A weekend in Val di Non

The Val di Non is a concentration of sights to see: castles, lakes and sanctuaries. Making base in Fondo , a mountain village with a crucial position, here are 3 ideas for a weekend (not only) winter.

This is the link to the map of the area

Visit the Sanctuary of San Romedio

Legend has it that here the noble Romedio lived as a hermit in the company of only a bear. This is why the wildlife area has been created where an exemplary Abruzzese circulates in semi-freedom.

The Hermitage can be reached by car ( Google Maps directions  ) or on foot.

Do not miss the panoramic walk along the path in the rock , path carved into the wall and protected by a parapet. Admire from the valley where the Rio di San Romedio flows … it is indescribable!

The departure is in front of the Rhaetian Museum of Sanzeno and takes about 45 min. (here the route map )

Six reasons to see the Hermitage:

  • It is a pilgrimage destination
  • It is immersed in the silence of the woods
  • It stands on a rocky spur about 70 m high
  • It consists of five small churches perched
  • The latter are connected by a staircase of 131 steps
  • The small balcony is a panoramic point

Open all year, admission is free and Masses are also celebrated.

Walk to the ravine

It is an alternative to the Rio Sass Canyon , closed in winter. The walk starts from the historic center of Fondo , takes about 30 min. and ends at the suggestive Lake Smeraldo. Along the way, equipped with walkways and ladders, you come across a mill and a waterfall.

During the Christmas period this small (artificial) water mirror turns into a skating rink, while in summer it is suitable for bathing. On its banks is the Al Folon restaurant-pizzeria . It is a local Trentino local who offers specialties such as dumplings, gnocchi alla nonesa and carne salada … without forgetting the local trout!

Destinations in Florida for First-Time Backpackers

Florida is an adventure-friendly destination with its parks, beaches, and ecological sites. First-time backpackers may have a bucket of tourist spots and many things to do there.

Backpacking is an incredible choice for adventure. Two common reasons include making it handy and traveling light and hopping on from place to place. First-time backpackers will be apprehensive about packing things, language, and safety.

For backpacking, one may carry health-related accessories, light suits, sneakers, and wears based on the weather, location, and course. Some tips to avoid risks are being wary of things around, caring one’s belongings, staying away from strangers, using GPS to get around, and using one’s mobile and the Internet to know about the happenings. If concerned about knowing a language, one may use a language-learning platform, read language books, and get help from a linguistic fellow.

Here is a list of must-sees in Florida for first-time backpackers.

Orlando Theme Parks

If getting to Walt Disney World and Universal Studios, there are only loads of fun and nothing to be anxious about. First-time visitors to these theme parks can enjoy rides, provided that they plan for their schedule, stay, transportation, and dining. A slew of entertainment, dining, and shopping options are in front of them there. Some things to do are taking rides, zips, and adventure shows. Wonderful spaces to romp around are the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Animal Kingdom, and The Islands of Adventure. Attractions that can be easily headed from this theme park are Everglades, Kennedy Space Center, and TibetButler Nature Preserve. If you plan for a food trip from Orlando, go for steakhouses in Jacksonville, which takes only 2 hours to reach. Salento Steakhouse is the best steakhouse Jacksonville Fl restaurant.

Gulf Islands Natural Seashore

It is a 6-hour trip from Jacksonville. It is the largest natural preserve in Florida with maritime forests, wetlands, forts, and salt marsh habitats. First-time backpackers should take guided tours for not getting lost. A swathe of activities through guided tours include bird watching, kayaking, snorkeling and watching mattes, bicycling, camping, hiking, visiting historical sites, and hunting.

Miami Beach

Explore the art deco buildings in Ocean Drive, Miami Beach. It is amazing with a mix of architectural styles. The coastal city has many beaches, stylish buildings, museums, palm-fringed parks, and boutiques.

Hemingway Home

Visit the home of the great novelist Hemingway in Key West. This heritage site is home to his works and souvenirs including the six-toed cat.

Truman Little House

It is remarkable that the president residence has been the naval headquarters during the Spanish–American War and the World War. This government building is surrounded by tropical gardens and walkways. It showcases his official trip logs and presidential logs.

