Piazza IX Aprile is the main square of Taormina and, by far, the most beautiful one, located about halfway down the main street of the town, Corso Umberto. The square is populated with many interesting monuments and, from its terrace, you can admire a magnificent panorama of the Mount Etna, the Bay of Naxos and the Teatro Greco, the ancient theater of the city. Characteristic are the outdoor cafés and the artists who draw caricatures. SHORT HISTORY The square is called Piazza IX Aprile because on April 9, 1860, during a Mass held in the Cathedral of Taormina, rumors came about the arrival of Giuseppe Garibaldi in Marsala, a town in western Sicily, to start the liberation of the island from the Bourbon domination. The rumors turned out to be false, and Garibaldi arrived in Marsala a month later, on May 9. Before 1860, the square was called Piazza Sant’Agostino, after the Church of Sant’Agostino built in 1448 on the eastern side of the square, now deconsecrated and serving as the public library. ARCHITECTURE Another religious building located on Piazza IX Aprile is the Church of San Giuseppe, built in the 17th century. The church represents a beautiful Read more [...]
Castello Ursino is an interesting castle in Catania, former seat of the Sicilian parliament starting with the 13th century and residence of the Aragonese sovereigns until the 15th century. Since 20 October 1934, the castle is home to the Civic Museum. SHORT HISTORY The Ursino Castle was built in the 13th century by Frederick II of Swabia, King of Sicily and Holy Roman Emperor, as part of the defensive system of the eastern Sicily, which also included the Maniace Castle of Syracuse and the Swabian Castle of Augusta. The project was entrusted to the military architect Riccardo da Lentini. In 1296, the castle was taken by Robert of Anjou, King of Naples, and subsequently was conquered again by the Aragonese. The King Frederick III of Sicily inhabited the castle from the end of the 13th century until his death, in 1337. In the early 15th century, the castle was surrounded by various buildings, and Martin I, King of Sicily, cleared the space around it, to obtain a square named today Piazza Federico di Svevia. In the 16th century, a bastion called San Giorgio was built to defend the castle and some changes were made in the Renaissance style. Starting Read more [...]
Porta Garibaldi (Garibaldi Gate), called also Porta Ferdinandea, in honor of Ferdinand I, King of the Two Sicilies, is a triumphal arch located at the western end of Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, between Piazza Palestro and Piazza Crocifisso, in Catania. Through the gate, it can be seen in the distance, at the other end of Via Garibaldi, the wonderful Cathedral of Sant’Agata. SHORT HISTORY In ancient times, the gates to a city were very important, from the defense point of view. The gates were, in fact, the last barrier against a possible siege. The walls that surrounded Catania were built starting with 1541, on the initiative of the Viceroy Giovanni Vega. In 1621, there were seven gates, and three more were added later. The first seven gates were built for defensive purposes, while the other three had only an ornamental function. One of the last three gates was Porta Ferdinandea, built in 1768 to celebrate the marriage between Ferdinand I of The Two Sicilies and Maria Carolina of Austria. The gate was designed by the architects Stefano Ittar and Francesco Battaglia. Another name of the gate is Porta del Fortino, which comes from a fort built by the Viceroy Claudio Read more [...]
The Church of the Holy Spirit (Chiesa dello Spirito Santo) is a beautiful church located on the seafront of the Ortygia island, in Syracuse. SHORT HISTORY The church was built in 1727, during the Spanish domination of Sicily, by the architect Pompeo Picherali. The church stands on the site of the ancient First Church of Syracuse, built in the 4th century by the Bishop Germano and affected by the earthquakes of 1542 and 1693. ARCHITECTURE The facade of the church, built in Baroque style, has three orders separated by scrolls and marked by pilasters, surmounted by a three-mullioned window. The whole facade from white limestone is a continuous play of shapes, rich in decorations, with Corinthian elements. The church is the only one in Syracuse with an external dome. The dome has a diameter of 8 meters and is also in Baroque style The interior of the church has a Latin cross plan with three aisles. The vaults are decorated with frescoes and stucco. Unfortunately, today, the church is in poor condition, due to the numerous water infiltrations from the roof. The majestic pipe organ is in complete abandon and the stuccos and frescoes on the roof are Read more [...]
Castello Maniace is one of the most important monuments of the Swabian period, a magnificent example of the military architecture of the Roman Emperor Frederick II, located on the tip of the island of Ortygia, in Syracuse. The name of the castle derives from Giorgio Maniace, a Byzantine general who, in 1038, regained the city of Syracuse from the hands of the Arabs. The castle has a massive quadrilateral structure of 51 meters per side and about 12 meters high. At the four corners of the building are four cylindrical towers. The average thickness of the walls is about 3.5 meters. SHORT HISTORY On the place where the castle stands today, strategically important for the defense of the harbour, there were fortifications since the time of the Greeks. The building of the castle is attributed to Emperor Frederick II, who entrusted its construction to the architect Riccardo da Lentini, shortly after returning from the Crusade in the Holy Land. The construction took place between 1232 and 1239. In 1266, the castle passed to the Angevins and, in 1282, it was conquered by the Syracusans in the revolt of April 11. In 1325, Peter II of Sicily, the son of Read more [...]
