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.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

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

1.- 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.

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Friday, February 28, 2014

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.

Coming from Mazara, you'll see the first lake Murana, unfortunately dry for a time, and only after the lake Preola, the largest, and the three lakes of circular form, the so-called eddies (High, Medium and Low) surrounded by a dense marsh vegetation typical of the Mediterranean coastal ponds, slightly salty, and on the southern slope topped by limestone ridges partly covered by Mediterranean scrubThe area is in fact a karstic depression where the rains and the weather have eroded the chalky soil to form these natural lakes, now surrounded by the dense marsh vegetation.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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 around the creek Biviere, that little stream that part from the top of the plateau, 663 meters above sea level, and that comes down to the valley and then suddenly disappear into thin air, leaving us only the possibility to follow, if you will, where the sun does not reach there, in the depths of cavities and tunnels in the cave of Santa Ninfa.

The latter represents the area of ​​the reserve at its true: a cavity extended horizontally for about 1400 m and is divided between an upper zone, now dry, and a bottom where the water is still king. How skilled carvers and patients, time and nature have run their course and were able to draw beautiful mineral deposits of multiple colors.

grotta di santa ninfaThe halls and walls of the cave exhibit proudly curtains, stalactites, inflorescences mineral forms that stretch elegant and what are called "cave pearls", small balls of calcite rare and beautiful. Suspended in limbo, the drops of water are there motionless, fixed forever in that moment of indecision between the ability to disperse anonymous to the ground or to become immortal sculptures.

The reserve lies in the municipalities of Santa Ninfa and Gibellina and consists of a plateau of chalky nature that is characterized by the presence of large number of cavities, including the cave of Santa Ninfa stands out for the high interest and geomorphological cave. The Monte Finestrelle, to whose slopes the Biviere hosts a early Christian necropolis dating back to the time when they lived in the area Elimi. On the southern open a series of rock-cut tombs that have precisely the form of many "windows".

grotta di santa ninfa mapThe visits - You can visit the reserve all year round, any day you want. Legambiente organizes free, by reservation, guided tours through the whole territory of the reserve. At the edge of the reserve, you will also find the Museum of agroforestry that celebrates the ancient peasant culture and the Forest of Finestrelle, the area equipped for your entertainment.

How to get there:
From the A29 Palermo - Mazara del Vallo, exit at Salemi travel the state and 188 in the direction of Santa Ninfa.

The Fauna of the Santa Ninfa Cave.
The Cave - The Cave of Santa Ninfa, already large for the same conformation and constitution of its structure, is enhanced even more by the cave fauna that settled there, being able to live in such a humid environment devoid of light. Recently, it has been discovered inside a cave arthropod species new to science: the centipede Choneiulus faunaeuropae.

The valley - the valley of Biviere live hedgehogs and porcupines, the Rabbit, the Weasel and the Fox. There are also numerous examples of Buzzard, medium-sized bird of prey with large wings, of Kestrel, a bird of prey that fluctuates in flight, Nightingale and Jay, easily recognizable by the blue-white spots on the wings. In the summer, Bee-eaters, small and colorful, they stop here to give birth to their young. Of great interest among amphibians, is the presence of Discoglosso, now rare species found only in the western Mediterranean.

The Flora of Santa Ninfa Cave.
In the downstream catchment of the cave, surviving traces of Mediterranean: they feel the scents of thyme shrub and 'Laurel, you can enjoy the colors of wild orchids and lush bushes of' Euphorbia trees. Beautiful colored expanses: the bunches of white 'Garlic Pelosetta, the petals of the blue and yellow ones Damsel country's largest Boccione together with Cicerchia purple, which from March begins to show its beautiful violet flowers with purple-red flag.
The arid nature of the land, together with the effect of gypsum, greatly hinders the growth of vegetation. However, some species have overcome the harsh natural selection and living on gypsum: Cabbage Tineo, a plant endemic to the island rock, lichen, moss i gess of whitish, small succulents perennials, Linajola, perennial plant with yellow flowers corolla.

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Friday, February 7, 2014

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

1.- 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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2.- In Offida everything back in its place.

In Offida everything back in its place.

