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The two most beautiful parks in Italy: the Garden of Ninfa and the garden of Villa Medici

posted by Home In Italy on November 25th, 2015

Written by Piero Carlesi – Touring club
The XIII edition of “The most beautiful park of Italy” competition awarded the Garden of Ninfa in the category private parks and the Gardens of Villa Medici in the category of public parks. The scientific committee selected these two natural jewels among more than thousand candidates, all of them part of the network of the Most Beautiful Parks of Italy (Parchi Più Belli d’Italia) and reviewed on the online guide www.ilparcopiubello.it, which has been promoting a naturalistic tourism in Italy for the past thirteen years.
The two parks can be visited during the same weekend, since they are about seventy Kms away from each other.

The Garden of Ninfa, in Cisterna di Latina, Lazio, was founded on the ruins of the ancient city, respecting the balance of the ecosystem and combining colours. Villa Medici is locatd in Rome, next to Trinità dei Monti. The villa is now property of the French State and houses the French Academy. The 7 hectares – garden still maintains much of the look it had in the sixteenth century.

Florence in 2 days, 8 kms and 7 stops

posted by Home In Italy on November 17th, 2015

Basilica of St. Croce: the construction of the church began in 1295, but the neo-Gothic façade dates back to the nineteenth century. Inside, there are frescoes by Giotto on the life of St. Francis and the wooden crucifix by Donatello. The Pazzi Chapel demonstrates the perfection of the architecture of Brunelleschi.

Ponte Vecchio is the oldest bridge of the town. Rebuilt in 1345, it risked to be destroyed by the terrible floods of 1966. The arcades and the craftsmen (jewelers and goldsmiths) draw crowds of shoppers and onlookers.

Vasari Corridor: A striking passage, which tastes of secret and adventure, allows you to walk, unseen and “raised” from the Uffizi Gallery to the Pitti Palace. It was built in 1565 by the Grand Duke Cosimo I for safety reasons. The walk is between XVII and XVIII century art works and portraits and it takes place on the Old Bridge and crosses the houses d ‘Oltrarno.

Palazzo Pitti: this huge Renaissance palace dominates and frames the square on three sides. The palace was built and designed by Brunelleschi for a rival family of the Medici, the Pitti. In 1549, however, the palace was acquired by the wife of Cosimo I de ‘Medici, who turned it into a princely residence. With an extraordinary collection of paintings of sec. XVI, XVII and XVIII, including paintings by Raffaello and Tiziano, The Palazzo Pitti is one of the richest art galleries in the world.

Florence in 2 days, 8 kms and 7 stops

posted by Home In Italy on November 12th, 2015

A circular walk: from S. Maria del Fiore to the Uffizi, from Ponte Vecchio to Palazzo Pitti, from Masaccio to Ghirlandaio, from Michelangelo’s David and the Medici graves to the sweetness of Beato Angelico.

Piazza del Duomo: situated in the heart of the city, the complex (cathedral, bell tower and baptistery) forms an extraordinary set of white, green and pink, marble, a proof of the passage of the Florentine art from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance.
Piazza della Signoria: with the stunning background of the Palazzo vecchio, the Loggia and the Uffizi Gallery, the square Piazza della Signoria is still the political center of Florence. It dates back to the thirteenth century, when the Guelphs defeated the Ghibellines and destroyed the tower houses that they had erected in the center of the city. The numerous statues that populate the surroundings of the Palazzo Vecchio and the Loggia make it a veritable outdoor sculpture museum.

Uffizi Gallery is one of the richest museums in the world, whose collections allow us to follow the evolution of Italian painting from the primitive to the seventeenth century.

10 towns to visit in Italy during Autumn

posted by Home In Italy on November 3rd, 2015

Van Gogh, Cezanne, Gauguin, Monet, Matisse, Picasso, the avant-garde of the ’900 are all in Genoa for an exhibition event hosted at Palazzo Ducale. From the impressionists to Picasso, the exhibition consists of 52 masterpieces coming from the Detroit Institute of Arts which will remain in the city until next 10th April 2016.

A perfect opportunity to spend a weekend in Genoa: walk along the medieval center, visit the Palazzi Rolli (the aristocratic buildings of the city), stop to eat pasta with pesto, chicken and tripe.