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By this Author: Maurizioagos

Verona.

Juliet and Romeo' s town and also my birthplace!

Verona is a beautiful city in the Veneto region.

It is where the story of Juliet and Romeo happened (who knows...maybe a similar story took place there...)

I was born in Verona...but this is another story.

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The Arena is surely the highlight of Verona. It was probably built around the I century a. C. Today it is a venue for operas and concerts. It can host 22. 000 people. Pic courtesy by Victor Khorishko.

There are several ancient churches to visit in Verona.

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Saint Anastasia church is in reality dedicated to saint Peter; co patron saint of Verona with saint Zeno.

It was built between 1290 and 1500. On the site where the church is situated two churches stood. One of these was dedicated to saint Anastasia. The other to saint Remigio.

Saint Anastasia is the largest church in Verona.

It houses seventeen chapels with several paintings and frescoes from the 15th to the 16th centuries.

One of the highlights of this church is the fresco painted by Pisanello in 1433. It is titled saint George freeing the princess.

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You will surely not miss the nice hunchbacks statues that support two holy water fonts. They are located just off the entrance of the church.

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San Fermo Maggiore is another church worth a visit in Verona.

It was built by the Benedictine monks between 1065 and 1143 on the remains of two churches dated to the V and the VIII centuries

It was built to house Saint Fermo and Rustico' s relics. They were martyrized on that site.

They built two churches. The lower church to house the saints relics and the upper one to celebrate masses.

Later the church became property of the Franciscan monks.

They turned it into the church we see today from 1261 al 1350.

Through the following centuries chapels, burial monuments and altars were added to the church.

Even this church as other churches in Verona has lots of frescoes, several chapels and lots of artworks.

The lower church is open to visitors as well. There are frescoes dated to the XII, XIII and XIV centuries inside.

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San Fermo Maggiore.

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San Fermo Maggiore; inside the crypt.

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San Zeno Maggiore is quite fare from the city center, but it is worth a visit.

This large church is the third structure built on this site.

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It was rebuilt between 1120 and 1138 over a 4th century shrine to Verona' s patron saint; Saint Zeno. He was the eight Verona's bishop.

This church was enlarged between the XIII and the XIV centuries.

The saint's body was laid in a into the crypt inside this church. This crypt dated to the X centuries.

As some other churches in Verona San Zeno Maggiore has lots of beautiful frescoes.

These were painted between the XII and the XIV centuries.

Very long ago this church belonged to a Benedictine monastery.

Today we can see only a tower and a cloister that were part of this monastery.

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There is a castle in Verona; Castelvecchio is its name.

This castle was built between 1354 and 1356 on previous fortifications. It was used as a fortress but also as mansion for the lords of Verona.

It has seven towers, a castle keep and a bridge (rebuilt after the second world war).

Under the Venice domination the castle became an arsenal and a garrison.

During the Austrian occupation it was used as barracks.

At the beginning of the 1900 it was restored and transformed into a museum.

From 1958 until 1964 it was restored again.

Today this castle houses a museum with some collections of Medieval, Reinassance and modern art.

Here you can see a collection of paintings, statues, jewels and other things made until the XVIII century.

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Sometimes there are also temporary exibitions at the castle.

Once you visited the museum you can explore the castle, walk on its ramparts and enjoy the landscape over part of Verona.

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Giardino Giusti was once some fields behind a palace. Palazzo Giusti. It was laid out in 1570.

The palace and the garden belonged to the Giusti family. They were wool merchants of Tuscan origin.

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Part of the garden has a cypress path, a parterre with statues, some fountains and a hedge maze rebuilt in 1786.

There is even a collection of Roman remains there. Another area of this garden is practically a kind of wood.

Giardino Giusti is made of two levels. If you climb up to the upper one you will enjoy a great landscape over the city.

This garden has very few plants with flowers unfortunately.

The entry ticket to this garden includes a visit to the Giusti palace.


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Giusti Palace was built originally in the late 1500.

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Here you can visit seven furnished rooms.

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Piazza (square) delle Erbe stands where there was the Roman forum. The forum was larger than this square.

Several palaces surround this square.

On its west side we see Palazzo Maffei; built in the XVII century. It has some statues representing Greek deities on its roof.

Besides this palace you can see a tower; torre del Gardello. It was built in the 1200 and modified and raised in 1363.

Pic courtesy by Francesca Angelini.

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Near Palazzo Maffei there is a group of palaces with frescoes. These are the Case dei Mazzanti. They date to the XIV century.

Case dei Mazzanti stand the Palazzo della Ragione, or del Comune (town hall); built in the 1200. It is overlooked by the Lamberti tower (1172).

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The fountain you see in the center of this square was made with a Roman statue. Its name is Madonna Verona.

Pic courtesy by Francesca Angelini.

The capitel ; not far from the fountain dates back to the XIII century.

The podestà used to sit under this during the ceremony for their assignment.

Another building of ancient origin in this square is the Domus Mercatorum. It was originally built in 1301.

Today piazza delle Erbe houses a fruit and vegetable market, but here you can also find several souvenirs stalls.

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Juliet' s house is located in a courtyard; at the end of a passage.

It was built between 1200 and 1300 and restored at the end of the XIX century. A balcony was added to this building in 1936.

This house belonged for a long time to a family named Cappello or Cappelletti.

This name is quite similar to Capuleti; Juliet' s surname. Hence the reason to choose this house as Juliet' s house.

Juliet was a fictional character created by a writer from Vicenza; Antonio da Ponte for a novel.

Later, as we know Shakespeare wrote a play based on that novel.

You can visit Juliet' s house inside for a fee.

As I read, it is a kind of museum with some dresses used for the movie Juliet and Romeo by Franco Zeffirelli and some furniture.

