certainly one of the most well-known tourist destination...
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Salento, what to see: 10 places to visit in and around Lecce

Salento, what to see: 10 places to visit in and around Lecce

Salento is one of Italy's most beloved destinations for its clear waters, white beaches and intense nightlife. However, Salento is much more than all this; it is an enchanted place where the beauty of nature is also accompanied by the charm of towns ...
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Euganean Hills, what to see: 10 places to visit

Euganean Hills, what to see: 10 places to visit

In the heart of the Venetian plain, the Euganean Hills are an almost unexpected surprise for the traveler who has arrived in these parts to stop in the many cities of art: from Padua to Verona to, of course, Venice. The Euganean Hills with their Regi...
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Cilento, what to see: 10 places not to be missed

Cilento, what to see: 10 places not to be missed

Cilento: between nature reserves, archaeological sites among the most important in Italy and postcard-perfect landscapes. Cilento is an almost obligatory stop for anyone planning a trip to Campania. This strip of land in the province of Salerno enclo...
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Gargano, what to see: 10 places not to be missed

Gargano, what to see: 10 places not to be missed

The Gargano: forests, beaches, villages overlooking the sea and unique views. The Gargano is the ideal starting point for a vacation that does not involve any kind of renunciation or compromise. In fact, the Gargano offers crystal-clear waters and lu...
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Ukraine has seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Here are what they are

Ukraine has seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Here are what they are

Always a bridge between East and West,Ukraine is a country rich in centuries-old history and traditions in which different souls and cultures have always coexisted. From the capital, Kiev, to Odessa on the Black Sea or even Lviv its cities are import...
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Lake Bolsena, what to see: 10 places not to miss

Lake Bolsena, what to see: 10 places not to miss

Black sand, blue waters, green forests. Lake Bolsena never ceases to amaze. The shores of what is Europe's largest volcanic lake are a continuous succession of peninsulas and headlands, sandy beaches, cultivated fields and lush forests. Bursting natu...
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Modica, what to see: 10 places in the baroque city

Modica, what to see: 10 places in the baroque city

Exploring the secrets of Modica is a journey inside the history of Sicilian art and culture. Like the towns of the Val di Noto, this town in the province of Ragusa also suffered great damage in the devastating earthquake that struck the entire region...
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Perfumes, mirrors and jewelry: the beauty of the Etruscan woman in Siena's museums

Perfumes, mirrors and jewelry: the beauty of the Etruscan woman in Siena's museums

From the finds that have come down to us, we understand how Etruscan women must have cared a great deal about body care and beauty. The archaeological evidence found in the lands of Siena and displayed in the museums that are part of the Sienese Muse...
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Langhe, what to see: 10 destinations among ancient and contemporary art and landscapes

Langhe, what to see: 10 destinations among ancient and contemporary art and landscapes

The Langhe's rolling hills, forests, rivers, towns and small villages are endowed with a charm at once melancholy and almost magnetic. The Langhe, not surprisingly, have been not only the backdrop but the true protagonists of authentic masterpieces o...
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Lake Trasimeno, what to see: 10 places of art

Lake Trasimeno, what to see: 10 places of art

Set among the rolling hills ofUmbria, Lake Trasimeno is a natural wonder in the heart of central Italy. Always a crossroads for pilgrims and travelers, Lake Trasimeno is one of the most sought-after destinations for those in this part of Italy to vis...
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Lake Maggiore, what to see among art and villages: 10 places not to be missed

Lake Maggiore, what to see among art and villages: 10 places not to be missed

Lake Maggiore is a unique place in terms of nature as well as history and culture. Framed by the majesty of the Alps, Lake Maggiore is characterized by a particularly mild climate that has made it a kind of ecological laboratory for Mother Nature sin...
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What to see on the Amalfi Coast: 10 art treasures between Amalfi and Ravello

What to see on the Amalfi Coast: 10 art treasures between Amalfi and Ravello

The Amalfi Coast is undoubtedly one of the most iconic places in all of Italy. With its streets overlooking the sea, the pastel-colored villages that climb up the steep slopes of the hills covered with Mediterranean scrub, and then the sun, which on ...
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What to see on Lake Como: 10 places among basilicas and art treasures

What to see on Lake Como: 10 places among basilicas and art treasures

Lake Como, fascinating and rich in history, an inexhaustible source of inspiration for artists and writers, is not only a glamorous destination but also a destination forart and culture lovers. With its deep blue waters set "between two unbroken chai...
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What to see on Lake Garda: 10 artful destinations