Offida, the accent is on the "i" as "wine." Do you understand sporgendoti the railing behind the apse of the church of Santa Maria della Rocca thousand years, that this is a divine place: the sanctity of the shadows of this monolith of spirituality, just pierced by small arcades dwarfs, nicely minimal, and the lightness of the vineyards clinging to the slopes, down there. The down-and-white

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3.- The Palazzo del Leone in Florence has always been an icon of the Piazza della Signoria.

The Palazzo del Leone in Florence has always been an icon of the Piazza della Signoria.

The Palazzo del Leone has always been an icon and "fifth" of the Piazza della Signoria. Five floors and a mezzanine space business, for a total of 3,000 sqm., With frescoed ceilings and large mullioned windows overlooking the Piazza della Signoria, just in front of the Palazzo Vecchio, reopened after about 2 years of meticulous renovations. The complex in question is part of a block located in

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4.- Italy Photo Gallery: Top 10 most popular articles in September 2013.

Italy Photo Gallery: Top 10 most popular articles in September 2013.

1.- The regions of Italy are the first-level administrative divisions of the state, constituting its first NUTS administrative level. The regions of Italy are the first-level administrative divisions of the state, constituting its first NUTS administrative level. There are twenty regions, of which five are constitutionally given a broader amount of autonomy granted by special statutes. Mere

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5.- Italy Photo Gallery: Top 10 most popular articles in August 2013.

Italy Photo Gallery: Top 10 most popular articles in August 2013.

1.- The regions of Italy are the first-level administrative divisions of the state, constituting its first NUTS administrative level. The regions of Italy are the first-level administrative divisions of the state, constituting its first NUTS administrative level. There are twenty regions, of which five are constitutionally given a broader amount of autonomy granted by special statutes. Mere

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6.- Ostuni the White City, suspended between the blue Adriatic and the green hills of olive trees.

Ostuni the White City, suspended between the blue Adriatic and the green hills of olive trees.

In the heart of Apulia more beautiful, suspended between the blue Adriatic and the green hills of olive trees. Ostuni the White City famous in the world, is home to the "White City Resort" incomparable setting for relaxation, entertainment and quality restaurants. Words are a pretext to peek at the photos, which are an excuse to talk of Ostuni. Because of Ostuni the author might say, the White

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7.- The church of Santa Maria di Ronzano is an interesting example of the propagation of architectural models in Abruzzo.

The church of Santa Maria di Ronzano is an interesting example of the propagation of architectural models in Abruzzo.

The church of Santa Maria di Ronzano stands alone on a hill in the valley Mavone, in the town of Ronzano, in the municipality of Castel Castagna Abruzzo, in the province of Teramo. The building belonged to the monastery of the Benedictine abbey who conceived the convent, now disappeared. The architectural style of the church is characterized by a clear imprint of the Romanesque style – Apuglia

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8.- The Castle De Cesaris of Spoltore has returned to live.

The Castle De Cesaris of Spoltore has returned to live.

The Castle De Cesaris of Spoltore (Abruzzo) is an ancient building, whose foundation is shrouded in mystery. It is now a private residence. It consists of a courtyard, a stable for twelve horses, the cellar, the barn and the dungeons. Some properties are due to the restructuring of the '500 and '700 presuppose an existing structure, probably related to the fortress on top of the hill on which

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9.- Italy Photo Gallery: Top 10 most popular articles in July 2013.

Italy Photo Gallery: Top 10 most popular articles in July 2013.

1.- The Toirano Caves some remarkable show caves of Italy and one of the most notables of the region. The Toirano Caves (Italian: Grotte di Toirano) are a remarkable karst cave system located in the municipality of Toirano, in the province of Savona, Liguria. They are some remarkable show caves of Italy and one of the most notables of the region. The area is situated close to the town of

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10.- The Best Romantic Getaways in Italy.

The Best Romantic Getaways in Italy.

Costa Esmeralda (Sardinia): Since the 1960s, The Emerald Coast of Sardinia has been a mecca of the rich and famous, many arriving on million-dollar yachts for an off-the-record vacation. Heavenly bays are overlooked by olive tree covered hills. The coast with its sandy beaches is studded with some of the poshest beach resorts in Europe. Spoleto: Spoleto is as ancient as the Roman Empire and as

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Friday, January 31, 2014

Italy Photo Gallery: Top 10 most popular articles in December 2013.

1.- 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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2.- In Offida everything back in its place.

In Offida everything back in its place.