The passage leading to the courtyard is full of small scraps of paper with love wows.

In the courtyard there is a tall bronze statue representing Juliet. Touching its right breast it will bring luck to all who are trying to find their true love.

Just a warning; this courtyard is one of the most crowded places in Verona.

Posted by Maurizioagos 18:38 Archived in Italy Comments (8)

My second holiday in Santorini.

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Santorini or Thera is an island in the southern Aegean sea. It is part of the Cycladic Islands.

A couple of years ago, circa I went back to Santorini after many years.

The first time I visited Santorini I booked my room in Fira. This village is the capital of the island. It is a very touristy place. There are some museums and a couple of churches worth a visit there.

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On my first holiday on the island one of the things I liked to do (usually in the evenings) was a long stroll from Fira to Imerovigli. I did the same stroll also on this holiday.

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I took these three picture during one of these strolls on my last holiday in Santorini.

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The Saint John the Baptist Cathedral in Fira was built in 1823. It was restored and rebuilt in 1970 after the earthquake of 1956. It is really a beautiful church.

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Here you see another picture taken into the catholic cathedral.

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Another church worth da visit, or maybe more is the Ortodox Metropolitan Cathedral. It was built in 1827. It was damaged during the 1956 eartquake. It was then renovated.

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Another picture taken inside this church.

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There are some museums in Fira. One of these is the Museum of Prehistoric Thira. I had visited it on my first viit to Santorini and I re visited it on this holiday.

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This museum houses a large collection of ancient finds as vases, weapons, jewels and fossil plants. These were discovered in Akrotiri, Potamos and other places on the island.

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The highlight of the museum are the fragments of wall frescoes found in Akrotiri. They decpict various subjects as women, azure monkeys and naked fishermen.

As you can see these frescoes are well preserved despite of their old age.

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The Argyros Mansion is a beautiful mansion worth a visit. It is located in Messaria. This villa belonged to Emmanuel Argyros; a trader of local wine. It was built in 1888. In 1956 it was partly destroyed by the earthquake. After more than 30 years it was restored and turned into a museum.

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Inside this mansion you can see furniture and items from the 19th century.

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During the guided tour (you are not allowed to visit the villa on you own) you will be showed the living room; a small music room. The dining room; the owner' s office and three bedrooms.

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Oia, also called Ia, is one of the most popular destinations in Santorini.This is the most famous place to enjoy the sunset (a "must do thing" on the island).

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Oia is situated on the northernmost area of the island. It is 11 kilometers far form Fira.

There are practically two streets in this village. One of these is long and marble paved,

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There are lots of rock hewn houses and also captain' s buildings in Oia. These are now used as cafes, restaurants and shops.

Oia has several churches and a naval museum.

Part of Oia was rebuilt in a few years after the 1956 earthquake.

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Pyrgos is another village worth a visit in Santorini. It is situated around 7. 5 kilometers south east of Fira. It was built amphitheatrically on a hill, at the foot of Profitis Elias mountain.

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One of the main sights in Pyrgos is the Kasteli. It is a fortress built arouns 1580 by the Venetians to defend the inhabitants from the invaders. There is a cafe restaurants inside the fortress.

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There are lots of typical cave houses in Pyrgos as well.

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Megalochori is a nice village where you will not find many tourists. There are not lots of shops and eateries there, but there are some hotels in case you' like to look for you accomodation in a quiet village.

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Here you see part of the main square in Megalochori.

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There is a lot of typical cave houses, a maze of streets and stairs in Megalochori, as in other villages on the island.

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A nice spot in Megalochori.

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Most of the beaches in Santorini are made of black sand and peebles. I have been to two of these on this holiday. I went at the beaches in Kamari and Perissa. I booked a room in Perissa.

On this picture you see part of the beach in Kamari.

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Here is another picture taken at the beach in Kamari. This village is 10 kilometers from Fira; at the southe east coast. Here you' ll find a black sand and shingle beach. It is five kilometers long. There is a good choice of shops, cafes and restaurants nearby.

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Perissa is a village about 13 kilometers from Fira; on the south east coast. It has a 7 kilometers long black beach. Being a tourist resort; as Kamari, there are lots of shops, cafes and eateries here as well.

This picture was taken at the beach in Perissa in the evening.

There are other villages to visit and things to do in Santorini. I hope to go there again quite soon.

Posted by Maurizioagos 10:14 Archived in Greece Tagged greece island santorini europe. Comments (7)

Feltre has lots of frescoes and much more....

...there is even an ancient shrine nearby!

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Feltre is a nice town located in the Veneto region.

Its old core was built on a hill.

This town is surrounded by walls built in the XVI century by the Venetian who ruled the town then.

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Usually, one of the first thing I do when I visit Feltre is to have a cup of coffe and a pastry at Garbujo' s.

Garbujo is a well known confectionery situated in the lower area of the town.

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In Feltre there are many palaces painted with frescoes.

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There are frescoed palaces both in the lower and in the upper area of the town.

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Exploring the town you could spot some beautiful details...

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There is a small park in the old core of Feltre. Its name is parco Mezzaterra.

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There are some benches and a playground area for kids here.

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Piazza Maggiore is the main square of Feltre. It is located in the old core.

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At the top of the town and not far from piazza Maggiore there is a castle; the castle of Alboino.

It was built by the Longobards in the VI century on Roman remains. It was destroyed several times.

The castle was rebuilt in the XI century and modified in the XII and XIII century.

I think you can only visit a tower at the castle...

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... and enjoy a pleasant landscape from the castle area.

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There three or more ways to get to the upper area of Feltre. One of these is climbing the so called "scalette vecchie".