The Church of Santa Lucia alla Badia is a church dedicated to the patron saint of Syracuse, Saint Lucia, located in Piazza Duomo, on the beautiful island of Ortygia, in Syracuse. The church is the place where is held, every year in May, the Feast of Santa Lucia delle Quaglie, to celebrate the miracle of 1646 which occurred right here. SHORT HISTORY The church was built between 1695 and 1703 after a project by the architect Luciano Caracciolo, on the site of a monastery from the 15th century, which was completely destroyed by the earthquake of 1693. Originally, the facade overlooked the street Via Picherali, but now it’s facing the main square of the city, Piazza Duomo. The structure of the church was heavily damaged during the Second World War, and a restoration took place in the 20th century. The flooring of the nave was replaced in 1970, as it was severely damaged due to humidity. ART AND ARCHITECTURE The facade is entirely built of light limestone and is divided in two orders by a wrought iron balcony. The balcony is not the original one, which was dismantled during the Second World War. The sumptuous portal of the Read more [...]
The Church of San Giovanni Battista is a church located in the upper part of the historical center of Riomaggiore. SHORT HISTORY The church was built in 1340, as stated by a plaque on the facade, at the behest of the bishop of the diocese of Luni, Antonio Fieschi. Due to a collapse of the church, an important restoration was carried out between 1870 and 1871. The extension of the complex and the reconstruction of the facade in the neo-gothic style preserved, however, the 14th-century rose window in white Carrara marble. ART AND ARCHITECTURE On the left side of the church, are still visible today the single-lancet windows and the two entrances in Gothic style decorated with zoomorphic and anthropomorphic elements. The interior has a basilica plan and is divided into three naves, with ogival arches. Among the preserved works of art inside the church are a triptych in the right aisle, attributed to the master Benedetto Antelami, a painting depicting the Preaching of John the Baptist, work of the painter Domenico Fiasella, a wooden crucifix by Anton Maria Maragliano and a marble pulpit of 1663. HOW TO GET THERE The Church of San Giovanni Battista is Read more [...]
The Church of Santa Margherita d’Antiochia is located in the seaside village of Vernazza, near the main square of the town, Piazza Guglielmo Marconi. SHORT HISTORY It seems that a first church in Romanesque style was built on this place in the 11th century. Two centuries later, the current church was raised on the foundations of the previous one, of which only the apse remained. The new building is mentioned for the first time in a document from 1318. Between the 16th and 17th centuries, the structure was considerably enlarged, however, destroying the medieval facade. In the 18th century, the church underwent a new renovation, with the interior being redecorated in Baroque style. From the 19th century, the access to the church is made from the square, through a door built in the apse area. Between 1964 and 1970, new restorations were made: the wooden roof was replaced, the bell tower was elevated and the interior was again redecorated in Romanesque style. ART AND ARCHITECTURE The church has a 40-meter-high octagonal bell-tower, crowned with arches and with an ogival dome on top. Inside, there are two paintings from the 17th century, a processional crate and a wooden crucifix, Read more [...]
Vernazza Beach is a rocky beach in Vernazza, somewhat hidden from the eyes of the tourists coming down from the train station, on Via Roma, heading towards the small port of the town. The beach is relatively new. It was formed by the debris during the flood of 2011, when the town was almost put to the ground. The beach is not spectacular, but its location near the cliff of Vernazza, with the colorful houses overlooking from above, makes it an interesting stop on your trip along the Ligurian coast. HOW TO GET THERE To access the beach, walk down on Via Roma, the main street of the town, until you see on your left an opening in the rock. Through this passage, you will reach the beach.
Along with the sea, the beach and the colorful buildings, the back of the Church of Santa Maria Assunta completes the superb painting of this beautiful seaside town named Camogli. SHORT HISTORY The church was built, according to historical sources, in the 12th century, on a rock in the immediate vicinity of the marina. Over the years, the structure has undergone various interventions and extensions, especially in the 16th century and in the 19th century. In 1970, in the three niches of the facade facing the small Isola square, the statues of the saints Prospero, Fortunato and the Madonna del Boschetto were placed. The building was consecrated in 1826 by the Archbishop of Genoa, Monsignor Luigi Lambruschini, and again, in 1847, by Monsignor Placido Maria Tadini. ART AND ARCHITECTURE The interior, decorated in Baroque style, consists of three naves and is entirely covered with fine stuccos in gold and polychrome marble. In the vault, frescoes of the late 19th century are preserved, made by the painters Nicolò Barabino and Francesco Semino. The high altar was made by the sculptor Andrea Casareggio, while in the sacristy we can find a painting by Luca Cambiaso. The chapels of the right Read more [...]
Camogli Beach is a 400-meter-long rocky beach in Camogli, overlooked by the colorful buildings of the town, bounded to the west by the Church of Santa Maria Assunta and to the east by the slopes of Monte di Portofino. If you don’t mind the pebbles, the beach might be perfect for you. The water is clear and the view is fantastic. On the beach, you can find plenty of lidos, with sunbeds and umbrellas. The beach is separated by the town by Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, an enchanting promenade on which you can find hotels, bars, restaurants and various shops. HOW TO GET THERE The beach is 150 meters or about 2 minutes on foot from the Camogli train station. The closest bus station is Piazza Schiaffino, on the route of the bus 73.
