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Accessible Venaria reale in Turin

The palace of Venaria (Reggia di Venaria Reale) is a former royal residence and gardens located in Venaria Reale, near Turin in the northern italian region of Piedmont. The Venaria reale is a geat monumental complex and is considered an architectural masterpiece, with a 80000...

Accessible Basilica di San Paolo fuori le mura

The Basilica di San Paolo fuori le mura is one of the four papal basilicas in Rome, and the second biggest after St. Peter’s. It was traditionally built on the same spot where the apostle Paul is said to have been buried; the first christians then proceded to build a small...

Accessible Caravaggio and Rembrandt exhibition in Milan

Two masters, Caravaggio and Rembrandt will meet at the Pinacoteca di Brera (Brera art gallery) : two masterpieces will be shown together for the first time. For the occasion of the eighth part of the “Dialogues” between masterpieces,organized by director James...

Accessible Verona Arena

The Verona Arena (or Verona amphitheatre) is the biggest roman buildings of the city and certainly one of the most well known. It is one of the most prestigious architectural monuments in Europe and the continent’s third biggest amphitheatre after the Colosseum in Rome and...

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...

Romantic things to do in Florence

Valentine’s day is almost there and many of you may be planning a visit to the marvellous Florence, the city of renaissance art; here are some things you could do with your loved one spend this special day in one of Italy’s most beautiful cities. A kiss on the...

Accessible Villa Torlonia in Rome

Villa Torlonia is a complex of Liberty style mansions built in the roman borough Nomentano. In the past it was the private home of Benito Mussolini, eventually becoming a public park appriciated by the romans, since it has a museum; a theatre; many statues; fountains and many...

The 10 Roman funniest expressions

“Maddeche Ao”: it is an interjection which means “what the hell are you saying”; “Viecce”: this expression is used to rise someone to a challenge but also to just say “come here”; “Avoja”: this is a roman way to say “hell yeah”; “Se lallero”: it is an interjection which mea...

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...

Accessible MADRE museum in Naples

The museo Madre is the most important museum for contemporary art in Naples, housed in the Donnaregina palace. The museum opened in 2005. Among the artists represented in the permanent collections are or were Sol LeWitt, Jeff Koons, Mimmo Paladino, Richard Long, And...

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...

Accessible Castel del Monte tour in Apulia

Castel del Monte is a massive and magnificient medieval castle located about 20km from Andria, in Apulia; what makes it so special is its octagonal form and its eight octagonal towers on its sides, eight rooms for each of the two floors, which have a trapezoidal form and are...

Accessible Virgiliano park in Naples

Parco Virgiliano is located in Naples on the hill of Posillipo and is not to be confused with the Parco Vergiliano, also in Naples, where the italian poet Leopardi and the roman poet Vergil are buried. The Parco Virgiliano in Posillipo was opened in 1931 by the fascist regime and...

Accessible carnival in Venice

Venice is know for its romantic atmosphere, for its lagoon and for its carnival, which unfolds every year attracting hundreds of thousands of people from all over Italy and the world. The carnival of Venice is one of the most famous worldwide and one of the oldest, too. Every...

Carnival: ten traditional masks

What could be better than a handful of confetti and a colorful mask to ward off the cold and darkness of winter? Carnival is one of the most loved festivals by young and old alike all over the world. Masks are the main characters and in Italy they have been used in plays and...