Fort Zachary Taylor

This historical park includes Fort Taylor, a red fort built by President Taylor, and a beach located south of it. Walking through the corridors of the fort, you may explore a treasure of weapons. The beach is best suitable for picnicking, fishing, paddling, and snorkeling.

The cultural state of Florida is abode to an endless chain of cultural and natural spots. First-time backpackers may plan itinerary to at least these highlighted ones.

5 things to do in Val di Fiemme

It happens every year that at the turn of spring  the Val di Fiemme (Trentino), hosts a series of high-altitude concerts. Famous artists such as Javier Girotto, Francesco Bearzatti, Scott Hamilton are the protagonists of this festival along with the views of the white Dolomites.

For a week, during the day in the shelters between the slopes and in the evening in the theaters of the beautiful alpine villages, bands that play jazz are almost always free, whose notes go hand in hand with the atmospheres of the Val di Fiemme .

To find out more, this is a useful link to the official website of Val di Fiemme >> www.visitfiemme.it

Go cross-country skiing at the Lavazè pass

I am an ex-skier downhill snowboarder and I have always seen cross-country skiing with a skeptical eye, imagining it as a hard sport with few emotions. After having had the chance to try it I can only confirm my first point: yes, it is tiring but not boring.

If like me you are a beginner in this sport, Lavazè is the right place to start. Here, at the beginning of the track there are training areas where you can try, perhaps for the first time accompanied by an instructor, to slide along the slopes. Even if you are a beginner the fun is not lacking, it is a fairly simple sport and already after 4/5 lessons you reach a sufficient level of skill to deal with the many kilometers of slopes in the area.

For those who know how to ski the 80 km of cross-country trails of the Lavazè area are defined by many professionals among the most beautiful in Italy and beyond. The slopes are traced according to different degrees of difficulty but all are joined by the great spectacle of the landscapes, in the presence of the great giants of Pietra. Of these tracks, the quality of the bottom is especially appreciated, treated with avant-garde equipment.

4 black slopes, 8 red and two blue runs of lengths ranging from 3.5 to 15 km are all indicated in maps that can be consulted at this link >> https://www.lavaze.com/it/inverno/piste

Where to park and the ski school

At Passo di Lavazè there is a large free car park, right next to where the cross-country ski school is located. The teachers are also specialized in teaching cross-country skiing to children and the disabled; this sport is for everyone.

Ski rental

Renting cross-country skiing for a day does not cost much: the kit includes skis and boots as well as skis. The cost? Less than 20 euros. The rental is the  Vuerich Shop and is located in the parking lot, easily identifiable given the triangular shape of the store.

How to get to the center of Fondo di passo Lavazè

This is the navigation link with the Google Maps navigator to get to the Fund center.

Eat at the Fuciade refuge

Fuciade is located in the beautiful valley of Fuciade, surrounded by the Costabella chain, with a breathtaking view of the legendary Pale di San Martino and the Margherita hill.

The refuge can be reached on foot from the path that takes you near the Miralago hotel. I recommend leaving the car in the free municipal parking located about 50 meters from the hotel. This is the parking position on Google Maps

From here you have 2 possibilities to reach the Fulciade refuge and if you want to have lunch there I highly recommend you to book in advance due to the great demand.

Take a snowmobile ride

I reached the shelter with a “snowmobile taxi”, it was an experience that I recommend and that gives a smile. The weather was not the best but even under an intense snowfall, darting up and down along the meandering path that leads to the shelter is sensational.

The snowmobile takes about 7 minutes to get to the shelter and the cost is 5 euros per person, the frequency of the races is about one every half hour but I recommend booking the lift to the number 0462 574281 (number of refuge Fuciade).

Lake Como Tour: itineraries and tips

The Lake Como is one of the places in our country renowned worldwide and tourists throughout the year who appreciate what abroad is called “Lake Como”

What I suggest in this post are some points and tips for a short tour of Lake Como with itineraries and tips.

#How to move

To turn the lake you can choose whether to use the car, but be careful because during the summer due to traffic and small spaces for parking in small villages the choice could be counterproductive while the bike is better suited to establish a direct relationship with the fresh lake air.