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The scalette vecchie.

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Some time ago I discovered a part of a cloister.

It is near the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli; in the lower area of Feltre.

This cloister ( or better what remains of a cloister) was part of the Clarisse convent. This nunnery was built in the 1492.

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The Concattedrale di San Pietro Apostolo is the cathedral of Feltre.

It was built in the 1500 after the desctruction of the previous building by the troops of Maximilian of Absburg.

It was restored in the 1800.

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What I like most of this church is the crypt. It dates to the XI century.

This pic and the previous one was taken into the crypt.

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The shrine of the saints Vittore and Corona is a great place to visit.

It is made of a church built in the XI century and a monastery.

There are the relics of Feltre' s patron saints; Vittore and Corona inside the church.

This place is located in Anzù; just some three kilometers far from Feltre.

To get there you have to drive on a narrow road to the top of a hill.

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I have only some pics to show you. I deleted three or four of them because they turned out blurry.

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The is the landscape you can see from the shrine.

Posted by Maurizioagos 17:40 Archived in Italy Tagged italy veneto feltre frescoes. Comments (4)

Riva del Garda.

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Riva del Garda is a nice town situated at the northern tip of the lake Garda. It is around one hour by car from my village.

In the spring and summer it is a very touristic town.

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There are lots of colorful houses in this town.

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Via Piave is one of the nicest streets in this town.

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Contrada Marocco is a neighbourhood in Riva del Garda that has nothing to do with Morocco. This area that takes its name from landslides; practically these are big stones where several houses where built here. Marocche is the name of big stones in the local dialect.

Here you can see various old houses, a square with a washing trough and an ancient palace; Palazzo del Vescovo (the bishop' s palace).

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I suppose this is one of the oldest areas in Riva del Garda.

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Palazzo del Vescovo; the bishop' s palace.

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Piazza III novembre is the main square in Riva del Garda.

Here you can see the town hall built in the XV century joined to Palazzo Pretorio (XIV century). Opposite this palace there is a very ancient tower; the Apponale tower. It was built towards 1200 and raised in 1552.

On its ground level there were warehouses for salt and wheat and other stores. It was also used as a prison. During the WWI the tower was an observation post. You can enjoy a beautiful landscape over the main square of the town and other areas from its top.

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Piazza III Novembre is partly surrounded by XIV century porticoes. There are some shops and a good restaurant - pizzeria (see restaurant hotel Centrale) under these.

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You can do several boat trips to various villages or towns from Riva del Garda. There are ferries, hydrofoils and motorised catamarans that opearate all year.

For instance you can go to Limone and Malcesine.

Limone lies on the north-western shore of the lake. Its name comes from the latin word "limen", which means border. It is a small town with cobbled streets, some churches, various shops, cafes and restaurants.

Malcesine is located almost opposite Limone. Its main sight is the castle which was probably built in the first millenium a. C. by the Longobards and modified through the centuries. Today it houses a couple of museums.

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There is a fortress in Riva del Garda. La Rocca. It was built in 1124 and altered through the centuries. Today it houses a museums with paintings,pictures and archaeological finds.

Posted by Maurizioagos 08:54 Archived in Italy Tagged lake del garda riva trentino alto garda. adige. Comments (5)

The shrine of Pietralba.

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This shrine (and monastery) is situated in Monte San Pietro; in the municipality of Nova Ponente.

It is at 1520 meters on the sea level.

It is not far from Bolzano.

There are two legends about the creation of this church.

Here is one.

In 1547 Leonhard Weißensteiner; a farmer who lived in Nova Ponente became insane.

Then he was interned in an asylum.

Here, he often had some moments of mental clarity.

In one of these moments the Virgin Mary appeared. She asked him to build a chapel to thank her for his healing.

During a moment of rage Leonhard was able to escapefrom the asylum.

He fell into a ravine. He also recovered completely from madness.

While he was thinking how to get out of the deep ravine the Virgin appeared again to comfort him and to remind him he had to built a chapel.

The Virgin said that at the end of the ninth day his relatives would have found him.

She also said he hadn' t to be afraid because he would have had food and protections from the beasts living in the forest.

He was found on the ninth day, but he forgot the task asked by the Virgin.

His pain returned and also much stronger.

A light was seen at night; in the same place. Nobody could explain this thing.

Leonhard recalled what he had to do. He recovered his health, so he began to built the chapel.

While he was building the chapel, he found a small statue of the Virgin, representing the pietà.

Once the chapel was made he put the statuette inside it.

In 1561 beside the chapel, another one was built.

The current church was built from 1638 and 1654. In 1718 a monastery was joined to the church.

Later on other additions were made to the whole building.

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The original chapel is still inside the church. It is into this little house.

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The ceiling of the basilica was painted with frescoes by Joseph Adam Mölk in 1753. He was a Viennese painter.

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The interior of the basilica is not very large. There are lots of things to see inside.

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Beside the church there is a long corridor with more than 4000 ex voto. These are drawings, pictures, paintings and other things.

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The sanctuary is surrounded by woods and meadows.

If you feel like walking there are other thinks to see in the area; including Leonhard' s cave.

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There are a couple of hotels, an hostel, (I think) more than a restaurant and a souvenirs shop near the basilica.

You can get to this beautiful place by car and also by bus from Bolzano. Ther is a bus stop nearby.

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I went there by coach with a large group. I liked a lot this trip!

Posted by Maurizioagos 15:43 Archived in Italy Tagged italy shrine bolzano pietralba. Comments (9)

Luserna and the Lavarone plateau.

...something about the region where I live (Trentino Alto Adige).

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Luserna is a small village situated around 1200 meters on the sea level.

It has only two small squares and three or four streets.