Offida, the accent is on the "i" as "wine." Do you understand sporgendoti the railing behind the apse of the church of Santa Maria della Rocca thousand years, that this is a divine place: the sanctity of the shadows of this monolith of spirituality, just pierced by small arcades dwarfs, nicely minimal, and the lightness of the vineyards clinging to the slopes, down there. The down-and-white

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3.- The Palazzo del Leone in Florence has always been an icon of the Piazza della Signoria.

The Palazzo del Leone in Florence has always been an icon of the Piazza della Signoria.

The Palazzo del Leone has always been an icon and "fifth" of the Piazza della Signoria. Five floors and a mezzanine space business, for a total of 3,000 sqm., With frescoed ceilings and large mullioned windows overlooking the Piazza della Signoria, just in front of the Palazzo Vecchio, reopened after about 2 years of meticulous renovations. The complex in question is part of a block located in

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4.- Italy Photo Gallery: Top 10 most popular articles in September 2013.

Italy Photo Gallery: Top 10 most popular articles in September 2013.

1.- The regions of Italy are the first-level administrative divisions of the state, constituting its first NUTS administrative level. The regions of Italy are the first-level administrative divisions of the state, constituting its first NUTS administrative level. There are twenty regions, of which five are constitutionally given a broader amount of autonomy granted by special statutes. Mere

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5.- Italy Photo Gallery: Top 10 most popular articles in August 2013.

Italy Photo Gallery: Top 10 most popular articles in August 2013.

1.- The regions of Italy are the first-level administrative divisions of the state, constituting its first NUTS administrative level. The regions of Italy are the first-level administrative divisions of the state, constituting its first NUTS administrative level. There are twenty regions, of which five are constitutionally given a broader amount of autonomy granted by special statutes. Mere

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6.- Ostuni the White City, suspended between the blue Adriatic and the green hills of olive trees.

Ostuni the White City, suspended between the blue Adriatic and the green hills of olive trees.

In the heart of Apulia more beautiful, suspended between the blue Adriatic and the green hills of olive trees. Ostuni the White City famous in the world, is home to the "White City Resort" incomparable setting for relaxation, entertainment and quality restaurants. Words are a pretext to peek at the photos, which are an excuse to talk of Ostuni. Because of Ostuni the author might say, the White

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7.- The church of Santa Maria di Ronzano is an interesting example of the propagation of architectural models in Abruzzo.

The church of Santa Maria di Ronzano is an interesting example of the propagation of architectural models in Abruzzo.

The church of Santa Maria di Ronzano stands alone on a hill in the valley Mavone, in the town of Ronzano, in the municipality of Castel Castagna Abruzzo, in the province of Teramo. The building belonged to the monastery of the Benedictine abbey who conceived the convent, now disappeared. The architectural style of the church is characterized by a clear imprint of the Romanesque style – Apuglia

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8.- The Castle De Cesaris of Spoltore has returned to live.

The Castle De Cesaris of Spoltore has returned to live.

The Castle De Cesaris of Spoltore (Abruzzo) is an ancient building, whose foundation is shrouded in mystery. It is now a private residence. It consists of a courtyard, a stable for twelve horses, the cellar, the barn and the dungeons. Some properties are due to the restructuring of the '500 and '700 presuppose an existing structure, probably related to the fortress on top of the hill on which

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9.- Italy Photo Gallery: Top 10 most popular articles in July 2013.

Italy Photo Gallery: Top 10 most popular articles in July 2013.

1.- The Toirano Caves some remarkable show caves of Italy and one of the most notables of the region. The Toirano Caves (Italian: Grotte di Toirano) are a remarkable karst cave system located in the municipality of Toirano, in the province of Savona, Liguria. They are some remarkable show caves of Italy and one of the most notables of the region. The area is situated close to the town of

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10.- The Best Romantic Getaways in Italy.

The Best Romantic Getaways in Italy.

Costa Esmeralda (Sardinia): Since the 1960s, The Emerald Coast of Sardinia has been a mecca of the rich and famous, many arriving on million-dollar yachts for an off-the-record vacation. Heavenly bays are overlooked by olive tree covered hills. The coast with its sandy beaches is studded with some of the poshest beach resorts in Europe. Spoleto: Spoleto is as ancient as the Roman Empire and as

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