The Medici Villas in Tuscany

Ville dei Medici - Villa Petraia

The Medici villas are rural architectural complexes located in Tuscany, near famous art cities like Florence or Lucca. These are villas where lived the Medici, the lords of Florence during the Renaissance between the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries. In June 2013 12 villas and two gardens have become part of the World Heritage: the Boboli gardens … Read more The Medici Villas in Tuscany

Historic Centre of Urbino

Urbino

Between the valley of the Metauro and the Foglia Valley, stands Urbino, rich in art and history, surrounded by a long wall of brick and adorned with sandstone buildings. Known as the “cradle of the Renaissance”, the Roman name Urvinum derives from the Latin urvus (the handle of the plow). However, it was in the … Read more Historic Centre of Urbino

Ivrea, industrial city of the 20th century

Ivrea

The industrial city of Ivrea is located in the Piedmont region and developed as the testing ground for Olivetti, manufacturer of typewriters, mechanical calculators and office computers. It comprises a large factory and buildings designed to serve the administration and social services, as well as residential units. Designed by leading Italian urban planners and architects, … Read more Ivrea, industrial city of the 20th century

Valcamonica, the rock art

Val Camonica

Valcamonica is famous for its rock carvings. Located in Lombardy, it extends about 90 km in the middle of the eastern Alps, between the provinces of Brescia and Bergamo. The valley takes its name from the Camuni, inhabitants of that area during the Iron Age (I millennium BC). The more than 250,000 rock carvings make … Read more Valcamonica, the rock art

The Val di Noto

Val di Noto

Known in antiquity as “Ibla”, the Val di Noto is located in the Southeast of Sicily. It has been inserted between the UNESCO sites for its splendid late Baroque towns, including Caltagirone, Militello Val di Catania, Catania, Modica, Noto, Palazzolo, Ragusa and Scicli. Ragusa is characterized by two different city centers and is rich in … Read more The Val di Noto

The Orcia Valley

Val d'Orcia

The exceptional beauty of the Orcia Valley is characterized by gentle hills covered by dense vegetation of vineyards, olive groves, cypress, beech and chestnut trees, interspersed with ancient villages of medieval origin, rural houses and fortresses with inaccessible towers. Nestled in a unique tranquility, the romantic area is an exceptional protagonist of the famous paintings … Read more The Orcia Valley

Agrigento and the Valley of the Temples

Agrigento was one of the greatest cities of the ancient Mediterranean world corresponding to the ancient Akragas which was founded by colonists from Rhodes and Crete around 580 BC. The Polis Agrigento was characterized by a circuit of walls that dominated the entire coast where the “Valley of the Temples” was built, occupying the south … Read more Agrigento and the Valley of the Temples

Venice and its lagoon

Venezia

In Veneto, in northeastern Italy, Venice. Founded in the 5th century A.D., spreads over 118 small islands within its lagoon. Major maritime power in the 10th century, this city is an extraordinary architectural masterpiece and a treasure of art and culture. Venice and the lagoon islands, were born to give shelter to people affected by … Read more Venice and its lagoon

Verona

Verona

Founded in the first century BC, Verona is an excellent example of a city that has grown for over 2000 years: from the Roman period to the period of Commons, from the French domination to the Austrian, until the Italian Risorgimento. City of a thousand faces and countless resources, experienced its heyday during the Scala … Read more Verona

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