Nelle Marche si punta ai nuovi trend del turismo attivo. Un’esperienza totale, tra storia, natura, enogastronomia
It is one of the most historical and naturalistic trails of the most evocative of Liguria, easily walkable on foot and characterized by the colors and odors typical of the Mediterranean scrub. It is the ancient Via Iulia Augusta, built in the 13th c. at the will of the Emperor Augusto to connect Rome to the southern Gallia, via Vada Sabatia (today’s Vado Ligure) and the resort of Arles in Provence: a truly fascinating trait between the municipalities of Alassio and Albenga, whose first stage can not to be the little church of Santa Croce in Alassio, whose original building remains the apse and the left flank: from the square in front you can enjoy an extraordinary panorama, which, on clearer days, spends to the mountains of Tuscany and Corsica . After passing a stone arch, the images that accompany the entire path will appear immediately: the sea and Gallinara Island, so called by the Romans for the presence of wild hens. In the first section of the route you can admire the port of Alassio, with the characteristic Cappelletta erected in 1929 in memory of the fallen in the sea. A few hundred meters away you reach the church of Sant’Anna ai Monti, inside which are still visible parts of frescoes of the end of the 15th century / early sixteenth century, plastered after the Council of Trento. Continuing the walk for about 3 kilometers, past a campsite, in some short sections you still love the original Roman paved and a stretch of ancient pavement, characterized by the presence of margins on the sides and transverse cuts for the drainage of the waters. A little further, still in the commune of Alassio, are the remains of the necropolis of the Roman Albingaunum, dating back to the I-II sec. which accompany visitors until the end of the journey with a long series of interesting funerary monuments: the “A” and “B” buildings and a “colombary” tomb (the only one that has been found so far in Liguria). Leaving behind the funerary monuments, you reach S.Martino’s tip, near the “Pylon”, a tomb dating to the 2nd century AD. AD, and the Roman amphitheater. After a short descent, past the modern bridge over the Centa River, you reach Albenga with its historic center and medieval towers.
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It is one of the most fascinating places in Sicily, in the southernmost tip of the whole island, where a lovely landscape seems to accompany visitors slowly to Africa. It is Marzamemi, where around the central square the fishermen’s lodges have turned into characteristic holiday homes or renowned trattorias; Here you can admire the summer residence of the Principe di Villadorata, which, beside Tonnara, dominates much of the little piazzetta, where you can admire the lush and blue sea from the fishy peaks. A magical place that can be discovered in so many ways, even on two wheels: the Lands of the Two Marines, in fact, can be cycled throughout their reach.
The itinerary extends to the southern part of these lands, between Portopalo of Capo Passero and Porto Ulysses, with a largely flat territory: 24 km of highway, the highest point on the sea level is 37 meters. The starting point can only be the Terrace of the Two Mari, a panoramic spot in the town of Portopalo di Capo Passero. Crossing the small town of Portopalo, head first to the harbor by the harbor, then cross between the vineyards and the cultivations of the renowned cherry tomato. The second stage is on the extreme point of the territory: from here the look stops at the Insolence of the Currents: the stop takes place on the square that precedes the beach, parking area during the summer. Then continue along the longest stretch of the itinerary, which is 21 kilometers.
The coast goes up northwest through cultivated fields, vineyards and protected plants in greenhouses with thousands of cherry variety tomatoes. Afterwards, the route turns east and returns pedaling along the coast, through the village of Granelli, leaving the province of Syracuse and entering the territory of Ragusa. This is the incredible stretch of the Pantanon Longarin waters, where at several times of the year it is possible to observe the pink flamingos passing through these brackish waters. The last 3 kilometers of the route are developed along the coast, heading towards one of the most renowned destinations in the whole area, Porto Ulisse: from these cliffs you can see the Cirica Faraglioni to the west, close to the “Circe Dry” of so many shipwrecks of Roman and Byzantine ships.