What to see on Lake Garda: 10 artful destinations

Lake Garda: the deep blue of its crystal-clear waters, the green of lush vegetation, but also the white and gray of the mountains that surround it, and then again the austere colors of castles and forts that contrast with the rich colors of the life ...
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Val Grande churches: four little-known art treasures in the Vercelli area

Val Grande churches: four little-known art treasures in the Vercelli area

The Val Grande is the largest of the valleys in Valsesia, in the province of Vercelli: traversed by the Sesia River, it is famous not only for the marvelous landscape it offers to anyone who crosses it, but above all because it is dotted with small ...
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Siena, an itinerary through the places of memory

Siena, an itinerary through the places of memory

It was July 3, 1944, when French troops entered Siena through Porta San Marco, a few hours after the Nazi-Fascists had left it: the city was in fact liberated "softly," without the din of cannonades and machine guns, since the Liberation Committee ha...
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Real and fantastic animals in the lands of Siena: itinerary to discover the Sienese bestiary

Real and fantastic animals in the lands of Siena: itinerary to discover the Sienese bestiary

Bears, lions, fish, amphibians, birds, fantastic creatures: there are many and of various species of animals that can be found depicted in sculptures, paintings or objects in the lands of Siena, or of which traces remain that go back even to prehisto...
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Maria Lassnig's Self-Portrait narrated by Peter Assmann

Maria Lassnig's Self-Portrait narrated by Peter Assmann

Maria Lassnig's Self-Portrait concludes the series of four short videos in which the director of the Tiroler Landesmuseen in Innsbruck,Peter Assmann, narrated four masterpieces preserved at the Ferdinandeum. Maria Lassnig is an Austrian arti...
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Peter Assmann narrates Gustav Klimt's Portrait of Josef Pembauer.

Peter Assmann narrates Gustav Klimt's Portrait of Josef Pembauer.

Hot on the heels of the two short videos devoted to Bernardo Strozzi's Portrait of Claudio Monteverdi andAngelika Kauffmann's Self-Portrait, Tiroler Landesmuseen director Peter Assmann discusses in another video another masterpiece preserved at the F...
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An itinerary in Val d'Orcia in the footsteps of Pope Pius II, great humanist of the 15th century

An itinerary in Val d'Orcia in the footsteps of Pope Pius II, great humanist of the 15th century

Pius II, born Aeneas Silvius Piccolomini, can be considered a sui generis pope because he did not embark on an ecclesiastical career at a young age, as was usual for the time: in fact, he had his vocation as an adult, already in his 40s, and ascended...
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Angelika Kauffmann's Self-Portrait in the words of the director of the Tiroler Landesmuseen

Angelika Kauffmann's Self-Portrait in the words of the director of the Tiroler Landesmuseen

Among the eighteenth-century masterpieces housed at the Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum in Innsbruck is theSelf-portrait of Angelika Kauffmann in traditional Bregenzerwald costume, a work from 1781. Among the earliest members of the Royal Academy ...
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Bernardo Strozzi's Portrait of Monteverdi narrated by the director of the Tiroler Landesmuseen

Bernardo Strozzi's Portrait of Monteverdi narrated by the director of the Tiroler Landesmuseen

The Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum is Innsbruck's most important art museum, inside which the entire history of Tyrol, from the Stone Age to the present day, is housed. Masterpieces of ancient art include works by such wide-ranging authors as Remb...
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Innsbruck city of art: 5 museums to learn about art in the capital of Tyrol

Innsbruck city of art: 5 museums to learn about art in the capital of Tyrol

Austria 's fifth largest city and the capital of the Tyrol, Innsbruck is the first major Austrian center one encounters coming out of Italy via the Brenner Pass, about an hour and a half's drive from Bolzano. Its name literally means "Bridge ov...
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The fifteenth century in San Gimignano: works and artists between Florence and Siena

The fifteenth century in San Gimignano: works and artists between Florence and Siena

Year 1353: the city of San Gimignano, until then a free commune, signed the act of submission to Florence, and the event sanctioned the end of thepolitical independence of this important center near Siena, now universally known for its towers, the mo...
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Assisi, an itinerary in 15 works to learn about St. Francis through art

Assisi, an itinerary in 15 works to learn about St. Francis through art

"Simplicity, poverty and the love of God and men are for St. Francis of Assisi dwelling, protective and saving envelope, the result of a path of true faith aimed at imitating Christ in every aspect, even in pain": this is how the organizers of the ...
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Where to see Andrea Mantegna's works in Italy. Journey through 11 cities

