Calabria

Enrico Massetti Publishing
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Often called the Switzerland of the South, Calabria covers the mountainous toe of Italy. Here one finds the most beautiful forests, and the hillsides are covered with the white leaves of ancient olive trees.

Traveling between the Calabrian mountains, in a vast land of magnificent beauty, you are in a region bounded with two seas of approximately eight hundred kilometers coasts, where for this particular configuration, incalculable views are present and where the nature has plot in a magnificent way the lines that talent and human work must follow, or art efforts can improve.

Closed in the north with the Pollino and Orsomarso imponent relieves, Calabria has a predominantly territory mountainous, vast green reserves, and lakes with robust splendor inside Sila, demoted summit to peak into the sea on the Range Coast, very high silver firs and rushing streams on the Serre, the last window on the Mediterranean between the Aspromonte summits.

Calabria’s 800 km of pristine coastline are described in detail, as well as the Nature parks and reserves. The Sports available are included.

This guide also leads you in a drive through Calabria, starting from Maratea and then going to Papasidero, Cosenza, the Sila mountains, Crotone, Pizzo Calabro, Tropea and Capo Vaticano, Locri, Pentedattilo, to end up in Reggio Calabria.

It includes photos and descriptions of the attractions of all the localities touched, as well as travel info.

It includes info on regional food.

It contains many reviews for the best-recommended restaurants that are at the location described; you have the necessary information ready: the name, address and telephone number are included in the guide together with the review.

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About the author

Enrico Massetti was born in Milano. Now he lives in Washington DC, USA, but he regularly visit his hometown, and enjoys going around all the places in his home country.

 Enrico can be reached at enricomassetti@msn.com.

 

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Enrico Massetti Publishing
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Published on
Jul 2, 2018
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Pages
52
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ISBN
9781312881365
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Language
English
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Travel / Europe / Italy
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If you are planning to tour Europe, you should consider the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region of northeastern Italy, bordering on Austria and Slovenia. For simplicity's sake, we abbreviate the region's full name to Friuli. This lovely region may be an ideal vacation spot. You can get classic Italian food and other specialties, and wash it all down with excellent local wine. While Friuli is by no means undiscovered by tourists, you usually won't be fighting crowds to see what you want. Like most regions of Italy, it has belonged to many nations over the years. The area remains multicultural, an exceptional mixture of Italian, Austrian, and Slavic influences.

Trieste, with a population of about two hundred thousand, is the region's largest city. Trieste was definitely part and parcel of Mittel Europa (Central Europe) as the principal port of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Trieste only joined Italy in 1954. One can easily imagine that with such a unique history Trieste is quite a unique place to visit. It is.

As soon as you arrive in Trieste, you'll notice its ubiquitous coffee houses. Among the best known is the Antico Caffe San Marco. As befits its internationality, Trieste is home to a variety of historic religious buildings representing many faiths. The Serbian-Orthodox church of the Holy Trinity and Saint Spyridon, which was built in the mid-Nineteenth Century shows strong Byzantine influence. Go inside for a look at its beautiful frescoes and icons. The Israelite Temple of Trieste, just over a century old, is Italy's largest synagogue. The Trieste Cathedral dedicated to the city's patron saint, San Guisto (Saint Justus) who was martyred at the beginning of the Fourth Century, was initially built in the Sixth Century on Roman ruins. It is adjacent to a castle of the same name. Walk on its ramparts for an excellent view of the city and its surroundings. There is no shortage of other churches and museums to visit.

This is a guide to a trip in the Friuli region of Italy: passing through Grado, Lignano, Aquileia, Trieste, Pordenone, Udine, and touching the mountains of Friuli, the Carnia, Tarvisio, and Sequals.

There are extensive descriptions and photos of the attractions.

It contains many reviews for the best-recommended restaurants that are at the location described.

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Mantova (Mantua), the capital of Matilde di Canossa and of the Gonzaga family, is an enchanted island surrounded by three lakes formed by the Mincio. The impressive scenography of the Gonzaga period, the marvelous frescoes of the Mantegna family, the fabulous inventions of Giulio Romano in the Tea Palace, the churches; the patrician houses narrate the history.


A few kilometers from Mantova, we can admire the beautiful Sanctuary of the Beata Vergine alle Grazie, the Benedictine Abbey of Polirone, in San Benedetto Po, the small village parishes, and the old courts. Mirage in the fertile countryside is Sabbioneta, the "small Athens" of Vespasiano Gonzaga.


Mantova history

According to legend, the town was founded by the soothsayer Manto when he fled from Thebes; Mantua enters history with the Etruscans. It goes from Roman rule to the barbarian invasions until around 1000 A.D. it becomes part of the feudal dominions of the Canossa.


It becomes a free commune in the XII and XIII centuries, continuing to grow while the unhealthy marsh by which it surrounded is drained and reclaimed. In 1237 Pinamonte Bonacolsi came to power and consolidated its economic prosperity until 1328 when control passes to Luigi Gonzaga, founder of the dynasty to which Mantua owes most of its artistic beauty. It is, in fact, under Gonzaga rule that Mantua becomes notably more critical politically, enjoys economic prosperity and is acknowledged as a primary center of culture and Renaissance art. The family residence soon becomes one of the largest and most magnificent palaces in Europe.


This is a guide to the art city of Mantua, for a visit lasting one, two, three or more days.


