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10 towns to visit in Italy during Autumn

posted by Home In Italy on October 30th, 2015

TRIESTE, WITH ACCURACY
Trieste is the city where a Greek-Orthodox church is coupled with a synagogue and an Helvetic church. Trieste is also the city of impressive historic buildings where style meets neoclassical Nouveau and Baroque.

Trieste, Italy

First stop: the square that brings together some of the most beautiful buildings, the Piazza Unita, overlooking the sea.
Second stop: the cafes Pasty Pirona, from where it is said that James Joyce wrote Dubliners, and the Tommaseo caffe, which is the oldest of the town.


Final stop Miramare Castle: love nest built in 1850 by Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian of Habsburg for his wife Charlotte of Belgium.

10 towns to visit in Italy during Autumn

posted by Home In Italy on October 28th, 2015

BOLOGNA (WITHIN) AND WITHOUT THE SCHEMES
Albergati Palace hosts “Brueghel. Masterpieces of Flemish art” with the most significant works of the Flemish artists of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. There is also the Archaeological Museum “Egypt. Millennial splendor”, with the collection of the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden, the Netherlands. And this is just the beginning of a weekend in Bologna, to discover it with a conventional tour of the town, or in 5 steps out of the conventional schemes.

FIRST STEP: THE UNDERGROUND BOLOGNA
Maybe you did not know, but under Bologna there is a little Venice. The city hides beneath its streets a dense web of canals and streams and the remains of the ancient hydraulic system, which in the past favored the development of trade and transport to the Po river and, hence, to the Adriatic sea and Venice.

SECOND STEP: THE FORGOTTEN MUSEUM
The museum in Palazzo Poggi, in the heart of the lively university district of Bologna, is one of the major scientific museums in Italy, yet one of the least known. It houses workshops and collections of the Institute of Sciences, the first Italian public institution dedicated to research and scientific training. Address: Via Zamboni 33. Ticket price: 3 €

THIRD STEP: THE VILLA NOBILIARE
At the end of the neighborhood Pilastro, there is a large villa hidden by the trees of a wonderful garden inhabited by wild pheasants. The name of this villa is Gandolfi Pallavicini, and its distance from the historical center of Bologna (about 20 minutes by bus) made it little known and visited. Built by the family Alamandini in the first half of the seventeenth century, in 1773 the property was purchased by Gian Luca Pallavicini, a marshal from Genoa. The villa has had over the centuries illustrious guests as the young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.. Today the villa can be visited for free.

FOURTH STEP: HOTEL WITH A SECRET
Along the well knows via Indipendeza, is located the Hotel i Portici, which houses the remains of an ancient theatre and an underground ice-house. The Eden theatre, that preserves the original frescoes decoration in the Liberty Belle Epoque style, is now a famous restaurant (Michlein starred restaurant), while the underground has become a private room for romantic dinners.

FIFTH STEP: THE CIMITERY TOUR
Together with the cemetery of Milan and the Pere-Lachaise in Paris, the Certosa cemetery of Bologna is a fundamental part of the European cultural heritage. In the past, this impressive cemetery was part of the Grand Tour, the long trip around Europe of the rich aristocrats. It was visited by Byron, Dickens and Stendhal and inspired their novels.

10 towns to visit in Italy during Autumn

posted by Home In Italy on October 27th, 2015

KEEP CALM… AND VISIT LECCE!
Lecce shows all its charm when the crowds of the summer goes on. The time to live it is now, when the cathedral square is all for you, and fall in love with this city in front of the baroque facade of the Basilica of Santa Croce is a snap.

Baroque art in Lecce, the Basilica of Santa Croce

What to do: wake up with a cup of coffee with almond milk in the bar in Piazza Sant’Oronzo, continue with a visit to the theater of its hidden corners, start the evening with a glass of Negroamaro in the narrow streets of Porta Rudiae and conclude with a concert d ‘author, an exhibition or a cultural event.

The S. Oronzo square in Lecce

10 towns to visit in Italy during Autumn

posted by Home In Italy on October 26th, 2015

FLORENCE, UNTIL LATE IN THE NIGHT!

Saturday night in the museum

The most beautiful museums in the city are open until 11 pm on Saturday night: Uffizi, Accademia Gallery, Medici Chapels and Bargello Museum. In addition to those, for a perfect weekend art lover, there is the exhibition Divine beauty between Van Gogh, Chagall and Fontana, hosted in Palazzo Strozzi and dedicated to the relationship between art and sacred in mid-nineteenth and mid-twentieth century.

Art exhibition in Florence, the Divine Beauty