Italy Off The Beaten Path

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Italy Off The Beaten Path

  • Outside Rome

    Rome Off The Beaten Path

    This villa was commissioned by Ippolito d' Este; son of Lucrezia Borgia in the late 1500. It is listed as UNESCO world heritage site. Its interiors are decorated with beautiful frescoes, but this mansion is mostly known for the gardens. These have five hundred fountains, built in various shapes. Some of these are activated during the day. Check...

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  • Back Street Canals

    Venice Off The Beaten Path

    The Schiavoni is Venetian name for Slav inhabitants, who had become so numerous and influential by the end of the 15th century that they could afford to built "Scuola di San Giorgio degli Schiavoni", by the side of the church San Giovanni di Malta. Scuola (confraternity house) or meeting house of Dalmatian immigrants is situated in Fondamenta...

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  • Architecture

    Florence Off The Beaten Path

    The Medici were a wealthy banker family that ruled Florence in the 1400-1700s. Much of the town, its buildings, and art have their symbols some place in them letting you know that they were the patrons who commissioned the work. How do you know if this is a Medici commission or not? Here are some of the symbols used – if you look closely (and some...

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  • The Lake District: Como, Maggiore, Iseo,...

    Milan Off The Beaten Path

    The city of Como on the shores of Lake Como is an easy day trip from Milan - a 45 minute train journey from Milano Cadorna station, with trains running regularly throughout the day and late into the night. It's a lovely city - the historic centre and cathedral, the many shoreline villas, ferries to many other Lake Como towns and villages. (See...

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  • The hidden little gems of the town

    Verona Off The Beaten Path

    The bust of Felice Cavallotti, 1842-1898, stands on the wall in the passage of Scaliger palace. He was Italian politician, poet and dramatic. In 1860 and 1866 he faught with the Garibaldi Corps. Cavalotti was killed on the 6th of March 1898 in a duel with Count Macola, editor of the conservative Gazetta di Venezia, whom he had assailed with...

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  • Excursions

    Bologna Off The Beaten Path

    perfect for a day trip from Bologna, only 40/60 min by train and you arrive in the town center...or half an hour by car...the best way to visit Ferrara is by bike inthis website you can find address where you can rent a bike %L[http://www.ferrarainbici.it/index.phtml?id=25 ]Ferrara in bici ...have a look to my Vt Ferrara pages to have some...

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  • Villas and houses

    Pompeii Off The Beaten Path

    Close to the Casa di Caio Giulio Polibio there is the Fullonica di Fabio Ululirtemulo. It has got two wonderful paintings showing Roman legends: on the right yuo can see Aeneas, Anchises and Ascanius; on the left there is Romulus with the trophy of weapons of the defeated king Acron.

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  • More than Campo dei Miracoli

    Pisa Off The Beaten Path

    Besides the Medicis which ruled Pisa after it lost to Florence in 1406, these Tuscan cities share one more thing - the Arno river. While the Arno looks romantic in Florence, it takes on a rather uninteresting 'industrial' character in Pisa, before it empties into the Ligurian Sea. Or was it perhaps because I visited the riverbanks on a cold, wet,...

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  • Eastern Riviera

    Genoa Off The Beaten Path

    Bocadasse at sunset is an interesting and romantic area just minutes from the center of Genoa. It's a great place to begin shaking off the jet lag, exploring the boardwalk and neighborhoods, absorbing the culture of the residents, and falling in love with Italy!

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  • Border Italy/Switzerland

    Como Off The Beaten Path

    From Como it is easy to take the train to either Lugano or Bellinzona in Switzerland. They are both beautiful places and worth a visit. Bellinzona Since 2000 the three castles, Castelgrande, Montebello and Sasso Corbarco, have been an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bellinzona has a beautiful location. It is situated by Ticino River in Ticino Valley...

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  • Old cafeterias

    Torino Off The Beaten Path

    The most famous Cafe in Torino.. locates in Galleria Subalpina near Piazza Castello. The place itself is very beautiful.. worth a visit.. Baratti & Milano is wellknown for their fine coffee, delicious afternoon snacks and delicate finger foods.. I bought some chocolate bars with hazelnuts there.. about 4 euros.. yum yum.. :) "You will find this...