Where to see Andrea Mantegna's works in Italy. Journey through 11 cities

One of the leading artists of the Italian Renaissance, Andrea Mantegna (Isola di Carturo, 1431 Mantua, 1506) was long active in northern Italy and is known to have spread an antiquarian culture based on the observation and evocation of classi...
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The Renaissance in Milan: 10 places to see in the city

The Renaissance in Milan: 10 places to see in the city

When we think of the Renaissance, the wonders of cities such as Florence, Venice, Urbino, Padua, Mantua, Vicenza, partly of Rome, Bologna automatically emerge from our imagination. However, not many people immediately name Milan among the major R...
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10 quiet places to see in Florence off the beaten path of mass tourism

10 quiet places to see in Florence off the beaten path of mass tourism

Have you arrived in Florence without a reservation and couldn't find a ticket to go to the Uffizi? Did you want to go see Paolo Uccello's Giovanni Acuto in the Duomo but there is a long line to get in? Does the throng of tourists at the Accademia Gal...
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10 little-known gems of art and history to see in and around Mantua

10 little-known gems of art and history to see in and around Mantua

Mantua is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and its most visited treasures are famous: the Palazzo Ducale, Palazzo Te, the basilica of Sant'Andrea, and the Rotonda di San Lorenzo. Those who have more time may want to visit th...
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Art in Val di Fiemme: 10 places to see

Art in Val di Fiemme: 10 places to see

Val di Fiemme is one of the best-known valleys in the Dolomites, located mostly in Trentino, but with some of its offshoots also in South Tyrol, squeezed between the Lagorai mountains to the south and the Latemar mountains to the northeast. Known...
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In the footsteps of Gaudenzio Ferrari, in Piedmont between Valduggia, Vercelli and Varallo

In the footsteps of Gaudenzio Ferrari, in Piedmont between Valduggia, Vercelli and Varallo

When one thinks of a prominent artist from the area of Vercelli and its surroundings in Piedmont, it is inevitable that Gaudenzio Ferrari (Valduggia, c. 1477-80 - Milan, 1546) immediately comes to mind. He is in fact considered the greatest...
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Art in Livorno: 10 places to visit in the city

Art in Livorno: 10 places to visit in the city

It is probably the least considered capital city in Tuscany, because many believe, wrongly, that Livorno has a more recent history than other better-known and, according to common perception, more pleasant (not only Florence, Siena and its neighbor a...
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Discovering Friuli Venezia Giulia at low cost: the benefits of the FVGcard

Discovering Friuli Venezia Giulia at low cost: the benefits of the FVGcard

To discover the beauties of Friuli Venezia Giulia and visit its main museums, exhibitions, monuments and caves for free, as well as take part free of charge in guided tours organized by PromoTurismoFVG or have audioguides available or even get discou...
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10 places to see in Parma during Mercanteinfiera

10 places to see in Parma during Mercanteinfiera

From October 2 to 10, 2021, Mercanteinfiera, an event now in its 40th edition aimed at all fans of antiques, vintage collecting and historical design, returns to the Parma Fairs. One can find here iconic objects of designer design, including So...
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Art in the Cinque Terre: 10 places to see between Riomaggiore and Monterosso al Mare

Art in the Cinque Terre: 10 places to see between Riomaggiore and Monterosso al Mare

Wonderful landscapes, hidden coves, sheer cliffs, colorful villages: the Cinque Terre, in Liguria, attract millions of travelers from all over the world every year for their unquestionable scenic charm and uniqueness, which shows how, in thes...
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Ten archaeological areas and parks to see in Lombardy

Ten archaeological areas and parks to see in Lombardy

Many people may not know that Lombardy is a land of important archaeological sites ranging from prehistory to the Middle Ages. Usually people do not visit the region to take a trip into archaeology, but what we want to propose here is, precis...
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App is born that leads to the discovery of Mauro Staccioli's sculptures in the Tuscan countryside

App is born that leads to the discovery of Mauro Staccioli's sculptures in the Tuscan countryside

Esplora Staccioli, the new app accessible through a common browser and available in both Italian and English, which allows visitors to follow the itinerary of Mauro Staccioli 's (Volterra, 1937 - Milan, 2018) sculptures, mapped and georeferenced, wi...
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Barcelona, with Airbnb you can sleep in Antoni Gaudí's Casa Vicens for 1 euro

Barcelona, with Airbnb you can sleep in Antoni Gaud's Casa Vicens for 1 euro

Spend a night inside an Antoni Gaudí masterpiece, the Casa Vicens in Barcelona, or the first house designed by the great Catalan architect, which opened to the public in 2017. And not only that: the overnight stay will cost a symbolic one eu...
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Visiting the USA and its museums: how to apply for ESTA?

