Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Italy Photo Gallery: Top 10 most popular articles in July 2014.

1.- Unesco Italy sites proposed: Pelagos The Cetacean Sanctuary.

Unesco Italy sites proposed: Pelagos The Cetacean Sanctuary.

The Sanctuary includes marine areas within both inland waters and territorial waters (twelve mile zone) of France, Italy and the Principality of Monaco. It also includes the neighbouring high seas. The Italian regions involved are: Liguria, Sardinia and Tuscany. The portion of basin between Liguria and Provence have been known since the ancient time to be the home for many species of whales and

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Italy Photo Gallery: Top 10 most popular articles in June 2014.

1.- Unesco Italy sites proposed: Pelagos The Cetacean Sanctuary.

Unesco Italy sites proposed: Pelagos The Cetacean Sanctuary.

The Sanctuary includes marine areas within both inland waters and territorial waters (twelve mile zone) of France, Italy and the Principality of Monaco. It also includes the neighbouring high seas. The Italian regions involved are: Liguria, Sardinia and Tuscany. The portion of basin between Liguria and Provence have been known since the ancient time to be the home for many species of whales and

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Italy Photo Gallery: Top 10 most popular articles in May 2014.

1.- Unesco Italy sites proposed: Pelagos The Cetacean Sanctuary.

Unesco Italy sites proposed: Pelagos The Cetacean Sanctuary.

The Sanctuary includes marine areas within both inland waters and territorial waters (twelve mile zone) of France, Italy and the Principality of Monaco. It also includes the neighbouring high seas. The Italian regions involved are: Liguria, Sardinia and Tuscany. The portion of basin between Liguria and Provence have been known since the ancient time to be the home for many species of whales and

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Unesco Italy sites proposed: Pelagos The Cetacean Sanctuary.

The Sanctuary includes marine areas within both inland waters and territorial waters (twelve mile zone) of France, Italy and the Principality of Monaco. It also includes the neighbouring high seas. The Italian regions involved are: Liguria, Sardinia and Tuscany.

The portion of basin between Liguria and Provence have been known since the ancient time to be the home for many species of whales and other marine fauna. The protected area accounts for about 100.000 km2 of international waters between Tolone (France), Capo Falcone (West-Sardinia) and Fosso Chiarore (Tuscany). Nowadays, it is possibile to navigate through this area to study the marine protected species.

Pelagos Sanctuary

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Vin Santo ('Holy Wine') made in Italy.

Vin Santo ('Holy Wine') is the name given to the amber-hued straw wines traditionally from Tuscany, central Italy.

The origins of the name are disputed, but most agree it comes from the time when these wines were used for Holy Communion.

There are similar wines made in other Italian wine regions, and the vinsanto of Santorini is almost identical in both name and style, but the Tuscan hills retain a long-standing connection with these golden, intensely flavored wines.

Tuscan vin santo is one of various types of 'straw wine' (vin de paille in French and strohwein in German). Straw wines are so named because they are traditionally made from grapes left to dry out on straw mats after harvest.

vin sano occhio di pernice

Monday, May 26, 2014

The Italian excellence in food and cooking: meat and fish.

There are many recipes for meat, most famous as the ossobuco, the Bistecca alla fiorentina of Tuscany, the Piedmont muffin misto (accompanied by green sauce), some preparations as stracotto stewed in Barolo (braised in wine) or in soups as busecca (soup made with beef tripe), the tonnato vitello (veal with tuna and anchovies), the piccata (veal with artichokes in papillot), the messicani (thin escalopes), the abbacchio, etcetera.

he fish, abundant in the seas of the peninsula, is very elaborate especially in Sicily. Are also important Fish river and lakes, such as salmon trouts, lamprey, various fish soups, etc.. Fish and shellfish are the main delights of Italian cuisine. It is soute or seafood chowder and spaghetti alle vongole (clams), alle cozze (mussels) and ai ricci (sea urchin).
Umido di agnello

Those who opt for a holiday in Sardinia can meet a variety of interests.

Those who opt for a holiday in Sardinia can meet a variety of interests. For example, the South Sardinian is the richest archeology of Sardinia.

And 'possible to enjoy the testimonies from antiquity to the various museums and archaeological sites, where you can find products and works of pre-Nuragici and Nuragici, but even the Phoenicians and Carthaginians, Romans and Byzantines. And 'possible to visit Romanesque and Byzantine churches.

But of course, here is the nature to be the main dish. The sea is everywhere transparent, provides wonderful backdrops and is very fishy. The interior of the mountain ranges of some importance, with peaks rising to 1,200 meters, covered by dense forests of trees and shrubs of the Mediterranean.

