From October 19 the most famous and largest Roman amphitheater, the Colosseum, has opened to the public the areas of the terzo livello and the ipogeo, so far closed for a long restoration.

Of the most visited tourist site in Italy, you will then see the ipogeo, underground where they awaited the death gladiators and beasts, and the terzo livello, an area 33 meters from where it is possible to admire a beautiful view interior of the Colosseum.
The two spaces will be visited in groups of 25 persons led by archaeologists and for the access will be needed the reservation.

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Bologna, the capital of Emilia Romagna, is a city rich in culture with the presence of one of the oldest universities in Italy, history and traditions.
Famous for its tasty and sublime cuisine that has conquered even the most severe.
It still retains the charm of a large city in the past, rich of many monuments and works of art. Walking through the beautiful arcades that characterize the city for 40 kilometers you will see:

  • Torre degli Asinelli: one of the hallmarks of the city. The visitors, after having walked the 498 steps of the staircase inside, can get to the top of the tower, from about 97,20 meters in height, allows to see the city at your feet. On fine days, the sight can reach the sea and the foothills of the Veneto;
  • Piazza Maggiore: the center of the civil and religious life of Bologna, is famous for the Fountain of Neptune, which overlooks the most important buildings of the medieval city: the fourteenth-century Palazzo Comunale, the sixteenth-century Palazzo dei Bianchi and the imposing Basilica of San Petronio in front of which lies the elegant Palazzo del Podestà. All buildings testify to the city’s history, a history that began in 1200 when the people heard the need to equip the city of an area to use as a market.
  • Basilica of San Petronio: church in Bologna most important and impressive, is the last great Gothic work carried out in Italy, a Latin cross with three naves and chapels. Inside there is a artistic Contribution of many artists including Masaccio.
  • Basilica of Santo Stefano: a set of sacred buildings that make up the complex known as the Seven Churches. The triangular Piazza Santo Stefano welcomes the Chiesa del Crocefisso, the Basilica del Sepolcro, the Chiesa of San Vitale and Sant’Agricola, the Cortile di Pilato, the Chiesa del Martyrium, the medieval cloister and the Museum of Santo Stefano. All buildings are very old, also if even date back to different times, tehy maintain a degree of uniformity style, making the whole, the Romanesque building more interesting and best preserved of Bologna.
  • Pinacoteca Nazionale: One of the most important collections of Italian museums. The works here present recount the Emilian art from the thirteenth in the early nineteenth century. There are works such artists as Raphael, Carracci, Reni, and many other figures involved in Bologna and private donations.

Hotel, bed & breakfasts, hostels, apartments and farm holidays are solutions that will keep the warmth, hospitality and cordiality typical of Bologna.

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On 23 September, after a major renovation work, was inaugurated by the President of Egypt Hosni Mubarakil the Egyptian Museum in Rome.
Managed directly by the Cairo, it collects pieces from major institutions national museum.
Located at the Academy of the Arts of Egypt, in Villa Borghese, the structure puts in shows 120 pieces of art Pharaonic, Islamic and Coptic Egyptians from the major museums.
Among the most important are:

  • The magnificent statue of Chephren eighth dynasty,
  • The box which is part of the treasure of Tutankhamun,
  • The gigantic head of Akhenaton, the pharaoh who chose another god and another capital,
  • Depictions of deities,
  • Roman statues of youths,
  • A copy of the Koran more recent.

The Academy also houses a collection of modern and contemporary Egyptian art including a painting of Hosni himself, who continues his work as a painter with exhibitions around the world and the collection of belonged to King Farouk.
Besides the museum, the building includes laboratories, a movie theater, an electronic library consisting of over 10 thousand books on the history and culture of Egypt, several conference rooms and a restaurant.
The space will be open to the public in October.

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Now entering its 5th edition, the “San Teodoro E…Vento” has made of the month of September in San Teodoro, a month based in Kitesurfing and Windsurfing sports.
In a beautiful scene of sun and clear waters, the event gave freestyle races with windsurfing and kitesurfing professionals and a large area with exposures where they were presented all the latest market news and previews of the materials 2011.

