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From Kandinsky to Pollock. The great art of Guggenheim

posted by Home In Italy on March 18th, 2016

Organized by the Palazzo Strozzi Foundation and the Solomon Guggenheim Foundation in New York and Venice, the art exposition of Peggy and Guggenheim is in Florence, with the European and American art of the 20′s until the 60′s. Within the frame of one of the masterpieces of Florentine Renaissance it is possible to admire works of Kandinsky, Pollock and Green Silver, as the result of an extensive research and the tireless work done by the two real stars of the show. Peggy and Solomon, always looking for the ‘genius’. They allowed the comparison among the European masters and the great personalities of the American art scene.

Through the Guggenheim collections it is possible to retrace the birth of the new avant-garde after World War II and the evolution of artistic movements that have succeeded until the sixties of the twentieth century. Among the artists featured in the exhibition there are: Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, Man Ray, Alberto Burri, Emilio Vedova, Jean Dubuffet, Lucio Fontana, Jackson Pollock, Marc Rothko, Wilhelm de Kooning, Alexander Calder, Roy Lichtenstein, Cy Twombly.

Where: Palazzo Strozzi, Florence
When: From 19th March 2016 to 24th July 2016
More info: www.palazzostrozzi.org online tickets: ticket.ticket.palazzostrozzi.org

Neapolitan pizza, a UNESCO heritage

posted by Home In Italy on March 15th, 2016

The petition in support of the Neapolitan pizza makers as UNESCO intangible heritage has reached one million signatures all around the world.

Already enrolled in the Guinness World Records for having won the official world record for the length of 1595.45 meters pizza at Expo 2015, Italy now points to UNESCO. Well yes; Italy claims paternity of the Neapolitan pizza and sends one million and 38 thousand signatures to the UNESCO world headquarters in Paris, after having received support from some cultural and social institutions around the world from London to New York, from Buenos Aires from Sao Paulo to Las Vegas to Japan and Australia. The passion for pizza sees the Americans as the largest consumers of pizza with 13 kg each and Italians at the head of the European ranking followed by the Spanish, the French, the Germans, the British, the Belgians, the Portuguese and by the Austrians.

Neapolitan pizza, was officially recognized as a traditional specialty guaranteed by the European Union, but food piracy and misappropriation of identity, very common for Italian food, pushed the trade associations to reach an international recognition. Every day in Italy are served around 5 million of pizzas for a total of a billion and a half in a year in the 63 thousand pizzerias around the country. It is not a coincidence that today 39 percent of Italians believe that the pizza is the Italian culinary symbol and that pizza is the most known Italian word abroad with 8 percent, followed by cappuccino (7 per percent), spaghetti (7 percent) and from the espresso (6 percent).

Itinerary for the best beaches of southern Sardinia

posted by Home In Italy on March 11th, 2016

The beaches of Sardinia are often difficult to find, they are hidden and not well indicated; here some of the most beautiful beaches of Sardinia with the directions how to reach them!

Marina Di Orosei: the beach of Marina di Orosei is inserted in the Gulf of Orosei, and extends for 2 km, with a clear and fairly fine sand, mixed with a lot of shells. Behind it, there is the Cedrino Pond, rich in birdlife. The waters are clear and of a changing light blue color, with an evocative light. The sea is deep, with a thick steep entrance, the beach is almost never crowded and there aren’t any aquatic plants.
How to reach it:
Entering the town center, take the road Via Mare, leading toward east to the beach.

Cala Luna: in the Gulf of Orosei, this beach was chosen as the set for the movie “Swept Away “, directed by the director Lina Wertmuller in 1974, and this says it all about the extraordinary beauty of the place.
it is defined by many the most beautiful beach in the Mediterranean for the extraordinary setting of the six grottos that open over the shore, the woods of oleander, the beautiful wild valley that extends behind the beach. The beach of Cala Luna has clear coarse sand mixed with stones, transparent and clear water, and is characterized by shallow waters, allowing children to play in the water.
How to reach it:
You can reach it by sea with a private boat or with boats departing from the port of Cala Gonone and the beach of Marina di Orosei; for hiking lovers, the beach is reached through a difficult path, starting from Cala Fuili or Baunei.

Cala Cartoe: this beach can be called, with good reason, a true paradise on earth; it is certainly one of the most fascinating places in the world. The fine sand framing a green and blue sea, incredible transparency, behind a protective cliff, the site is surrounded by dense Mediterranean vegetation. The beach is shallow, ideal for families with children. The services offered are parking space, access for disabled, refreshment, bars, surfing, diving and snorkeling equipment.
How to reach it:
To reach Cala Cartoe take the SS125 in the direction of Orosei and turn right at the fork for Ispinigoli.

Lu Impostu: Lu Impostu beach is also called Porto Brandinchi. Lu Impostu is among the most beautiful beaches of Sardinia and the area of San Teodoro. It is only accessible by feet and you are in front of a very wide beach, with shallow waters and a sea of a distinctive light blue. The beach is equipped with canoes, pedal boats, rubber boats and a bar kiosk.
How to reach it:
it is reached by following the road SS 125 up to Lu Fraili, here turn right and follow signs for the resort Puntaldia, leaving the latter on the right.