Hotel Piccolo Portofino is a 4-Star boutique hotel in Portofino, located in a historic villa that now features stylish interiors, surrounded by the typical luxuriant vegetation of the Ligurian Riviera. The hotel offers 23 rooms with air conditioning, satellite and pay-per-view channels. Some rooms have a balcony or sea views. Hotel Piccolo Portofino offers a private rocky beach with a bar and guests can relax on the terraces of the hotel, enjoying wonderful panoramic views. HOW TO GET THERE The hotel is located about 500 meters away from the center of Portofino, in a small beautiful bay. On foot, the hotel is about 8 minutes of walking from the Piazza Martiri dell’Olivetta, the main square of the town.
Belmond Splendido Mare is a 5-Star hotel located in the main square of Portofino, Piazza Martiri dell’Olivetta, overlooking the Marina di Portofino. The hotel offers 16 rooms and suites, all with free WiFi and a satellite flat-screen TV. The guests have access to facilities of the Belmond Hotel Splendido, located about 700 meters away, like the outdoor pool, the fitness centre and also the wellness centre. The Chuflay Restaurant, located near the hotel, offers regional specialities and a selection of fine wines. HOW TO GET THERE Belmond Splendido Mare is located right in the center of Portofino, about 50 meters away from the Marina di Portofino, 300 meters from the Church of San Giorgio and about 500 meters from Castello Brown.
Belmond Hotel Splendido is a 5-Star hotel in Portofino, located on a hillside overlooking the Marina di Portofino. The hotel offers 70 rooms and suites, some with panoramic views of the Gulf of Tigullio. All the rooms come with free WiFi and a satellite flat-screen TV. The guests can enjoy the outdoor pool, the fitness centre with sauna and also a wellness centre. The hotel has 3 restaurants serving traditional Ligurian cuisine. An American buffet is served daily for breakfast. HOW TO GET THERE Belmond Hotel Splendido is about 700 meters away from the main square of Portofino. If you want to stay as close as possible to the center of the town, you can search for accommodation at the other Belmond Hotel in Portofino, Splendido Mare, located right in Piazza Martiri dell’Olivetta.
The Church of San Giorgio is a small Catholic church in Portofino, located on an elevated position, enjoying a panoramic view of the Marina di Portofino. SHORT HISTORY The church was built in Romanesque style in 1154. The structure was revised and modified in 1691 and, at the same time, the road of Salita San Giorgio was widened, allowing to reach the church from the main square of the village. A further restoration took place in 1760. During the second war, the church was completely destroyed by a bomb. The reconstruction work started in 1950, and the church was rebuilt following the plans from 1760. Inside the church, there are the relics of St. George, the patron saint of Portofino, brought by the sailors returning from the Crusades. HOW TO GET THERE You can get to the Church of San Giorgio after a short climb of about 200 meters. Passing by the Church, you can reach Castello Brown after another 200 meters.
Castello Brown, formerly known as the Castle of San Giorgio, is an ancient military fortress placed in an elevated position, that dominates the small town of Portofino. The castle is surrounded by a Mediterranean garden full of cypress trees, flowers and pergolas. SHORT HISTORY During some excavations in the area, in the place of today’s castle were found traces of an ancient Roman watchtower dating back to the 3rd century AD. The first official information on the current structure dates back to 1425, when Tomaso Fregoso, Doge of the Republic of Genoa, occupied the village of Portofino. In the 16th century, several restoration and expansion works were made. Between 1554 and 1557, the castle was extended by a new platform towards the port, after a design by the engineer Giovanni Maria Olgiati. In 1624, new works strengthened the castle, and in 1728, other works were carried out, enriching the armament and arranging the interior of the fortress. The fortress passed under French rule in 1797, when Napoleon Bonaparte conquered Liguria. After Napoleon fled and the town was included in the Kindom of Sardinia and subsequently in the Kingdom of Italy, the military fortress was completely disarmed starting with 1867. Read more [...]
Marina di Portofino is one of the most beautiful harbours in the world, located in one of the most famous Italian destinations, Portofino. Marina di Portofino stands in the middle of a natural promontory and extends to the main square of the town, Piazza Martiri dell’Olivetta. There are many restaurants and terraces around the harbour, where you can relax and admire the beautiful port, but in order to enjoy the view of the entire Marina di Portofino, you should climb the stairs to the Church of San Giorgio or to the Brown Castle, two structures that dominate the surroundings. From there, the view is breathtaking. HOW TO GET THERE Portofino is very small. From any point of the town to the harbour is probably just a few minutes’ walk. Of course, if you need precise directions, you can use the map below.
