Italy Off The Beaten Path

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    Wall of Pinocchio masks
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    arched house in the old core of Ferrara
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Italy Off The Beaten Path

  • Outside Rome

    Rome Off The Beaten Path

    FANCY A DAY WALKING THROUGH AN (ALMOST) INTACT ROMAN CITY? Pompei (or Pompeii) was destroyed almost instantly by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Now, with a little extra time, you can walk its streets and enter the courtyards of Roman Villas. You do need an EARLY START. Buy your tickets the day before at Termini Train Station to go to the PIAZZA...

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  • Back Street Canals

    Venice Off The Beaten Path

    Travels in Italy: Doing the math……Venice/ Venezia According to Venetian official statistics approximately 16 million people visited the province of Venice in 2011, with increases projected for 2012-13. Most if not all visitors, come to visit the central island Venezia in order to see and be in the heart of the city. Geographically the city center...

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  • Pratolino Park and Villa Demidoff

    Florence Off The Beaten Path

    To the right of the charming Piazza Demidoff is a public garden called the Demidoff Gardini, with a statue covered by a Victorian glass canopy - monument to Nicolo Demidoff, Russian Ambassador in Tuscany . This square was dedicated to the Russian noble Nikolaj Demidoff (1773 – 1828). The Italians converted his Russian first name to the familiar...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Excursions

    Rimini Off The Beaten Path

    You can catch a regular bus from outside rimimni train station to San Marino. San Marino is a village on top of a mountain with 200 souvenir shops that sell weapons mainly. No wonder the Italians couldn't conquer them!!!

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

    The catacombs where the young Santa Agnes was laid to rest after her martyrdom in 304AD became a place of pilgrimage almost immediately after her death and when Constantine's daughter Constantia was cured (legend says of leprosy) by praying to the saint they became important enough for an imperial princess herself to be entombed there. Constantia...

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  • Lido di Venezia

    Venice Off The Beaten Path

    After seeing the similarities between Venice and Murano, I was expecting something alike in Lido. What a surprise! Lido is a modern continental neighbourhood, more Mestre than Venice. Even the unique monument I could see in the island was modern and absolutely different from Venice. Built after WW1 this temple is clearly seen when we approach...

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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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  • 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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  • Excursions

    Pisa Off The Beaten Path

    When you are in Pisa for a longer time it might be nice on one of your daytrips to visit the "Ponte della Maddalana" in Borgo a Mozzano. In the photo you can see the Maddalena's bridge or also called 'Devil's Bridge' (ponte del diavolo). The bridge connects the two banks of the river Serchio at the height of Borgo a Mozzano. Look 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Park of Miramare

    Trieste Off The Beaten Path

    In the park that surround the Miramare's Castle is possible to try scubadiving bare foot and without getting wet....how?There is another building in the park, called "Castelletto"in which is held the new Natural Marine Reserve.Here all visitors, make this exploration barefoot. So you can see and touch all marine habitats that characterize the...

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  • Cattacombe dei Cappuccini

    Palermo Off The Beaten Path

    The Capuchin Catacombs is something to se if you are interested in mumified or emlamed bodies and the art. It was scary to visit at first and those who have a weak stomach are suggested not to go. Macabre, and yet awesome, this most unusual site represents a custom that was deeply rooted in the traditions of Palermo's wealthy society. One of the...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • San Giorgio

    Portofino Off The Beaten Path

    The interior of San Giorgio is nice , but not very special, in comparison with plenty of other churches in Liguria and Italy. The church was almost completely destroyed in WW II and was reconstructed again afterwards. This church is also quite a popular place for marriages !

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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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  • Ancient Rome

    Rome Off The Beaten Path

    I've passed through Termini station many, many times on my visits to Rome but it was only on this last visit that I spotted a *huge* chunk of Roman wall standing near the bus station area. I originally made this tip thinking the chunk was part of the Aurelian Walls ( built between 271 and 275AD, enclosing all of Rome's seven hills as well as what...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Mount Vesuvius

    Pompeii Off The Beaten Path

    When you are at the Pompeii ruins, you can see Vesuvius up close and personal. Vesuvius is a National Park in Italy. View their website for more information, but for now here are two small details. On foot: the ascent begins at the 1000m high parking lot.Follow the signs to the trail... Going to the to edge of the crater -- 6 Euro.

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  • sea and harbour

    Genoa Off The Beaten Path

    There is some monument in Porto Antico, made in a form of raw block of stone with calligraphic inscriptions over it. I couldn't find any information regarding it so in case somebody knows what it is please let me know. Thanks.

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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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  • Villa Revoltella

    Trieste Off The Beaten Path

    Villa Revoltella is a park located on the city's outskirts. On its grounds there is a beautiful chapel; built around 1860 and a beautiful chalet. It was the summer residence of Baron Revoltella (XIX century). You can go to Villa Revoltella by bus from the city centre (n. 25 or 26). The entrance to the park is in via de Marchesetti.

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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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  • Royal residences

    Torino Off The Beaten Path

    From this little station you can take the train to arrive on the top of Superga Hill, where there is the amazing Superga Church, where there are the tomb of the first Italy's Kings and Queens The price to go and to come back are: from Mo to Fri € 3,10 Sat-Sun- € 4,13

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  • Brunate

    Como Off The Beaten Path

    High up in the hills of Brunate is a house with a large plaque in front of it. A "famous" East European (I believe Bulgarian) writer should have been living here a while. Name: Penzo Slaveikov. Personally, I've never heared of the guy, but ... people who read his books eagerly, might see this house as well as a place to visit in Como.

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