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Urbino Italy – Visit the Town

Urbino Italy is unique in that it has been designated as a World Heritage Site, due to its preservation of medieval, renaissance architecture and centuries buildings. If a typical town that says old Italy is what you wish to visit, Urbino in the italian region of Marche is the place. If you want to explore a town that will take you into a different place and time that reminds you of princesses, knights and adventure, Urbino Italy is the right choice for your travel.

Urbino Landscape

Urbino is a very hilly town, with the beautiful greenery that you would ordinarily find in the Italian countryside. The whole of the town is 88 square miles, which is just large enough for attractions, colleges and shops. The town of Urbino is small, granting tourists the ability to explore the old town with leisure. There are a number of hotels available in the area, as well as many world heritage sights to be seen while you are on an exploration vacation.

Cultural Beginnings of Urbino Italy

Urbino Italy - The Ducal Palace, MarcheUrbino Italy has a long-standing history with the Pope, Gothic wars, and the royal Italian family. One of the largest and most tempting places in town to visit is the Ducal Palace of Urbino. This palace first belonged to the Montefeltro family, began by the Duke Federico III da Montefeltro. The palace boats of elaborate, priceless artwork on the walls, and has a number of Biblical statues and depictions. On a high hill, the Ducal Palace can be seen from a number of places in town and is one of the highlights of Urbino well known to many. This 15th century palace is one of very few in the world that remains with such age.

Urbino Renaissance

The famous Renaissance artist Raphael is from the town of Urbino and many of his works are still housed there. His home, called Casa Natale di Raffello, and some of his works are still located in his hometown and can be viewed during a trip to Urbino.

Urbino Italy Tourism and Activities

The town is reachable via mass transit in Italy, or a car can be rented to explore the small, quaint town. The downtown area in Urbino hosts many different museums, which are a tourist highlight during all seasons.

In the town of Urbino Il Portico on Via Mazzini operates as a small bookshop, restaurant, and gathering space. Much like everything else in this well-kept town, there is a homey feel and stately culture that still exists in all of the town spaces.

If art is, what you came to see, Art Café is a hot spot in the town. This space is a mixture of modern and eclectic decoration and is one of the best places for locals and tourists to connect.

Urbino Italy - Cathedral, MarcheOnce a religious expedition, Cattedrale di Urbino is one of the most popular cathedrals in all of Italy. Much like the rest of the town, the Urbino Cathedral has beautiful and adored artworks along with beautiful carvings that cannot be found in most other cities.
If you want to have a little more fun during the nighttime, consider the Tartufi Antiche Bonta to sample true Italian food in this hilly town. This restaurant is usually packed, and offers Italian truffles, Italian cheeses, sausages, and beautiful wines that can only be found in a true Italian city.

The Mamiani Hotel Urbino is the highest rated hotel within the Urbino city limits. This hotel offers a restaurant, reflective pool for guests to use, and undeniably beautiful views of the green countryside of this historic town. A trip to Urbino Italy would not be complete without enjoying a little modern luxury while exploring this antique city.

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Things to See and Do in Fair Verona Italy https://soloitalia.no/en/travel/veneto-en/5628/do-see-fair-verona-italy/ Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:00:37 +0000 https://soloitalia.no/?p=5628

In Fair Verona, Where We Lay Our Scene…

The immortal opening lines of Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet” place the happenings squarely in Verona, Italy. Verona is a small city located an hour outside of Venice in the northeastern region of Italy known as Veneto. It is the setting for one of the greatest tragedies ever to grace the stage, written by the incomparable playwright, William Shakespeare. However, there is a lot more to Verona than a pair of star-crossed lovers. There are many interesting things to see and do in Verona Italy.

Things to Do in Verona Italy – Visit the Verona Arena – A Roman Amphitheater

Things to do in Verona Italy - Visit the Verona Arena, VenetoDuring the First Century BCE, Verona was captured and ruled by the Roman Empire. During that time, the Arena was built in the style of the Colosseum in Rome.
The Arena is a huge amphitheater, and while the exterior ring is showing signs of its age and damage suffered during an earthquake in 1117, the interior is intact and still functions today. It is the third-largest surviving amphitheater in the world from that period and certainly among the things to see in Verona, Italy.

Things to See in Verona Italy – Castel San Pietro

Things to see in Verona Italy - Castel San Pietro landscape, Verona, VenetoAbove the Verona Arena stands a hill with steps leading up it to the Castel San Pietro, or, St. Peter’s Castle.
Built during Austria’s left bank occupation as a barracks, it is not currently open for public use; however, the views from its hill offer a breathtaking opportunity to see all of Verona laid out below.
The sunsets there are especially romantic, and do not cost a dime.

