Treviso MarathonOctober 10, 2016
Palladio Venetian VillasJanuary 18, 2017
Venice and islands
Piazza San Marco is the heart of the city, dominated by the Basilica of St. Mark, enriched by oriental marble and by five Byzantine domes, and next to the Ducal Palace, Doge's residence overlooking the San Marco Basin. Not far away, the elegant Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri). The city's road axis is the Grand Canal, which overlooks the Baroque church of Santa Maria della Salute and sumptuous palaces. From the famous Rialto Bridge, near the ancient markets, the commercial hub of the city, you enjoy unrivalled views of Grand Canal and the city. The treasures of Venetian art from the 14th to the 18th century are kept in the galleries of the Academy and in the San Rocco School, which preserves the extraordinary cycle of Tintoretto's canvases. The masterpieces of modern and contemporary art are hosted at the Ca’ Pesaro Museum and the Biennale d'Arte, as well as in the numerous galleries. Cannot be missed in the Lagoon are Torcello, with its early Christian Cathedral with its beautiful mosaics, Murano - an island linked to the artistic glass tradition - Burano with the colorful fishermen's houses and the beautiful hand-embroidered lace.
Padua is a city full of art and history. To visit are the restored Palazzo della Ragione and Loggia dei Carraresi, testimonies of the ancient splendor of the Signoria dei Carraresi, the Scrovegni Chapel, which houses a very important cycle of frescoes by Giotto. Also worth visiting is the Basilica of S. Antonio, with the relics of the Saint, S. Giustina and the Cathedral with its admirable Baptistery. Padua is a city full of life, especially in the central places of the Herbs, Piazza della Frutta and Pra della Valle, the largest elliptical square in Europe. Padua is also a center of culture, with its ancient university campus where Galileo Galilei taught, with the Anatomic Theatre with the first European Botanical Botanic of Europe, now UNESCO heritage. Do not miss the historic Caffè Pedrocchi, the porticoes, the walls and the Renaissance gates, the Jewish ghetto.
The Arena, the Roman amphitheater that hosts the prestigious summer lyric season, stands majestic in Piazza Bra. Not far away is the Juliet House, with its famous balcony, the protagonist of Shakespeare's tragedy. The characteristic Piazza delle Erbe hosts the city market. To admire the testimonies of the past tied to the Signoria Scaligera, just go to Piazza dei Signori and admire the Palazzo Cangrande and the Loggia of Fra Giocondo, the Palace of Cansignorio and Palazzo della Ragione. The Duomo is worth a stop, inside which is the famous palace of Titian, and not far from the Basilica of Santa Anastasia and the Roman Theater. To complement, you can also visit the Basilica of San Zeno, a fascinating example of Romanesque architecture, and Castelvecchio, the ancient manor erected in the 14th century by Cangrande II of the Scala.
Master Andrea Palladio left Vicenza, and not only, some of his most majestic works. Among them, in the Piazza dei Signori, you will find the Palladian Basilica and the splendid Capitanio Lodge. Other works of Palladio characterize the city: Palazzo Chiericati, now home to the Civic Museum and the Pinacoteca, Palazzo Barbaran da Porto, home of the Palladian Museum, Palazzo Valmarana and many other Venetian palaces. Of particular value is the architectural work of the Olympic Theater. To visit are also the church of Santa Corona and the Duomo, which preserve precious works of art. On the hill overlooking the city rises the Basilica of Monte Berico, a place of spirituality, which houses its precious works, including a canvas by Paolo Veronese.
Lago di Garda
Lake Garda is the largest Italian lake, and over it there are three regions: Veneto, Trentino Alto Adige and Lombardy. Thanks to the richness of history, art and culture and the strategic position that has made it a crossroads of traditions, it is one of the most fascinating places in Italy. In fact, Lake Garda is not only beaches, thermal waters, sunshine, and walks on the lakeshore, the Garda is rich in history and characteristic corners, often short of distance and reachable in a short time. These features offer visitors numerous cultural opportunities, including visiting the museums in the area and art cities such as Verona and Mantua, appreciated all over the world, and encounters of eno-gastronomic, natural and landscaping interest such as Valpolicella, Valtenesi and Mount Baldo. To visit there are more tourist destinations offering every kind of entertainment (Desenzano and Peschiera del Garda), as well as picturesque landscapes overlooking the lake offering peace and nature, such as Limone, Lazise and Malcesine, or choose to visit rich places of history and culture, with castles and villas, museums and churches such as Salò, Sirmione, Garda, Bardolino and Torri del Benaco.
Po Delta Natural Park
The Po Delta is an awesome land still largely unknown, to be slowly discovered. The simple presence of the casoni, the peculiarity of the bridges of boats, the cane environment, the horizons, the activities in the valleys, the lagoons and the gardens, to the charm of the mouth and the sand in continuity with the sea. The Po Delta is characterized by the majestic presence of the Po River, the longest in Italy. With its 650 kilometers it crosses the Padana plain to the Adriatic, where it flows into the delta, creating one of the largest wetlands in Europe and the Mediterranean. When stretched in the sea as a triangle, the Po Delta is the youngest part of Italy. In fact, that prominent territory of the upper part of the Italian boot has begun to form little more than 400 years ago and is constantly evolving. The extension of the protected areas of the Park is 120 square kilometers. There are 9 municipalities concerned, all in the province of Rovigo: Adria, Ariano in Polesine, Corbola, Loreo, Papozze, Porto Tolle, Porto Viro, Rosolina, Poultry Po.
The Dolomites and Cortina d’Ampezzo
The Ampezzo Dolomites are an extraordinary area, characterized by the isolated peaks that stand out on the horizon. It is a unique landscape, known all over the world, which has enchanted the soul of many people for the majesty and beauty of the mountains. The Ampezzo Dolomites are the natural setting of the natural park of the Dolomites of Ampezzo, including the Tofana mountain ranges, Fanes, Col Bechei, Red Croce d'Ampezzo and Cristallo. The park was set up in 1990 and is run by the Comunanza delle Regole d’Ampezzo. In the Ampezzo Dolomites you can visit Cortina d'Ampezzo, one of the most famous ski resorts in the Alps and frequented by athletes, winter sports and not only, and by the numerous people in the world of entertainment. The Ampezzo Dolomites boast four ski areas, including further ski areas. A wide choice that includes hundreds of kilometers of well snowed slopes, immersed amongst the most picturesque tops of the Dolomites. During the summer in the Ampezzo Dolomites, you can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, such as hiking and mountain biking or horseback riding. In the evening, cultural events and shows await you. Under the Five Towers, you can not miss the open-air museum dedicated to the First World War and the Natural Park of the Dolomites of Ampezzo, where you can admire pure nature, through eight ferry routes and six equipped paths. An excellent welcome is offered by the eleven alpine huts situated in the park or in the immediate vicinity.