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  • Villa Badoer Fattoretto

    Padova Off The Beaten Path

    Originally built in 1518 bu Giacomo Badoer, it was restored. In 1711 the gardens were added by Bernadino Badoer. Over the years ownership to many people/groups, but was owned a long time by Carlo DeChantal family. It became a hospital in 1945 for the Germans, and used by also as a quarters for its luxury and space. Ulderico Fatteoretto purchased...

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  • Trains & Trams

    Trieste Off The Beaten Path

    The tram de Opcina is a 105-year-old rack-railway line that connects Piazza Oberdan in Trieste to the suburb of Villa Opicina. It correspond to line 2 of the public transport network. The track is five kilometres long but the tram takes half an hour to cover them, due to the steepness. It is used mainly by people of Opicina who work in Trieste, but...

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  • The International Puppet Museum

    Palermo Off The Beaten Path

    We were not able to find a puppet show to attend and so this became the next best thing. This is a remarkable exhibit of a preserved "popular tradition". There are hundreds of marionettes & hand puppets of Italian and other venues both recent and ancient one as well as colorful backdrops, stages, etc. There are puppets of other continents such as...

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  • Excursions

    Rimini Off The Beaten Path

    Pesaro is a nice town and a summer resort. n fact, it has more than seven kilometers of sandy beaches. This is also the hometown of composer Gioacchino Rossini. One of the main sight in Pesaro is the cathedral. It was built on a church of the 5th century. Inside you can see several ancient mosaics below the floor. Another sight in this town is...

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  • S.Galgano Abbey

    Siena Off The Beaten Path

    Really exists only one sword in the stone, all over the world. It's S.Galgano's sword. We find it in Tuscany, between Monticiano (Siena) and Chiusdino, near the wonderful ruins of an impressive Abbey without roof with a meadow of green grass as floor and one sword in the stone. A lot of Britan carried in Tuscany.The sword also seems to be...

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  • Piazza della Vittoria – Monumento Ai...

    Treviso Off The Beaten Path

    On the place where Piazza della Vittoria stands today, used to be the biggest palace in Treviso built by Bressa family. The palace was demolished in 1824 and 100 years later, the King Vittorio Emanuele III inaugurated here a monument dedicated to the Venetian wars heroes: "Monumento ai caduti". Made in stone and bronze, the monument presents an...

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  • Islands

    La Spezia Off The Beaten Path

    I had the chance to visit the nearby islands with a local guy I had met at a club and found it simply enchanting. In a seculed beach he was able to ride the "baloney pony' until he could not stand it anymore! What a great place! I'm cuming back soon!

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  • Surrounding, San Fruttuoso di Camogli

    Portofino Off The Beaten Path

    San Fruttuoso di Camogli - you will be able to reach it by boat or you may walk there from Portofino ( 2 hours one way ) The church is of special beauty and it dates back to 1000 A.D. For lovely pics and some infos - please have a look on the San Fruttuoso-page of Chiara ( pollon )

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  • Fiumelatte

    Lago di Como Off The Beaten Path

    Fiumelatte - down the road from Varenna. So named after the fact that the gushing water is frothy and white... it is the shortest river in Italy (250 meters) and in fact only runs from May - October or so they say. Apparently when it runs it gushes although it wasn't exactly gushing when we saw it. It still was worth a pleasant walk out of town.

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  • Levanto

    Liguria Off The Beaten Path

    Nervi is a place I saw first , when I passed by in the train to Genua, and all the coastline was lighted, including the 2 small castellos and so decided to go there with Chiara the other day. Nervi has a lovely path along the coast with a lot of palmtrees and other great vegetation. My favorite place was the rosary, that looked great already in...

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  • Christian Rome

    Rome Off The Beaten Path

    A lovely, tucked-away church on the Celian Hill. Only 10 minutes walk from the Colosseum, but very peaceful. Giovanni and Paolo were two weathy-ish Romans who were beheaded on the spot (their houses) in 361AD, because they refused military service. What is supposed to be their house(s) is accessible under the church (the Case Romane: see tip),...

