The Garden of Ninfa, nature and wildlife

The Garden of Ninfa opens to the public and shows itself in all its beauty. From April the Garden of Ninfa, one of the most fascinating in Europe, returns to host walks and guided tours: an unmissable opportunity to immerse yourself in a truly extraordinary scenario.  Within the Garden of Ninfa there are cherry trees and ornamental apple trees that bloom in a spectacular manner in spring, varieties of deciduous magnolia, birch, marsh iris and a sensational variety of Japanese maples. In its more than eight hectares of extension there are more than 1300 plants and 100 surveyed birds. The Garden of Ninfa was declared a Natural Monument by Lazio Region in 2000, in order to protect the historic garden of international renown. The Garden of Ninfa is open to the public only on certain dates established with the entrance regulated exclusively through guided tours in order to preserve its delicate environmental balance. These are the opening dates of the Garden of Ninfa in 2019:

–         April: 6, 7, 14, 21, 22, 25 and 28;

–         May: 1, 4, 5, 12, 19 and 26;

–         June: 1, 2 and 16;

–         July: 6, 7 and 21;

–         August: 3, 4 and 15;

–         September: 7 and 8;

–         October: 5 and 6;

–         November: 3.

These are the opening times: from April to June in the morning from 9 to 12; the afternoon from 14.30 to 18; from July to September in the morning from 9 to 12, in the afternoon from 15 to 18:30; in October and November from 9 to 12 and from 14 to 16.

For more information, please check the dedicated website: https://www.giardinodininfa.eu/

 

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It’s Coffee time!

Coffee, coffee, coffee… Have you ever tried to order a coffee in Italy?  Ordering one is not as simple as at Starbucks. In Italy, everyone has his or her own preferences when it comes to coffee.

It does not matter where you go, you will always find coffee.

Italian people are proud of it and actually cannot eliminate coffee from their meals.

Italian cafeterias provide an enormous variety of coffee and the most famous are:

 

  1. Caffè espresso
  2. Caffè corretto
  3. Caffè decaffeinato
  4. Caffè doppio
  5. Caffè lungo (or caffè americano)
  6. Cappuccino
  7. Caffè macchiato
  8. Caffè marocchino
  9. Caffè latte
  10. Caffè al ginseng
  11. Caffè mocaccino

 

  1. Caffè espresso = is creamy, tasty and quite strong.
  2. Caffè corretto= is obtained by adding to a normal espresso a small amount of hard liquor.
  3. Caffè decaffeinato = is a coffee deprived of caffeine. People normally drink it in the evening and after dinner to avoid the risk of staying awake during the night.
  4. Caffè doppio = is simply a double dose of espresso.
  5. Caffè lungo = is obtained by draining more water than usual and contains more caffeine than normal.
  6. Cappuccino = is an espresso with foamed milk and it is generally topped with whipped cream.
  7. Caffè macchiato = is a normal espresso with addition of a little warm milk.
  8. Caffè marocchino = is a coffee with chocolate.
  9. Caffè latte = is a coffee with a huge amount of milk.
  10. Caffè al ginseng = is a creamy coffee with caramel.
  11. Caffè mocaccino = is a chocolate cream with coffee

 

Which is your favourite?

Soho House: new opening in Rome

Soho House was founded in London in 1995 as a home from home for people working in creative fields. There are now Houses located in the UK, Berlin, Barcelona, New York, West Hollywood, Miami, Chicago, Toronto and Istanbul.

The Soho House group, founded in London 25 years ago, is coming to the capital and is set – with its 23 hotels – on the exclusive mode of membership: access to hotels and services reserved only for those who are part of the club and can exhibit the coveted card . And becoming a member is anything but immediate: you have to pay a fee, of course, but above all you have to be recommended by someone and accepted by someone else. Soho House is today one of the most fashionable hotel chains in the four corners of the world.

While the arrival of Soho House in Milan is official, in front of the Pinacoteca di Brera, in Rome nothing has been ufficialized. To increase the curiosity about the project is the location far from usual, in fact instead of opening between Pantheon and Piazza di Spagna as it would be more canon, Soho House would have chosen an unusual neighborhood like San Lorenzo. The building is placed in the heart of the neighborhood, in front of Sapienza University.
But when thinking about Soho House, one can not avoid intriguing about the gastronomic offer. The company has always focused on food since ever and has been able, from nothing, to affirm authentic global brands such as Cecconi’s and many others.
The food should be organized in three spaces: a restaurant for the members only, probably high up and well panoramic; a support service to the pool (with bar included) and a large food hall on the ground floor, probably based on Pizza service. For more information, visit the dedicated website.