I feel, however, to suggest an additional means which is the boat , so you will have no problem with traffic or parking but especially you can admire the beautiful villas that overlook the lake while browsing.

For more information on the seasonal timetables and the different types of tickets, I leave the link to the site of the Navigazione Laghi Management 

# Como-Bellagio-Argegno-Pigra

To get to Bellagio I suggest you take one of the first hydrofoils of the day from Como (make a few stops with respect to the boat) so as to be at your destination in the middle of the morning. In this way you will have the chance to see the country with fewer tourists.

Directions to reach Bellagio -> Google Maps

Once you arrive at your destination head south, a few hundred meters you will find the entrance to the garden of Villa Melzi d’Eril , the variety of arboreal species is impressive. The advice is to visit the spring when the park is in full bloom and the bright colors contrast with the green of the meadows and the deep blue of the lake.

After visiting the garden, return to the town and look for the famous Salita Serbellonithat leads to the upper part of the town with shops and restaurants. Here you can have a quick snack and then continue a few hundred meters to the north in the direction of Punta Spartivento, or the point where the two branches of the lake come together , the place is very suggestive, you will find a restaurant and a small garden where you can relax a bit’.

In the early afternoon take the boat, the one that makes all the stops, so you can admire more closely the mountains that line the lake, the villages that cling to the afternoon light and the villas that become the protagonists of the landscape.

In Tremezzo you can see the splendid Villa Carlotta with its majestic garden to continue immediately with the sobriety of the luxurious Grand Hotel Tremezzo and its swimming pool in the lake. Subsequently you will divide the promontory of Lenno on which stands the splendid and renowned Villa del Balbianello, owned by the FAI, which stands on the tip of the promontory between wisteria and ancient trees.

Once you arrive at the village of Argegno head immediately to the church overlooking the lake, behind it a few tens of meters along the main road you find the funicular, less famous than the one that leads to Brunate, and climbs up to the small village of Pigra .

These are the directions to reach -> the funicular 

From here start several trekking routes, but what I recommend is to follow the belvedere, after a short walk in the woods you will come to admire a beautiful view from about 600 meters above the lake, from the promontory of Lenno to the island Comacina and villages of the opposite bank Lezzeno and Nesso.

What to see in Brescia in a weekend

Let’s start with the discovery of the city with an itinerary that will allow you to visit the 5 most interesting places for a weekend to discover the high-light of this city.

Brixia. Archaeological Park of Brescia Romana 

The archaeological site of Brixia, the ancient name of the city in Roman times, is the first place to visit in the weekend. In fact, together with the forum and the city theater , it represents the most important complex of ruins and remains of Roman public buildings in northern Italy.

Here are the remains of the buildings related to this period and that pass on the deeds of the Celtic tribe that in 225 BC makes an alliance with Rome to prepare for war against the Gallic peoples that raged in northern Italy.

The temple was brought to light only in the 1800s thanks to the intervention of the commune that made the ruins resurface in their splendor. Inside the Capitolium, the most evocative monument, you can admire the floors made of colored marbles that form different motifs and geometric figures.

Precisely the Capitolium was the subject of a particular restructuring work that started from a very in-depth knowledge of it to allow its archaeological and architectural recovery, enhancing it in a complete way.

Opening time

The Archaeological Park can be admired every day, except Monday, observing the following times: from October 1 to June 15 -> 9.00-18.00, Thursday extension until 22.00 and from 16 June to 30 September -> 10.30-19.00, Thursday extension up to 22.00. Admission 8 euros.

Useful links

From the official website of the Brescia museums >> Bresciamusei – the archaeological park

How to get to the archaeological park with >> Google Maps

See the Santa Giulia museum

As soon as you leave the Archaeological Park, the second mandatory stop is at the Santa Giulia museum.

It is one of the most interesting museums of our peninsula and is located within the Longobard Monastery of S. Salvatore – S.Giulia, from 2011 UNESCO World Heritage Site together with Brixia Archaeological Park of Brescia Romana (serial site: Longobardi in Italy: places of power 568 – 774 AD).

Its history is very ancient and dates back to the year 753, the year from which numerous testimonies of the history of Brescia were collected.