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  • Campos

    Venice Off The Beaten Path

    This large and open Campo is my favorite. It changes character throughout the day. It is open with some benches and a few trees. It is surrounded by cafes’ and residences. It is a wonderful place to take a load off and watch Venice drift by. I especially like it at night. There is music in one of the cafes’ sometimes and it seems to be part of...

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  • Local Life

    Florence Off The Beaten Path

    The original Adventures of Pinocchio was written by Carlo Collodi, who was from Florence. The story of the little wooden puppet carved by Geppetto is set in a little Italian village. The little puppet dreams of becoming a real boy and gets into trouble and is known for telling lies. The story was made famous by Disney with their animated movie...

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  • Churches

    Milan Off The Beaten Path

    The church of San Marco was first time mentioned in 1254 when the Augustinians built a Gothic style building on the site of an pre-existing construction. The church was dedicated to San Marco, the saint patron of Venice, after the help given by the Venetian Republic in the war against Frederick Barbarossa in the 12th century. The church was...

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  • Giardino Giusti

    Verona Off The Beaten Path

    We found this walking to Castel San Pietro. You can walk in and see the "renaissance garden" open up to you. Even if you do not want to pay the 5 euro or so to see it, you can get a peek of the beautifully sculpted gardens. If you choose to see the entire gardens, including a great view of Verona, it is is a worthwhile stop. This is especially...

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  • San Luca church

    Bologna Off The Beaten Path

    Leave the city behind by following the longest uninterrupted arcade in the world up into the hills to the San Luca Monastery. The arcade starts at Porta Saragozza and winds its way across roads and up to reach the monastery which looks over Bologna. Its a pleasant walk, not too strenuous and the arcade provides shade on a hot or rainy day. At the...

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  • Ancient Shops and Products

    Pompeii Off The Beaten Path

    From Herculaneum Gate, also known as the Saliniensis or the “Salt Gate”, the Street of Tombs begins. This was discovered during the first excavations in the city (1763-1838) and constitutes a complete example of a suburban street lined with villas, shops and sepulchres or tombs.

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  • Excursions

    Pisa Off The Beaten Path

    Lucca was founded by the Etruscans and became a Roman colony in 180 BC. The rectangular grid of its historical center preserves the Roman street plan. So, it has been writing its history for over 2000 years. The city built at the beautiful Tuscan landscape reveals many lovely and interesting old buildings, sights and for example an old and ancient...

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  • palazzi

    Genoa Off The Beaten Path

    I like to observe and explore the places when strolling around, there are so many small, hidden but beautiful details that can easilly miss to our attention. Details give us an impression wheter local people love their homes, their city and do they care for it. Once upon a time alot more attention were paid to details on the house that was...

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  • Lakeside Towns/Villages

    Como Off The Beaten Path

    I had been in VEnice and Trento for a drive around a few days before Christmas and ran out of time to see more of Lombardy so I flew back on New Years Eve and drove up along Lake Maggiore in beautiful sunshine and a beautiful sunset to Lugano and stayed overnight on the way from there to Como....and got up to lots of snow everywhere. The day was...

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  • Street market in Porta Palazzo

    Torino Off The Beaten Path

    I have never seen so much fruit and grocery for such low prices. Two kilo of grapes for 1 euro. 3 kilo of prunes for 1 euro's. Clothes, shoes. Fish inside the Mercato building. I am sure the mercato is on friday morning and saturday. Perhaps also on other days ? You can combine it with a visit to the Duomo (watch out....the Duomo is closed between...

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  • Giardini dell'Arena

    Padova Off The Beaten Path

    While planting and land form in much of the park appear natural, it is in fact almost entirely landscaped. The park contains several natural-looking lakes and ponds that have been created artificially. The park is made up of several parts. At the entrance to the park, to road Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi you will find the statue of Garibaldi, the...