They should be around 270 people living there!

A peculiarity in Luserna is that almost all the inhabitants speak cimbro. It is a dialect similar to the ancient Bavarian language.

This dialect derives from the Bavarian settlers who came to live in Luserna around the XI century.

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There are no shortage of orchards, gardens and lawn in this village!

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One of the things to do in Luserna is a vist to the Casa museo Haus von Prükk.

It is a restored peasant house built from the 1700 to the 1800. It is made of two joined buildings.

Inside you will visit various rooms furnished as they were in the 1800.

Another place to visit il Luserna is the Centro Documentazione Luserna.

It was created as research facility dedicated to the culture in Luserna.

Part of this building is a museum with branches assigned to history and traditions; to the Great War and to the local fauna.

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In Luserna there is only a supermarket and a hairdresser'. There aren' t any other shops here.

Anyway there is a good choice of cafes and restaurants in this village.

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Near some buildings in this village there is a description about their story.

The house you see in this picture was a inn; long ago.

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Restaurant Rossi is definetly a good place to have lunch.

Here they serve various typical dishes and I also think some Italian food.

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Melted cheese.

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Chips.

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Lavarone is a municipality made of nineteen districts. It is situated on the homonimous plateau. It is not far from Luserna.

This village is a very popular summer and winter resort.

Sigmund Freud visited Lavarone several times.

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There is plenty of hotels and other kinds of accomodations in Lavarone.

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Chiesa is one of the discrict that forms Lavarone. Here you see a nice mansion in this disctrict.

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There is a lake in Lavarone. You can get there through a path that begins in Chiesa.

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Gionghi is another discrict that forms Lavarone. Its old core is made of some colurful houses.

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Here you see another pic taken in Gionghi.

I hope to visit several other discricts of Lavarone soon.

Posted by Maurizioagos 17:48 Archived in Italy Tagged trentino. luserna lavarone. Comments (10)

Back to Gargnano.

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Some weeks ago I spent some days in Gargnano (again!).

It is a beautiful village on the western shore of lake Garda

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Via Roma is the main street of Gargnano. Here you can find several shops and a hotel.

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Gargnano has a small harbour surrounded by some cafes and shops.

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There is even a restaurant at the harbour....

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Near the harbour there is a short wooden promenade on the lake.

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Here you see part of a building overlooking the lake.

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There are several buildings on the lake.

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The old core of Gargnano is made of several stone houses. It is uphill from the harbour.

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There are only a couple of shops in the old core of Gargnano.

Most of the shops are on the lower area of the village.

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Osteria lo Zuavo; the restaurant I mentioned before, is located at the harbour.

Here they serve various typical Italian dishes. It is a budget restaurant.

I strongly recommend you this place!

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Trofie al pesto is one of the dishes you can have at this restaurant.

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One day I took a very long walk to get to Villa Feltrinelli.

This mansion was built at the end of the 1800. From 1943 to 1945 Benito Mussolini lived here.

Today Villa Feltrinelli is a luxury hotel.

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It is not allowed to visit this mansion; except for one day a year.

This is the only picture I was able take of Villa Feltrinelli.

Surely you can see this villa from afar if you are on a boat.

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Muslone is a village on a mountain. It is some eight kilometers from Gargnano.

It is part of Gargnano.

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There are no shops and cafes in Muslone. Here you can only find a small grocery shop.

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You can enjoy a great landscape over the lake from Muslone.

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Toscolano Maderno is a commune made of two villages.

I used to visit Maderno (one of the two villages) in order to have a cup of coffe or a ice cream.

I didn' t like Maderno.

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There is an interesting thing to see in Maderno. It is saint Andrew church.

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This church was built at the beginning of the XII century. It was probably built on the remains of another building.

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A nice private garden overlooking the lake.

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Caffe Centrale is a nice cafe confectionery in Maderno. It is the right place to have an ice cream.

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This cafe is located in the main square of Maderno; near saint Andrew church.

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Another "not to miss" place to visit in Maderno is the confectionery Carlo. It is in the old core of the village.

Here they have a large selection of cakes and pastries. You can also buy slices of pizza and bread.

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I didn' t visit Toscolano; the other village which form Toscolano Maderno.

I only visited the saints Peters' and Paul' s church there.

This is the parish curch in this village. It was built in the XVI century.

It houses several large paintings by a Venetian painter; Andrea Celesti.

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When I was in Gargnano I revisited Gardone Riviera a couple of times.

Gardone Riviera is a tourist resort not far from Gargnano.

It is made of two area; Gardone di Sotto (the lower village) and Gardone di Sopra (the upper village).

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There is a short lakeside promenade in Gardone Riviera. It is lined by some cafes and restaurants.

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The Grand Hotel is one of the many hotels you can find in Gardone Riviera.

It was built in 1884. It is a four stars hotel.

The Grand Hotel is a really large and long building.

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It has more than 160 rooms; some gardens and a swimmming pool.

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Piazza Guglielmo Marconi is the main square in Gardone Riviera. It is surrounded by a yellow portico on three sides.

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There are some shops under the portico and some benches as well.

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Just behind the main square there is a street with some cafes and shops. There is also a restaurant there.

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It was really a good holiday. It was sunny every day. It seemed to be in summer even if it was october!

Posted by Maurizioagos 18:17 Archived in Italy Tagged lake garda italy. lombardy. gargnano. Comments (7)

Back to Caorle.

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After my stay in Portogruaro I spent some days in Caorle. It is a beautiful seaside restort.

Caorle is a island connected by bridges.

It is situated some kilometers from Portogruaro.

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This town has two long beaches. Spiaggia di levante (the east beach) and spiaggia di ponente (the west beach).

