By Italian Staff 2017.07.15

Dear bloggers,
now that the hot weather has arrived, what could be better than spending some relaxing time by visiting the natural Beauty that Italy offers?heart01

The “Castles Route” in Friuli is one the most interesting itineraries in the region and connects some of the most important centers in the area. Walking through this area you can meet many historic and artistic resources and the many agro-food excellences.rvcar eye search

I suggest you to start the tour near the town of Cervignano. In the lower Friuli, a few kilometers from the fortress of Palmanova and the ancient Roman colony of Aquileia, there are two adjacent fortified bodies: the castles of Strassoldo di Sopra and Sotto, owned by the accounts of Strassoldo.

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Their parks are the result of large works of art made in the 18th century when the marshy areas were reclaimed and water, expertly channeled, became the dominant artistic element of the gardens.

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After our visit to these castles we can reach Cassacco, in the north of Udine. Among these beautiful places we find our first castle: the Castle of Cassacco. This castle was never besieged or destroyed and its harsh and medieval features have been preserved until today. The castle complex is private and can be visited by appointment.

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After a few kilometers, we arrive at Treppo Grande. Here we find the beautiful Zegliacco Castle, located in the eponymous town, which nowadays presents some architectural elements as a reminiscence of country villas. The castle is private and can be visited only for a few days during the year.

Continuing on our way, we can reach Buja. The east hill houses the rests of what was once the medieval castle, built before 983, when Emperor Otto II gave it as a fief, with four others, to the Patriarch of Aquileia.

Proceeding our trip, we arrive at Osoppo, a city linked to the most famous of its hills, called "Il Forte", which dominates the area where the last prehistoric reliefs are eroded by the Tagliamento river and wind up in the plain. The remains of this fort consist of galleries, ditches, ruins of defenses of various ages including the fortifications of the last two world wars. The scenery is beautiful especially on the side of the river Tagliamento.

Leaving Osoppo we reach San Daniele del Friuli. This famous town has a wealth of artistic and historical resources that deserve to be seen. However, this time the reason for our stop is dictated by a famous local specialty: the famous ham.breadwinerestaurant

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The next stage is Rive d'Arcano, where we can admire a beautiful castle, one of the best kept in Friuli, with parts of great historic interest and suggestion, lying in the middle of the countryside and in which time seems to have stopped.

From Rive d'Arcano we take the road to Fagagna, beginning a very suggestive road that winds through the country, with small towns, hills, storks and gardens. Here we have to taste the typical local cheese, the Fagagna cheese.

Nearby Fagagna there is Villalta, in which we find another beautiful castle, very well preserved, that, from a small hill, dominates the territory around it.

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Leaving Fagagna, we reach Castelcosa. Its castel is a splendid palace with a large garden and park that transforms itself into an ideal location for ceremonies, weddings, receptions and private parties, exhibitions, congresses and workshops, events, appetizers and tastingssign01wine

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The Castle can host events both in the ancient painted and frescoed rooms as well as in the vast garden surrounded by the historic cloistered walls.

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Finally we reach Cordovado. The medieval castle of Cordovado was born on the vestibule of a Roman castrum that was guarded by a ford of Augusta Street.

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This enchanting place is among the "Most Beautiful Villages in Italy". Even today its walls, which have been preserved almost completely intact, appear in all their majesty and enclose inside buildings dating back to the 13th and 14th centuries.

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The peculiarity of its park is to appear vast in the eyes of the visitor who, along the many paths, is always faced with new perspectives even when he has not gone that little road.budtulipcherryblossomclover

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For now our adventure that has made us discovering a portion of Friuli which is not one of the most well-known, ends here, but I inform you that in Friuli there are many other castles and villages to visit which you will be fascinated by and can reserve you many pleasant surprises.presentcatface

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Thank you for reading! ribbon

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By Italian Staff 2017.06.23

Dear Bloggers,happy01

today I would like to introduce The Tarot Garden, an artistic park located in Capalbio (Grosseto) in Tuscany, created by the Franco-US artist Niki de Saint Phalle and populated with statues inspired by the figures of the greatest enigma of the tarot.
Following the inspiration she had during the visit to Antoni Gaudí “Parque Guell” in Barcelona, then reinforced by the visit to the garden of Bomarzo, Niki de Saint Phalle began the construction of the Tarot Garden in 1979.

Identifying in the Garden the magical and spiritual dream of her life, Niki de Saint Phalle devoted herself to the construction of twenty-two impressive steel figures covered with glass, mirrors and colored ceramics for more than 17 years, alongside several skilled workers and a team of famous names of contemporary art.