There are extensive descriptions and color photos of the attractions: museums, churches, piazzas.


There are descriptions on how to get to Mantua, by train, by driving or flying to the city.


The guide is divided into sections covering short visits to the "must see" attractions and an itinerary for a multi-day complete visit to all the attractions available.

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At its most expansive, the Roman Empire stretched from the British Isles to Egypt; Rome was the ancient world's greatest superpower. Roman Architecture: A Visual Guide is an illustrated introduction to the great buildings and engineering marvels of Rome and its empire. Published as a companion volume to Diana E. E. Kleiner's course on Roman Architecture given through Coursera (first offered in January 2014 but based on a class she has long taught at Yale), this enhanced e-book explores not only Rome but also buildings preserved at Pompeii, Herculaneum, Ostia, Tivoli, North Italy, Sicily, France, Spain, Germany, Greece, Turkey, Croatia, Jordan, Lebanon, and North Africa. Beginning with the birth of Rome as an Iron Age village, Roman Architecture traces the growth and expansion of the Roman Empire through its cities, which featured civic, religious, commercial, entertainment, and residential districts in the urban setting. A valuable resource for both the student and the traveler, Roman Architecture features over 250 photographs and site plans of the most intriguing and consequential buildings in the Roman Empire. These are presented from the fresh perspective of an author who has journeyed to nearly all of the sites, revealing most of them through her own digital images. In addition, this interactive e-book makes learning about these monuments easier than ever, with handy maps and geolocation links that show you just where the monuments are and, if you're traveling, how to get there. Suitable for the classroom and as a guidebook, Roman Architecture is a fascinating introduction to some of history's most compelling and influential architecture.

Turin, the regional capital of Piedmont, is reputed to be a magical city. And it can only be by magic that a town, considered to be the capital of Italian heavy industry (FIAT, one of the biggest automobile producers in the world, is based here), is also one of the main tourist attractions of Italy.

Of course, there are good reasons for this. In the cathedral of Turin is kept the Holy Shroud, the ancient linen winding-sheet in which, according to the tradition, the body of Christ was wrapped after his crucifixion. At Turin, there is also the Egyptian Museum, which contains an extraordinary collection of art from Ancient Egypt, and the Sabauda Gallery, full of masterpieces by great European artists.

Finally, at Turin there are some tremendous monumental testimonies to the vital role played by Piedmont in modern Italian history, as the seat of the House of Savoy (the reigning dynasty of Italy until 1946) and the first capital of the Kingdom of Italy: the Royal Palace, Palazzo Madama, the Mole Antonelliana, and the Royal Villa at Stupinigi.

The natural landscape is splendid and varied: mountains, valleys, hills (the Langhe are famous as the setting for many stories by Cesare Pavese and Beppe Fenoglio, famous writers from Piedmont), lakes (Maggiore, with Stresa, d’Orta, di Viverone), and the Valgrande National Park.

This is a guide to Turin, for a visit lasting two, three or more days.

There are extensive descriptions and photos of the attractions: museums, churches, nightlife and other attractions.

It contains reviews of places where to eat.

The guide is divided into sections covering single days or half days so you can combine several parts depending on the length of your stay and your preference of what o see.

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Siena is one of Italy’s best preserved medieval towns, located in the heart of Tuscany. Built on three hills and surrounded by well preserved walls, it is filled with fine examples of Gothic architecture and has one of the world’s most unique piazzas – il Campo – (shaped like a shell with scalloped edges). Of course, the world-famous Palio di Siena is an important part of Sienese identity, history and culture. Siena is also the birthplace of St. Catherine of Siena Metairie.

Siena – Piazza del Campo & Torre dei Mangia
The heart of Siena is Piazza del Campo, the Piazza where the Palio di Siena is run, famous for its shell-shape, and still the focus of city life. In the square there is the Fonte Gaia, a fountain unique in its quadrangular form and beautiful figures around the edges.

Siena – the Duomo di Siena
The Duomo di Siena is a beautiful building, it is a mix of Gothic and Romanesque architecture with dark green and white marble in the facade. It contains works by many artists, including Donatello, Pisano and Arnolfo di Cambio. One of its main attractions is the marble-inlaid floor, the result of the contributions of many artists. The museum of the Duomo di Siena, in the same piazza, contains some original statues by Pisano moved for conservation and many artworks, including the famous “Maesta” by Duccio di Buoninsegna.

Volterra
Volterra still retains its medieval character, charm and atmosphere. Its isolated position has impeded any progressive development. The defensive wall built in the 13th century was the result of an urban development that began in the year thousand and was completed at the beginning of the 14th century.

San Gimignano
San Gimignano is a pretty medieval walled city in Tuscany, Italy, well known of its large number of campaniles. The town is also known as the “Manhattan of the Middle Ages”. Competing families tried to build the highest campanile to impress each other.
Here the plague raged in 1464 and 1631, starting a period of decadence for the town: the town-walls fell to pieces, the Medieval mansions fell into disrepair and no one had enough money to stop all this, as the richest and most important families had left the town because of the plague. Consequently, the architectural and artistic heritage remained untouched for four centuries, and the town preserved its medieval characteristic architecture intact.

This is a guide to Siena, Volterra, and San Gimignano.

There are extensive descriptions and photos of the attractions and of the “Palio di Siena”.
It contains many reviews for the best recommended restaurants that are at the location described.

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