Visiting the USA and its museums: how to apply for ESTA?

Are you planning a trip to the USA to visit the most famous museums in the United States of America? The important thing is that, as soon as possible, you apply for the U.S. ESTA so that you can land or transit in the U.S. without any problem. What ...
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Five spectacular churches to see for free in Venice

Five spectacular churches to see for free in Venice

It's common knowledge: in Venice, you pay an entrance fee almost everywhere. Even in churches: if in the main cities of Italy it is usually the larger and more complex to maintain churches that charge an entrance fee, in the lagoon capital t...
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Piedmont: 13 places to see in Stura Valley, including culture, art and nature

Piedmont: 13 places to see in Stura Valley, including culture, art and nature

Nestled between the Alps, the Stura di Demonte Valley stretches in Piedmont, in the province of Cuneo, for more than sixty kilometers along an axis that joins Italy to France: starting from Cuneo it leads to the Colle della Maddalena, an imp...
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Aboard Dante's Train, the historic convoy from Florence to Ravenna that passes through the poet's villages

Aboard Dante's Train, the historic convoy from Florence to Ravenna that passes through the poet's villages

On the occasion of the seven hundredth anniversary of Dante Alighieri's death, the Fondazione Fs Italiane has provided a historic train that will connect Florence to Ravenna with a slow route that will pass through and stop in the villages on the Fae...
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Alexandria and Napoleon: the places that tell the story of the Battle of Marengo

Alexandria and Napoleon: the places that tell the story of the Battle of Marengo

The second Italian campaign of Napoleon Bonaparte (Ajaccio, 1769 - St. Helena, 1821) ended, on June 14, 1800, with the Battle of Marengo: the French army led by Napoleon defeated, against expectations, the Austrian army led by Michael von Melas, ne...
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A kilometer of mosaics: the artistic promenade of Marotta in the Marche region

A kilometer of mosaics: the artistic promenade of Marotta in the Marche region

A kilometer of waterfront entirely covered in mosaics: more than two hundred in all. This is the project of the town of Marotta, in the Marche region, which in 2015 launched the initiative to deliver to citizens and tourists a colorful promenade crea...
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Places of Mannerism in Tuscia and the Viterbo area: five sites to see in two days

Places of Mannerism in Tuscia and the Viterbo area: five sites to see in two days

A fief of the Farnese family, a land closely linked to the papal court and its exponents, an area where the great artists of Mannerism worked for several powerful lords of the sixteenth century: this is Tuscia, the area of northern Latium around Vite...
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Journey to Byzantine Ravenna: five places to see in two days

Journey to Byzantine Ravenna: five places to see in two days

Ravenna 's past is inextricably linked to the period when the city was part of theByzantine empire: in particular, Ravenna was for almost two centuries the capital of theExarchate of Italy, the district of the empire that controlled in territ...
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The Leonardeschi: five museums in Milan to learn about their masterpieces

The Leonardeschi: five museums in Milan to learn about their masterpieces

In art history, "Leonardesque" painters are defined as those painters who studied together with Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci, 1452 - Amboise, 1519) or whose art looked to that of the great Tuscan genius. They were a group of artists active in Milan (...
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Ancient art in San Remo: five places to see in the city, in two days

Ancient art in San Remo: five places to see in the city, in two days

When one thinks of the city of San Remo, the association of ideas with the two reasons for which it is famous, namely the Italian Song Festival and the Casino, is almost natural. But San Remo is not only the San Remo Festival, nor is it only the Casi...
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Medieval art masterpieces on the Amalfi Coast: five places in two days

Medieval art masterpieces on the Amalfi Coast: five places in two days

The name of Amalfi evokes not only that of the Amalfi Coast with its sea and wonderful sights, but also memories linked to medieval history: the symbol of Amalfi, the octagonal cross on a blue background, is one of the four that stand out on the ...
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Raphael's works in Rome: five places to see in two days

Raphael's works in Rome: five places to see in two days

The great Raphael Sanzio (Urbino, 1483 - Rome, 1520) spent a large part of his career in Rome: in fact, the painter left Florence at the end of 1508 after spending four years there and moved permanently to Rome, where he was to remain for the...
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The spectacle of Baroque in Palermo: five churches to see in two days in the city

The spectacle of Baroque in Palermo: five churches to see in two days in the city

One of the main reasons for planning a trip to Sicily is the Baroque wonders scattered throughout the island, particularly in the Val di Noto, which moreover has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2002. The regional capital, Palermo, can als...
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Five places in Tuscany to see lesser-known works by Michelangelo in two days