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Historical, artistic, geographical. These are the sections that animate the International Museum of Cupramontana Wine Lab (Ancona), housed on the first floor of the eighteenth-century Leoni Palace, around the town walls. Opened in 1987, it is a unique international space gathering over 100,000 labels of wine bottles from all over the world, sorted by thematic routes. Among the peculiarities are the series with animals, with cars, with heraldic coats of arms and all that dedicated to Verdicchio, the pearl of excellence in the territory. The contemporary section has over sixty thousand labels, exhibited by geographical origin and by themes; the historical one, refers instead to labels dating to the period between “Otto and Novecento”; the artistic one finally collects over four hundred works performed by artists of clear fame. Every year, the museum is displaying two events: the “Golden Label” award, to be awarded to participating companies for the best label in its usual use, and “Vinimmagine”, which is a graphic review of ideas and proposals for a label. In addition, the teaching lab “Advertising Born” is active.
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Few know it, but a small Switzerland lies not far from the well-known Val Seriana. It is the Valle del Lujo, a corner of the province of Bergamo that has maintained the perfect harmony between man and nature. It is a place not to be beaten by the usual tourist itineraries but boasts unique traditions and beauties from the Abbey of St. Benedict, founded on April 7, 1136 by Benedictine monks, to whom these lands had been donated by the then Bishop of Bergamo Gregorio: first inhabiters of the valley, the monks had to break down a dense forest to make their way to this impervious place, but for this more secure and quiet of others. One of the most important centers of the area is Casale, which with its 700 meters high is a kind of large terrace from which you can admire the whole valley; the country is known for “biligocc” chestnuts dried and smoked following an ancient process and for the pretty parish church. Another place of ancient and fascinating worship is that of the hamlet of Dossello, dedicated to the spousal of St. Joseph with the Blessed Virgin Mary: here every year the faithful found themselves at the patron saint of St. Joseph for the blessing of animals and wagons, now replaced from cars. Ancient and definitely imposing is finally the church of Santa Maria di Valle Alta, which in 1304 formed with the church of S. Zenone di Cene a single benefit; only in 1463 the two churches became autonomous and the present structure dates back to the middle of the eighteenth century, when it was dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta and San Giacomo Maggiore Apostolo.
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The fascinating fresco of the Christ of the Sunday, guarded in the facade of the Pieve di St Peters di San Pietro di Feletto (Treviso) under a large wooden beamed porch launched the message that Sunday is not a working day. Those who work during the Lord’s day make suffer the Christ who, struck by the work tools, pours blood from the wounds; the painting is also interesting because it shows visitors the tools and work types of the people of the Hills of Felettane. But all Pieve with his splendid work of the Longobarda era erected around the year 1000 definitely deserves a visit because, it offers to those who come in this magical corner of the “Prosecco Landscapes” a varied and unusual artistic show. The exterior has a large porch, which probably had the function of securing safe shelter for the people during social, political and economic meetings. The bell tower, which rises isolated, with cusp of the 16th century, is in Romanesque style. The Pieve is preceded by a 19th century staircase.
There are many frescoes that decorate the porch; in addition to the “Christ of the Sunday”, stands the “Madonna and Child with Saints”, important for a iconographic detail very rare: that of the Baby Jesus sucking milk from a bladder with which the author probably wanted to recall the tradition of poor families. Inside the architecture is of great charm, but still essential: there are three narrow aisles divided by arches on large rectangular pillars. In the background there is a semicircular apse with overlapping layers of paintings. The walls of the central nave are entirely frescoed with works by various authors and with refined hints of Byzantine taste ranging from the 13th to the 15th centuries. The beautiful chapel of the baptismal font, decorated with frescoes dating back to the end of the 14th century, illustrates the life and martyrdom of San Sebastiano. The painter who has frescoed the interior of the church is unknown, but probably was a mainstay artist between Treviso and Belluno, perhaps formed in the school of Antonio Vivarina. This is confirmed by the typology of faces, the definition of hair as well as the clothing and footwear, which characterize the activity of this person also in Serravalle and precisely in the Galletti Chapel of the Church of St. John the Baptist.
Visiting times: Saturday 9.00-10.00 / 15.00-20.00, Sunday 9.00-11.30 / 14.30-19.00.It is possible to visit the church on other days and hours only by calling the number: 329-3615869
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On these mountains there were the most important and bloody battles of the Great War. And so in 2008 the municipality of Forni Avoltri (Udine) decided to dedicate a permanent exhibition on the Great War in the Upper Val Degano and on the front formed by the surrounding peaks (the Navagiust mountains, Avanza, Chiadenis and the Volaia and Cacciatore passes). Within the exhibition, housed on the ground floor of the Ethnographic Museum “Cemout chi erin” (which in dialect means “as we were”), you can admire a long series of objects found and collected on these places by volunteers and donations made by population. The postcards are very interesting and photographs of the era that witness the lives of soldiers and the village of Forni Avoltri during the war period.
