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RABBIT BEACH: THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BEACH IN ITALY

posted by Home In Italy on April 12th, 2017

If it is true the words of the French writer Jean-Claude Izzo that “in front of the beach happiness is a simple idea” the Rabbit Beach in Lampedusa, Cala Mariolu and Cala Goloritze in Ogliastra are the true “kings” of Italy. TripAdvisor are in fact leading the ranking of Italian Travelers’ Choice Beaches Awards 2017.

343 beaches awarded with the victory of Spain with La Concha in San Sebastian in Europe and Brazil with Baia do Sancho worldwide.

Regarding Italian beaches returned to the first position the Rabbits beach, climbing three steps of the ranking compared to last year, but the most awarded is Sardinia region with 5 beaches awarded to 10: in addition to Cala Mariolu and Cala Goloritze on the podium there are in fact La Pelosa in Stintino (5 / a), Port Rush Villasimius (6 / a) and is Aruttas in Cabras (10 / a).

Here below the Italian ranking:
1.Spiaggia dei Conigli, Lampedusa, Agrigento
2.Cala Mariolu, Baunei, Ogliastra
3.Cala Goloritze, Baunei, Ogliastra
4.Cala Rossa, Favignana, Trapani
5.La Pelosa, Stintino, Sassari
6.Porto Giunco, Villasimius, Cagliari
7.Baia del Silenzio, Sestri Levante, Genova
8.Cala Bianca, Marina di Camerota, Salerno
9.Spiaggia di Tropea, Tropea, Vibo Valentia
10.Is Aruttas, Cabras, Oristano

Here below more villas here near Stintino- Sardinia and near Agrigento- Sicily.

DISCOVERING PUGLIA: CANOSA DI PUGLIA

posted by Home In Italy on March 29th, 2017

Canosa di Puglia, small town located on the top of the hill of Puglia, became very famous and wealth between VI and III century B.C., when it was one of the most important place of the terracotta pots production. Canosa di Puglia is very famous also because is the testimony of numerous underground tombs, dug into the tuff: they were real bedrooms with rich architectural decorations of oriental influences (one of the most famous is the tomb of Gold jewelry, whore relics are kept with all at the Archeological Museum of Taranto). This period of prosperity faced a first break with the submission of the city to Rome and the tragic events of the battle of Cannae (216 BC): we will hear again about Canusium during the Augustan age, when it raised to the municipium rank. After the fall of the Roman Empire a new town took shape thanks to the bishop Sabino, who built many churches in the northeast slope of the hill. However, the destiny of the city was already outlined: the Byzantines preferred Bari and despite the short-lived revival desired by the Normans with the construction of the Cathedral, the city fell into anonymity.

In addition to the cathedral, among other interesting monuments there is the Iliceto Palace where there is the Civic Museum, the underground tombs of Lagrasta – one of the several Hellenistic era monuments -, the Sinesi Palace, headquarter of the archeological Foundation Canosa which offers interesting archeological exhibits, the Baptistery of St. John – built by Bishop Sabino over a Roman temple.

Find here more villas in the stunning Puglia.

LUCCA SUMMER FESTIVAL

posted by Home In Italy on March 20th, 2017

If music is your first love and you enjoy rocking out to the sounds of musical legends and current chart favourites alike, the Lucca Summer Festival is a must visit! The mediaeval Tuscan city of Lucca comes alive during the month of July and plays host to stellar line up of international stars.
Take in the city’s array of wonderfully intact historical sites, beautiful renaissance architecture and picturesque greenery as you soak up the sounds of intimate open-air performances from the greats of the music scene.

The Lucca Summer Festival first launched in 1998 with the legend that is Bob Dylan headlining. Since then it has grown in popularity and a whole host of musical megastars have visited the city to perform on the historical stages of Piazza Napoleone, Piazza San Martino and Amphitheatre Square. Past performances from esteemed stars include David Bowie, James Brown, Elton John, Eric Clapton and Alicia Keys to name but a few.

This year, the Lucca Summer Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary and the planned line-up certainly befits that milestone. Robbie Williams, Green Day, Kasabian, Rag n’ Bone Man, Imagine Dragons, LP, Macklemore featuring Ryan Lewis and Il Volo will perform across various dates during July, wowing crowds and filling the streets with excited revellers.