The most important works are the reflection of different eras, for example the beautiful statue ” La Vittoria Alata”   testimony of the Roman age, was so appreciated by Napoleon third, who wanted a copy, now exposed to the Louvre museum.

Entering the museum you will end up walking among the  Domus dell’Ortaglia  of Roman times.

The Basilica of San Salvatore within the complex is one of the few surviving examples of Lombard architecture and is in good condition.

Do not miss the frescoes of the Coro delle Monache in the Longobard church recalls the Renaissance age.

Fidenza: what to see, what to do and what to taste.

Italy is the country of “typicality” that make cities, regions and places of our peninsula real discoveries. And between a country and the other that my passion leads me to explore, today I would like to take you where the Emilian heart beats: Fidenza to be seen and tasted.

l food

Fruit of the tradition and of territorial and climatic peculiarity, in this area the Parmigiano Reggiano is born . A unique and inimitable cheese, an Italian pride. And in this area it is possible to visit the dairies that produce it with the possibility to taste the Parmigiano Reggiano directly from the producer.

Moved by this curiosity, I visited the Ciaolatte company , certified organic for twenty years. Here they tell me that you can grow without pesticides or fertilizers, that for cows do not need antibiotics but I think that besides this, is the passion of those who take care of all the steps of this chain that allows you to get with love for the product, the legendary Parmigiano Reggiano loved and exported all over the world.

How to get to the company – Ciao Latte

Important appointments #borgofood

From October 5th to 9th in Fidenza, local flavors are celebrated between music and tradition. Dozens of events linked to the Emilia-Romagna agro-food tradition with more than 200 exhibitors and 350 products, show cooking, shows and meetings with producers, shows and music.

Last weekend I attended waiting for #Borgofood, it was a taste of the big party in early autumn. Among the stalls of typical local products you can breathe the scents of a land guarded by the dedication of the producers.

Architecture: the Duomo of Fidenza

It is banal to say that Fidenza is a city of art and culture or that it is the major center of the province after Parma. It is more interesting to know that it rises along the Via Francigena where pilgrims sit on the steps of one of the greatest jewels of architecture Romanesque – Po Valley: the Duomo of Fidenza .

The 5 most beautiful beaches in Italy

Finally summer, the season that many of us, including myself, wait all year. Here it is, in a moment it is here and in this season made of travel I would recommend an exclusive 20% coupon between the various Groupon discount codes  of Sconti.com, so you can save a little bit on your holidays. Are you ready to discover the five most beautiful beaches in Italy? 

With its transparent waters and its very white pebbles, Tonnarella is one of the wonders of the Zingaro Nature Reserve, the first Sicilian reserve established in 1979.

Cala dell’Uzzo is paradise as I imagine it, uncontaminated and completely surrounded by lush nature and very far from the noise of the city. The beach is small, intimate, about 150 meters along which white pebbles shine in the sun. Swimming in this crystalline water conveys a strange sensation, it seems almost to fly for the clarity of these waters.

Here in the Zingaro Nature Reserve from San Vito lo Capo to Castellammare del Golfo, there are seven kilometers of parkland along which you will find, as in a precious necklace, another six beautiful bays: Cala dell’Uzzo, Cala Marinella, Cala Beretta, Cala del Varo and Cala Caprera.

How to get? Here are some -> directions 

2: Arco Magno – San Nicola Arcella – Calabria

This is a special place, not reachable by car, a place that you must earn step by step or at most with a   pedal boat. It can be reached on foot from the nearby and equipped beach of the Arco Magno ( where it is located ) with about 15 minutes of walking along a beautiful path or south, from the parking near the Bar Furano using the iron ladder nearby. 

To say that the beach is Caribbean is obvious and inaccurate, the Magno arch and its beach are much nicer.

The place is characterized by a rock arch, where a crystalline sea enters whose depth is visible at more than five meters of depth. This beach is another Italian treasure that I wish to discover sooner or later, if you have not already done so.

3: Cala Mariolu – Sardinia

In this list could not miss the beautiful Sardinia with its blue sea and its priceless natural treasures. Surely, one of the most beautiful beaches in Italy is Cala Mariolu.   A pearl of the Gulf of Ortisei, located in the central-eastern coast of Sardinia. Composed of white and pink pebbles, this is also a very intimate beach, as the English would say, secluded.