Unique opportunity for sports activities related to the wind, as well as a trade show, the “San Teodoro E…Vento” is an opportunity to get together and have fun, maybe it can be associated with other activities of discovery in territory and to satisfy curiosity about the world at the stands of the world of the sea.
Also this year hundreds of sports enthusiasts, tourists, travelers and families with children took advantage of the days still warm late-summer to passing between parties and performances and evolutions of samples from the various disciplines of sailing the sea.
Many hotels and Bed & Breakfast hosted athletes and tourists come from the world in San Teodoro, both in the rest of Sardinia.

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Set 28 2010

Visiting Siena

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Siena, one of the most famous cities in the world, is a beautiful Tuscan city that has its heart in the center historian who has kept the charm and architecture with medieval palaces, towers, walls.

  • Duomo di Siena: one of the religious buildings in the Gothic style more evocative of Italy, it dominates Siena by its height and is characterized by black and white marble. Inside there are works by Michelangelo and Donatello.
  • Piazza del Campo: the shape and location make it unique in the world, it becomes completely when there’s the Palio di Siena. Surrounded by medieval buildings, the square is bordered by the Fonte Gaia and numerous palaces.
  • Torre del Mangia: the second highest medieval tower in Italy, it overlooks on Piazza del Campo and it counts 102 stair steps.
  • Palazzo Pubblico: located on the Piazza del Campo, it’s flanked by the Torre del Mangia. Noteworthy are the Hall and the famous Sala del Mappamondo abd the Sala dei Nove decorated with the paintings of Ambrogio Lorenzetti: the “Allegory of good government” and the “Allegory and the effects of bad government”.
  • Palazzo Piccolomini and Papesse: splendid example of Renaissance palace, now the seat of the Centre for Contemporary Art.
  • Palazzo Chigi Saracini: example of medieval architecture, today home to a prestigious music academy.
  • Loggia della Mercanzia: 3-arched loggia, which shows a style midway between the medieval and Renaissance. It is located at the crossroads of three major streets in the center of Siena: Banchi di sotto, Banchi di Sopra and via di Città.
  • Santa Maria della Scala: massive complex that occupies an area of 350,000 square meters originally held the city hospital. Today, many areas have transformed into museums that host works of Italian and international artists.
  • The Fortezza medicea: requested by Cosimo de Medici in 1500, is now a green space used in the summer or in sometimes of the year for concerts and live events.

Among other things to visit in Siena include the Civic Museum, the Pinacoteca Nazionale, the Museo dell’Opera Metropolitana, the Church of Sant’Agostino, the Academy of Fisiocritici, the Basilica of San Clemente in Santa Maria dei Servi, the Basilica of San Francesco, the Basilica of Santa Maria in Provenzano, the Basilica of San Domenico and Palazzo Salimbeni.

Among the major events that take place in Siena is the Palio di Siena, which takes place on 2 July and August 16 of each year and is located in Piazza del Campo.

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Umbria, one of the smallest regions of Italy, is located in the heart of the peninsula and is the only region not washed by the sea.
The region is famous for a variety of aspects: history, heritage and cultural, traditions and a beautiful landscape. During a visit to Umbria you will absolutely see the city of:

  • Perugia: the regional capital, stands on a hill in the valley of the Tiber. Rich in history and monuments is also an important cultural and economic destination of many tourists and students.
    The Perugia today made an extraordinary result of the various artistic influences from which it was modeled during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Visit Piazza IV Novembre, one of the most beautiful squares in Italy and the Fontana Maggiore formed by two overlapping polygonal tanks, the Palace with in the National Gallery of Umbria, the Cathedral of St. Lorenzo, the Church of San Domenico with the important in the National Archaeological Museum of Umbria. Do not forget also the walls of large boulders that are home to the magnificent Port Almond, Etruscan Porta Marzia Arch decorated with a frieze of shields alternating with pillars, which is the main access road.
  • Assisi: the main religious center of the region because they lived San Francesco and Santa Chiara.
    The modern city was built without affecting the structure of the ancient city: a series of roads connecting the various squares in different layers and guardians of all the city’s history. Visit the Basilica of San Francesco, the Church of Santa Chiara, the Temple of Minerva, the palace “Capitano del Popolo” and the imposing Rocca Maggiore, just outside the city walls.
  • Gubbio: the center’s oldest, was built on blocks of limestone, so the name of “gray city”. Gubbio has a repetitive but beautiful landscape. Visit the Church of San Francesco, Piazza Grande, the main center of town, the Palazzo dei Consoli, the Palace del Capitolo, the Cathedral and the Church of Santa Maria dei Servi.
  • Todi, Spoleto, Terni, Norcia and Castiglione del Lago: charming towns full of architectural beauty.