Accessible Ferrari Museum in Modena

The Museum Enzo Ferrari is more than just a museum. It is a spectacular immersive experience that combines a dizzying mix of unique ingredients. Visitors not only get to admire the stunning cars displayed in the futuristic 2,500 square metre main pavilion but are also treated to a spectacular audio-visual show to tell the magical story of Enzo Ferrari’s 90 years. A story that spans everything from his childhood in the early years of the 20th century to his racing driver days, his time as the Scuderia boss and then a constructor in his own right with the great triumphs that brought. This stunning piece of modern architecture is flanked by the workshop of Enzo Ferrari’s father which has been meticulously restored as the home of the Ferrari Engines Museum. A story within a story that further reveals just how absolutely unique the marque is.

The Museum is accessible for people with limited mobility.

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The 7 best places for Tiramisù in Rome

Travelling is getting lost in the beauty and variety of the world.

One of the best things of travelling is genuinely engaging with the local culture; learning to live and think with the eyes of a local. The city is no longer a set of buildings, but it evolves in something full of life. It becomes an experience. Speaking of Italy, there is one fundamental rule to know.

  1. FLAVIO (AL VELAVEVODETTO E AI QUIRITI): Flavio’s tiramisu is so addictive. Butter biscuits specially prepared for the purpose, coffee, cocoa powder (put here and not on top otherwise creates “dryness” effect on the taste buds … as the chef says!), Mascarpone cream and dark chocolate on top.
  2. ZUM: In a year, Zum was able to win the hearts of many fans of tiramisu. The small restaurant with a laboratory is located near Campo de ‘Fiori, in Piazza del Teatro di Pompeo. Why is the name Zum wondering? Simple, it stands for Sugar, Eggs and Mascarpone!
  3. L’ ASINO D’ ORO: The tiramisu of Lucio Sforza to L’Asino d’Oro in its kind has no rivals and you know why? Because replacing the biscuits with some white slices of bread managed to create a version that only his magic touch can replicate. You can also admire the effect in the picture.
  4. FARO, LUMINARI DEL CAFFE’: Faro is a recent opening discovered and told for breakfast by our Raffaella. With their attention to quality on coffee and to the happiness of the customers enters right in our top also for tiramisu, here in cappuccino cup format.
  5. LE TRE ZUCCHE: Here the tiramisu is prepared in a mini (coffee cup) or normal (cappuccino cup) version. So hot coffee on the bottom, incomparable mascarpone cream and last but not least a “potion” made of grains and cocoa that makes it unique.
  6. OSTERIA DELL’ ARCO: Classic formula with well-matched ingredients, but served in a crispy pastry waffle that makes it particularly attractive! It is not always in paper, but when there is no need to get away.
  7. ROMEO CHEF & BAKER: Cristina Bowerman’s creativity has transformed the tiramisu into a sphere of ladyfingers soaked in chocolate-coated coffee, filled with English cream with mascarpone and cream, with Marsala’s air to complete the dish.

Accessible Giuseppe Verdi National Museum

Giuseppe Verdi is the most played opera composer all over the world for the universality of his music and the beauty of his operas, which celebrate man’s passions, reaching exciting and immortal expressive peaks.

All that has contributed yo give awareness at the Municipality of Busseto, the birthplace of Giuseppe Verdi, of the cultural, artistic and tourist potentialities of the project suggested by the entrepeneur Mariano Volani and unanimously accepted by the city council and by the mayor, to celebrate the Verdi Genius realizing a National Museum with contents, courses and services worthy of an international centre.

Luciano Pavarotti, few months before his death, enthusiastically agreed to the proposal of becoming the Honorary President of the new museum dedicated to the composer, whose operas he played many times in the most important theaters of the world, and so he still is.

The National Museum is accessible for people with limited mobility.

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Accessible Riserva di Capo Gallo

The area on which the Capo Gallo Reserve falls has been inhabited since the Paleolithic period, as evidenced by the findings in some caves of the mountain. The most important from the archaeological point of view is the Grotta Regina (Queen cave), inside which there are inscriptions and drawings dating from the VII century BC and II century AD. The drawings represent human and animal figures among which: a punic warrior, a bear and a horse. In the seabed, instead, a Carthaginian shipwreck with a cargo of amphorae is found. Inside the Reserve fossil remains of deer and dwarf elephant have been also found. The dwarf elephant is a small elephant, widespread both in Sicily and in Malta, that lived in the Quaternary Age.

