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An extraordinary archeological museum has been inaugurated; the Villa of the Mosaics of Spello is an exceptional treasure in the heart of Umbria.

posted by Home In Italy on April 17th, 2018

Spello, a small village famous for its narrow streets and for a wonderful chapel frescoed by Pinturicchio is the main character of a beautiful story with an happy ending. In 2005, while doing the excavations for a parking lot, some mosaics in perfect conditions came out. It turned to be a well preserved villa of the second century with incredible artistic mosaics.
500 square meters, 20 rooms brought to light, 10 mosaic floors of great beauty, with geometric and figurative motifs. The mosaics – in red, white, black, gray – are in the rooms around the courtyard that surrounded the inner garden: there are birds, stylized amphorae, a radiant sun, crescent-shaped shields. The central theme is the one of the harvesting and wine: did the villa belong to a winemaker? This is absolutely possible, given the ancient tradition of the area. Today, the Sagrantino, which enriches the landscape around Spello, is one of the most celebrated wines of Umbria and of Italy as a whole.

INFORMATION
Villa of the mosaics of Spello
Variable openings depending on the months of the year: from April to September, Tue-Sun and holidays 10.30am-1pm and 2.30pm-5pm.
Admission 6 euros, reduced to 4 and 2 euros.
Info: www.villadeimosaicidispello.it

The most spectacular cycle path will be in Italy

posted by Home In Italy on March 27th, 2018

It will be the most spectacular track in Europe. The Garda cycle ring, a unique worldwide work of over 140 kilometers, integrated and connected with other important cycle paths. It is the Garda cycle path that will connect Capo Reamol to Limone sul Garda bordering the Trentino Alto Adige region.

The most spectacular cycle path in Europe
A single itinerary of 140 km dedicated to cycle tourism along the shores of Lake Garda

The new section – under construction – will stretch for almost 2 kilometers, with breathtaking passages overhanging Lake Garda and a veritable walkway overlooking the lake. The cycle path will be 2.5 meters wide and will also be pedestrian. It will be ready by May 2018.

There will be some beautiful panoramic points, such as Capo Reamol and the border between the province of Brescia and Trento, with headlands from where you can admire the whole lake. The end of the cycle path will coincide with the war memorial of the First World War.

In addition to giving a breathtaking view, the new cycle-pedestrian track will also be beautiful to see: the flooring will be made of wood-like material and along the entire stretch will run a thin protective steel barrier that will have less visual impact on the landscape.

The most spectacular cycling path

Cost of the work: 7 million euros
At the end of the cycle path it is planned a boat service that can bring cyclists back to Limone.
The entire route should be completed by 2021.

Lake Garda is one of the paradises of cyclists in Europe, who every year enjoy the mild climate and the many services dedicated to those who like riding.

This tourist area will become the European capital of cycling tourism and slow tourism, but above all it will be a starting point to seasonally adjust tourism even in the low season.

An insider travel guide: travelling with children

posted by Home In Italy on November 24th, 2017

Be it a child-friendly city or a well equipped seaside destination, Italy spoils families with its rich mix of historical sights, wide portfolio of outdoor activities and amazing natural landscapes. An insider suggestion: to get the most out of exploring as a family, do plan ahead!

Best regions for kids:

Rome
: ancient Roman ruins and world-class museums make Rome an interesting destination for older children.

Amalfi coast
: a winning choice for every age. Subterranean ruins in Naples, gladiator battlefields in Pompeii and Herculaneum, and natural jewels like volcanoes, thermal pools and coastal caves.

Puglia
: beautiful seaside towns and an unembellished cuisine most kids love.

Sicily
: volcano climbing for sporty teens and beachside fun for sand-loving tots, alongside ancient ruins, hilltop castles and traditional 18th-century puppet theatre to inspire and entertain all ages.

Sardinia
: alfresco paradise overflowing with dazzling beaches, water-sports action, horse riding and scenic hikes suitable for all ages and abilities.