Cerdeña Colonne_a_tharros

The Italian excellence in food and cooking: fruits and vegetables.

The Italian cuisine of our country is extraordinarily diverse, because it is also made up of small regional excellence, perhaps less well-known internationally, but of which they are proud of the small towns that produce them.

The variety is also due to the many invasions over the centuries, during which populations occupants took their dishes, which were then harmonically revisited by Italian chefs.

An example: the Sicilian cuisine combines couscous inherited from the Arabs and rolls born in the Bourbon period in a matrix of Hellenic cuisine.

Verdure saltate con tempeh

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Italy Photo Gallery: Top 10 most popular articles in April 2014.

1.- Unesco Italy sites proposed: Archipelago of La Maddalena and Islands of Bocche di Bonifacio.
Unesco Italy sites proposed: Archipelago of La Maddalena and Islands of Bocche di Bonifacio.
The Archipelago of “La Maddalena” encloses seven main islands - Maddalena, Caprera and Santo Stefano in the South East, while Spargi, Budelli, Razzoli and Santa Maria are in the North western area - and 55 little islets. The entire area is included in the national park of the archipelago of La Maddalena (established in 1994) which manages the above mentioned park and its surface of 5100 hectares.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Italy Photo Gallery: Top 10 most popular articles in March 2014.

1.- Unesco Italy sites proposed: Archipelago of La Maddalena and Islands of Bocche di Bonifacio.
Unesco Italy sites proposed: Archipelago of La Maddalena and Islands of Bocche di Bonifacio.
The Archipelago of “La Maddalena” encloses seven main islands - Maddalena, Caprera and Santo Stefano in the South East, while Spargi, Budelli, Razzoli and Santa Maria are in the North western area - and 55 little islets. The entire area is included in the national park of the archipelago of La Maddalena (established in 1994) which manages the above mentioned park and its surface of 5100 hectares.

2.- Unesco Italy sites proposed: Arab-Norman Palermo and the cathedral churches of Cefalù’ and Monreale.
Unesco Italy sites proposed: Arab-Norman Palermo and the cathedral churches of Cefalù’ and Monreale.
The site denominated 'Arab-Norman Palermo and the cathedral churches of Cefalù and Monreale' is a collection of monuments with a decorative apparatus of mosaics, paintings and sculptures that resulted from a socio-cultural syncretism which, during the period of Norman domination (1071-1194), gave birth to an extraordinary artistic and architectural heritage of outstanding value. Historic,

3.- Unesco Italy sites proposed: Romanesque Cathedrals in Puglia.
Unesco Italy sites proposed: Romanesque Cathedrals in Puglia.
Ever since ancient times, Puglia, thanks to this land's particular nature and geographical position, has been an essential link between continental Europe and the ancient civilizations that developed on the Eastern shores of the Mediterranean. Between the 11th  and the 13th  centuries, when this role was particularly significant, it produced great achievements that marked the history, culture

4.- Santa Maria delle Grazie is a church and Dominican convent in Milan.
Santa Maria delle Grazie is a church and Dominican convent in Milan.
Santa Maria delle Grazie ("Holy Mary of Grace") is a church and Dominican convent in Milan, northern Italy, included in the UNESCO World Heritage sites list. The church contains the mural of The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci, which is in the refectory of the convent. he Duke of Milan Francesco I Sforza ordered the building of a Dominican convent and a church in the place where a small chapel

5.- Italy Photo Gallery: Top 10 most popular articles in February 2014.
Italy Photo Gallery: Top 10 most popular articles in February 2014.
1.- Lake Preola a hidden treasure to protect, enhance and promote. To find a treasure must be sought if you want to see the Natural Reserve of Lake Preola and Gorghi Tondi, you need to bring. When you least expect it, nestled in a valley that subtracts from prying eyes, here it looks like: a series of small lakes which together cover an area of ​​335 hectares from Mazara del Vallo goes towards

6.- Lake Preola a hidden treasure to protect, enhance and promote.
Lake Preola a hidden treasure to protect, enhance and promote.
To find a treasure must be sought if you want to see the Natural Reserve of Lake Preola and Gorghi Tondi, you need to bring. When you least expect it, nestled in a valley that subtracts from prying eyes, here it looks like: a series of small lakes which together cover an area of ​​335 hectares from Mazara del Vallo goes towards Tower Granitola remaining parallel to the coast for about 1 km

