The Enchanting Tarot Garden – Tuscany

Il Giardino dei Tarocchi – The Tarot Garden – was founded in 1979 by Niki de Saint Phalle, a volcanic writer, painter and French director, who took inspiration for her creation from a visit to the Guell Park of Gaudí, Barcelona and the Monster Garden of Bomarzo.  With 22 huge statues are scattered in the garden….

MAGIC CALCATA

“Calcata: a masterpiece medieval village perched on top of  tufa hills” On the border between the provinces of Rome and Viterbo, the medieval “twin” site of Civita di Bagnoregio is a magical  place  .. Perched on a tufa spur, the village of Calcata marks the border between the Viterbo and Roman Tuscia. It has remained…

Discover Matera 2019 European Capital of Culture in ITALY

Matera, located in the Southern Italian region of Basilicata has been awarded the title of the 2019 European Capital of Culture in Italy.  Since the announcement  Richard Gere who filmed King David in Matera passed on his congratulations for the city and commented “Matera is a very special place”. The ancient city of Matera is steeped in…

CARACALLA IV DIMENSION

CARACALLA: NOT ONLY OPERA BUT A FULL DISCOVERY OF THEIR ORIGINAL APPEARANCE Archeology offers our eyes the vestiges of a distant past. Forty years ago, visitors to archaeological sites were few and in general had a preparation that allowed them to look at ancient structures and imagine their original appearance. In recent years, the use of…

It’s Ball season in Vienna

Nowhere are balls so romantically formal as in Vienna. This tradition is intoxicating to locals and visitors for far more than a single night! At the end of the blog you will read -courtesy of Austrian tourism office- a brief history of the Balls in Vienna. Here below you can find the program of the 2018…

Archaeological Park of Ostia Antica

After 4 years of major work the archaeological park of Ostia Antica has risen again from the infesting weeds, unveiling an entire portion of the city that really evokes the dimension of a modern metropolis In your travels throughout  the territory of Rome you can not miss a visit to the Archaeological Park of Ostia Antica, one of…

THE MEDIAVAL LIVING PRESEPIO AT CANALE MONTERANO

A FEW MILES FROM ROME A MAGICAL “BORGO” CANALE MONTERANO AND ITS NATIVITY CRIB The mediaval living manger is an event set in the splendid scenery of Monterano thanks to the collaboration with the Rione Monti di Bracciano.  In September 2012 the idea was born to revive the dead city of Monterano in all its…

THE TOUR OF THE NATIVITIES OF ROME

The “Eternal City” is decorated on Christmas days, with lights, garlands and the ever-present Christmas trees of all shapes and sizes.  In the city, heart of the Catholic Church, the cribs cannot be missed; some are among the most beautiful and amazing in the world. Some nativity scenes in Rome, are actually visible all year…

Sicilian Baroque Catania and the other cities of “Val di Noto”

Catania is a distinguished example of the Sicilian baroque and XVI century post-earthquake reconstruction. The old city still retains the urban layout designed by the Vaccarini architect, with her wide straight boulevards – lanes linking the main Etnea street; with open squares and gardens. Among these scenic streets is the Duomo the true center of…

October 12, Columbus day, a perfect afternoon in Rome for the inauguration of “Rinascente” the megastore in the center of the city in Via del Tritone the first mall-museum in the world.

I never expected such a large crowd:  ladies “le signore bene” from all over Rome in a perfectly ordered row along the Triton Street Sidewalk,  young people eager to hear  the live music entertainment marathon with pop stars, bands and DJ along with a multitude of curious people and  groups of tourist.  When the doors opened,…

From November 1st a NEW unique experience visiting the Coliseum

After a long and meticulous restoration, the highest levels of the amphitheater, the fourth and the fifth, the spaces that two thousand years ago were reserved for the “plebes”, with seats numbered on the wooden poles  –  will reopen and can be visited in groups starting  November 1st . The  view from the Coliseum from the…

The 2017 best ice cream in the world? The Umbrian Crispini Pistachio

Between dozens of creative and innovative tastes, including exotic fruit and complex combinations, a great Italian classic from a Spoleto ice cream maker  won the finale of the Ice Cream World Tour. At the end of the Ice Cream World Tour, 36 ice-cream shops from all over the world were compiting , but the great…

A great place to indulge:  Fiumicino Rome airport.

Once on a time “eating at the airport” was synonymous of just take a bite and settle for mediocre.   Now, all around the world airports are becoming a welcome place to enjoy your time.  The Roman airport of Fiumicino follows the trend and now offers to travelers 10,000 square meters dedicated to shopping and dining.  “The…

A new discovery for American sophisticated travelers: LANGHE region

 Everyone will love the Langhe. And it could not be otherwise: wonderful landscapes, beautiful accommodations, wineries among the best in the world to match crazy gourmet products. A rich, unbelievable territory to discover, offering all sorts of travel options, ideal for those who want to relax and pamper yourself, perhaps in a romantic weekend, but…

Do you know it? March 21st is Tiramisu day in Italy!