The beaches are divided by a dam formed by lots of rocks.

Many of these rocks are sculpted every two years by sculptors from various countries.

It is a real contest called Scogliera Viva.

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One of the things to do in Caorle is to get lost into its colourful old core.

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The old core is made of calli (narrow alleys) and campi (small squares).

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A nice small square.

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Rio Terrà delle Botteghe is a long street in the old centre of Caorle.

Here you can find a good choice of shops and some cafes and restaurants.

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I usually had a spritz around 11 p. m. Spritz is a long drink typical from the Veneto region.

It is made with white wine, sparkling water and a bit of beverage called Bitter or Campari.

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This was one of my favourite places to rest in Caorle. It is near the cathedral.

It is a good place to protect oneself from the heat. It was hot when I was in Caorle!

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I booked a room at a hotel where they served only breakfast. Hotel Luana.

This hotel is simple, clean and not far from the old centre of Caorle.

I found a good place to have lunch. It is a kind of take away. Its name is Gastronomia da Emilio.

Here I had two kinds of pasticcio (casserole) and cold rice. These dishes were really good.

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Pasticcio with fish and sea fruits.

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Cold rice.

If you like to know more about Caorle, please, check my previous post about this town.

Posted by Maurizioagos 17:48 Archived in Italy Tagged veneto caorle italy. Comments (4)

Portogruaro

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I spent four days in Portogruaro and I never got bored of this town.

Portogruaro is situated in the western part of the Veneto region.

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The river Lemene crosses Portogruaro.

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Several kinds of fowls live by the Lemene river.

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Along the Lemene river there is a short promenade. Let' s say it is more than a path.

Here you can also find some benches to rest a bit.

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You will not surely miss these old water mills if you visit Portogruaro.

They date to the XIII century. Today they are used for art exibitions.

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This is a small wooden oratory dedicated to the Madonna. It was made in 1600.

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Here you see the painting of the Madonna that is housed into the oratory.

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Piazza della Repubblica; the main square in Portogruaro is bordered by various palaces and with the town hall.

In this picture you see the town hall. Its central part was built in 1265. Probably the side wings date to the 1512.

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There are many old palaces in the center of Portogruaro.

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Many of these are decorated with beautiful frescoes.

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This is one of my favourite spots in Portogruaro. It is a small square right in the old center of the town.

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Forno Zani is a cafe bakery. It is a good place to have something to eat as slices of pizza and other savoury food.

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Two slices of pizza I had for dinner at Forno Zani.

Forno Zani is situated right in the city center of Portogruaro.

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There are lots of porticoes in this town. Under many of these there are shops, cafes and restaurants.

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A portico with frescoes.

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There is an interesting archaeological museum in Portogruaro. The museo nazionale Concordiese.

This museum houses lots of Roman finds discovered in Concordia Sagittaria and the surronding areas.

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Concordia Sagittaria is a town located some three kilometers from Portogruaro.

It was a Roman settlement named Iulia Concordia at the Roman times.

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I suppose there are two parks in this town. One of these is quite small. Its name is Giardini dell' Abbazia.

Here you can see a beautiful fountains and some sculptures.

The other park; Parco della Pace is quite large and has various kinds of trees and a cafes.

I didn' t take any pics at this park....

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A fairy tale house.

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A private garden.

Posted by Maurizioagos 16:18 Archived in Italy Tagged veneto italy. portogruaro Comments (5)

The Buonconsiglio Castle...in Trento.

A very large castle.

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The Buonconsiglio Castle is the main sight of Trento. It is the largest castle in Trentino Alto Adige region.

From the 13th century to the end of the 18th century it was the residence of the prince - bishops of Trento.

The castle is made of three buildings. Inside there are many rooms to visit. It has some towers and two gardens.

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The oldest part of the castle named Castelvecchio was built between XIII and XV centuries.

Its courtyard is decorated with beautiful frescoes.

Another part of the castle is Magno Palazzo; built between 1528 and 1536.

Giunta Albertiana is the smaller part of the complex. It is a 17th century building and stands in the middle of the two palaces.

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You can enjoy a great landscape from the Venetian loggia.

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This is the bishops hall.

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Another pic taken into the bishops hall

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The mirrors hall.

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The mirrors hall.

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The library.

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What we see here it is part of the ceiling of the library.

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There are several ancient heaters in some rooms of the castle.

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The gardens.

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After, or during your visit you could have a rest at the gardens.

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Note; one of the most important features of the castle is the "Ciclo dei Mesi" (cycle of the months).

This is a group of 11 frescoes painted around 1400 that shows the activities of the nobles and the working class at the end of the Middle Ages; month after month.

One of the frescoes is missing because of fire. These frescoes are housed inside Torre Aquila (tower of the eagle). Before entering this tower you are given a tool to listen to the story of this paintings in various languages.

I am sorry, but I don' t have any pics of these frescoes.

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You could stay into the castle for hours. Explore it at leisure; rest a bit in the gardens and have a good lunch at the restaurant.

Yes, there is a restaurant in the precinct of the castle. They also serve typical food of the Trentino Alto Adige region.

Posted by Maurizioagos 11:11 Archived in Italy Tagged italy trentino trento castle. Comments (4)

Memories of Trieste.

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Trieste is a city in northeastern Italy. It is situated between the Adriatic Sea and Slovenia. It is also located near Croatia.

This city is worth a stop of a couple of days or more if you are going to Slovenia or to Croatia. You could even choose it as a base to do explore some towns or villages in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region.

It is possible and easy to go to various destinations in eastern Europe from Trieste, by coach. There are coaches to several places in Croatia, Slovenia, Romania and to other countries departing from the bus station in Trieste.