Five places in Tuscany to see lesser-known works by Michelangelo in two days

Our new travel format Five Places in Two Days continues: after going to Mantua on the trail of Giulio Romano and to Parma and its environs to discover the works of Parmigianino, today's trip is to Tuscany to discover five places to see some lesse...
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Works by Parmigianino in five places in and around Parma to see in two days

Works by Parmigianino in five places in and around Parma to see in two days

He is one of the most eccentric artists of the 16th century: he is Girolamo Francesco Mazzola, but he went down in art history as the Parmigianino (Parma, 1503 - Casalmaggiore, 1540). A very precocious artist, a restless genius, a tormented man:...
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Five places to learn about Giulio Romano in and around Mantua in two days

Five places to learn about Giulio Romano in and around Mantua in two days

Year 1524: one of the greatest artists of the time, Giulio Romano (Giulio Pippi de Iannuzzi; Rome, c. 1499 - Mantua, 1546) arrives in Mantua, called by the city's marquis, Federico II Gonzaga. It was the beginning of an indissoluble relationship,...
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Zentrum Paul Klee, the world's largest collection of the artist in Renzo Piano's Three Hills

Zentrum Paul Klee, the world's largest collection of the artist in Renzo Piano's Three Hills

The Swiss capital, Bern, is home to the world's largest collection of works by one of the most famous artists active at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, Paul Klee (Münchenbuchsee, 1879 - Muralto, 1940). Four thousand works including ...
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Coreglia, the ancient village of emigrants who brought plaster figurines to the world

Coreglia, the ancient village of emigrants who brought plaster figurines to the world

A scholar from Lucca, Guglielmo Lera, a profound connoisseur of the history of his land, noted in one of his articles, with a certain dose of irony, that in Coreglia Antelminelli, a village of medieval origins located on a hill in the center of t...
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As in a fifteenth-century painting: Cetona, the village beloved by Berenson

As in a fifteenth-century painting: Cetona, the village beloved by Berenson

Bernard Berenson, the great art historian, said there are only two places in Italy that have preserved the spirit of the 15th century intact. One is Asolo, in the Veneto region. The other is Cetona, in Tuscany. However, things have changed a lot in A...
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Casole d'Elsa, ten centuries of art in the hills of Siena

Casole d'Elsa, ten centuries of art in the hills of Siena

A cluster of stone and brick houses clinging to the ridge of a hill in the Sienese Montagnola, amid dense woods of holm oaks, looking on one side at the forest of Berignone and further away at Volterra, on another side still at the Valdelsa and, ...
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A trek through art, nature and foliage in the Casentino Forests towards Camaldoli

A trek through art, nature and foliage in the Casentino Forests towards Camaldoli

We are in Tuscany, in Casentino, for a hiking trail dedicated to lovers of nature, art and trekking. A route suitable for everyone, to be taken in this autumn season, when the foliage becomes the protagonist. Starting from the Monastery of Cama...
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Pienza, the ideal city of the 15th century born at the behest of a pope

Pienza, the ideal city of the 15th century born at the behest of a pope

For so many who have spoken of her, Pienza is the "ideal city" of the 15th century, the only example of a 15th-century city born (or, rather, restructured) according to a pre-established urban plan, in what Franco Cardini and Sergio Raveggi have ca...
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Calci, from the splendors and rigors of the Charterhouse to the marbles of the Romanesque parish church

Calci, from the splendors and rigors of the Charterhouse to the marbles of the Romanesque parish church

In Calci, the elders of the village still remember the Carthusian monks' spatiamentum , the "spacing out," or weekly walk, the only time they could get out of the Charterhouse, even though they could not speak to outsiders. They are the most inac...
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Palazzuolo sul Senio, a remote piece of Romagna in the mountains of Tuscany

Palazzuolo sul Senio, a remote piece of Romagna in the mountains of Tuscany

It is called Palazzuolo sul Senio, but to its inhabitants, who speak Romagnolo, it is "Palazôl." It is a Mugello village of just over a thousand inhabitants, nestled between two ridges of the Tuscan-Romagna Apennines along the Senio valley,...
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Lucignano, a medieval castle in the Chiana Valley countryside

Lucignano, a medieval castle in the Chiana Valley countryside

Tree of Life, Golden Tree, Tree of Love, Lucignano Tree. These are some of the names tradition has ascribed to one of the most famous reliquaries in the history of art, an extraordinary work of goldsmithing two and a half meters high, a splendid go...
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Collodi, the ancient and steep village of Pinocchio