Lucca is obviously extremely busy during the festival, particularly around the dates of headline performances. A great tip if you are travelling as part of a group is to use the festival organisers carpooling option – it will save time, mean that you have less hassle during busy festival days and open up your options for accommodation within areas outside of the city. Although this is a great service and used widely by festival goers, it’s important for us to advise a word of safety – always use this service as part of a group, ideally two of you should travel together at all times.

If seeking accommodation outside of the city appeals to you, there are several great villa options that would work well for groups of friends or families. Villas provide a home from home with everything you need to rest, relax and unwind. With the Summer Festival in mind, they are also a perfect base from which to visit Lucca for the day to catch your favourite performances. Some of our villa recommendations include:

Villa Alibia

This unique five star property is just a 10 minute drive from Lucca and offers a design led, contemporary retreat for a group of up to 10 people. Nestled on white marble rocks, this luxury villa offers a spectacular view of Lucca and the surrounding areas, whilst still offering a peaceful haven for complete relaxation.
http://www.homeinitaly.com/alibia.htm?idv=418

Borgo Benni

Situated in a hamlet tucked away amid the gently folding hills near the town of Lucca, this villa is a grand Tuscan retreat. Originally a hunting lodge in the early 19th century, its modern restoration has accentuated its unique inner courtyards to offer an enchanted silence.
If you’re looking for a time-forgotten atmosphere then this is the perfect option for you.
http://www.homeinitaly.com/borgo+benni.htm?idv=220

Tickets for the Lucca Summer Festival are on sale now at various ticket selling websites. For more information on the Lucca Summer Festival and to purchase tickets visit www.summer-festival.com.

If you’re keen to check out more villa options within the Lucca visit: http://www.homeinitaly.com/search-results.php

MAIORI AND MINORI BEACHES

posted by Home In Italy on March 9th, 2017

Erchie is a tiny fishing village overlooking one of the most beautiful beaches of the Amalfi Coast. The two hundred meter long beach is guarded by two Saracen towers, originally built to warn off pirate attack. The water is always clean and the beach catches the sun until late afternoon. There is a stretch of “free” beach next to the bathing establishments.

How to get to Erchie
By car: On the SS163, three kilometers after Cetara (for those driving from Vietri) you’ll see the turning for Erchie. You can pay to leave your vehicle in one of the town’s car parks, from where a short flight of steps leads down to the beach.
By public transport: Salerno – Amalfi bus line. The bus will leave you at the junction on the main road, from here you will need to walk down to the beach.

Maiori beach is 930 meters long and 40 meters wide and is one of very few sandy beaches on the Amalfi Coast. The beach is almost completely occupied by bathing establishments. There are just two narrow strips of “free” beach at either end of the beach. Refreshments are available from kiosks located in both the bathing establishments and on free areas.

Only 4 minutes away from Maiori beach ia located 2 stunning villas: Argento and Olearia. These enchanting property, strategically situated on a rocky promontory overlooking the Amalfi coastline, are one of the most exclusive, private estates of this idyllic region. The extensive grounds, descending from the coast-road through a landscape of dense Mediterranean vegetation to a spectacular, sheer cliff-edge above a crystal-clear sea, offer a unique setting where tradition meets with innovation and relaxation reigns supreme.
The estate, boasts two outstanding constructions, each with characteristic features and spectacular sea-views. Both are very distinct for architectural style and era: the Argento is a renovated, medieval, Saracen tower surrounded by several independent, stone outbuildings. The Olearia is a contemporary residence designed by an eminent Italian architect in a harmonious fusion of style and local tradition.
These two units may be hired collectively or separately, both are equipped with private pool areas, terraces and luxury amenities.

How to get to the beach of Maiori
Maiori beach is located directly opposite the town with which it shares its name, on the other side of the main road.
By car: Exit the A3 motorway at Vietri sul Mare and head towards Maiori. At the end of the road running parallel to the sea, to the right, you’ll find a large car park. Alternatively, there are parking spaces along the roads in the town (charge applies).
By public transport: Sita coach company Salerno – Amalfi line

Minori beach is a 250 meter long, sandy beach. In the middle of the beach there are 3 bathing establishments, to either side of which the beach is ‘free’. Whilst in Minori, you’ll want to pop in to Salvatore De Riso’s pastry shop to sample some of the mouth watering delicacies created by the Amalfi Coast’s most famous pastry chef!

How to get to Minori beach
By car: traveling on the SS 163, from Vietri, proceed beyond Maiori and after a couple of bends you’ll come to Minori. You can pay to park your vehicle on the blue lines, or in one of the town’s three car parks.
By public transport: Sita coach company Salerno – Amalfi line.