The bus station is situated at piazza della Libertà . It is just some meters from the railway station. This station is not a nice place, but there is a convenient cafe and some shops inside.

I visited Trieste lots of time and also a week ago.

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Piazza dell' Unità d' Italia is the main square in Trieste. It is surrounded by several palaces built mostly in the 19th century.

Among these you can see the town hall; built in 1875. The government palace (1904-1905); with mosaics and a loggia and Palazzo Stratti that houses a historical cafe named Caffe degli Specchi.

This square is very large and opens to the sea.

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Opposite the town hall there is a huge fountain; the fountain of the four continents. It was built between 1751 and 1754. Here are represented four continents, because the fifth; Australia wasn' t discovered at that time yet.

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When I visit Trieste I like to explore the old town. I mean the area around piazza Cavana which is very near piazza dell' Unità  d' Italia. This is an area with a maze of streets and very old buildings. You can also find some Roman remains there.

Piazza Cavana; the square you see in this picture, was previously named piazza del Sale (i. e. salt square) until 1829, because of a salt storeroom which was situated at the end of this square.

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There are various shops, cafes and restaurants in this neighbourhood.

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There is even a Roman arch in the old town; the Arco di Riccardo. It was built in the I century B. C.

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Here you see another Roman find. It is at Cavana area as well.

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Landscape over part of the city. I took this pic from an upper area of the old core.

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There are several palaces built in Liberty style in this city.

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Here you see part of another palace built in Liberty style.

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Borgo Teresiano is a neighbourhood characterized by grid like streets. It was built on the place where the salt pans were situated. This area was built on order by the Austrian emperor Charles VI and completed by her daughter Maria Teresa in the 1800' s.

Here you can see the Canal Grande; built between 1750 and 1756. It is bordered by several palaces; by the church of saint Antonio Nuovo, several cafes, restaurants and shops.

In this picture you see a statue of the Irish writer James Joyce. He lived for some time in Trieste.

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I spotted this stone face on the bridge you see in the previous picture.

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This is Palazzo Gopcevich. It houses the Civico Museo Teatrale Carlo Shmidl. It is a museum related to the theatre.

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The Serbian ortodox church was built on the site of a previous church that was used both by the Greek and the Serbian communities in the '700. It was opened in 1868.

It is surmounted by five light blue domes; one large and four smaller.

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Inside the church you can see the iconostasis; that is a group of icons partly covered in gold and silver. This was built in Russia at the beginning of the ' 800.

A silver chandelier that was a present by Paolo Petrovich; (future tsar Paul I) when he visited Trieste in 1772 is another highlight of this church. Many other beautiful work of art will surely catch your attention inside this church.

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Here you see another cupola inside the church.

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Bar pasticceria Urbanis is a budget restaurant where I usually have lunch when I am in Trieste. It is also a meeting place where people go to have an aperitivo (a drink taken before meals).

Urbanis is an historic cafe, but it is modern furnished.

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At Urbanis ' they have a menu. but they also serve a menu of the day. Here food is really cheap. Drinks served at the table are expensive.

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There is another restaurant I strongly recommend; "La Vecia Maniera". It is located directly on the canale Ponterosso (see; Borgo teresiano).

Here they serve several typical dishes and also Italian ones.

This restaurant is at n. 5 in via Bellini.

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Another church worth a visit in Trieste is the Greek ortodox church of saint Nicholas. It was built between 1784 and 1787 and completed in 1821.

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This church has a single nave and its light comes from some small windows and chandeliers. For this reason it is not easy to take picutes inside.

Into this church you can see the iconostasis with several icons and several paintings.

The nave is overlooked by two balconies. The lower one was once set for women; the upper one was reserved for the choir.

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There is a good number of museums in Trieste. I' d recommend to visit Museo Revoltella. This is a modern art museum.

The original palace which houses this museum was built between 1854 and 1858. It was owned by the baron Pasquale Revoltella (1795 - 1869) who was an entrepeneur and a financier.

In the 60' s of the last century two other palaces where added to this one to form a modern art museum with around 350 paintings and sculptures. Here many masterpieces by Italian and foreigner artists are on display.

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On the ground floor of this palace there is the library. The first floor houses the baron Revoltella' s private aparments. The second floor was used for parties and banquets. Here you can see the dining room, the ball room and some other rooms.

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Sircelli is a cafe confectionery I usually visit around 5 p. m. when I visit Trieste. It was opened in 1933 as a bakery. Some years ago it was enlarged and completely refurbished. Unfortunately this cafe is quite small, so sometimes it is not easy to find a seat here.

Here you can find a large selection of pastries, cakes, some savoury food as pizza by the slice and various kinds of bread filled with cold cuts.

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A piece of prestniz at Sircelli' s. It is a typical Triestine cake.

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I like their apple pie and the pastry with pear and chocolate.

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There is a nice long promenade not far from Sircelli' s. Viale XX Settembre. This tree lined street links via Carducci with Il Giulia Shopping Center. It is bordered by lots of cafes, eateries and shops. There are even some cinemas here. Amost all this street is car free.

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This is one of the cinemas in viale XX Settembre; the Eden Theater; now Ambasciatori cinema.

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If you are in the mood to walk for some miles from this promenade you can get to a beautiful park.

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The name of this park is Giardino Pubblico Muzio de Tomasini; also called; Giardino Pubblico.

There is small lake and lots of statues about famous Triestine people.

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This park was laid out between 1854 and 1864. There are lots of kinds of trees and a playground area.

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One of the main sights in Trieste is saint Justus cathedral. It is located on a hill overlooking Trieste.

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Towards the middle of the V century there was a basilica on the site of this cathedral. It replaced a Roman temple.