Also the reproduction of bunk beds in the gallery originally found on Navagiust in 2007 is very suggestive. In the same space, also the ethnographic exhibition “How were we” worth a visit. It testifies the desire to pass on to future generations little traces of history and the people who lived in this part of Carnia, majestically framed by the Carnic Alps. In 1992, around foam puppets dressed in typical local clothes and used during the Christmas period, the locals began collecting objects, furnishings and work equipment, recovered and donated by the Forni families and their villages, which they tell with sensibility and precision the everyday life, rites and traditions of the Fornites since the 1800s after the World Wars.
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Palmanova, which has had a glorious and fascinating past, today is one of the best preserved jewels in the province of Udine. Palmanova is only 50 km from the famous beaches of Lignano Sabbiadoro. Its strategic position has always characterized the story: entirely rebuilt by the Republic of Venice in 1600 against the Turkish invasions, fell under Austrian domination, then under the French with Napoleon.
But every dominion contributed to reinforcing its defenses: for this reason it is today one of the few examples of the world of star-shaped fortress, unique in Italy with its nine tips with three fortified walls. The city is in the big square square, hexagonal and very wide.
The monumental doors of Cividale, Udine and Aquileia, realized by Scamozzi, open on the ramparts of the city. Palmanova is a magical place to visit on foot, leaving its streets and beautiful square overlooking the Duomo, the white white facade of Orsera and Aurisina gray stone. Also worthy of a visit are some typical Venetian palaces that open on the wide streets of the city, the Loggia dedicated to the fallen and the Palazzo dei Provveditori Generali.
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Erected by the Scaligeri, it was wisely exploited by the Gonzaga. It has eight hundred years of history behind it, and yet it is only publicly visible since 2013, after long and accurate restoration work. It is the Castello Scaligero di Villimpenta, a comune of the East Mantuan, close to the Veronese: a boundary land, spruced by the river Tione, is famous especially for the rigorously “dwarf dwarf” – which has always been produced.
The fortress plant consists of an irregular pentagram from which two polygonal towers and a massive 25 meter high tower are preserved, characterized by its imposing and solidity; the Castle was equipped with a tower at each corner, plus a long one, for a total of six. All were quadrilateral, though with not exactly right angles, since only the south-west can be pentagonal.
The doorman, located at the northwest corner, is about 42 meters high and is crowned by boulders and piers to form the strongest and most solid part of the castle, with a square base of 9 meters with a thickness of 2.30 masonry. Originally it was surrounded on all sides by the River Tione on the line of which, around the year 1000, in the time preceding the building of the fort, the monks of the Benedictine abbey of San Zeno from Verona were installed.
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A place full of stories like Civitavecchia, Viterbo, Tuscania and Tarquinia, along with natural wonders such as the Tolfa Mountains and Lake Bolsena. The itinerary to discover the beauties of Upper Lazio starts from Civitavecchia, an ancient city of Etruscan origin overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea and the seaside of the Capital, which preserves the Forte Michelangelo, the Vanvitelli Fountain and the Old Port.
The journey continues in the direction of the Tolfa Mountains, where two famous villages have emerged in the past centuries for the extraction of the Aluma and Tolfa. Third, unmissable stop is Vetralla, right on the slopes of the volcanic crater, which then turned into Lake Vico, where the Monastery Regina Pacis is worth a visit; then just a few kilometers down the road to Montefiascone, and then the view opens onto the charming lake of Bolsena with its glimpses, the town of Bolsena with its historic center, the two characteristic islands and the village of Marta, climbed on the slopes of the basin.
After turning around the lake, you can go back to Civitavecchia, without forgetting to go first to Tuscania, the city of Tusci famous for the Basilica of Saint Peter, the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore and the fountain of the “sette cannelle”, and then for Tarquinia, an ancient Etruscan town where the Necropolis, the Museum, the Palazzo Comunale and the Church of Santa Maria in Castello worth a visit.
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