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An extraordinary archeological museum has been inaugurated; the Villa of the Mosaics of Spello is an exceptional treasure in the heart of Umbria.

posted by Home In Italy on April 17th, 2018

Spello, a small village famous for its narrow streets and for a wonderful chapel frescoed by Pinturicchio is the main character of a beautiful story with an happy ending. In 2005, while doing the excavations for a parking lot, some mosaics in perfect conditions came out. It turned to be a well preserved villa of the second century with incredible artistic mosaics.
500 square meters, 20 rooms brought to light, 10 mosaic floors of great beauty, with geometric and figurative motifs. The mosaics – in red, white, black, gray – are in the rooms around the courtyard that surrounded the inner garden: there are birds, stylized amphorae, a radiant sun, crescent-shaped shields. The central theme is the one of the harvesting and wine: did the villa belong to a winemaker? This is absolutely possible, given the ancient tradition of the area. Today, the Sagrantino, which enriches the landscape around Spello, is one of the most celebrated wines of Umbria and of Italy as a whole.

INFORMATION
Villa of the mosaics of Spello
Variable openings depending on the months of the year: from April to September, Tue-Sun and holidays 10.30am-1pm and 2.30pm-5pm.
Admission 6 euros, reduced to 4 and 2 euros.
Info: www.villadeimosaicidispello.it

The most spectacular cycle path will be in Italy

posted by Home In Italy on March 27th, 2018

It will be the most spectacular track in Europe. The Garda cycle ring, a unique worldwide work of over 140 kilometers, integrated and connected with other important cycle paths. It is the Garda cycle path that will connect Capo Reamol to Limone sul Garda bordering the Trentino Alto Adige region.

The most spectacular cycle path in Europe
A single itinerary of 140 km dedicated to cycle tourism along the shores of Lake Garda

The new section – under construction – will stretch for almost 2 kilometers, with breathtaking passages overhanging Lake Garda and a veritable walkway overlooking the lake. The cycle path will be 2.5 meters wide and will also be pedestrian. It will be ready by May 2018.

There will be some beautiful panoramic points, such as Capo Reamol and the border between the province of Brescia and Trento, with headlands from where you can admire the whole lake. The end of the cycle path will coincide with the war memorial of the First World War.

In addition to giving a breathtaking view, the new cycle-pedestrian track will also be beautiful to see: the flooring will be made of wood-like material and along the entire stretch will run a thin protective steel barrier that will have less visual impact on the landscape.

The most spectacular cycling path

Cost of the work: 7 million euros
At the end of the cycle path it is planned a boat service that can bring cyclists back to Limone.
The entire route should be completed by 2021.

Lake Garda is one of the paradises of cyclists in Europe, who every year enjoy the mild climate and the many services dedicated to those who like riding.

This tourist area will become the European capital of cycling tourism and slow tourism, but above all it will be a starting point to seasonally adjust tourism even in the low season.

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.

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.