This church was probably destroyed in the IX century. Between the IX and the X century two churches were built on its site. In the XIV century these were joined to form the cathedral you see today.

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There are three mosaics and some frescoes inside this church.

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The mosaic on the apse on the left; date to the beginning of the XII century. These depict the Madonna, the angels Gabriel, Michael and apostles.

The mosaic on the apse on the right date around the XIII century. Here you see Christ with saints Justus and saint Servolo. On the central apse there is a mosaic made in 1932.

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I like this chapel a lot!

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Next to the cathedral you can see the castle. What we see today is a large construction built between 1468 and1636.

It is thought there was an early bronze age hillfort around 2000 BC at the place of this castle.

In the Middle Age the Venetian built another fortress. It was destroyed in the XIV century.

From 1468 to 1471 Fredrick III of Absburg built another constuction on that site. Other works were made by the Venetians between 1508 and 1509. The castle was completed in 1630.

The museum inside the castle is made up of a furnished room and the Casa del Capitano. This is the oldest building in the castle. It houses a collection of weaponry, some furniture and other things.

Temporary exibitions are held at the castle. Inside the castle courtyard various concerts and shows are held.

Once you visited the museum you can stroll on the ramparts on the castle to enjoy a beautiful landscape over the city.

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There is also a chapel inside the castle.

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Mikeze and Jakeze. These are the original mechanical staues which striked the hours on the top of the town hall in piazza dell' Unità d' Italia. They are stored into the castle.

Posted by Maurizioagos 11:44 Archived in Italy Tagged trieste italy. Comments (2)

Another holiday at the lake Garda.

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Almost a week ago I spent some days in Gargnano. I had been to this village last may.

Gargano is a nice village on the western shore of lake Garda; In the Lombardy region.

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A visit of the village could start from via Roma. It is the main street in Gargnano.

Via Roma is lined with several shops, some cafes and a hotel.

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Almost all the buildings in this street are tall and colourful.

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At the end of via Roma there is the harbour. It is by the main square.

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I took this picture from a wooden walkway; near the harbour.

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Villa di Gargnano is a district of Gargnano. There are some hotels, a couple of shops and some cafes here.

Even this time I booked a room at hotel Lido in Villa di Gargnano.

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I explored quite well Villa di Gargnano. I did it in the evening.

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Villa has a small and nice harbour.

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Another place I revisited was Gardone Riviera. This is a tourist resort not far from Gargnano.

It is made of two areas; Gardone di Sopra (upper Gardone) and Gardone di Sotto (lower Gardone).

In Gardone di Sopra I revisited il Vittoriale degli Italiani.

It is a hillside estate; a monumental complex commissioned by the writer, poet, jounalist Gabriele d' Annunzio.

At Il Vittoriale you can visit various museums, the last residence of d' Annunzio (the Prioria) and the park.

Gabriele d' Annunzio lived in the Prioria from february 1921 until his death in march 1938.

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Quite near the entrance of this estate there is a large amphitheatre.

It it still used for performances today. It can hosts around 1500 people.

You can' t surely miss this huge statue of a blue horse at the ampitheatre.

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This park is really large. I think it takes a couple of hours to visit it at leisure.

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The rose garden.

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There is the bow of a ship on the grounds of the estate. It is named Puglia.

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This military vessel was donated in 1921 to d' Annunzio by the Italian navy.

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On the highest point on the estate there is the Mausoleum.

D' Annunzio and some other people are buried here.

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I also visited the Heller garden in Gardone Riviera. It is also known as the Giardino Botanico Arthur Hruska.

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This garden was created in 1903 by Arthur Hruska. He was an Austrian dentist and botanic.

In 1988 the Austrian singer Andrè Heller bought it.

He also added a good number of sculptures made by artists as Keith Haring, Roy Lichtenstein and Mimmo Palladino.

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Some big koi carps live in one of the lakes of the garden.

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There are more than 3000 species of plants into this garden.

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A beautiful stilt house. I checked if I could enter, but it isn' t possible.

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A nice Buddha.

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This statue should represent the god Ganesh.

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There are the lavatories at the garden...and a water trick before these.

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Almost at the end of the garden there is a cafe.

This garden is opened from march to october.

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It was a good holiday.

Posted by Maurizioagos 17:25 Archived in Italy Tagged lake riviera garda gardone gargnano. Comments (6)

Mel. A beautiful little village in the Veneto region.

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Mel is a small village located almost halfway between Belluno and Feltre.

It is so small you can explore it in a couple of hours. Small, but beautiful.

The main square in Mel; piazza Papa Luciani is quite large. Papa Luciani was pope Johannes Paulus I. He was pope for a very short time.

This square is surrounded by several palaces built from the 1500.

Here you see the town hall; built in 1510. Besides it you see the Palazzo delle Contesse. It houses an archaeological museum, the tourist office and some halls for meetings.

There is also the parish church in the square. The Santa Maria Annunziata church. It was built in the 1600.

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Another palace you see in piazza Papa Luciani is Casa Franceschi. Long ago it was completely covered with frescoes.

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Mel has a couple of restaurants as far as I know. One of these is the Antica Locanda (inn) Cappello. It dates to the XVII century.

This restaurant is also in the main square. It is the orange building you see in this picture.

It was closed when I visited Mel.

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Here you see another beautiful palace situated in piazza Papa Luciani; Casa Fulcis (and later Zadra).

Today it houses an ice cream parlour. Also this place was closed the day I was in Mel.

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In Mel there is a cafe where you can buy newspapers, magazines and cigarettes, a pharmacy and some other shops, but not many.

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There is a small bakery some meters from the square. It is also a grocery shop.

Here you can buy a good cake make with jam or Nutella and various other sweet treats.