Italy for Kids

Family travellers can be divided into urban and rural. Cities in Italy are second to none in extraordinary sights and experiences, and with the aid of smart-phone apps and some inventive guided tours, parents can find kid-appeal in almost every museum and monument.

Away from urban areas, families can enjoy sandcastles, sea swimming and easy beachside ambles in the coastal destinations (beach-rich Puglia, the Amalfi Coast, Sardinia and Sicily sizzle with family fun on and off the sand), while interesting farm tours and outdoor activities will make the countryside an appealing family location (Tuscany and Umbria do offer many options for travellers willing to entertain children).

Villa Ada, a child friendly luxury villa in Umbria can be booked through Home in Italy

Accommodation

Staying in a private countryside villa is perfect for families: think self-catering facilities, mountains of green space to play around in and stacks of outdoor activities (swimming, tennis, horse-riding and mountain biking). In southern Italy, kids enjoy accommodation in circular, whitewashed trulli and quiet and luxurious masserias.

When to Go

Travelling in Italy with children involves little extra pre-departure planning. Your most important decisions will be about which region to pick and when to visit (perhaps timing your Italian holiday with one of the country’s vibrant kid-appealing festivals such as Siena’s famous Palio carnival in Venice or Florence’s Easter-time Scoppio del Carro. Beware July and August when the country broils and gets super crowded!

It’s winter time … and time to explore Italy!

posted by Home In Italy on November 22nd, 2017

For those who do not mind low temperature, winter can be a great time to discover Italy! Fewer tourists, less crowded museums and shorter lines: during this season, opera, symphony and theaters are in full swing, meaning lots of opportunities for visitors. So take a sweater, a rain jacket, wear a scarf and a winter hat and enjoy your holiday!

Why travel to Italy in winter time?
Here are just a few of the reasons why it’s worth making a trip during the tourist low-season in Italy. First of all, it will be much less crowded at some of the most popular and historic spots than it is during summer time. Secondly, you will find good prices on airfares to almost all Italian airport.

Winter weather in Italy ranges from relatively mild along the coasts of Sardinia, Sicily and the southern mainland to very cold and snowy inland, especially in the northern mountains. Even popular tourist destinations like Venice, Florence, and the hill towns of Tuscany and Umbria can get a dusting of snow in winter.

Winter is a good time for cultural events and performances in Italy’s elegant historic theaters. Naples is one of the top cities for Christmas nativities and many people visit Rome for the midnight mass on Christmas Eve. Early winter sunsets mean more time to enjoy cities after dark. Many cities light their historic monuments at night so strolling through a city after dark can be beautiful and romantic.

There’s a lot to do on a winter vacation in Italy!
When winter comes around and the crowds die down there are some truly extraordinary things you can see and do.
Spending winter in Italy may not be something you’ve previously considered, but the country is just as spectacular at this time of year as it is over summer. So, take a look at some of the wonderful events and experiences you can attend, making your winter break to Italy unforgettable.

Take a cooking class: Italy is famous for its delicious food and fine wine, and taking an authentic cooking class will open your mind and taste buds to some sensational flavours. Take a cooking class from a local chef and learn how to replicate some of the most exquisite Italian dishes at home. This is a great activity to do if the weather isn’t on your side, as you can escape the harsh weather whilst still enjoying your holiday.

Head to the theatre: purchasing a ticket for the theatre in Italy is one of the smartest moves you can make. You will not only escape the cold but will also get the opportunity to view some of the most unique shows in Europe.

Visit a winery: for the self-proclaimed wine enthusiast, visiting a winery may be the perfect winter activity. The grape harvest would have just finished but the cellars are now full of new-born bottles.

Take your time in a museum: visiting a museum can be an extraordinary experience, even more so when in a country with as much cultural heritage and history as Italy.In winter, crowds are considerably reduced making your visit peaceful and relaxed.

Italy is one place you must visit in your lifetime as it is full of rustic charm, delicious food and a fantastic atmosphere, which can be better enjoyed in the winter months. So, it is definitely time to start planning that last-minute winter break!