Virgilio Grand Hotel is a modern 4-Star hotel in Sperlonga, providing its guests with quality services and comfort. The rooms have air conditioning, satellite TV and a minibar. Some rooms have an LCD TV, a Jacuzzi or a hydromassage shower. The Afrodite wellness center is specifically dedicated to the guests. The Wellness Area includes a sauna, a steam grotto, a heated hydro-jet bathtub and three massage cabins. The Beauty Area offers traditional beauty treatments. Every day at the Cortiletto Restaurant, you can have a rich buffet breakfast. During the summer months, you can enjoy your breakfast and the other meals on the restaurant terrace. HOW TO GET THERE The hotel is about 300 meters awy from the Piazza Fontana and the main bus station of Sperlonga. Use the map below to find it easily.
Malakiri is a bed and breakfast in Sperlonga, opened in 2016, the result of a long-held wish to share the beauty of this wonderful little seaside town. The rooms of Malakiri are completely refurbished, offering you a very comfortable stay. Each room is air conditioned, equipped with a TV and has a private bathroom. A cozy breakfast room overlooks a pleasant little garden, from which you can enjoy a beautiful view of the sea. HOW TO GET THERE The B&B is ideally positioned only 120 meters from the Ponente Beach and about 450 meters away from the Piazza Fontana and the main bus station of the city. To find it easily, use the map below.
B&B Sperlonga is a family-run bed and breakfast located in the lower area of Sperlonga, only a few meters away from the Ponente Beach. The B&B offers standard and superior rooms furnished in Mediterranean style. All rooms have private bathroom with shower, balcony, LED TV, WiFi and air conditioning. Breakfast is served in a cozy private area by the reliable and helpful staff. HOW TO GET THERE The B&B is located about 500 meters away from Piazza Fontana and the main bus station of the city. Use the map below to find the B&B.
Ponente Beach is one of the two wonderful sandy beaches of Sperlonga, located north of the historical center of the city, the other being the Levante Beach, to the south. The beach starts from the Piazza Fontana and stretches to the north as far as the eye can see. It has several hotels and bathing establishments, many shops, restaurants and bars. In the evening, it’s a delight to walk along the beach, on Via Cristoforo Colombo, enjoying a gelato from one of the dozens ice cream booths placed on the sidewalk. HOW TO GET THERE The main bus station of the city is located right at the southern end of the beach. When you get off the bus, the beach will be right in front of you.
Piazza Fontana is a small square in Sperlonga, located on the beautiful and sunny promenade of the town, just a few meters away from the enchanting Ponente Beach. From here, you can easily reach the delightful white historical center of Sperlonga, and attractions like Torre Truglia, Villa of Tiberius with its beautiful Grotto, and the Museum and Church of Santa Maria di Sperlonga. The square is characterized by two large white arches through which the beach is visible. In the western corner of the square, there is a marble fountain in the shape of an ancient ship. The area is used in the summer to host cultural, music and food and wine events. HOW TO GET THERE If you arrive in Sperlonga by bus, then you will stop right in front of the square. From there, you can easily reach the Torre Truglia, located about 350 meters away, on the road to the small Port of Sperlonga.
Torre Truglia is a watchtower standing on a rock on the promontory of Sperlonga, built in the 16th century as part of the defense mechanism of the Tyrrhenian coast, which was designed to detect and defend against attacks from the sea. SHORT HISTORY Torre Truglia was built in 1532 on the foundation of a pre-existing Roman watchtower. Two years later, it was devastated by the Ottoman pirates of Hayreddin Barbarossa. Rebuilt in 1611, it was attacked again in 1623 by the same Turkish pirates. Between 1870 and 1969, it was used by the Guardia di Finanza. Currently, Torre Truglia belongs to the Marine Education Center of the Regional Natural Park Riviera d’Ulisse. HOW TO GET THERE Torre Truglia is about 350 meters away from the Piazza Fontana and the main bus station of the city. If you walk along the seashore, you will see it from afar.
Present since 1937 in the historic center of Bologna, Ristorante Bolognese is located in an enviable position, close to major hotels, the railway station, the bus station, and a stone’s throw from the central Via Indipendenza. The restaurant, once used as a coal deposit, has a characteristic exposed stone ceiling with vaults, an architectural detail typical of old Bologna. The result is the right atmosphere, intimate and welcoming, in which to propose the typical dishes of the Emilian and Bolognese tradition. The presence of two rooms with a capacity of about 25 seats each makes it particularly suitable for business lunches, dinners or for groups. The Bolognese restaurant has an air-conditioned environment and, in summer, it also has a cozy outdoor veranda. The kitchen is directed by chef Alfredo Morisi with his twenty years of teaching in the old hotel school in Bologna and numerous experiences in the city’s historic restaurants. HOW TO GET THERE The restaurant is about 240 meters away from Bologna Centrale, the main train station of the city. The closest bus station is Stazione Centrale, about 110 meters away from the restaurant.
Situated a few steps from the Due Torri (the Two Towers), restaurant La Brace is a well-known landmark in Bologna for all lovers of good food. The dishes brought to the table are made after the traditional Bolognese recipes mixed with the flavors of Mediterranean cuisine. The menu ranges from typical dishes with home made pasta such as tagliatelle with meat sauce, tortellini in broth, to the famous Rigatoni La Brace or risotto with porcini mushrooms. Depending on the season, the dishes can be enriched with seasonal vegetables and excellent porcini mushrooms. The wide choice of fish dishes will satisfy all your requests, with freshness, variety and imagination. HOW TO GET THERE The closest bus station is Due Torri, about 110 meters away from the restaurant, on the bus lines 14, 19, 25, 27, T1 and T2. To find the restaurant on foot, use the map below.
