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The Beauties of Piemonte: Le Langhe
Sunday, October 07TH, 2012 by Francesca Bezzone
The Beauties of Piemonte: Le Langhe I was born in the province of Cuneo, near the Alps, in a village that looks like a still from a 1930's movies, where women still feel they need to have red lipstick and heels to leave the house and go buy bread, where Sunday is still the day you go to mass at eleven in the morning, then stroll down the portici of the main street, chatting with people and end up at the caffe' for a San Simone before lunch.   A village where you still see the scars of World War Two, because our valleys have lost a whole generation of men, then, and there is not a single...
Macerata
Thursday, August 23TH, 2012 by Glauco
Macerata     43,123 inhabitants.  Macerata is a nice, small town that is right on the top of a hill and it resembles the typical Italian panorama, just about 300 meters above the sea level. The city is pretty, probably not as breathtaking as some of the most famous ones such as Florence, Rome or Venice, however it still represents a pleasant visit and interesting historical site to see.  Two areas worth seeing are the Porta Mercato (Market Door) and Porta Montana, two doors that in the past were access points to the city.  The Cathedral completed in 1464 is also worth visiting, as well as...
Verbania
Monday, August 13TH, 2012 by Glauco
Verbania     31,115 inhabitants. A fairly recent province considering that it was only established in 1992, Verbania has an extraordinary location, right on the shores of Lake Maggiore. It combines nature, mountains and national parks in the very favorable geographic location surrounding Verbania.   Among those parks the one that definitely deserves a visit are the botanic gardens of Villa Taranto. They are actually the product of the hard work of Scottish man, Neil McEacharn, and today it is a rich garden with over 20,000 different species of plant.     Although, in the past Verbania...
Getting to know Piedmont
Friday, July 15TH, 2011 by ancos
For the 150th anniversary of Italian Unification, we simply must visit the region where it all started. Piedmont, land of stupendous mountains and great lakes, is one of the cradles of Italian culture. It is the birthplace of or highly influential on many of the leading figures in the history of Italian modern thought, and Turin was the first Capital of Unified Italy. While visiting Piedmont is exciting at any time of year, it is worth a visit in winter when its famed sky resorts and the structures left from the Winter Olympics of 2006 offer first class infrastructures to winter sports...
Lake Orta
Friday, January 22TH, 2010 by ancos
  Lake Orta - View Lake Orta and the surrounding area are quiet, beautiful and filled with gorgeous architecture. It is an enchanting spot that is less crowded than the larger lakes in the area. Located in northern Italy, on the west side of Lago Maggiore, the modern name of the lake was bestowed in the 16th century. Previously the lake was called Lago di San Giulio, after the area’s patron saint, a builder of churches. While you’re at Orta it may seem as if you are in another world, but the truth is the area is quite close to other cities. It is only 35 km away from Novara by train and, in...
Lake Maggiore
Friday, January 22TH, 2010 by ancos
  Lake Maggiore - Panorama   Of the three large pearl pine lakes in Italy, Lake Maggiore is the westernmost and the second largest after Lake Garda. The lake acts as a boundary between Lombardy and Piedmont and a part of it also sits in Switzerland (which can be reached from Italy either by train or by a short ferry ride.) Lake Maggiore is less crowded than Garda and less glitzy than Como, offering one of the more relaxed and natural experiences of all the grand Italian lakes. Although Maggiore is best enjoyed between May to October its climate is relatively mild throughout the year,...
Gran Paradiso National Park
Monday, January 18TH, 2010 by ancos
  Gran Paradiso National Park - WaterfallGran Paradiso National Park was the first of its kind in Italy and remains one of the best known. Filled with majestic mountains and valleys, as well as a variety of vegetation and animal life, the park in the Graian Alps is certainly something to experience. The park’s lowest valley is at 800 meters above sea level while its highest peak, which belongs to Gran Paradiso Mountain, is over 4,000 meters high. If you take a trip to Gran Paradiso you will experience gorgeous alpine grasslands, glaciers and unique rock formations that won’t soon be...
Shopping in Piedmont
Tuesday, December 29TH, 2009 by ancos
Piedmont on the Italian map The region of Piedmont in Italy is spread over an area of 25,399 sq km and has a population of around 4.4 million. The region is surrounded by Alps on three sides. It shares a border with France and Switzerland the regions of Aosta Valley, Liguria and Lombardy. The region has quite fertile land, because of which agriculture in the region is of high quality. The main products that are grown in the region are cereals, maize and fruits. The region's economy is also highly dependent on cattle breeding because of which it has plenty of good varieties of cheese. One of...
The Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy
Wednesday, December 23TH, 2009 by ancos
One of the most important pilgrimage sites in Italy are the Sacri Monti, or Sacred Mountains, that are located in the northern part of the country. These mountains are actually nine groups of churches and chapels created in the 16th and 17th centuries. Along with their religious significance these structures are also noteworthy for their architectural features and wealth of amazing art. For these reasons the Sacri Monti were named as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2003. The Sacri Monti are divided between the Lombardy and Piedmont regions of Italy, with two in Lombardy and seven in...
Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
Monday, December 21TH, 2009 by ancos
  Stupinigi Royal Hunting PalaceEmmanuel Philibert, the Duke of Savoy moved his capital to Turin in the year 1562. He then began a large project of a series of buildings and palaces to prove his power of ruling. These outstanding buildings had been designed and decorated by some of the best known artists of that era and radiated into the outskirts of Turin. The complex also includes various country homes and hunting lodges.     Some of the best known Royal Houses from this complex which have been included in the world heritage list are as given below:   The Royal Palace of Turin,...

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