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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.

Verona city of love, city of lovers

posted by Home In Italy on February 14th, 2018

Verona, a UNESCO heritage city and always a meeting point for culture and traditions, is transformed and dressed in lights, sounds and colors during this time of the year. The center of the city will be illuminated by hundreds of lights in the shape of a heart. Verona celebrates love, a universal feeling.
From 14 to 18 February 2018, the city of Verona hosts the Verona in Love festival: admissions to museums at reduced rates, treasure hunts, guided tours and much more. All around the city center there is the event “Dolcemente in Love”: local and traditional local markets, master chocolatiers, confectioners, music, dances and much more … .
Place: Piazza dei Signori, Old Market Courtyard, Ponte Pietra and LoveVerona points (scattered around the city and beyond)
Opening hours: from 10.00 to 21.00

5 Great Places To Spend Christmas In Italy

posted by Home In Italy on December 19th, 2017

Visiting Italy during the Christmas season offers two bonuses: you’ll avoid the high summer season tourist crowds and you’ll get to see the country decked out in all its holiday finery. You’ll find a festive atmosphere in every corner of the country. There are a few areas, however, that seem to take the holidays to another level. Here are a few suggestions for the best places to spend Christmas in Italy.

Rome & Vatican City

Heading for Rome over Christmas is probably the most best choice: in addition to the festivities in Rome itself, you also have Vatican City‘s celebrations. It’s like getting two cities’ worth of holiday in one spot.
At the Vatican, the Pope delivers a Christmas Eve midnight mass (book tickets well in advance if you want to sit in St. Peter’s), there’s a huge Christmas tree in St. Peter’s Square and a life-sized Nativity scene in front of the basilica.

Venice

Even if you’re not lucky enough to witness snow falling on the canals and gondolas, Venetians know how to ward off the chill with hot spiced wine and other holiday treats, sold in the Christmas markets. No matter your age, you’re bound to be charmed by the figure of Santa Claus arriving by gondola to distribute goodies, and Christmas Eve mass held in St. Mark’s Basilica is enough to make any trip to Venice worth it.

Naples

Naples is home to a street that can rightfully be called “Christmas Alley” year-round. This city is the epicenter of Italy’s Nativity scene tradition, and the shops along Via San Gregorio Armeno that make both the detailed structures and the myriad figurines that inhabit them work (and sell) all year long.
The figurines range from the expected (holy family and shepherds) to the regional (pizza makers) to the topical (current political or sports personalities).

Sicily

For a location with loads of Italian Christmas traditions but with much milder weather, head south to Sicily. Second only to the Neapolitans in terms of their affection for the Nativity scene, Sicilians erect elaborate Nativities everywhere (from public squares to churches to private homes), including a living Nativity in a cave near Trapani. In other words, locals dress up and re-enact the Nativity daily from Christmas Eve through the Epiphany.

Trentino-Alto Adige

Spend Christmas in the Trentino-Alto Adige and you’ll have snowy winter scenery straight out of a postcard while you sip mulled wine in the market squares.
This area is also a good base if you want to take day-trips into Venice or Verona.