Buca San Petronio is a restaurant located in the center of Bologna, 50 meters from Piazza Maggiore. Focused on the Italian Style, from food and wine proposals to design and background music, the restaurant welcomes you in an elegant room and a terrace located in one of the most fascinating corners of the city. The menu, rich in Mediterranean flavors, is created with high quality raw materials from the surrounding area – homemade pasta, Parmigiano Reggiano, Altedo asparagus, Parma ham… Colors, flavors, elegance and harmony: these are the basic ingredients of their creations. HOW TO GET THERE The closest bus station is Piazza Maggiore, about 120 meters away from the restaurant, on the bus lines 29, A, C and T2. To find the restaurant on foot, use the map below.
Casa Faccioli is an elegant Bed and Breakfast located in the historic center of Bologna, really close to the historic Piazza Maggiore, the Basilica of San Petronio and the other main attractions of the city. Casa Faccioli is, actually, a palace, in which the Bolognese painter Raffaele Faccioli lived and created his art. The building was redesigned in 1924 by the famous architect Edoardo Collamarini. The B & B is an excellent alternative to classic hotels. It allows you the freedom to have breakfast in your pajamas directly in the room or even on the terrace, enjoying a privileged view of the ancient towers. HOW TO GET THERE The closest bus station is Rizzoli, about 80 meters away from the B&B, on the bus lines 19, 20, 25, 27 and 62. Bologna Centrale, the main train station of the city, is about 1.5 kilometers away. To find the B&B on foot, use the map below.
Steam House Room & Breakfast offers the privacy of a guest house and the reception of a bed & breakfast in the historic center of Bologna, in a lively pedestrian street full of restaurants and characteristic places, a few steps from Piazza Maggiore, the main square of the city. The B&B has elegant and original furnishings inspired by the industrial style, which recall the adventurous times of the Victorian era. The rooms have private bathrooms with bidet, a desk and a flat-screen TV, and all the units are equipped with a coffee machine. A continental breakfast is available each morning at the property. HOW TO GET THERE Steam House is located about 1.3 kilometers from Bologna Centrale, the main train station of the city. The closest bus station is Irnerio, about 170 meters away from the property.
Hotel Internazionale is a 4-Star hotel located in a historic building in Via Indipendenza, in the heart of Bologna, within walking distance of the main attractions of the city. The ancient part of the building, on Via Indipendenza, was damaged during the Second World War and rebuilt in 1969 under the supervision of the architect Melchiorre Bega. Hotel Internazionale offers 80 double rooms, 12 single rooms, 12 superior and 12 deluxe, to satisfy every type of clientele. The hotel is equipped with a meeting room with natural light, and also offers the possibility of organizing catering services for small groups or individual customers. Free Wi-Fi is available everywhere. HOW TO GET THERE Hotel Internazionale is located about 650 meters from the Bologna Centrale, the main train station of the city. The closest bus station is Mille Indipendenza, about 80 meters away. To find the hotel on foot, use the map below.
Piazza Maggiore is the main square of Bologna and, at the same time, one of the most beautiful in Italy. The square is surrounded by the most important buildings of the medieval city, of which we can mention the Palazzo del Podestà, Palazzo Comunale, Palazzo dei Notai, Basilica of San Petronio and Palazzo dei Banchi. SHORT HISTORY Piazza Maggiore is one of the very first squares built in Italy after the fall of the Roman Empire. The square was built starting with the year 1200, when the Bolognese felt the need to have a central market and a public place for meeting. Only in the 15th century, the square received its present form, while in the 16th century the entire area was rearranged by papal will. Also, in the same century, the adjacent Piazza del Nettuno with the splendid Fountain of Neptune was built. In 1860, Piazza Maggiore was named after Vittorio Emanuele II, until 1943, when the king’s equestrian monument was transferred to the Margherita Gardens, where it is still located. From 1943 to 1945, the square was called Piazza della Repubblica, and from June 1945 took its current name. ARCHITECTURE The square measures 115 meters in Read more [...]
Although St. Peter’s Square (Piazza San Pietro) is officially a part of Vatican City, an independent state, informally it can be included among the attractions of Rome, as one of the most beautiful square in the Eternal City. Piazza San Pietro is located in front of the St. Peter’s Basilica dedicated to the homonymous saint, an apostle of Jesus and the first Catholic Pope, being the main meeting point for the Catholic faithful from all over the world. SHORT HISTORY At the beginning of the 16th century, the rectangular square was unpaved, with a difference in height of about 10 meters between the foot of the staircase leading to the basilica and the front of the esplanade that reached the Tiber. Pope Alexander VI opened the first new straight road of Rome, the current Via della Conciliazione, between the Sant’Angelo bridge and the gate of the Vatican Palace. Around this axis, the Borgo, the 14th historic district (rione) of Rome, is reorganized into a mix of public housing and cardinal palaces designed by the most important architects of the time. During the pontificate of Julius II, it was decided to completely rebuild the basilica. Throughout the 16th century, the Read more [...]