Collodi, the ancient and steep village of Pinocchio

"Just past Altopascio, if you turn to the left, you see in the distance a long crawl of old casipole blackened by time, climbing up the back of a high and steep mountain, like a herd of bigie sheep. That crawl of casipole is the ancient castle of C...
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Loro Ciuffenna: in Valdarno among hills dotted with Romanesque churches

Loro Ciuffenna: in Valdarno among hills dotted with Romanesque churches

"Loro" is the real name of the village, the one attested since the Middle Ages: it comes from "laurus," laurel in Latin. "Ciuffenna," on the other hand, is the name of the stream that washes it. "Loro Ciuffenna " officially became the name of the v...
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The village of Montescudaio, an ancient terrace overlooking the Cecina Valley and the sea

The village of Montescudaio, an ancient terrace overlooking the Cecina Valley and the sea

The alleys of Montescudaio are deserted at lunchtime. The only noise that can be heard is the rustling of the wind that rises from the sea and creeps through the narrow stone houses in the upper part of the village and then descends to sweep the tw...
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Buonconvento, the "happy place" in the center of the Arbia valley, in the Crete Senesi

Buonconvento, the "happy place" in the center of the Arbia valley, in the Crete Senesi

Giovanni Boccaccio tells of a certain Cecco di Fortarrigo, an avid gambler and legendary drinker, who, accompanying his dominus, Cecco Angiolieri, gambled away his own and his master's money (savings that were needed for a six-month stay in the March...
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Cingoli, in the Marche hills where Lorenzo Lotto and a pope meet.

Cingoli, in the Marche hills where Lorenzo Lotto and a pope meet.

Cingoli, in the hills of the Marche region where Lorenzo Lotto and a pope meet.In the municipal reform books of Cingoli, a "supplicatione" from the prior of the church of San Domenico to the municipality of Cingoli is recorded on the date of February...
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Montaione, a mystical village in the woods of the Florentine Valdelsa

Montaione, a mystical village in the woods of the Florentine Valdelsa

Year 1500: Franciscan friars arrive in Montaione, a glassmaking village tucked away in the thickets of a green and wooded area of the Florentine Valdelsa. Among them is a Florentine monk, Friar Thomas of Florence, who before arriving in these hills...
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Melancholy serenity: Spello, the Roman, medieval and Renaissance village

Melancholy serenity: Spello, the Roman, medieval and Renaissance village

Meadows, trees, skies that "evoke classical idylls and woodland eclogues, in a spring coolness that is melancholic serenity." This is the image that Cesare Brandi derived from the splendid frescoes that Bernardino di Betto, who has gone down in...
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Pitigliano, the little Jerusalem "fantastic appearance in the tranquility of the landscape"

Pitigliano, the little Jerusalem "fantastic appearance in the tranquility of the landscape"

The community of Pitigliano remembers with sorrow the year 1938, that of the racial laws. A sorrow that, of course, is felt by all of Italy, but which is particularly acute here, since, since the sixteenth century, this village that stands on a t...
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The two lives of Populonia, ancient land of iron

The two lives of Populonia, ancient land of iron

In the common imagination, Populonia is linked to two strong, defining elements: the Etruscans and the landscapes. And it is true: Populonia was one of the largest, richest and most powerful cities of the Dodecapolis, flourishing thanks to its mi...
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Certaldo, a piece of the Middle Ages in Boccaccio's hometown

Certaldo, a piece of the Middle Ages in Boccaccio's hometown

Walking down the main street of the historic center of Certaldo, an abundant hundred meters paved in opus spicata and running between two wings of ancient buildings all in red brick, at a certain point, arrived about halfway, you will notice a house ...
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Anghiari, the village of battle amid Renaissance masterpieces and street dining

Anghiari, the village of battle amid Renaissance masterpieces and street dining

If you say "Anghiari," you invariably think of two things: the battle of 1440, and Leonardo da Vinci. And the two are connected, since the great Renaissance genius was supposed to have painted the Battle of Anghiari on the surface of one of t...
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Montagnana, between medieval walls and Giorgionesque ghosts

Montagnana, between medieval walls and Giorgionesque ghosts

There is a piece of Montagnana that ended up in Rotterdam: it is a drawing depicting the Castle of San Zeno, a thirteenth-century fortress built by Ezzelino III da Romano (its keep, the Ezzelinian donjon, is still there, almost forty meters high, to ...
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Tellaro, the "eternal song of the sea" that captivated David Herbert Lawrence