7.- Integral Nature Reserve "Grotta di Santa Ninfa" high speleological interest, geomorphological and natural beauty.
Integral Nature Reserve "Grotta di Santa Ninfa" high speleological interest, geomorphological and natural beauty.
Tall and white rocks marked by grooves perpendicular to emerge among the green of the valley adorned with the usual culture of this corner of Sicily are the karren, grooves molded by the slow action of the rain. And then a karst landscape and chalky, uneven and sculpted by time, the fact of sinkholes and blind valleys: is the area of ​​preriserva, extending for about 150 acres, which spreads

8.- Italy Photo Gallery: Top 10 most popular articles in January 2014.
Italy Photo Gallery: Top 10 most popular articles in January 2014.
1.- How does the "Venice system"? Venice is a city in northeastern Italy sited on a group of 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges. It is located in the marshy Venetian Lagoon which stretches along the shoreline, between the mouths of the Po and the Piave Rivers. Venice is renowned for the beauty of its setting, its architecture and its artworks. The city in its entirety

9.- Italy Photo Gallery: Top 10 most popular articles in December 2013.
Italy Photo Gallery: Top 10 most popular articles in December 2013.
1.- How does the "Venice system"? Venice is a city in northeastern Italy sited on a group of 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges. It is located in the marshy Venetian Lagoon which stretches along the shoreline, between the mouths of the Po and the Piave Rivers. Venice is renowned for the beauty of its setting, its architecture and its artworks. The city in its entirety

10.- How does the "Venice system"?
How does the "Venice system"?
Venice is a city in northeastern Italy sited on a group of 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges. It is located in the marshy Venetian Lagoon which stretches along the shoreline, between the mouths of the Po and the Piave Rivers. Venice is renowned for the beauty of its setting, its architecture and its artworks. The city in its entirety is listed as a World Heritage Site
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Unesco Italy sites proposed: Archipelago of La Maddalena and Islands of Bocche di Bonifacio.

The Archipelago of “La Maddalena” encloses seven main islands - Maddalena, Caprera and Santo Stefano in the South East, while Spargi, Budelli, Razzoli and Santa Maria are in the North western area - and 55 little islets. The entire area is included in the national park of the archipelago of La Maddalena (established in 1994) which manages the above mentioned park and its surface of 5100 hectares.

Each islet is surrounded by a protected marine area, whose width runs from 300 to 500 meters, while the overall marine surface of the park is 15.046 hectares. This group of islands and islets form 180 km of coastal area.
Archipelago of La Maddalena and Islands of Bocche di Bonifacio.

Unesco Italy sites proposed: Arab-Norman Palermo and the cathedral churches of Cefalù’ and Monreale.

The site denominated 'Arab-Norman Palermo and the cathedral churches of Cefalù and Monreale' is a collection of monuments with a decorative apparatus of mosaics, paintings and sculptures that resulted from a socio-cultural syncretism which, during the period of Norman domination (1071-1194), gave birth to an extraordinary artistic and architectural heritage of outstanding value.

Historic, geographic, political and cultural contingencies brought about an extremely unusual concentration of syncretisms on this site, generated by heterogeneous elements as they combined. The individual buildings we are putting forward are not merely an ensemble but a "stratum": the typical socio-cultural world of a place and a time, preserved in the memory of the stones and bricks of the buildings, and in the tesserae of the mosaics with which they are decorated.
Arab-Norman Palermo and the cathedral churches of Cefalù’ and Monreale9

Unesco Italy sites proposed: Romanesque Cathedrals in Puglia.

Ever since ancient times, Puglia, thanks to this land's particular nature and geographical position, has been an essential link between continental Europe and the ancient civilizations that developed on the Eastern shores of the Mediterranean.

Between the 11th  and the 13th  centuries, when this role was particularly significant, it produced great achievements that marked the history, culture and arts of the whole region but also of medieval Europe.

The land was under Byzantine rule as part of the vast Eastern Empire and already showed stratifications of past civilizations - Magna Graecia, Ancient Rome, Arab and Lombard.

Trani (Puglia, Italy) - Medieval cathedral in romanesque style

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Santa Maria delle Grazie is a church and Dominican convent in Milan.

Santa Maria delle Grazie ("Holy Mary of Grace") is a church and Dominican convent in Milan, northern Italy, included in the UNESCO World Heritage sites list. The church contains the mural of The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci, which is in the refectory of the convent.

he Duke of Milan Francesco I Sforza ordered the building of a Dominican convent and a church in the place where a small chapel dedicated to St. Mary of the Graces was.
Santa Maria delle Grazie
The main architect was Guiniforte Solari, the convent was completed by 1469 while the church took more time. The new duke Ludovico Sforza decided to have the church as the Sforza family burial place and rebuild the cloister and the apse which were completed after 1490.

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