Cortina d’Ampezzo in the Dolomites

15 September 2015 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  8 minutes

© Snowdog

© Snowdog

Cortina d’Ampezzo is a town and comune in the southern (Dolomitic) Alps located in Veneto, a region in Northern Italy. Located in the heart of the Dolomites in an alpine valley, it is a popular winter sport resort known for its ski-ranges, scenery, accommodations, shops and après-ski scene. Much of 1963 classic The Pink Panther, the progenitor of the series, was filmed in Cortina. One of the memorable James Bond stunt sequences in 1981’s For Your Eyes Only, gunners on spike-wheeled motorcycles chasing Roger Moore on skis, was filmed on its slopes, as were several scenes in the film Cliffhanger. It is also known for its jet set and European aristocracy crowd.   read more…

Verona in Veneto

8 November 2012 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  5 minutes

Verona Collage © DanieleDF1995

Verona Collage © DanieleDF1995

Verona is a city in the Veneto, northern Italy, with approx. 265,000 inhabitants and one of the seven chef-lieus of the region. It is the second largest city municipality in the region and the third of northeast Italy. The metropolitan area of Verona covers an area of 1,426 km² (550.58 sq mi) and has a population of 714,274 inhabitants. It is one of the main tourist destinations in northern Italy, owing to its artistic heritage, several annual fairs, shows, and operas, such as the lyrical season in the Arena, the ancient amphitheatre built by the Romans.   read more…

Malcesine on Lake Garda

6 October 2012 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General Reading Time:  5 minutes

Malcesine and the castle on Lake Garda © Ciccius 88

Malcesine and the castle on Lake Garda © Ciccius 88

Malcesine is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Verona in the Italian region Veneto, located about 120 km northwest of Venice and about 40 km northwest of Verona. Malcesine lies on the shores of Lake Garda.   read more…

Padua in the Veneto region

28 April 2012 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  5 minutes

Prato della Valle, the famous square of Padua © Dan00nad

Prato della Valle, the famous square of Padua © Dan00nad

Padua (Italian: Padova) is a city and comune in the Veneto, northern Italy. It is the capital of the province of Padua and the economic and communications hub of the area. Padua’s population is 214,000. The city is sometimes included, with Venice (Italian: Venezia) and Treviso, in the Padua-Treviso-Venice Metropolitan Area, having a population of c. 1,600,000. Padua stands on the Bacchiglione River, 40 km west of Venice and 29 km southeast of Vicenza. The Brenta River, which once ran through the city, still touches the northern districts. Its agricultural setting is the Venetian Plain (Pianura Veneta). To the city’s south west lies the Euganaean Hills, praised by Lucan and Martial, Petrarch, Ugo Foscolo, and Shelley.   read more…

Theme Week Venice, Queen of the Adriatic Sea

30 July 2011 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: General, Architecture, European Union, Bon voyage, Theme Weeks, UNESCO World Heritage Reading Time:  14 minutes

Venice Collage © DaniDF1995

Venice Collage © DaniDF1995

Venice is a city in northern Italy known both for tourism and for industry, and is the capital of the region Veneto, with a population of about 270,660 (census estimate 30 April 2009). Together with Padua and Treviso, the city is included in the Padua-Treviso-Venice Metropolitan Area (PATREVE) (population 1,600,000).   read more…

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