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Night at the castle. Fairytale stays from the north to the south of Italy

posted by Home In Italy on May 30th, 2016

Return to the past, our childhood dreams, populated by fairy tale castles with queens and knights. A dream and a privilege coming true in one of the Italian castles, turned into private residences.
Here are some of the most beautiful castle where is possible to spend fabulous nights!

Umbria, Castelvecchio
This luxurious castle is situated near Perugia. Full of antique furniture, tapestries and precious silks, the castle, dating back to 1400, is now a private residence where you can stay for a week and enjoy the beautiful pool set in a commanding position at 600 meters high. Wellness room, chef service and everything you need to relax breathing pure air in a fairytale setting.
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Umbria, Castello Ducale
Carbonesca is a small village not far from Perugia, and 30 minutes from Gubbio. And here the Castello Ducale stands.
Nestled in a pristine landscape, dotted with forests, meadows and water, the castle was built in the Middle Ages to defend Gubbio against Perugia.
Then the Duke Federico da Montefeltro, around the fifteenth century made it his favorite hunting lodge. It is said that the Duke took pleasure in organizing hunting parties that invariably ended in tasty banquets with truffles, a precious ingredient in this land.
Today the castle is back to its former glory and offers weekly stays for up to 30 people. The castle, just for its romantic aspect, also is chosen by couples who intend to get married here, celebrating their wedding in this amazing location.
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Veneto, Castello Bevilacqua
A castle of the fourteenth century, near Verona, ideal starting point for visiting the city and nearby Mantova, Verona, Vicenza, Padova, Rovigo and Lake Garda. Conceived as a fortress to defend against the Carraresi and the Este. It lost its defensive purposes during the Republic of Venice and turned into a noble residence. It was attacked and restored several times, occupied by the Germans during the war and later became a Salesian College. It was eventually sold to a private and today it belongs the Iseppi-Cerato family.

Veneto, Castello di Lispida
This former monastery is situated in a quiet and secluded location among the hills, an ideal and fascinating destination for a getaway. Within the 90 hectares of the property, there is a spa lake with hot springs which produce therapeutic mud.

Marche, Castello Montegiove
Located near Fano, it is a fine country house built in the late ’800 in the Gothic Revival style. Around the structure a large park, once a hunting reserve, and other buildings such as the caretaker’s house, stables, warehouses, greenhouses.

Sicilia, Castello di San Marco
This princely residence of late seventeenth century is adorned with Sicilian baroque details and offers warm and friendly accommodation for those who want to relive the atmosphere of the past. It is a luxury hotel immersed in the countryside and attentive to energy saving.

Tips for flowers lovers: places to visit in Italy before summer

posted by Home In Italy on May 20th, 2016

Spring time opens the doors of ancient castles and historic villas, organizes fairs of flowers and plants all around the country. Too cold to go to the beach, too hot to stay indoors losing the first rays of sun announcing the summer. This is the period of daytrips and, why not it is tempting to shop in the markets and buy plants and flowers.

NURSERY FOR ROSES
Inviting is the name of this exhibition market held in Brescia: “Show the Blooming”, an event in which there will be 350 varieties of collectible roses in bloom from April 24 until June 5.
Where: Bresia, Ciliverghe, Via Portesi 23
When: From April 24 to June 5

QUISTINI CASTLE & FLOWER MARKET
The Quistini castle is an historic residence dating back to the sixteenth century. Every Sunday in May and June the botanic garden is open to the public: guided tours “between roses, history and legend” are organized daily at 11:00 an and 4:00 pm. Moreover, on the 21st and 22nd of May, there is the “Flower Market”, a floral event dedicated to all the lovers of flowers, plants, gardening and creativity linked to nature.
Where: Brescia, Castello Quistini, Via Sopramura 3A
When: From May 1 to June 26

GARDEN MUSEUM OF THE ANCIENT ROSE
It is impossible not to love the old roses; an opportunity to grasp the essence of the more delicate gentle scent that nature can offer us. In Modena, more precisely in Montagnana di Serramazzoni, three hectares of greenery are dedicated to the old rose: the rose garden is home to over 800 varieties of roses, ordered following the systematic botany in the membership section and separated by paths of grass.
Where: Modena Serramazzoni Montagnana, via Nord 10250
When: Until June 30

Great news from Pompeii: five domus have been restored

posted by Home In Italy on April 20th, 2016

Double opening for the archeological site and the museum. From the Octavio Quartius gardens to the huge complex of Julia Felix and the extraordinary viridarium of the House of the goddess of the sea. While Pompeii preserves the appearance of a unique, large restoration site, its cultural offer is increasing: 5 new domus and the Amphitheatre are now open to the public, together with the art exhibition “Myth and nature” in the Archeological Museum in Naples.

The five houses amaze the visitors with their beauty. Here the gardens of Casa Octavius Quartius, where there are the fresco of the double suicide of love of Pyramus and Thisbe and Narciso, mirrored in the waters .
Next to it, the viridarium of the House of Venus in the shell: on the back wall the painting of the goddess of the sea, back to its ancient splendor, and the reproduction of a stature of Mars.
The grandiose complex of Julia Felix is also reopening, a hotel with spa facilities and the porch with square marble columns.

A surprise is offered by the House of Orchard, well known for its garden frescoes and the atrium decorated with mosaic in black and white and a beautiful marble table column. Also eagerly awaited is the reopening of Marcus Lucretius House that charmed Pablo Picasso and Leonide Massine, immortalized in that same garden by photographer Jean Cocteau in 1917.

Piero della Francesca an absolute legend

posted by Home In Italy on April 7th, 2016

Forli’, 13th February – 26th June 2016

What do Paolo Uccelli, Balthus, Edward Hopper and Piero della Francesca have in common? The answer is not immediate and it is not enough to follow the path of Piero della Francesca between Umbria, Tuscany, Emilia Romagna and Marche. It is indeed essential to visit the art exhibition which is held in Forlì. It will be a valuable experience in order to better understand the greatness of this artist and how he influences his contemporaries.

It will be possible to admire great pieces of art, such as Our Lady of Mercy (Museo Civico di San Sepulchre), Apollonia, from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, Saint Jerome and a devotee from the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice and the Madonna and Child found ten years ago in a private collection.
The 250 works presented include the works of artists who contributed to the formation of Piero della Francesca, such as Beato Angelico, Paolo Uccello and Andrea del Castagno, Carra de Chiricho, and works painted by foreign artists who were inspired by him . An exhibition that alone would be worth the trip to this pleasant city.

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