Quirinal Palace in Palace

1 February 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks

© Wolfgang Moroder/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Wolfgang Moroder/cc-by-sa-3.0

The Quirinal Palace (Italian: Palazzo del Quirinale) is a historic building in Rome, Italy, one of the three current official residences of the President of the Italian Republic, together with Villa Rosebery in Naples and the Tenuta di Castelporziano, an estate on the outskirts of Rome, some 25 km from the centre of the city. It is located on the Quirinal Hill, the highest of the seven hills of Rome in an area colloquially called Monte Cavallo. It has served as the residence for thirty Popes, four Kings of Italy and twelve Presidents of the Italian Republic. The Quirinal Palace was selected by Napoleon to be his residence par excellence as Emperor. However, he never stayed there because of the French defeat in 1814 and the subsequent European Restoration. The palace extends for an area of 110,500 square metres and is the eleventh-largest palace in the world in terms of area, some twenty times the area of the White House.   read more…

Carnival of Venice

22 January 2021 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© flickr.com - Frank Kovalchek/cc-by-2.0

© flickr.com – Frank Kovalchek/cc-by-2.0

The Carnival of Venice (Carnevale di Venezia) is an annual festival held in Venice, Italy. The carnival ends with the Christian celebration of Lent, forty days before Easter, on Shrove Tuesday (Martedì Grasso or Mardi Gras), the day before Ash Wednesday. The festival is world-famous for its elaborate masks.   read more…

Pozzuoli on the Gulf of Naples

28 December 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© panoramio.com - Patrick Nouhailler's…/cc-by-sa-3.0

© panoramio.com – Patrick Nouhailler’s…/cc-by-sa-3.0

Pozzuoli is a city and comune of the Metropolitan City of Naples, in the Italian region of Campania. It is the main city of the Phlegrean Peninsula. Since 1946 the town has been the home of the Accademia Aeronautica, the Italian Air Force Academy, which was first situated on the island of Nisida, then from 1962 on a purpose-built hilltop campus overlooking the bay.   read more…

Trapani in Sicily

16 December 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© flickr.com - Myke Bryan/cc-by-2.0

© flickr.com – Myke Bryan/cc-by-2.0

Trapani is a city and comune on the west coast of Sicily in Italy. It is the capital of the Province of Trapani. Founded by Elymians, the city is still an important fishing port and the main gateway to the nearby Aegadian Islands. The city was badly damaged during World War II, when it was subjected to intense Allied bombardments. It has grown greatly since the end of the war, sprawling out virtually to the foot of Monte San Giuliano. Tourism has grown in recent years due to the city’s proximity to popular destinations such as Erice, Segesta, and the Aegadian Islands.   read more…

Abbey of Montecassino

6 November 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© Ludmiła Pilecka/cc-by-3.0

© Ludmiła Pilecka/cc-by-3.0

Monte Cassino (today usually spelled Montecassino) is a rocky hill about 130 kilometres (81 mi) southeast of Rome, in the Latin Valley, Italy, 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) to the west of the town of Cassino and 520 m (1,706.04 ft) altitude. Site of the Roman town of Casinum, it is best known for its abbey, the first house of the Benedictine Order, having been established by Benedict of Nursia himself around 529. It was for the community of Monte Cassino that the Rule of Saint Benedict was composed.   read more…

Val Gardena in South Tyrol

4 November 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Sport

Santa Cristina © creator-bz

Santa Cristina © creator-bz

Val Gardena (German: Gröden) is a valley in Northern Italy, in the Dolomites of South Tyrol. It is best known as a touristic skiing, rock climbing, and woodcarving area. The valley’s main river is the Rio Gardena, a tributary of Eisack river. The mountains that surround the valley are formed by dolomite rocks, which confer them a characteristic appearance. Most of the steep slopes are covered by pine woods. The favoured cultivations are barley, rye, potatoes, flax, buckwheat. The three municipalities in Val Gardena are Ortisei, Selva, and Santa Cristina; they were served by the Ferrovia della Val Gardena from 1916 until 1960.   read more…

The Costa Diadema

1 November 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Cruise Ships, Yacht of the Month

in Marseille © flickr.com - Roman Hofer/cc-by-sa-2.0

in Marseille © flickr.com – Roman Hofer/cc-by-sa-2.0

Costa Diadema is a Dream-class cruise ship owned by Carnival Corporation and operated by Costa Crociere. The ship was ordered in October 2012 and was delivered to Costa on 25 October 2014. At her time of delivery, Costa Diadema was the largest vessel to fly an Italian flag and Costa’s largest vessel to date; she is currently Costa Crociere’s flagship.   read more…

Portrait: Christopher Columbus, Italian navigator and explorer

28 October 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Portrait

Christopher Columbus by Sebastiano del Piombo

Christopher Columbus by Sebastiano del Piombo

Christopher Columbus was an Italian explorer and navigator who completed four voyages across the Atlantic Ocean, opening the way for European exploration and colonization of the Americas. His expeditions, sponsored by the Catholic Monarchs of Spain, were the first European contact with the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. After a remarkable odyssey, his bones are now in the Seville Cathedral in Spain.   read more…

Gallipoli in Apulia

16 October 2020 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General

© Colar/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Colar/cc-by-sa-3.0

Gallipoli (‘Beautiful City’) is a southern Italian town and comune in the province of Lecce, in Apulia. It has a population of 20,000 and it’s one of the towns that the Greek dialect Griko is spoken.   read more…

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