At the entrance there is the pavilion featuring a thick wall with a single large circular opening in the center, that clearly divides the Garden from everyday reality.

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Completed only in the summer of 1996, the Tarot Garden was opened to the public two years later.
The sculptures are inspired by the greatest misteries of Tarot, full of symbolic and esoteric meanings. All the sculptures are polymateric and the recurring theme are the so-called "Nanas", huge, sinuous feminine figures, accessible and habitable.

In the intense and lively colors, the bursting, explosive sculptures of the Tarot Garden take the attention and the emotions of the spectator. There is a strong appeal to Bomarzo garden and the Guell Park, with the presence of the maternal and powerful Feminine, loaded with a  symbolic complexity.

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Once you enter, you will arrive to the large central square occupied by a bathtub and overlaid by the united figures of the “Papacy and the Magician”. The circular pool in which the water is collected by a waterfall from the stairs coming out from the enormous open mouth of the Papacy (like the Orc in Bomarzo and connected with the water games of Villa d'Este) is marked in the center by the “Wheel Of Fortune”, a mechanical sculpture.

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The streets that depart from the square go through different itineraries that follow the sinuosity of the land, ascending or descending along the ridge. The streets also play a key role in the work: the artist has indelibly recorded notes on them her thoughts, memories, numbers, quotes, drawings, messages of hope and faith.

On the right shoulder, the small stairway rising from the square passes under the figure of the “Sun”, embedded in the great white, red and yellow fire bird, perched on a large blue arch, in which it is evident the recall of the iconography of the Indians of America.

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Immediately after the Sun, here there is the “Pope”.

Another statue is that of the “Tree of Life”, crowned with the heads of snakes and covered, like a mural, with inscriptions and drawings. It carries the figure of the “Hanged Man”, which, from its inverted point of view, suggests another way of looking at the reality of things.

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On the right side there is the figure of “Justice” with its contrast between black and white, and the balance on the big breasts. A gate enclosed by a huge lock, occupied by a mecaniqués depicting the “Injustice”, bars the inner space.

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Another figure is that of the “Emperor's Castle”. In the center of the courtyard, enclosed by a swaying, polymateric loggia, there is a circular bathtub in which four happy, colorful “nanas” bathe and splash water jets.

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Previously closed to the public there is also the most representative and important sculpture of the complex, the "Empress-Sphinx" in which Niki de Saint Phalle lived during her works. Inside there is a space without any corner, used as a living room with the bedroom, the kitchen, the bathroom and the central space furnished as a study room, all made up of the thousands of fragments of Venetian mirrors that lined the walls.

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Molded on the outside, there is a staircase which leads to a terrace and concavity.

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Another statue is that of the“Moon”, a skinny sculpture supported by the red crab set in the middle of a lower floor.

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There is also the small “dome-chapel” of mirrors and cement overlaid by the figure of “Temperance”: the igloo is lined in mirrors and ceramic formwork in the form of flowers, and is located around a small altar with a Black Madonna, who watches on the photographs of missing friends.

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Near the chapel, there are two seats shaped like animals and used as moments of rest, contemplation and meditation.

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If you have time go and visit to this garden. There are may other statues I didn't mention today. It is a very original work, two steps from Rome!sign03

 

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Address: Loc. Garavicchio, 58011 Capalbio Grosseto

Tel. 0564 895122

Website: http://ilgiardinodeitarocchi.it/en/

Opening dates: from April 1 to October 15, from 14:30 to 19:30

Ticket Prices: Adult €12.00 - Student (with ID) and Over 65 €7.00 - Under 7 and disabled Free

By Italian Staff 2017.06.22

Dear bloggers,

today i would like to talk about another amazing restaurant in Rome!

Last week a friend proposed me to go eat at one cinese restaurant near the Pantheon.

I accepted without asking questions so, when i arrived, i was not informed about the place. confident

I discover on the spot, with great surprise, that it was a restaurant with one Michelin star! coldsweats01

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The name of the restaurant is Green T.!

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I know that  maybe the idea of eat chinese food in Rome for a tourist it’s a little bit weird but, if you are tired to eat Italian food every day, please give a chance at GreenT., you will not regret!

Anyway… from this experience i  understood that maybe I had never really eat Chinese food until now! delicious

The food is yummy and fresh, the location very cute and quiet and service is amazing. heart02

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In conclusion i would say that this place is really excellent and worth the cost!

Address:  Via del Piè di Marmo, 28, 00186 Roma

Thank you very much and see you soon!

Monica clover



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