Giudeu: overlooking the Bay of Chia, along with other beaches, it creates a long coastline of white sand, a sea of dreams and very high dunes. This beach offers many services and owes its name to the islet of Giudeu, just 150 meters from the shore.
How to reach it:
Take the Strada Statale panoramica 195, characterized by numerous descents to the various beaches in the area: to reach Giudeu you need to follow the signs indicating the beach on your left side.

Porto Giunco: this is a beach second to none. A forest of eucalyptus trees leading to a tropical sea, a long coastline of sand and the pond of Notteri behind, where it is easy to see the pink flamingos, who have chosen this as their habitat.
How to reach it:
Leaving from Cagliari take the SS 125 to Villasimius. After passing the pond of Notteri, follow the directions to the beach, which is accessible by walking through a path within a forest of eucalyptus trees.

Sardinia is a small Eden to explore: it is time to go on holiday!

Itinerary for the best beaches of northern Sardinia

posted by Home In Italy on March 9th, 2016

The most beautiful beaches of Sardinia offer fine white sand, Caribbean waters, and stunning coves. They are often hard to find, almost hidden, reachable by narrow white streets.
From Stintino Villasimius through Cala Mariolu and the Gulf of Orosei, Sardinia has a special charm and some of the most beautiful beaches of the Mediterranean: from the rich northern coast to the wild beaches west and the east cliffs overlooking the sea.

Saline: a charming beach and crystal clear sea. The beach is dominated by a watchtower, among the oldest of Sardinia. The water is shallow and crystal clear, the sky blue, which is well matched to the color of silvery sand. The surrounding nature is solitary and wild, large, the sand is made up of small white pebbles and fine sand. The Le Saline beach is not crowded, except in the parts where it possible to get closer by car. When it is windy, which happens very often, Le Saline is much frequented by surfers.
How to reach it:
The beach can be reached along the SP34 towards Stintino, up to the sign (Km no. 27) which indicates the deviation. to the sign, which at km 27 stands for the deviation.

La Pelosa: the beach Pelosa of Stintino is one of the most beautiful beaches of Sardinia and even in Italy, situated at the foot of Capo Falcone, facing the island Piana and Asinara, bounded north by the Pelosa Tower, an imposing seventeenth-century building that dominates the coastline. The beach is protected from the open sea by a natural barrier formed by the sea stacks of Capo Falcone. For this reason its waters are always calm even when it is windy. It is a heavenly beach of soft white sand, overlooking a sea of glass, crystal and shades of colors ranging from turquoise to blue. La Pelosa beach is almost always very crowded and offers visitors parking, bars and restaurants.
How to reach it:
To get there take the SS 131 towards Porto Torres, at the entrance of the town turn left, towards Stintino, before the tower, take a paved road on the right leading to the beach of Saline. After 300 meters from the bridge on the pond Casaraccio, turn left and continue until the intersection with the road going back to the village: here you turn left and continue to the beach.

Cala Arena Bianca: it is a beautiful beach of magnificent soft white sand like talcum powder, characterized by a medium-sized beach, fringed with Mediterranean vegetation and bathed by the crystalline sea and shallow, with shades ranging from blue to emerald. The sand dunes, make it a little different than other beaches in the area. The beach Cala Arena Bianca in high season is always crowded.
How to reach it:
You reach it from Olbia, taking the road that leads to the Costa Smeralda, just after the junction for Costa Smeralda and turn left, following the road signs.

Portu Li Coggi: it is a true pearl of the Costa Smeralda, also known as Spiaggia del Principe, perhaps because it was much loved by Prince Aga Khan. The show that the beach of the Prince offers to the visitor is unforgettable: two soft sand wings spanning a body of water made ofintense. This is one of those beaches in Sardinia that you can not miss, a true miracle of nature.
How to reach it:
Get to Cala di Volpe and go past the famous hotel, heading south for about 2.5 km. Before Capriccioli, take the left fork to Romazzino. Continue north and, once in the village, take the right, towards the sea and, after about 300 meters in a dead end street, downhill, you arrive to a bar that closes the entrance to the cars. Go through the gate, from which begins a short trail which will bring you the beach in 10 minutes of pleasant walk.

Cala Razza Di Giunco: it is located a few km from Porto Rotondo, on the east coast of northern Sardinia. It includes four beaches, all very close to a rich marshy area of reed, from which the area name come from. The cove is characterized by pink granite cliffs; the sea is clear and famous for its emerald green transparencies.
How to reach it:
From Olbia, take the SS 125 direction Palau. After 7 km turn right direction Costa Smeralda (SP73). Follow this road for another 7 Km and turn right direction SP94. After 1,5 Km, turn right and take a gravel road leading the beach in 500 mt.