Tellaro, the "eternal song of the sea" that captivated David Herbert Lawrence

We are in the easternmost part of Liguria, on the border with Tuscany, on the alleys of a village perched on the top of a promontory: Tellaro, a dream of colorful houses hidden among the rocks of one of the most beautiful areas in Italy. It is the l...
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On the square of Castell'Arquato. A journey through the Middle Ages in Emilia

On the square of Castell'Arquato. A journey through the Middle Ages in Emilia

The traveler arriving from Fiorenzuola d'Arda, from Lugnanano or from Bacedasco, will immediately be attracted by the crenellated towers of Castell'Arquato, by that "beauty that mysteriously reveals itself at the abrupt turn of the access roads to th...
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Pinuccio Sciola's Giardino Sonoro in Sardinia, the park where sculptures play

Pinuccio Sciola's Giardino Sonoro in Sardinia, the park where sculptures play

"My sculptures for now are here, in the places where I planted them for them to take root and return to life. One day I don't know, I hope they will return to the Universe that generated them." That was what Pinuccio Sci ola (Giuseppe Sciola; San...
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There is a fairy tale town in Tuscia all decorated with street art works

There is a fairy tale town in Tuscia all decorated with street art works

Street artist Stefania Marchetto, aka SteReal, has animated for the second year in a row with new fantasy characters the walls of Sant'Angelo di Roccalvecce, a small village in Tuscia, in the province of Viterbo, known as the village of fairy tales....
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10 pilgrimage paths in Emilia Romagna, routes between art and the sacred

10 pilgrimage paths in Emilia Romagna, routes between art and the sacred

Pilgrimage routes are not only paths of faith, but also journeys through art and history, immersed in nature, and capable of often leading the pilgrim or traveler to discover little-known and little-visited places. Emilia-Romagna is one of the r...
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Art in parks: 10 outdoor contemporary art collections to see in Tuscany

Art in parks: 10 outdoor contemporary art collections to see in Tuscany

Tuscany, we have pointed out several times in our magazine, is often crushed by its reputation as the "cradle of the Renaissance," so much so that for many this region is associated exclusively with ancient art. In reality, Tuscany is a thriving...
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10 beautiful artist parks to visit in Tuscany

10 beautiful artist parks to visit in Tuscany

Not everyone knows that Tuscany, in addition to being the region where the Renaissance was born (which, as everyone knows, had its origins in Florence), and an area where one can see great artistic masterpieces from the Middle Ages to the 20th ce...
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Ten archaeological sites to see in Tuscany, including Etruscans, Romans and the early Middle Ages

Ten archaeological sites to see in Tuscany, including Etruscans, Romans and the early Middle Ages

Tuscany is a land of a great ancient past: in the region there are Etruscan, Roman, and early medieval vestiges, not to mention the Ligurian Apuans of whom the conspicuous heritage of stele statues remains, now preserved in the archaeological muse...
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St. Peter's Church in Leuven, a jewel of Brabant Gothic. In 12 stages

St. Peter's Church in Leuven, a jewel of Brabant Gothic. In 12 stages

In the central Grote Markt, the central square of the city of Leuven (Leuven), in Flanders, stands the collegiate church of St. Peter (Sint-Pieterskerk), one of the greatest masterpieces of the Brabant Gothic: a monument so precious that it was dec...
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Ten villages to visit in Puglia

Ten villages to visit in Puglia

1. Monte Sant'Angelo Rising on a spur of the Gargano promontory, it was founded around the year 1000, although its history is older: the cave where the sanctuary of St. Michael was founded in the 5th century is located here, according to tradi...
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Ten villages to visit in Friuli-Venezia Giulia

Ten villages to visit in Friuli-Venezia Giulia

1. Aquileia It was founded in 181 B.C. and soon became one of the most important cities in northern Italy, given its location, a crossroads of trade between East and West, North and South. It was then destroyed by Attila in the 5th century, an...
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Ten villages to visit in Abruzzo

Ten villages to visit in Abruzzo

1. Pacentro The earliest records of Pacentro date back to the 8th century, but most of the monuments that distinguish it today date back to the period between the 13th and 15th centuries, that is, to the so-called "caldoresque period," when Pacent...
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Ten villages to visit in the Marche region

Ten villages to visit in the Marche region

Ten villages to visit in the Marche region1. Loreto It is one of the main pilgrimage destinations of the Catholic world, because here is the Basilica of the Holy House, or the imposing church built around what is believed to have been the house of...
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Ten villages to visit in Sardinia

