By TJ Tierney
Situated in the North of Italy, Milan is the largest city in the province of Lombardy and second largest city in Italy.
Milan is the business hub of Italy and a very busy city to visit at any time of year.
Home to the Last Supper, by Leonardo da Vinci, Milan has a rich history in art and has some of the most priceless works of art on display in its galleries. The art galleries of Milan also reflect the history of the city, but be advised, if you do plan to visit some of the galleries book in advance.
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by Alex Reed
Lake Iseo, Bergamo, Valle Camonica and Montecampione represent a unique and unrivalled area of Italy so close to the main Ryanair hub of Milan Bergamo yet so unspoilt. Combining Skiing in Montecampione, the breathtaking beauty of Lake Iseo and the attractions, activities and landscape of the Alpine Camonica Valley. All three locations are close together with Montecampione sitting just above Valle Camonica and just north of Lake Iseo.
Lake is Iseo is 16 Km’s long, 250 mts deep and boasts the largest inland Island in Europe and one of Italys top twenty voted port towns (Lovere).
When I first visited BERGAMO I found myself wondering why I’d never heard of it before. Verona, Bologna, Naples are all of International renown…yet Bergamo has something very special to offer which for me eclipses the beauty of many other cities. Why….well in simple terms, the lack of fame makes it quieter and less tourist infested and in addition it’s not a big city so less crowded….but it’s more than that ofcourse….
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Italy Travel Notes presents: by ENRICO MASSETTI
You don’t need a car to spend one day in beautiful Bologna when you are staying in Milan: with the new high speed train Bologna is just one hour away from the center of Milan. Most trains leave from the Milano Centrale station, a few from Milano Porta Garibaldi, and stop at Milano Rogoredo, the door station in the south of Milan. You can get to the Milano Rogodero station with the line 3 of the “metropolitana” (underground), or with one of the suburban train lines S1, S2, S6 and S10, connecting every point in the city. The trains from Milano Centrale are available every hour, on the half hour from 6:30 AM. The train back from Bologna to Milan runs every hour on the minute 24, from 9:24 AM to 10:24 PM.
To experience the train running at 186mph (300 kmh) is by itself worth the trip.
Once in Bologna you can take the Bus nos. A, 25, and 30, they run between the station and the historic core of Bologna, Piazza Maggiore from where you can start your visit of the city. A lunch in one of the restaurants in downtown Bologna should not be missed, as Bologna is called “la grassa” (The Fat) for its culinary traditions.
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Italy Travel Notes presents: by Christopher Panduro
If you’re looking for a place where you can do something different every day, Lake Garda is the ideal place for you. Lake Garda is blessed with more than 45 km of free beaches in some of the most evocative and celebrated scenery of the whole Europe, insluding medieval towns, historical villas and ancient castle. It is enriched by its green hinterland with pastures and vineyards which produce wines know throughout the world such as Custoza and Bardolino.
Photograph by F. Mottironi
The wines produced on the Riviera Veronese of Lake Garda are successfully exported all over the world. The typical ones, granted by brand names of controlled origin are: Bardolino in its versions: Classico, Chiaretto and Novello; the Bianco di Custoza, the Valdadige and the Lugana. Those who intend to stay in the region have te possibility to discover the places where wine is produced, visit the great number of cellars situated along the wine routes and buy wine directrly for the vineyard owners. Wine lovers must absolutely consider a visit to the wine museum in Bardolino to admire the exhibition of historical tools used in the wine production as well as a photo-gallery af all the DOC wines produced in the area of Verona.
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Italy Travel Notes presents: by Denise Hummel
When travelers think of Northern Italy, many things come to mind. Great food and wine, breathtaking mountain views, cool crystal clear lakes. Lake Como, or Lago di Como, as it is known to the Italians is one of the most spectacular of all of these sights. Having said that, a website alone is not adequate to choose a hotel here. It is easy to make a hotel look inviting when the backdrop is drop dead gorgeous, but that does not mean you will not find an alarmingly drab interior in sad contrast to the surrounding splendor. The following hotels have what it takes to compliment their pristine surroundings.
If your goal is to mingle with the rich and famous, without a doubt, your destination is Villa. If you are in the mood for something understated, skip this paragraph and move to the next. Villa D’Este is not your stop. . However, if your curiosity is piqued, have a look. It is an absolutely lovely property. The Villa was built in 1568 as a summer residence for Cardinal Tolomeo Gallio. It later became one of the favorite playgrounds of an Empress, an English Queen and a handful of aristocrats. It was finally transformed into a luxury hotel in 1873, and now has 154 guest rooms and suites with every amenity imaginable. It also has a delightful spa, two sumptuous restaurants, and the best service of any hotel I have visited this year. There’s a celebrity around every corner.