Piazza del Popolo (People’s Square) is a large square in Rome, located at the foot of the Pincian Hill, near the Villa Borghese gardens. SHORT HISTORY Until the end of the 19th century, when it assumed its current shape, Piazza del Popolo was a modest square with a trapezoidal shape. At the time of the Napoleonic occupation, the architectural and urban aspect of the square was revised by the architect Giuseppe Valadier. Thanks to his intervention, the square assumed the current elliptical shape, completed by a double exedra, decorated with numerous fountains and statues. In 1818, Valadier removed the old fountain of Giacomo Della Porta, which, under the pontificate of Pope Leo XII was replaced by a new architecture. Valadier continued its work of renewal of the square by arranging also the slopes of the Pincian Hill, connecting Piazza del Popolo and the hill with wide ramps, adorned by trees. ARCHITECTURE In the square, three churches are built. Basilica of Santa Maria del Popolo is the oldest one, located next to the gate with the same name, Porta del Popolo. The church was built in the 11th century by Pope Pasquale II, but was later rebuilt under Pope Read more [...]
Rosso di Sera Tuscany is a beautiful bed and breakfast set in a 19th-century Art Noveau villa, in Pisa. The B&B has 12 unique rooms, furnished with particular attention to detail, allowing you to live a unique experience, between the historic charm of Pisa and a new concept of hospitality. The rooms have private bathrooms, flat-screen TV and the WiFi is available everywhere. HOW TO GET THERE Rosso di Sera Tuscany is right in front of the Pisa San Rossore train station and about 4.5 kilometers away from the Galileo Galilei Airport. Piazza dei Miracoli is about 650 meters away from the B&B. The closest bus station is Cammeo, about 350 meters away.
B&B Villa Martina is a wonderful bed a breakfast in Pisa, located about 1 kilometer away from the Piazza dei Miracoli and the famous Leaning Tower. Villa Martina offers air-conditioned rooms with private bathrooms, flat-screen TV and free WiFi. The B&B features also a garden and a lounge. HOW TO GET THERE B&B Villa Martina is about 1,5 kilometers away from the main train station of the city, Stazione Pisa Centrale, and about 2.9 kilometers from the Galileo Galilei Airport. The closest bus station is Rustichello 3, about 300 meters away from the B&B, on the bus routes 5, 21 and LAM Rossa.
Hotel Terranova is a nice hotel located in a renovated building from the 1950s, offering inexpensive accomodation in Pisa. Each room has its own bathroom and TV. Concierge service is available 24 hours a day. In addition, the hotel provides bar and restaurant service. HOW TO GET THERE Hotel Terranova is about 900 meters away from the Stazione Pisa Centrale, the main railway station of the city, about 1.6 kilometers from the Galileo Galilei Airport and about 2.3 kilometers from the Piazza dei Miracoli and the Leaning Tower of Pisa. The closest bus station is Emilia 3, about 100 meters away from the hotel, on the bus routes 8, 12 and 16.
The Cathedral of San Rufino, known also as the Duomo of Assisi, is the main Catholic church in Assisi, located in the homonymous square. The Cathedral was built on a terrace that probably was the place of the ancient Roman forum of the city. SHORT HISTORY The body of San Rufino was probably brought to Assisi in the 8th century and a first church was built on this place around the same time. Ugone, Bishop of Assisi from 1028, moved the episcopal seat from the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore to the Church of San Rufino, and made the latter a Cathedral in 1036. In 1134, it was decided to demolish the Ugonian Basilica and to build a new and more imposing cathedral. The work for the new church, on a project by Giovanni da Gubbio, was started in 1140, but the construction lasted for several decades. In 1228, Pope Gregory IX consecrated the high altar and, in 1253, the whole church was consecrated by Innocent IV. In 1571, the interior of the cathedral was renovated according to a project by Galeazzo Alessi. ARCHITECTURE The facade of the Cathedral is one of the most significant works of the Read more [...]
Hotel Il Palazzo is a three-star hotel in Assisi, set in the left wing of a 16th-century building, Palazzo Bartocci Fontana, halfway between the Basilica of Saint Francis and Piazza del Comune. Each room at Hotel Il Palazzo is air-conditioned and comes with a LED TV, parquet floors and a private bathroom. Il Palazzo’s breakfast room features original vaulted ceilings, stone walls and modern decorations. HOW TO GET THERE The closest bus station is in Via Metastasio 1, about 300 meters to the hotel. The main bus station of the city, located in Piazza Unità d’Italia, is about 600 meters away. To get to the hotel from any point in the city, use the map below.
Hotel dei Priori is a three-star hotel in Assisi, located in Nepis-Cilleni Palace, a 16th century palace built by the architect Galeazzo Alessi. The original architecture of the palace is intact, and the guests can admire a Roman well dating back to the 2nd century AD, on their way to the breakfast room. The building has simple architectural lines and the imprint of nobility is noted as soon as you enter. The hotel has 34 rooms and offers a unique atmosphere thanks to period furniture and frescoed ceilings. All rooms have private facilities, hair dryer, air conditioning and heating, safe, TV, telephone, mini bar and WiFi. HOW TO GET THERE The closest bus station is in Piazza del Comune, about 30 meters away from the hotel. Piazza Unità d’Italia, where you can find the main bus station of the city, is about 800 meters away. If you need precise directions to the Hotel Dei Priori, use the map below.