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  • Sinagoga ebraica

    Trieste Off The Beaten Path

    Trieste had four beautiful ancient temples, all of which were destoyed. Above the doors of the temple there are the symbols of the Jewish community : a crown, the breastplate of Aron, palms and a sheaf of corn. Inside are gilded frizes, marble walls, and an imposing organ. There is also a Mikveh (ritual bath) in the basement.

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  • Vucciria

    Palermo Off The Beaten Path

    We wandered around the market for a while but it was near the end of the morning so traders were starting to pack up. Compared with the little shops we had used in Cefalu, the quality of fruit and vegetables was excellent and the prices were cheap.

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  • Villa Volpi

    Treviso Off The Beaten Path

    Actually, I couldn't find any useful informations about this magnificent villa, situated in Preganziol, lacality on a local road in between Treviso and Mestre. Right now, it is under major reconstruction works and since private property, public visitings are not allowed. Accordint to its style, it must be 17-19 century structure, as many other...

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  • Cathedral

    La Spezia Off The Beaten Path

    Having seen on a map that La Spezia has a cathedral, we wandered around trying to find it. So far, the churches we had visited in Italy were beautiful and antique, so I was looking forward to visiting "my first" cathedral there. Unlike my expectations, it turned out that La Spezia's cathedral is a modern building, round shaped as a chimney, as...

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  • San Martino church

    Portofino Off The Beaten Path

    Unfortunately the church of San Martino ( just a few steps from the main square ) was locked when I wanted to see the interior. It is in fact usual at many places in Italy to lock the churches most of the day, except for a few hours in the morning and except for church-service times of course.

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  • Villa Olmo Parco

    Lago di Como Off The Beaten Path

    There are many little passageways in the park behind the Villa. I spent an afternoon just wandering the little seldom-tred paths. Here is one of the parks lovely little secrets. 1) A little stream flows down from the mountain - 2) under the street that borders Villa Olmo - meanders through the property and runs into the lake (photo 3) We just had a...

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  • Ancient Rome

    Rome Off The Beaten Path

    I suspect many people don't really explore this area. Certainly every time I've been there there have been just one or two other couples or family groups wandering around. The area has been sorted out a bit since my last visit in 2004, although there are still piles of seemingly random stones around, safety fencing and poor signage. But it's worth...

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  • Isola Burano

    Venice Off The Beaten Path

    The second stop on our cruise was the island of Burano, which is located about 8 km north of Venice. If Murano is known all around the world for its glass production, Burano is almost as famous for its lace. Around 4,000 people live on this tiny island, which is also famous for its brightly painted houses. To this day, fishing and lacemaking remain...

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  • Daytrip - Fiesole

    Florence Off The Beaten Path

    The open top buses in Florence have two lines, A and B. A does the center and the real tourist tops in Florence. However with the same 20 Euro ticket you can go on line B. This goes out of florence to a small tow Fiesole. You get to see the lovely Tuscan countryside (sit on the right of the bus facing front to get the best picture opportunities)...

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  • Shopping or Fashion District

    Milan Off The Beaten Path

    ATTENTION!!!!!!!!!!! BURGLARS and THIEVES in a car park!!!!!!!!! LADRI nel parcheggio!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yesterday we parked our car in a car park and went shopping. Car was put locked and everything taken off sight. On return we found driver's glass smashed and 3 (!!!) suitcases packed with my and my parents' staff STOLEN. Police wasn't even...

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  • Lago di Garda & surroundings of the town

    Verona Off The Beaten Path

    Riva di Garda is the town on the very north-end of Lago di Garda / Gardasee and there you will see this great castle Arco built on a perfect place high above the valley, and almost un-accessible and protected by steep rocks. From Riva di Garda on the trafic was quite high and stop-and-go for more than 1 hour, maybe also for the fact that it was...

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  • Cars show

    Bologna Off The Beaten Path

    When I have visited Bologna, 14/09/2002, there was big Oldtimers show at Piazza Maggiore. I have took the picture of the most interesting cars. This is, so-called pedomobile, type Mercedes, the oldest car on the show.

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