One of the ideal destinations for relaxing holidays in the heart of Lombardy is an hill area, renowned for wine productions and precious sparkling wines, Franciacorta, where the colors of landscape, the elegance of the ancient dwellings and the charm of Lake Iseo strike visitors imagination.
This brief guide to recommend what is worth visiting an what contributes to the uniqueness of Franciacorta.
Visit abbeys and medieval towns in Franciacorta
First of all, the origin of the name derives from the Latin â€ścurtes francaeâ€ť and refers to the communities of Benedictine monks which were based here in Middle Age, when they were dispensed with the payment of duties for the transport of their goods in others States, because the monks worked in land reclamation and taught the cultivation techniques to farmers.
Franciacorta stands for great tradition and high quality enogastronomical products. The area extends it from Brescia to the southeast area of Lake Iseo, it was full of woods, then enriched by vineyards planted since Middle Age. The first stage of our route is a way to approach this slice of Heaven, because between the hills rise abbeys and cloisters.
We suggest you an unusual travel across Italy in the sign of modernity, innovation and refined style: we have put together places where rise charming and original architectural works, result of the talent of designer and also â€śarchistarâ€ť that often create controversy.
Our aim is to signal buildings, museums and others urban spaces that redesigned a district, giving a new face to cities that will be the stages of an holiday dedicated to design and architecture lovers.
Venice Biennale and many more
Is a prestigious event not only for insiders, because here the issues are the future of inhabit and the ways the cities change around buildings.
Venice is full of attractions all the year around and its vocation for elegance, bravery and preciousness is visible through its palaces.
One of the aims of travellers which visit Italy is to find rarities or famous treasures full of surprises and venues where to stay comfortably enjoing all the essential services.Â Our travel through excellence continues with 3 stages in different regions: we suggest you the places listed by Unesco as World Heritage Sites, a uniqueness in Italy.
The oldest botanical garden in the world
In Padua rises the oldest university botanical garden, founded in 1545, it features a great assortment of plants (6000) and an extent of 22.000 square meters, a location where to admire the colors of nature and allow yourselves a break during an holiday in a very stylish region, Veneto.
Central Italy is full of thermal baths, Tuscany in particular, where to combine fun, relax, wellness and gastronomical itineraries. Here, in fact, rise many histrorical thermal baths, high quality wellness centers and professional beauty farms that provide tailored services for tourists which want to fin their own balance.
Our travel will reach different provinces to suggest some chances dipped into the blooming Tuscan nature.
Rapolano Terme, a tradition of beauty
In Rapolano Terme there is the answer to holidays in the sign of pureness and quietness: the landscape is an essential element of its beauty, you will feel immediately pampered, enchanted by the hills, the glades and the hillocks of Crete Senesi, in province of Siena, borders on Chianti.
The town keeps a part of the Medieval walls and you can admire the ancient entrance to the city, the Porta dei Tintori, built in XIV century. About Thermal baths, is interesting to know that in the past hosted Giuseppe Garibaldi, that came here to heal himself from wounds.
The water flows at a temperature of 39Â° and is classified as sulphurous-bicarbonate-calcium, so has great therapeutic virtues and is suggested also for a regenerating bath. The establishments are two and the Terme S.Giovanni are famous because Santa Caterina da Siena used to go there.
One of the most ancient Carnival in the world is in Venice, a very sought-after destination for romantic escapes, relaxing holidays and prestigious events. This year’s edition lasts 3 weeks instead of 2, a great chance to visit the lagoon and Venice, that is also a World Heritage Site listed by UNESCO, a treasure that isn’t changed during the centuries.
Costume parties and historical traditions in Venice
The Carnival dates back from 1094, when an official document cited the word carnival, an institution tied to Serenissima history (this was the name of Venice Republic), that allowed celebrations to all the people, without social classes differences, thanks to masks and costumes that assured anonymity.
The available routes, in a city like Florence, the cradle of Renaissance and enchanting set for who loves art and fashion, are a lot; but we suggest you something different. We want to focus on some peculiarities that the city of Dante offers, just because we are spoilt for choice.
Florence has its historical roots in the Middle Age (which Duomo is a great evidence) and its name is tied to the House of Medici, that here gathered the great genius of that era: Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Sandro Botticelli and Filippo Brunelleschi, only to mention a few.
Luxury shopping and trendy design in Florence
Since then the city mantained its link with art and innovation, in fact today is a renowned destination not only for museum and monuments, unmissable in any case, but also for evnts and meetings. Continue
We introduce you a destination not so known by the travellers, maybe because isn’t quoted often by guides and by people that think to Italy as an handful of locations; we know that there is more to discover and some venues are a first class alternative to usual routes. We’re talking about Friuli-Venezia Giulia, a treasure in Northeast Italy, an area rich of excellences that in the last years increased its accommodation facilities, caring for every aspect of tourism.
The peculiarity of Friuli is the melting between different cultures, Slav and Italian, which make it a place up by the border, a crossroad of people and artistic ferment. Trieste, the regional capital, was one of the main ports of the Mediterranean in the XIX century and has a very mild climate in winter and pleasant in summer, a destination full of historical monuments as the amazing Castle of Miramare, that is at a few distance From Trieste, designed by the Viennese architect Carl Junker between 1856 and 1860.
Discovering Friuliuan mountains and beaches
You’ll notice the elegance also in the rest of the city, admiring the style of palaces that reminds to Mitteleuropa, to feel yourselves as guests of a venue that is one of a kind.
There are many itineraries that include all these ingredients and, in addition, a bit of exclusiveness: we are talking about Tuscany and in particular of Montepulciano Noble Wine Road. We are in the south-east of the region, between Val di Chiana and Val d’Orcia hills, an area that favors the production of this famous wine.
Prestigious destinations in Tuscany
The legend tells that Montepulciano was founded by the Etruscan king Lars Porsenna and some archeological finds represent the wine god Flufluns, or rather Bacchus, so the history of this location is tied to high quality wine.
Directly from our collection we introduce some of the most prestigious restaurants, guided by renowned chefs that can satisfy the most demanding palates.
The available itineraries are a fan of nice chances: the culture of delightful drinks and food, in fact, is popular among travellers, so the hotels dedicate more attention to the restaurant quality and the local specialties, an attraction that gives value to the tourist stay.
Every moment of the year is suitable for a first class holiday, expecially in a region that is full of interesting venues, precious accommodation facilities and attractions spread all over the region.
We are talking about Apulia, a jewel of southern Italy, that we are used to connect with summer season, but is an ideal destination also in autumn. Our brief guide is panoramic view on momuments, events and natural landscapes that you cannot miss.
Apulia, land of castles and trulli
The first thing that we couple with Apulia are the trulli of Alberobello, located in Itria Valley, traditional dry stone hut from prehistorical age and listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Site. The oldest date back to XVI century and are situated in the Murge area.