Do not miss the Clitunno sources, the Regional Park of Mount Subasio and Lake Trasimeno obviously a fabulous natural setting of water and trees.

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The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities in Turin or the Egyptian Museum, is considered the most important in the world after Cairo.
The museum is located in the historic Palace of the Academy of Sciences, was founded in 1824 by Charles Felix, who acquired the collection Drovetti. It was later expanded with the finds from excavations of Ernesto Schiaparelli.
The museum contains about 30 thousand pieces covering the period from the Paleolithic era to Coptic era, there are large statues, papyri, stelae, sarcophagi and mummies, bronze objects, amulets and jewelry, and everyday objects such as vases, dishes, utensils , trunks and baskets, stools, fabrics and objects of cosmetics, mirrors, combs, pins, jars for creams and ointments.
The collection is characterized by exceptional documents, art expression, religious and funerary traditions and daily life. The most important things to see are:

  • Intact tomb of Kha and Merit;
  • Temple of Ellesija;
  • Canon Royal, known as the Turin Papyrus, one of the most important sources on the sequence of Egyptian kings;
  • Mensa isiaca;
  • Painted canvas of Gebelein;
  • Survey of Djoser;
  • Statues of the goddesses Isis and Sekhmet and that of Ramses II discovered by Vitaliano Donati in the temple of goddess Mut at Karnak;
  • Papyrus of gold mines;
  • Mummies of sacred animals, related to the worship of deities and ibis and baboons of the god Thoth, crocodile of god Sobek, the hawks of god Horo, bulls of the god Hapi, fishes of the goddess Neith, cats goddess Bastet.

The exhibition is on three floors and a the visit is not less than 2 hours.

Opening hours:

  • From Tuesday to Sunday from 8:30 to 19:30 (last admission at 18:30).
  • Closed on Monday and 25 December .

Tickets:

  • Whole: € 7.50.
  • Reduced: € 3.50 (people between 18 and 25 years, teachers indefinitely accompanying disabled).
  • Free for children under 18 years and over 65, disabled, military.

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The Reggia di Caserta, belonged to the royal family of Bourbon dynasty of Naples, is a  historical home proclaimed World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Located in the town of Caserta, was ordered by King Carlo III of Bourbon, who, struck by the beauty of Caserta landscape, wanted to built a palace that could stand comparison with that of Versailles. The king asked that the project also included, in addition to the palace, a vast park which identifies two areas: the Italian Garden and the English Garden. The new palace was to be a symbol of Bourbon and show the new state power and grandeur, but also be efficient and rational.

Defined the last great realization in baroque, it was designed by Luigi Vanvitelli was completed in 1845 resulting in a huge complex of 1200 rooms and 1790 windows. It covers an area of no less than 47310 meters, beyond the perimeter rectangular building, the building has inside the rectangle, two blocks that intersect and form four large courtyards of over 3800 square meters each.
The Royal Park extends over three kilometers in length. In correspondence of the center of the rear facade of the building they start two long parallel paths between which are interposed a series of beautiful fountains that connect the Italian Garden to the English Garden, see Fontana MargheritaFontana dei DelfiniFontana di EoloFontana di Cererewaterfalls and Fontana di Venere and AdoneFontana di Diana and Atteone dominated by the great falls terminal.
In addition to beautiful gardens in the villa visiting the Royal Apartments, the Palatine Chapel, the Palatine Library, the Royal Crib, the Theater, the Museum of Opera, the Art Gallery.