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Palazzo Pivetta is a palace you can find a little downill from piazza Papa Luciani.

As you can see this palace has an arch. Under this arch you will walk on a Roman road that takes to some other villages.

Mel is really a good place to visit as a day trip from where I live; even if it wasn' t easy to get there!

Me and my partner got lost in the countryside! Not for long.

Posted by Maurizioagos 14:54 Archived in Italy Tagged the off northern path italy; veneto place. beaten village. Comments (7)

The Pinè Plateau.

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I often do a day trip to the Pinè Plateau. It is only some kilometers far from the village where I live.

This plateau is situated over 900 meters on the sea level., so it is the right place to go to avoid some hot places in the summer; as Trento.

There are several villages on this plateau.

I' ve be in this area lots of times. After some years I decided to re visit some places here.

Baselga di Pinè; one of the main villages at the plateau, is situated at some 960 meters on the sea level.

This village has a good choice of hotels, restaurants, cafes and shops. It is a very popular tourist resort.

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One of the sights to see in the old core of Baselga di Pinè is the church of Santa Maria Assunta.

This church was mentioned nel 1220. It was torn down and rebuilt in the XV century.

It was enlarged around 1535 and also between 1729 and 1743.

It is a small church.

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There are some beautiful frescoes into the church.

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Once you have visited the church you could stroll around the old core of Baselga. It is really nice.

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Part of the square in the old core.

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There is a lake in Baselga di Pinè; the lake of Serraia.

This lake is of glacial origin.

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You can swim or go boating on the lake.

You can also walk around it.

Along the lake there are several cafes and I think some restaurants.

There is a playground area for children near the lake.

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Miola is a hamlet of Baselga di Pinè.

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In Miola you can find only a couple of restaurants and cafes and a supermarket.

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Here you see part of a square in this hamlet.

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There are mostly ancient stone houses in Miola.

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At Christmas time Miola turns into "el paes dei presepi". Translation; the village of cribs.

Cribs are created at various places in Miola.

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Lago delle Piazze is an artificial lake surrounded by some beaches and a large meadow.

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Even on this lake you can swim or have a boat trip.

Also at lago delle Piazze there is even a playground area for children.

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Hotel Pineta is a hotel overlooking this lake. I usually have a cup of coffee here before my stroll along the lake.

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One day I am going to have lunch at this hotel.

Posted by Maurizioagos 10:31 Archived in Italy Tagged italy pine trentino lake. Comments (5)

Pesaro and Urbino.

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I did two day trips more when I was in Gabicce Mare. I visited Pesaro and Urbino.

I had already been to these towns some years ago.

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Pesaro is a beautiful town situated in the Marche region. It overlooks the Adriatic Sea.

It was the birtplace of Gioacchino Rossini (1792 - 1868); a famous Italian composer.

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Piazza del Popolo is the main square in Pesaro. Here you see the Palazzo Ducale (the ducal palace) and a fountain; built in 1593 and restored between 1684 and 1685.

The first structure of the ducal palace was probably commissioned by the Malatesta family (the lords of Pesaro!) between 1285 and 1429.

The present palace was built on the orders; in the 15th century by Alessandro Sforza. It was restored in 1523 .

It is opened to visitors, but I haven' t visited yet.

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Every morning inside the two cloisters of the ex monastery of saint Domenico a food and vegetable market is held.

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A vist to this market is probably a good opportunity to find some typical Italian food.

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The house where Giacomo Rossini was born and spent the first years of his life is not far from piazza del Popolo.

Today its interior is a museum dedicated to the composer.

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The cathedral of saint Maria Assunta was originally built joining two churches; one dated to the IV century and the other to the IV century.

This church was remodelled more times trought the centuries.

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On the floor of the church there are several Roman mosaics.

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This nice buliding is Casetta Vaccari. It dates to the 1400. Today there is a cafe on its ground floor

Not far from Casetta Vaccari there is a palace that houses some museums of art; the Musei Civici.

I think this palace has a section with archaeological artifacts.

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It is a pleasure to get lost in the Pesaro backstreets.

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This is a shop inside an old building.

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Villino Ruggeri is a small palace built in the Art Nouveau style.

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It was built from 1902 to 1907.

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You can see it on the street that takes to the beaches.

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In piazzale della Libertà; a large square not far from the sea, you will surely notice a large sculpture. The Sfera Grande.

It was created by the sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro in 1998. It is a copy. The original Sfera Grande is on display somewhere.

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We can say that Pesaro is a beach resort. It has a long beach.

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Orti Giuli is a place I like very much. It is a small park.

It was created between 1827 and 1830.

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I spotted these boats from Orti Giuli.

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Urbino is a large walled town with a well preserved Medieval and Reinassance center.

It is located at the top of a hill.

Palazzo Ducale is the main sight in Urbino. It was built in various phases. It was finished in the second half of the XV century.

Inside the palace the Galleria Nazionale delle Marche is housed.

This palace was commissioned by Federico da Montefeltro (the leader of Urbino) from 1444.

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One of the things I was going to see in Urbino was the botanical gardens. Its name is Orto Botanico.

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As in other botanical gardens here there are some conservatories.

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These gardens was created in 1809. It is not a large gardens, but there is a large variety of plants and flowers.

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Some streets in Urbino are very steep!

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Other sights in Urbino are the oratory of saint John the Baptist and the oratory of saint Joseph.

I wrote about these churches in my previous post about Urbino.

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If you like to enjoy a great view over a large part of Urbino you could head to the park outside the Albornoz fortress.

This fortress dates to the second half of the XIV century.

Posted by Maurizioagos 18:52 Archived in Italy Tagged marche resort seaside region. pesaro urbino Comments (4)

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