Ten villages to visit in Sardinia

1. Castelsardo The village's foundation dates back to 1102: its history began with the Dorias, who called it "Castel Genovese." When it was conquered by the Spaniards it changed its name to "Castell'Aragonese" and assumed its present name in 1...
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Ten villages to visit in Tuscany

Ten villages to visit in Tuscany

1. Fosdinovo We know of the existence of the town of Fosdinovo since the 11th century, but the first attestation of the present toponym dates back to the 14th century (originally, the village was known as "Faucenova"). Fosdinovo was for many c...
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Ten villages to visit in Trentino-Alto Adige

Ten villages to visit in Trentino-Alto Adige

1. Castelrotto It is located in a scenic area of great value, within the Schlern Nature Park and on the slopes of the Seiser Alm, a circumstance that has made Castelrotto (Kastelruth in German) a summer and winter resort. However, it is also a place...
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Ten villages to visit in Campania

Ten villages to visit in Campania

1. Atrani Atrani, with an area of just 0.120 square kilometers, is the smallest municipality in Italy by area. It is located on a promontory of the Amalfi Coast, and its origins are unknown: the earliest historical records date back to the 10t...
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Ten villages to visit in the Aosta Valley

Ten villages to visit in the Aosta Valley

1. Saint-Pierre Attestations from prehistoric times testify that the site of today's Saint-Pierre was the site of the first settlements in the Aosta Valley: the village is built around two medieval castles, belonging to the two families that held ...
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Ten villages to visit in Basilicata

Ten villages to visit in Basilicata

1. Craco The present-day municipality of Craco is a modern town of just 700 inhabitants who reside in the hamlet of Craco Peschiera, but the real attraction is the historic center, now a ghost town: it is in fact uninhabited, due to a landslid...
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Ten villages to visit in Sicily

Ten villages to visit in Sicily

1. Marzamemi It is a hamlet of the municipality of Pachino, and is still a fishing village devoted mainly to tuna fishing: in fact, here there is one of the most important tuna fisheries (i.e., a structure in which tuna is caught and slaughtered) ...
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Ten villages to visit in Piedmont

Ten villages to visit in Piedmont

1. Barolo Barolo is one of the main centers of the Langhe and is universally known for the wine produced here, which bears the same name as the village. But that's not all: it is also an important international center for music and letters, si...
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Ten villages to visit in Lazio

Ten villages to visit in Lazio

1. Caprarola The village of Caprarola, clinging to a tufa spur in the environs of Viterbo, was anciently a fief of the Farnese family, who have left a vivid testimony of their presence here, the spectacular Palazzo Farnese di Caprarola, a 16th-cen...
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Ten villages to visit in Liguria

Ten villages to visit in Liguria

1. Dolceacqua A picture-postcard village in the province of Imperia, not far from Ventimiglia and the French border, Dolceacqua lies not far from the sea and occupies a hill near the Nervia stream: the humpback bridge that crosses it is, along...
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Ten villages to visit in Molise

Ten villages to visit in Molise

1. Castelpetroso Castelpetroso is a village of just under two thousand inhabitants, in the province of Isernia, which has very ancient origins (the village was formed in Norman times), and in part still preserves ancient vestiges, but it is mo...
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Ten villages to visit in Emilia Romagna

Ten villages to visit in Emilia Romagna

1. Castell'Arquato On the hills of the Val d'Arda valley lies the medieval village of Castell'Arquato, situated on the top of a hill overlooking the surrounding landscape. In fact, Castell'Arquato originated in the Middle Ages (there is a docu...
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Ten villages to visit in Calabria

Ten villages to visit in Calabria

1. Gerace Located near Reggio Calabria, it is an ancient medieval town that lies in the heart of the Aspromonte National Park, on the top of a hill from which there is a vast panorama of Locride, reaching as far as the sea. There had been sett...
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Ten villages to visit in Umbria

Ten villages to visit in Umbria

1. Città della Pieve Art enthusiasts remember Città della Pieve, a village in the province of Perugia, because it is the birthplace of one of the greatest artists of the Renaissance, Pietro Vannucci, known as Perugino, who was Raphael's ma...
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Ten villages to visit in Veneto

Ten villages to visit in Veneto

1. Valeggio sul Mincio The town lies on the border between the provinces of Verona and Mantua, and the territory of the municipality ranges from the moraine hills surrounding Lake Garda to the plains. Settlements in the vicinity of today's tow...
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Ten villages to visit in Lombardy

Ten villages to visit in Lombardy

We are inaugurating a new column today, #torneremoaviaggiare: a hashtag to give you travel ideas to mark for when we can finally get back on the road. In each issue, ten different villages for each region of Italy, including hidden gems, art, histo...
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