Tickets:

  • Ticket for historic apartments and Museum of Opera: 4.20 Euros;
  • Ticket for Park and English Garden: 2.00 Euros;
  • Combined ticket for park and apartments: 6.00 Euros;
  • Bikes in the Park: 1.00 Euros.

Closed on Tuesday.

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Set 16 2010

Visiting Milan

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The beginning of autumn, with the serenity of the landscape, is an ideal time to visit a city like Milan.
We suggest you start visiting Milan from Piazza del Duomo that is the center of the city, it houses the Duomo, the monumental cathedral with baroque facade and spire in gothic style, one of the world’s largest surmounted by the symbol of the city: the Madonnina. It deserves absolutely to up to the terraces where you can see the Triburio, the peaks and a magnificent panorama on Milan.
From here the two main roads, the first is the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, an elegant street covered by glass and iron structures which are lined with shops, cafes and the famous restaurant Savini, it connects Piazza del Duomo to Teatro della Scala, another emblem of the city.

Milan is rich of monuments including the Palazzo Reale, the Teatro Alla Scala, the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, the Pinacoteca di Brera, the Church of Sant’Ambrogio, the famous Pirelli Tower and the Palazzo Borromeo.

Many places to visit including Piazza Velasca, Piazza Santa Babila, Piazza San Fedele, Piazza Sant’Ambrogio and Piazza delle Meraviglie d’Oro where there is also Porta Romana, the official entry of the city.

Among the most important museums there are the Museo del Duomo, the Museo Civico d’Arte contemporanea, the Casa di Alessandro Manzoni, the museum of Villa Reale, the Castle Sforzesco which houses the Civic Museum of exceptional value. More modern are the Fiera di Milan and the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium that hosts matches of the two major city teams: Milan and Inter.

Milan is also full of streets and neighborhoods to visit include: Via Ripamonti, Via Monte Napoleone, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, Viale MonzaViale Buenos Aires and the Area of Milano 2, the famous Palazzo dei Cigni and the Navigli area with the Darsena, once the commercial center, today fun and entertainment center for young people and families.

To see all these things you should at least a weekend but if there’s one thing not lacking in Milan they are the hotels! It will not be difficult to find one suitable to your needs.

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The island of Capri is in the Bay of Naples, opposite the Sorrento peninsula and it’s the island most famous of Campania.
It has ancient origins and owes its beauty to its complex morphological conformation that sees peak medium height (Monte Solaro and Monte Tiberio) alternating with plateaus, the principal is Anacapri.
The coast, with beaches made of small pebbles, is indented with numerous coves and bays that alternate with steep cliffs.
The most famous is undoubtedly the Grotta Azzurra, so named for the extraordinary color deep blue that the sea assumes and it seems to illuminate the whole, creating beautiful reflections on the walls.
Other caves are:

  • Grotta Oscura,
  • Grotta dell’Arsenale,
  • Grotta Matermania,
  • Grotta Bianca,
  • Grotta di Tiberio,
  • Grotta del Bove Marino,
  • Grotta di Tragara.

Do not miss the famous Faraglioni: three small rocky islets which rise from the sea, at short distance from the shore, creating a spectacular landscape and scenic effect. They are called Stella (the nearest to the island) Faraglione di Mezzo and Faraglione di Fuori (the farthest to the island).

The island’s main towns are Capri, Anacapri, Marina Grande and Marina Piccola (they present with typical white houses, arches, balconies and porches) and it holds many attractions including monuments, landscapes, natural beauty and buildings. Here few:

  • Piazzetta Umberto I: the lounge of Capri, and always attended by celebrities;
  • Villa Jovis: it sits on top of Mount Tiberio and it enjoys a magnificent panorama of Gulf of Naples, the island of Ischia, the island of Procida, Sorrento and the Bay of Salerno.
  • Certosa di San Giacomo: it retains a charming little tower and two beautiful cloisters,
  • Casa Malaparte: a masterpiece of modern architecture built on a rocky promontory overlooking sea.
  • Chiesa di Sant’Anna: small and ancient church with three naves
  • Villa San Michele in Anacapri: elegant residence, now a museum which houses interesting archaeological finds.
  • Natural Park “Monte Barbarossa”: instituted for the protection of birds and Mediterranean flora.

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