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posted by Home In Italy on November 28th, 2016

Some people of the Sardinian population has been asked to report, through a Facebook page, the places of Sardinia to visit at least once in your lifetime. The love for this island is huge and created a report of 56 different places. Some places seem to be more loved than others and, since the island doesn’t only consist of sea, here below the top 10 of must seen places in Sardinia.

1. Cala Mariolu

In the first place, one of the most spectacular beaches: Cala Mariolu, a beach made up of small pebbles so white they dazzle you, such as in the Gulf of Orosei. The most accessible way to get to the cove is by boat, but there is also a path on land.

2. Villaggio di Tiscali
The second place of Sardinia most recommended places is not a beach, but an archaeological site of the Nuraghi. Not many people know, in fact, that Tiscali is the name of an ancient village in the municipality of Oliena and Dorgali, located on the mountain Tiscali. The village is entirely built along the walls of Dolina and is not visible until you reach the inside of the cavity, through a large opening in the walls made of rocks.
It is a place with a very suggestive atmosphere: on the wall made of rocks there is a large window from where the valley of Lanaittu dominates.

3. Cala Goloritzé

This is a natural monument, among the most beautiful and loved bays of Sardinia. Cala Goloritzé got born by a landslide in 1962 and became famous for its pinnacle of 143 meters high. Another characteristic feature of the beach is the natural arch that opens on the right side of the bay.

4. Parco Nazionale dell’ Arcipelago della Maddalena

This beautiful archipelago off the Smeralda coast includes Caprera, Santo Stefano, Spargi, Budelli, Razzoli and Santa Maria and is a protected Marine land area. The Maddalena Archipelago is a popular destination for boaters because of the natural beauty and pristine emerald colored waters.

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5. Chia

In the south west of Sardinia where the crystal waters snuggling among the picturesque rocky ravines, while not far away pink flamingos find their ideal home. Chia (or Bay of Chia) is located in the Gulf of Angels and is a succession of beaches and dunes. The most beautiful among them are Giudeu and Cala Cipolla.

6. On Gorropu

According to the Sardinian population this place encloses the free and wild spirit of the island. You must visit at least one in your life time the gorge of Su Gorropu (Gola di Gorropu) and the canyon Supramonte is a must. Located between the towns of Orgosolo and Urzulei, with its more than 500 meters in height and a width that varies from a few dozen to 4 m, is considered one of the deepest canyons in Europe. The canyon is reachable by a hiking trip of three hours along the path of Sedda ar Baccas.

7. Stintino

This is one of the most famous places of Sardinia. In the north of the island, in the province of Sassari, the long white beaches are the pride of the small village which was built to host 45 families forced to leave l’Asinara which became the head quarters of a military hospital and a criminal colony. The main tourist attraction is the beach of Stintino, La Pelosa, made of fine white sand and turquoise-blue sea with very shallow waters. The symbol is the Aragonese tower, built in 1578, called Tower of the Hairy.

8. Costa Smeralda

This territory has become synonymous to high society, limiting the locals of visiting this place, but its beauty and its particularities are undeniable. The locals advise to just enjoy it for what it is: a piece of coastline between the most fascinating in the world. It includes a part of the north east coast of the island and is characterized by numerous bays, small beaches and islands including the Archipelago of Maddalena.

9. Strada litoranea Bosa

Since you often reach Sardinia by car, it is a must to go on this stretch of road in the province of Alghero (VIEW MAP) which offers a landscape of many facets: beautiful cliffs overlooking the sea, unspoiled nature and breathtaking scenery. A landscape of one of the most wild and beautiful of Sardinia and the Mediterranean which could also become a World Heritage.

10. Barbagia

The people of Sardinia call it ‘bitter sweet Barbagia’ and represents the heart of Sardinia. Here you will not find any beautiful bays nor crystal clear waters. It includes a vast mountainous region in the center of Sardinia, which extends on the sides of the massive Gennargentu.

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posted by Home In Italy on November 8th, 2016

When choosing the Amalfi Coast as a destination for a trip, the first question that arises is “where to stay”?
The first thing to do definitely to understand which kind of holiday you would like to have; if you want to move and do many tours, the suggestions would be the towns Positano and Amalfi, from where it is easier to get around. But if you really prefer a relaxing stay, you could opt for Praiano, Ravello or small resorts such as Conca dei Marini.


This is the right place for you if:
You are looking for a quiet place with beautiful landscape
You love music: every summer in Ravello an important music festival is held
Not to recommend if:
You love the beach life: it is the only place of the Amalfi Coast situated away from the sea (it is located in the hills)

Amalfi and Atrani

Are perfect for:
Those who love history and architecture
Those who want to be in the center of the Amalfi Coast
Not ideal for:
Those looking for a quiet and withdrawn place: especially during high season the Amalfi Coast can be chaotic

Praiano and Conca dei Marini

The ideal place for:
Couples on their honeymoon; it is a place filled with romance
Lovers of beach life; it is one of the towns on the Amalfi Coast where the sun sets later in the evening
Trekkers; from these places you can take the ‘Sentiero degli Dei’
Choose carefully:
If you want do to excursions to Pompeii, Herculaneum, Naples and Paestum. It is located quite a distance from the main connecting points.