Hotel San Giacomo is a two-star hotel in Assisi, about 100 meters away from the Basilica of Saint Francis and a few steps from Porta San Giacomo, one of the gates of the historical center of the city. Operating since 1988, San Giacomo Hotel has been built over a site dating back to the year 1000. According to archeological remains found in this area and in the foundations of this structure, the site was designated as an accommodation for the workers who built the Basilica of St. Francis. All rooms are equipped with private bathrooms with showers, flat screen TV, telephone and hairdryers. Some rooms still keep the brick vaults, typical of the Middle Ages, maintaining their ancient appeal. The Hotel has a lounge bar, a TV room, lift and a restaurant where you can taste the simple and traditional dishes of Umbrian cuisine. HOW TO GET THERE The closest bus station is Porta San Giacomo, about 15 meters away from the hotel. The main bus station of the town, located in Piazza Unità d’Italia, is about 650 meters away.
Via Roma 25 is a bed and breakfast located in the heart of the historic city of Arezzo, about 500 meters away from Piazza Grande, on the first floor of an old beautiful building, completely renovated. The property has four rooms. The design of the rooms is characterized by the four elements of nature: air, fire, earth and water. The B&B offers a continental breakfast served every morning from 7.30 am to 10 am, ultra-fast free WiFi, daily cleaning, luggage storage, parking in the vicinity monitored by a camera and free transfer from and to Arezzo railway station. Guests will have their room key, in order to move without constraints. HOW TO GET THERE Via Roma 25 B&B is located about 350 meters away from the Arezzo Train Station. The closest bus station is in Via Roma Portici, right in front of the B&B, on the bus lines LF4, LF6 and LF8.
La Pieve is a beautiful bed and breakfast located in the historical center of Arezzo, near the Roman Church of Santa Maria della Pieve, a few steps from Piazza Grande. The B&B offers its guests a total of 5 double rooms with private bathrooms, which are equipped with bed linen and towels, hair dryer, flat-screen TV, fan and heating. La Pieve B&B features a garden and a terrace. Breakfast buffet is available each morning. HOW TO GET THERE The closest bus station is in Via Ricasoli, about 260 meters away from the B&B, on the bus line CS2. La Pieve is located about 800 meters away from the Arezzo Train Station.
BiBi is a luxury bed and breakfast situated in the heart of the historical center of Arezzo, in the S. Andrea district, about 400 meters away from Piazza Grande. The B&B was born out of passion for beauty and it welcomes its guests since 2014, when it was refurbished, making their stay memorable in a city that is yet to be discovered. The B&B has three charming rooms, each one with its own unique personality, distinguishing from each other by the use of colours, lights and attention to details. The flats include kitchens equipped with refrigerator and dishwasher, balconies, a large room with a canopy bed, Murano chandeliers and luxury curtains, LED TV, air conditioning, private bathroom with a hair drier. HOW TO GET THERE BiBi is located about 950 meters away from the Arezzo Train Station and, if you need precise directions to the B&B, from any point in the city, use the map below. The closest bus station is Porta T. Trieste Lato Mura, about 160 meters away, on the bus lines L1S, LF3, LF4, LF6 and LF9.
Villino Erminia is a bed and breakfast located in an ancient house of the 17th century, in Pizzo. The B&B Villino Erminia is a mix of lights and shapes, past and present, Mediterranean colors and modern elegant lines, the result being an exclusive and refined solution for a relaxing holiday. The renovation of the building lasted over a year and, today, Villino Erminia is a place with all the modern comforts and services, large and comfortable spaces, and a beautiful atmosphere that makes the residence welcoming and unique. HOW TO GET THERE Villino Erminia is located 30 meters from the beach, at the edge of the historical center of Pizzo, about 1 kilometer from the Pizzo Train Station. To reach the hotel, from any point in the area, use the map below.
Piccolo Grand Hotel is a boutique hotel located in the historical center of Pizzo, about 150 meters away from Piazza della Repubblica and 200 meters from Castello Murat. Piccolo Grand Hotel welcomes you in one of its 17 elegant rooms and suites, with free Wi-Fi, air conditioned, LCD TV and a balcony. Sustainability had a great influence in planning the hotel. They use the power of the sun to produce hot water, the rooms have magnetic cards to optimize the energy consumption, the windows have magnetic contacts, the kitchens use induction for the cooktops and energy-saving LED lights reduce the demand for electricity throughout the house. HOW TO GET THERE Piccolo Grand Hotel is about 1.6 kilometers away from the Pizzo Train Station. For the right directions, use the map below.