The area is completely accessible for people with limited mobilities. For more information, please check the dedicated website: http://www.riservacapogallo.it/en/home-eng/

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The 10 Roman funniest expressions

  1. “Maddeche Ao”: it is an interjection which means “what the hell are you saying”;
  2. “Viecce”: this expression is used to rise someone to a challenge but also to just say “come here”;
  3. “Avoja”: this is a roman way to say “hell yeah”;
  4. “Se lallero”: it is an interjection which means “yes, of course” in an ironic sense;
  5. “Daje”: it’s an interjection that Romans use when they receive a good news, such as “come on”;
  6. “Che gianna!”: it’s an idiom that Roman use when the weather is windy;
  7. “Na piotta”: it’s a Roman expression which is used when the waiter gives you a 100 euros bill;
  8. “Stacce”: this expression is perceived as an acceptance of a negative but predictable event;
  9. “Buttalla ‘n caciara”: it’s a phrase which means trying to avoid a confrontation diverting the conversation on other topics;
  10. “ ‘N t’aregge”: it’s the Roman version of “Don’t dare”

Accessible Basilica San Petronio in Bologna

The construction of the Basilica was prepared by “Consiglio Generale dei Seicento” at the end of the year 1388, with effectiveness from January first, 1389, as a thanking for the recovered freedom. For this reason, the church was built since the beginning not as Cathedral, but as a civic and votive temple. Because of its characteristic traits, the Basilica couldn’t have been anything else than the forum for all demonstrations of public religiosity and citizens’ spirit. Since 1393 the festival of st. Petronius was not only religious, but also an opportunity for the citizens to show their devotion to the city of Bologna. The Basilica has always welcomed popes and sovereigns that have transited through the city. Within the sovereigns, some were: Emperor Frederick III (1452), Francis I King of France (1515), Emperor Charles V (1529, 1530, 1532), Maria Casimira Queen of Poland (1699), Duke of Modena Rinaldo d’Este (1702), the King of Sardinia and Duke of Savoia Carlo Emanuele (1785) and the first king of united Italy, Vittorio Emanuele ll (1860).  Among the events of historical importance the crowning of Charles V (24th February, 1530) and the ninth and tenth edition of the Council of Trent (21st April and 2 June, 1547) emerge. The first stone was placed on June 7, 1390 after the demolition of the entire block located at 12 o’clock of Piazza Maggiore. The supervision of work was entrusted to Antonio di Vincenzo, born around 1350. From 1382 he had already had numerous commissions of works for the municipality, in which he also held a public office. Between 1391 and 1401 the facade and sides were built for the space of 4 chapels for each side, the two smaller aisles were covered by vaults, the base was implemented and erected and a provisory apse was erected before the two smaller apses. The death of Antonio di Vincenzo between 1401 and 1402 did not slow down the works, which continued to proceed according to the project.

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Accessible Germplasm Trail in Etna Park

In the park, a trail for everyone: the Germplasm Trail.

The collection field of the Germplasm Bank has been created for the characterization and preservation of the vegetable genetic heritage of Etna. It covers a surface of about three hectares. The Germplasm Trail, 1,153 meter long, develops across the collection field with slopes lower than 7% and with a road bottom allowing the transit also to special means used by people with motor disabilities. Therefore, a real “Trail of the Five Senses” has been created, giving the opportunity to visit the area also to people with physical problems, through the recovery of the contact with nature and the natural potentialities of the use of our sense.

The possibility to enjoy green spaces also by those persons who have physical problems is an entertainment opportunity and also an opportunity to recover the contact between man and nature and the natural potentialities to use senses. Where there are obstacles deriving by personal physical limits, it is essential to create the necessary structures in order to make the territory accessible to everyone. In order to reach this aim, the Park has decided to prepare a path which is accessible to everyone: both because the value of the spare has become an integral part of our life, and because the possibility to enjoy nature and its beauties by everyone will give the sensation to live like other people and to re-establish the contact with nature.

For more information please check the dedicated website: http://www.parks.it/parco.etna/Eiti_dettaglio.php?id_iti=2196

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