If you like me bored to spend hours sunbathing, I recommend a dip in the blue, indeed, in a real painting of colors. Since I put on the snorkeling mask and I dived, I spent hours exploring the seabed and the marine life belonging to the fragile ecosystem of our beaches.

4: Marina Grande, Positano – Campania

Surely the beautiful beaches in the area of ​​Positano are not lacking, in fact, but if I had to choose one, Marina Grane is undoubtedly my favorite. From here the view of the hundreds of colorful houses that characterize the stupendous village of Positano, make everything even more magical and unique.

The beach is almost 250 meters long, surrounded by a crystal clear sea, it is one of the most famous of the Amalfi coast.

In Marina Grande there is no shortage of bathing establishments where you can find every comfort and maybe rent a kayak for a wonderful excursion on a coast that you discover step by step, in fact, paddling after paddling.

5: Torre dell’Orso – Melendugno – Puglia

Even Puglia, as it should be, has had a place on this list. Salento is dotted with beautiful places, it is certainly not just my personal opinion since beauty is not subjective.

In its immaculate transparency, I present the beautiful Torre dell’Orso whose beach stretches for almost a kilometer between two cliffs from where you can admire the famous faraglioni called “The Two Sisters”.

But it is the fine sand and the pinewood behind the dunes that frame this place giving postcard shots.

5 things to do in Lignano

Do you know the bucket list? It’s simply a list of dreams, goals and things to do before … it’s too late. I believe in the usefulness of a “wish list”; it is a way to live life to the fullest without wasting time, with the motivation to achieve your goals.

Taken from the desire of summer, I decided to create my personal list of the ten things to do at the seaside in a weekend and I chose Lignano Sabbiadoro as a destination especially for what it has to offer.

1: Try the Sup

I’ve always liked new sports, or at least new ones. After watching some videos on YouTube of beautiful girls who nimbly rowed over a table, I decided to try it too, is called Sup. No, it is not the typical soup of Lignano Sabbiadoro, SUP stands for stand up paddle, a species d crossing between the canoe and the surf.

The long beach of Lignano offers numerous possibilities to rent windsurfs and boards from Sup, how can you not take advantage of it? The Adriatic Sea last week was a table, there were no waves that disturbed me and after some attempts to find the balance I was able to stand on the table. What is felt is the complete sense of freedom, the ability to move easily in water and explore, pushing ever further.

The facilities that offer this experience -> Lignanosabbiadoro.it

Here, I expected to hear the air pockets, to fall into the water, be afraid of you. None of this: you start sitting behind a motorboat, when the parachute swells in a moment, you take the flight, without jolts, without loss of altitude, you just get up to 30 meters. From there the view over Lignano is nothing short of, as well as exciting, truly spectacular.

Here is some information on the facilities that offer -> this experience

3: A kayak ride

Kayaking is one of the sports that I prefer for the opportunity to see in complete freedom areas not accessible by other means. Not far from Lignano Sabbiadoro is the Regional Natural Reserve of the Foci of the Stella river, an excellent place to paddle to discover the old fishermen’s houses, passing under the typical scales, discovering a unique ecosystem of its kind.

4: Visit the casoni of Marano Lagunare

In Kayak you can reach a real natural oasis where time has literally stopped: the casoni of Marano Lagunare – located between Lignano Sabbiadoro and the lagoon of Grado – in a natural area where many species of fish and birds live.

Here time has literally stopped. These houses, built with the materials available in the area at that time, served as a refuge for fishermen. Today, these buildings can not be sold or bought, let alone change, the houses can only be owned by father the son, keeping the tradition. Here it seems to explore an open-air museum, in a lagoon between greenery and sea.

More information on this -> lagoon experience

5: Cycling on the waterfront

Although I am not a lover of the bicycle and I prefer to move on foot, pedaling at sunset along the promenade of Lignano Sabbiadoro was undoubtedly a good experience. Accompanied by a long bike path that runs along the long tongue of sand, I noticed that really, especially with the warm lights of the sunset, the sand here seems golden. Among the umbrellas at rest and the bathing establishments where you play live, interesting places I discover with every ride, until the sun sets a different Lignano.