Well at least is an opportunity to prepare or  taste it. For my side I have read the book Tiramisu – History, curiosity, interpretations of the Italian most loved sweet, sponsored by Eataly and I have discovered that there is a fight between Gorizia and Treviso to earn the title of city of origins. Flavia…

and now a taste of Apulia .. another food & wine experience

Here I am again! Now is  time to experience more Italian Excellences: the food,  wine,  oil and the perfumes of the Apulia region! From Bari to Lecce an itinerary prepared with love for our gourmet foodies. Our tour leader is an expert and ..  a foodies himself. So let start our journey ! DAY 1  From Bari…

Packages for Foodies: a Venetian discovery

Yes I know!  Generally when I speak with friends who want to visit Italy they always talk about Tuscany Countryside and the Tuscan food; movies, books, articles are full of news about the heart of Italy. But I am Italian and I love all the Italian food and wines. So now I will propose to…

Portugal your next destination

Portugal is a necessary destination for 2017, with Lisbon and the Azores at the highest priority. This country remains the absolute prime mover of all those who love travel. Looking for future bookings for the next 12 months?  Check this out!   The Lusitanian country has been selected by Lonely Planet guide after a careful…

Pompeii excavations are now accessible to everyone: a 2 miles path opens on December 2nd and is free of architectural barriers.

The  project “Pompei per  tutti” has made a route that allows those with walking difficulties to visit the archaeological site and Roman houses . Now everyone can stroll through easily and without architectural barriers.  The archaeological site of Pompeii from the entrance of Porta Marina Amphitheatre, to strolling along Via Abundance, along with access to…

A new experience see ARA PACIS AS IT WAS

Would you like to see the Ara Pacis – the big altar, built by Augustus between 13 and 9 BC in Campo Marzio to celebrate peace in the territories of the empire – as it was originally?  Now a new multimedia project allows us to admire the “ARA” as it was and this is the…

What to do in Florence this winter

our suggestions to make your next vacation an unique experience! Make plans to visit the newly opened Museo dell’Opera del Duomo and be prepared for the visual itinerary which will have you feeling the power of the more than 1000 artists who contributed to the Duomo in Florence. With over 70 rooms, a panoramic terrace…

WHAT TO EAT IN SOUTHERN SPAIN ?

  In Albacete favor the “Mojete” a  light and simple salad of tomato, onion, olives, boiled egg and tuna In Alicante try the “ Arroz con costra  “The  rice with scab may not be light ( it is rice casserole with bacon, sausage, black pudding and covered with a layer of beaten egg it )…

The Best Island in Europe: ISCHIA

Ischia was declared the best island in Europe by the results of the “2016 World’s Best Awards” just announced by Nathan Lump, Chief Editor of Travel + Leisure of American Express Publishing Group. Ischia, a wonder of nature entirely made in Italy  that all the world envies. It is no coincidence that Ischia has been crowned “Best Island Europe”,…

Sloppy Joes? Try the gourmet international original versions of it: Picchiapo in Rome, Bifana in Lisbon and Porto or.. in Fort Lauderdale  the best Cuban sandwich..

A sloppy Joe is a sandwich consisting of ground beef, onions, tomato sauce   and other seasonings, served on a hamburger bun. Someone suggests that the “sloppy Joe” was a creation of a cook named Joe   in a Sioux City cafe  in the early 30’. But the idea of it is way older than that! As for all the street food  you just need…

2 DAYS ALONG THE SHORES OF ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL LAKES OF ITALY LAKE GARDA : some proposal to get to must out of your visit!

FIRST PROPOSAL a two trip to Sirmione-Desenzano-Gardone-Salo’ On the first day: BETWEEN AND SIRMIONE DESENZANO:        In the morning begin your trip with a stroll through the picturesque alleys of Sirmione, entering the old town from the Scaligera Fortress, a rare example of a lake fortification, Sirmione has been the home of the famous opera singer…

Rome, new lights on the Forum

The bird’s eye night show over the valley of the Roman Forum is like a picture of Caravaggio, where the thick darkness that envelops the scene is suddenly pierced by light glows. No lighthouse stage, no theatrical exuberance, but a fine exaltation through the architectural details of the monuments that make this place unique in…

Carrières de lumières Chagall lives in light in an old query in Provence

In the wonderful village of Baux,  one of the most charming medieval towns of Provence, located between Avignon and Arles, 100 projectors create a spectacular and unique reinterpretation of the work of the great Belarusian teacher in an old query. The performance will be visible from March 4 and until 8 January 2017. The site…

Provence 2016: music,art and overall beauty

There are many reasons this year to visit Provence: history, art, culture, good food, not to mention sports. The matches of the European Football championship will be played in Marseille in June and July, the Tour de France will arrive of on the summit of Mont Ventoux on July 14th!  The calendar of events of…

MATERA   Awarded European Capital of Culture 2019

Matera, located in the Southern Italian region of Basilicata has been awarded the title of the 2019 European Capital of Culture in Italy. Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner responsible for culture, congratulate Matera on its successful bid.  Since the announcement  Richard Gere who filmed King David in Matera passed on his congratulations for the city and commented…