Is the best choice for:
Young romantic couples
Lovers of glamour and nightlife
Can be unwieldy if:
Travelling with children in strollers; it is a vertical city and the permanent presence of stairs would make it difficult to move

Sant’ Agata and Nerano

Are perfect to:
Make a gastronomic tour enjoying the flavors of the coast
Enjoy long days on the beach
Better elsewhere if:
You want to travel far and long distances: it is located closer to the Sorrento coastline than the Amalfi Coast

Minori and Maiori

Is the best choice if:
You travel with children; the beach of Maiori is the most comfortable one on the Amalfi coast and has a great promenade
Better elsewhere if:
You are a couple looking for a glamorous and fashionable place

Cetara and Vietri sul Mare

To be selected if:
For you being on holidays means mainly to eat well
You seek a true glimpse of the Amalfi Coast
You will find better elsewhere if:
You are looking for glamour and worldwide experience


posted by Home In Italy on November 3rd, 2016
Here a list of spots you can not miss during your next holiday in the Amalfi Coast.
Capri Anacapri:
This wonderful island has a remarkable natural landscape and has been the haunt of the rich and famous for years. Its distinctive maze-like streets and alleys are lined with exciting designer boutiques, shops, bars and restaurants.
Pompei Vesuvio:
Vesuvius is a volcano located in Italy. Dominating the Gulf of Naples with the Campi Flegrei places in the north-west of the city, it is currently the only active volcano of this type throughout continental Europe and is among the most dangerous volcanoes in the world and studied; this is due to the fact that on its slopes and in the vicinity is home to about three million people, and the consequences of an eruption would be extremely devastating.
Pompei Ercolano:
Herculaneum  was a residential coastal town which has been superbly preserved due to the fact that it was covered in Volcanic mud during the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD.
The buildings have been so well preserved that you can walk down the streets pretty much exactly as the Romans would have done over 2000 years ago!  There are still original timbers showing in the buildings and clay pots stored as they would have been at the time of the eruption.
It was believed that many of the inhabitants of the town managed to successfully flee unlike those not so fortunate in Pompeii.
The terrible eruption of Vesuvius that buried Pompeii on August 24, AD 79. it has left to posterity the opportunity to enjoy and visit the city as it appeared to the ancient inhabitants just before the catastrophe. The Pompeians did not know that the “Mount Vesuvius” was a volcano.
Ischia Mortella garden:

Ischia is known as the Green Isle because of its lush vegetation. It is also the only location to boast true sandy beaches. It is a volcanic island dominated by Mount Epomeo, enjoy the view as you travel across the Bay of Naples by hydrofoil and discover the enchantment of Ischia.
For a small island, it has many faces and all of them beautiful. This little bit of paradise is sure to enchant. Ischia is also an important spa town famous for its water.
The Aragonese Castle, easily considered Ischia’s most famous historical monument, stands on a volcanic rock connected to the island by a bridge
first built in 1438, an impressive site and a not to be missed photo opportunity. The La Mortella Gardens were created by the English composer, William Walton and his Argentinean wife.
A popular aspect today are the frequent talks by Lady Walton whilst enjoying an English cup of tea on the pretty terrace.
Ischia & Thermal Spa:

Enjoy the Tropical Thermal Park located in Sant’ Angelo, with fantastic views over one of Ischias most quaint fishing villages. The tropical thermal park has 9 different temperature pools, roman grotto’s, spa, saltwater pool, indoor thermal pool and a beauty farm. Where guest can pamper themselves or just relax. The thermal mineral waters have had healing properties over the centuries, started by the Greeks on the island. They heal all kind of ailments, rheumatism, arthritis, skin conditions like eczema, cellulite and it also said to heal fertility problems.
The beauty farm also offers a great range of treatments, from facials to full body massages.


posted by Home In Italy on October 21st, 2016

The famous waterlilies by Claude Monet (Paris 1840 – Giverny 1926), from the United States, expose  Magnani Rocca Foundation in Parma along with two other works by the French painter. The landscape is a constant theme of the whole Monet’s career, he proposes to modernity a different way of observing nature.
Through working en plein air, which effectively brings the studio directly in the places of study, the artist follows the total physical immersion as mental subject, with the intention of capturing not only the most accurate shades of light and movement, but also the change of the natural conditions.

The beginning of these studies is repeated starting from 1876 in the paintings dedicated to the station of Saint-Lazare in Paris, scenario that best of all records, in addition to the dynamic nature of the content, even the transformation of industrial progress in the city. However, with the Rouen Cathedrals series, starting from 1892, Monet reaches not only fame, but also significant results for these new coloristic investigation.
Confirmation of the new way of conceiving space you evanescent is the deepening of the cliffs, in particular are popular cliffs of Normandy to represent the subject of an adventurous desire to mutability.

From Tuesday to Friday 10-18 (ticket office closes at 17) – Saturdays, Sundays and holidays 10-19 (ticket office closes at 18). Closed Mondays, open Monday October 31. Tickets: € 10.00 also applies to the permanent collections and, from September 10, for the exhibition ITALIAN POP – € 5.00 for schools.
Information and booking groups: tel. +39 0521 848327/848148 info@magnanirocca.it