Castelvecchio

Built of red brick, Castelvecchio is a 14th-century fortified castle that is situated along the Adige river. It is home to Verona’s art museum and the bulk of the primary castle buildings are used to house an outstanding collection of medieval sculptures and paintings spanning the Renaissance. Castelvecchio provides a wonderful opportunity to explore its ramparts and fortifications. Castelvecchio is only one of Verona’s many opportunities to observe how the art of Western Europe evolved and changed from the late Medieval period into the early part of the Renaissance. There are also a good number of churches dating to the 12th century; and art museums, as well. A must-see for the art lover visiting Verona.

Basilica of St. Zeno

Just a fifteen-minute stroll from Castelvecchio is the gorgeous church that is dedicated to the patron saint of Verona, Zeno. In 363, Zeno, an enthusiastic North African fisherman, became Bishop of Verona, Italy. The church built to honor him houses his atmospheric tomb in the undercroft. A statue of the grinning saint fully clad in traditional robes and sporting a golden fish caught on a fishing rod, also serves to commemorate Zeno. The church, built following the earthquake that damaged the Arena in 1117, has been a focal point for European pilgrims for several hundred years and boasts richly preserved artwork and history, possibly the best available to see in Verona.

Things to See in Verona Italy – Juliet’s House – Casa di Giulietta

In Fair Verona - Juliet's house and balcony, Verona, Veneto, ItalyAny discussion of Verona, Italy is not complete if it does not include information about one of the most popular tourist destinations in Verona; the balcony that belonged to Juliet, where she and her Romeo professed their love for one another. When in Verona, a visit the balcony area must be included in your list of things to see and do in fair Verona, Italy. In truth, the balcony was a 1936 addition and the house has no real connection with the play written by Shakespeare.

In Fair Verona - Juliet's house and balcony with wall covered in grafitti and letters, Verona, Veneto, ItalyThe love-struck tourists that flock to the tiny courtyard to leave letters and mementos for Juliet do not know this, or do not care; graffiti covers every available surface and the wall beneath her balcony has an ever-changing, endless supply of love letters left there by those touched by the power and tragedy of Shakespeare’s pair of young lovers. The house is open for tours, but contains little aside from a few rescued Renaissance frescoes and the bed that was used in Franco Zeffirelli’s 1968 film adaptation of the famous play.


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Ostuni Italy – The White City in Brindisi https://soloitalia.no/en/travel/apulia/5323/ostuni-italy-white-city-brindisi/ Mon, 15 Dec 2014 20:32:30 +0000 https://soloitalia.no/?p=5323

Italy’s Southern coast hosts a jewel of a city known as Ostuni. Located within the Brindisi province roughly 8 km (4.9 miles) away from the coast. It is not a large city, with only about 32,000 people living here at any given time; but it does attract people from all over the globe with it’s beautiful beaches and historical architecture.

Ostuni Italy is an Ancient City

Ostuni is located in a region that has been inhabited since the stone age. It is believed to have to been founded by the Messapii, destroyed by the armies of Hannibal during the Punic Wars and then re-built by the Greeks – hence the Ostuni name meaning “new town.”

Ostuni village, Brindisi, Apulia, ItalyOstuni’s history is shown predominately within it’s architecture; with many buildings still standing dating back as far as 990 AD when the city was sacked by the Normans and added to it’s own county. The walls of a castle built on a 229 m hill are the only remaining structure from this time period, with the majority of buildings seemingly dating from 1300 to 1463. The architecture was influenced by the Italian Renaissance during the 1500 and the most notable still standing structures include Pozzella Tower, the Pylon, Villanova and others.

Sights to See in Ostuni Italy

The biggest reason to visit Ostuni is the “Old Town” or Ostuni’s citadel situated on top of a hill which remains fortified to this day. Ostuni is known as the “White City” based on it’s white-painted walls and white buildings.

The largest buildings in the city include the Cathedral and the Bishop’s Palace. The local area hosts typical Pugliese large estate farms which offer thriving grape and olive growing businesses. The city itself is one of the most famous town in Apulia simply because of it’s baroque-style churches and fantastic views.

Ostuni’s summer population increases dramatically to over 100,000 people annually. It has a large community of British citizens and is Italy’s fifth city to have such a high percentage of ex-pats from the British Isles. People flock to Ostuni for it’s warm, sunny weather, delicious foods and tasty wines.

The majority of its tourists visit from Northern Europe, Great Britain, Ireland, Germany and Scandinavia. However, it is possible to spot visitors from other regions as well such as North Americans; especially those drawn to its historical significance and opulent surroundings.

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