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Italy Travel Notes presents: By Juliana De Angelis
Italy and Fashion have a very unique and special relationship, and when you consider such names as Dolce&Gabbana, Versace and Armani, to name but a few, it’s not difficult to see why. But if we look back into the history of Italian Fashion, (e.g. see also the article on Nina Ricci) we start to understand what gave Italy such a status in the Fashion World.
Count Giorgini started the ‘Italian Fashion’ craze in 1951, when he organised a fashion show to be presented to an International audience in Florence. He then continued to present other fashion shows at his palace, presenting new collections modelled by nobilty against a backdrop of fine arts and scenery. Nobilty would also model new collections at museums or exhibitions next to famous pieces of fine art. This all contributed to elevating the status of Italian fashion, and implanting in everyone’s minds that Italian fashion gives you status, is very rich in quality,and almost ‘fairytale’ like.
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Lake Iseo, also called Lake Sebina, is the fourth largest lake in the area of Lombardy Italy. The lake first formed by the Valcamonica glacier, and is 24 kilometers in length and 5 kilometers broad. This width is not always obvious because the largest island of lake in Europe, Monte Insulated, rests in the center of the lake. The lake is situated just north of Brescia and Bergamo, this being reflected in the fact that it is administered on the western bank by the Bergamo district council, and on the east bank by the Brescia district council. The Oglio river, running to the bottom of the Valley Camonica and entering between Lovere and Pisogne, feeds the lake from the north. The Valley Camonica has thermal spas and prehistoric rock carvings. At the southernmost end of the lake you’ll find Torbiere, a marsh of peat and now a protected nature reserve. To the south is the valley of Franciacorta, know for producing the best sparkling wine in Italy.
On the Eastern bank, a few kilometers to the top of the lake, is the normal reservation of the pyramids of the zone, a single formation of the pillars created by unequal glacial erosion. The edge of lake of sixty-kilometer of perimeter is dotted with villages and cities, the principal ones which are Iseo, Sarnico, Lovere, Pisogne and Marone. These cities are full with interest historical and cultural, however it is pleasant to stroll along the walk or to be delayed above a drink in a coffee. There is a variety of sports of water available on the lake and fishing is popular with people of the country, tenches being the estimated hook. There is a good choice of the trails of walk and cycle, and in winter there is of north of ski of lake Iseo in the area of Presolano.
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Italy Travel Notes presents: Douglas Scott
Italys largest lake is Lake Garda and the most beautiful lake in all Europe. It stretches between the Alps and the Dolomites. The climate is warm in which lemon orchards and olive groves flourish.
Photograph by F. Mottironi
It was formed more than 10000 years ago. The lake lies between olive groves vineyards and high mountains. There are five islands on the lake Isola del Garda, Osola dei Conigli, Isola di Sogno, Isola di Trimelone and Isola dellOlivo.
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Italy Travel Notes presents: Dirk Hamman
The arrival of the New Year is a very good reason to sweep aside heartburns, toss out all regrets and make resolutions. Pretty much everyone sees the year that is about to start as full of new opportunities and hopes for the better. We are more determined to make our lives better, and improve the things or situations we havenâ€™t been very pleased with up to that moment. But no matter what our state of mind regarding the year to come is, we all look forward to the celebration. The arrival of the New Year is not just a means for resolutions, hopes, and new ambitions; it is also an occasion for great celebration. This tradition of welcoming the New Year with a huge celebration has a long history. People have been doing it for many, many years now, and almost very year a new distinctive feature is being added to the way we celebrate the coming of the New Year.
Since most other holidays are perfect occasions for getting together with your family, on New Yearâ€™s Eve people tend to look for less intimate ways of celebrating. The New Yearâ€™s Eve parties are therefore a little out of the ordinary. And if you are looking for something really special this year, try visiting Italy around New Yearâ€™s Eve, or Capodanno, as they call it.
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Italy Travel by Karen Bryan
Unique Points Bergamo is a beautiful city, with a medieval hilltop old town. It is easily reached by Ryanair flights from Glasgow, London, Paris, Girona, Brussels, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Stockholm, making it an ideal short break destination. The airport is near the city and can be reached by regular buses, costing around one euro. The walled old town, reached by funicular, is well preserved. The Academia Carrera is said to be one of the best collections of art in Italy. The surrounding countryside is very beautiful; there are churches in many small villages with medival frescoes and paintings. Nearby is Lake Iseo, which has the largest lake island in Europe. The famous Valpolicella and Franciacorta wines are produced locally. North of the city are the Pre Alps and the Valle Brembana.
History of Bergamo
Bergamo is a real life tale of two cities: Bergamo Alta, the beautiful walled hilltop medieval city, and Bergamo Bassa, the lower city, built mainly at the beginning of the 20th century. Bergamo has long been acknowledged as a beautiful city. The 14th century Italian scholar, poet and humanist, Francesco Petrarca remarked, “I shall always remember the image of Bergamo, Italy’s alpine town.” This is praise indeed as Petrarch is regarded as one of Italy’s great scholars and a leading contributor the in the development of the Renaissance.
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