Le Petit B&B is a spectacular bed and breakfast located in the historical center of Pizzo, a few minutes from the beach. The B&B provides a hot tub, a good breakfast, free Wi-Fi, flat screen TV, offering services of the highest quality at an affordable price. The Deluxe Suite consists of two large connected rooms, one with a double bed and the other with two single beds. The Deluxe Suite offers a two-person jacuzzi that will make your stay special. HOW TO GET THERE Le Petit B&B is located about 100 meters from the Murat Castle and Piazza della Repubblica, and about 1.5 kilometers away from the Pizzo Train Station. If you need directions, use the map below to get to the hotel.
Fontana Garibaldi is an old fountain in Pizzo, known before 1866 as Fontanavecchia (Old Fountain), about which the locals say it has medicinal water which can cure certain diseases. SHORT HISTORY In 1735, Ilario Tranquillo, the author of a book on the ancient Napizia (today’s Pizzo), was talking about the presence of about 80 water springs scattered throughout the territory of the town, fifty to the east and another thirty to the west, from the mountain to the sea, but also, above all, about the existence of two springs with medicinal waters. One of these two fountains is the so-called Fontanavecchia, which since 1866, when it was restored and embellished with a gray granite facade, changed its name to Fontana Garibaldi. It is certain that the Fontanavecchia existed before 1571, the year in which the historian Gabriele Barrio published the first edition of his monumental work Antiquities and places of Calabria, in which he wrote about the fountain. The water that flows from the Fontana Garibaldi is the color of iron, something that can easily be noticed in a glass or other transparent container. Even its taste is ferrous, so probably unpleasant for some people, it is drinkable and Read more [...]
The central Piazza della Repubblica in Pizzo overlooks the beautiful Tyrrhenian Sea that bathes the town, flanked by the imposing and beautiful structure of the 15th century Castello Murat. From the middle of the square, turned towards the sea, we can see on the right the statue of Umberto I, the King of Italy from 9 January 1878 until his assassination on 29 July 1900, to whom the square was previously dedicated. The sculpture was made at the beginning of the 20th century by the sculptor Francesco Gerace, while the granitic pedestal was made by Pietro Marmorato. On the left of the square, we find the Fontana del Commercio, built in 1864, made from the granite of a statue which was destroyed in 1860. Piazza della Repubblica is the main meeting point for residents and tourists. Here, you can find numerous places that allow you to taste some of the delicious local gastronomic products accompanied by the view of the splendid panorama. In particular, Pizzo is famous for its ice cream called tartufo, a ball of ice cream with a heart of dark chocolate, covered with bitter cocoa powder. HOW TO GET THERE Piazza della Repubblica is located in Read more [...]
Castello Murat (Murat Castle) is an ancient fort built in the 15th century in Pizzo. The castle is named after Joachim Murat, King of Naples and brother-in-law of Napoleon Bonaparte, who was imprisoned here and sentenced to death by shooting in 1815. SHORT HISTORY The castle was built in two different historical periods. The Mastia Tower (Torre Mastia), the largest tower of the castle, part of the defensive system implemented by the Angevins, dates back to the end of the 14th century. The tower was built for defense against the Saracen raids. About 100 years later, the castle was completed by Ferdinand I of Aragon, for the same purpose – to reject the Saracen attacks. The castle in Pizzo is one of many fortifications built under the Aragonese rule, in towns like Crotone, Cariati, Corigliano, Belvedere and Reggio Calabria. To the already existing Angevin tower, it was added a massive rectangular body, equipped with a tapered tower and a watchtower overlooking the Marina. The works lasted from 1481 to 1485. In 1505, it was ceded by Ferdinand the Catholic to the De Mendoza and later, by succession, to the De Silva, Dukes of the Infantado, who kept it until Read more [...]
Pizza Roma is an interesting pizzeria located in the historical center of Reggio Calabria, just a few meters from the splendid Lungomare Falcomatà. The two entrepreneurs, Nino and his wife, Francesca, are making an excellent pizza with high quality ingredients, balancing carbohydrates and proteins, using strictly fresh vegetables, meats and fish, presented through recipes designed for everyone. Nino and Francesca personally take care of the doughs, made with the best raw materials available on the market. This is why pizza from Pizza Roma is considered so special and continues to win the hearts of local people and tourists too. Pizza Roma offers competitive prices suitable for all budgets, maximum attention to customer needs, a rapid service and a constant search for quality. HOW TO GET THERE Pizza Roma is close to the northern end of Lungomare Falcomatà, about 1.7 kilometers away from the Reggio Calabria Stazione Centrale, the main train station of the city. If you need precise directions, use the map below.
Trattoria del Pesce Fresco is a restaurant located in the heart of Reggio Calabria, ready to welcome lovers of excellent Calabrian cuisine and the many visitors to the city. Trattoria del Pesce Fresco is pleased to welcome you with the best fish specialties. A wide variety of starters, main courses and side dishes will be available according to the daily catch. Based on the daily catch and the imagination of the Chef, the Trattoria del Pesce Fresco offers a wide selection of appetizers. Among the most popular specialties, we can find swordfish cake, octopus salad, sweet and sour onion soup, sea snail and many others. HOW TO GET THERE Trattoria del Pesce Fresco is about 450 meters away from the Reggio Calabria Stazione Centrale, the main train station of the city. For the right directions, use the map below.