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ART EXIHIBITIONS IN CALABRIA: UMBERTO BOCCIONI

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The National Gallery of Cosenza will host until July 2020 the graphic works of Umberto Boccioni, the great Italian futurist artist of the beginning of the twentieth century. [Read more...]

Villa Balbianello, Lake Como

Posted in Ideas for a weekend on 04-05-2013
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A unique place, with its barefaced and incomparable beauty: Villa Balbianello on the Como Lake is an attraction that you cannot miss if you are spending a holiday in this Italian region. The mansion was built in the Seventeenth Century, on the Dosso di Levedo, a little promontory on the Como Lake. And this position gives the Villa an unusual charm.

The garden of the Villa Balbianello is very particular: due to the peculiar conformation of the place, the promontory wasn’t suitable for an Italian garden; and so, the Villa Balbianello was built to valorize the lake and the landscape, and it offers unforgettable views in the Como Lake.

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Orvieto: discovering the subterranean city

Posted in Ideas for a weekend on 04-04-2013
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They offer a suggestive and fascinating view of the ancient story that characterizes this city of Umbria. And this is one of the historical and cultural attractions that you cannot miss during a weekend in the province of Terni. We’re talking about the Orvieto subterranean city.

The discovery of the Orvieto subterranean city started in the Seventies: a group of speleologists of Orvieto began to explore the intricate complex of tunnels and galleries in the subsoil of this city of Umbria. And they discovered an incomparable historic treasure.

The construction of Orvieto subterranean city dates back to ancient times. And in the subsoil of the city was discovered a series of cisterns: they were built from the Etruscan period (V Century BC) to the Middle Ages. The larger cisterns were built during the Renaissance.

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The castles to see in the province of Padua

Posted in Ideas for a weekend on 04-03-2013
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If you love the romantic places, and especially the castles, Padua is the ideal city where you can spend a suggestive weekend. Visiting the castles, the mansions and the manor houses that embellish this Italian province.

This little itinerary with the castles to see near Padua starts with the Castello di San Pelagio (“Saint Pelagio Castle”): built in 1300, it was a fortress originally, transformed in a manor house during the further centuries, and acquiring its characterizing imposing appearance. The Castello di San Pelagio houses the Museo dell’Aria (“Museum of the Air”), with documents and heirlooms of the Gabriele D’Annunzio’s flight on Vienna.

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The things to see in the city of Orvieto

Posted in Ideas for a weekend on 03-14-2013
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During a weekend in the province of Terni, there is one thing that you must do: visiting Orvieto. There are a lot of things to see in this picturesque and ancient city of Etruscan origin.

One of these attractions is the Cathedral of Orvieto. It is a great masterpiece of the Gothic architecture in Italy: its majestic facade is the most beautiful part of the building, and inside the Cathedral are preserved invaluable works of art, such as the Reliquiario del Corporale and frescos by Luca Signorelli.

Among the things to see in the city of Orvieto there is a series of fascinating palaces. Such as the so-called Palazzi dei Papi (“Palaces of the Popes”): they are 13th Century dwellings dedicated to Urbano IV, Martino IV, Bonifacio VIII. In particular, the palace of Bonifacio VIII houses the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo (“Museum of the Work of the Cathedral”).

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