Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Exciting new travel info from Italy

Palazzo Te 1525, the abode of the gods  
Mantua (Lombardy)

 One of the first elements noticeable about Palazzo Te is the way it extends horizontally. With its square plan and large inner courtyard, the Palazzo recalls the country villas of antiquity, where the architecture and its setting are in constant interaction.
Unlike town palaces the most important rooms are on the ground floor, which is slightly raised to protect the villa in case of flooding from the river Mincio.


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10 good reasons to visit Lodi  
Lombardy

What is your next destination? Let us propose 10 good reasons to visit Lodi. Breathtaking architecture, landscapes and gastronomy make this territory into a series of destinations ripe for discovering. 
An essential stage when walking along the city center is Piazza della Vittoria and the arcades that surround it. Historical buildings stand around it, adding further charm to the square. Market stalls occupy it on Tuesdays and Thursdays. .

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Arena Opera Festival 2017  
Fondazione Arena di Verona

Numerous traces of Verona’s long history are to be found in the old part of its city center. The center and neighboring areas can be easily visited on foot.
Piazza Bra is dominated by the impressive Roman Arena, built in 1 BC, and one of the most important well preserved Roman amphitheater.


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Oltrepo' Pavese, Lombardy

Did you know that the Oltrepò pavese area is famous not only because of its wines? Wine cellar visits can be associated with tours along Italy's most beautiful towns. Seeing is believing by visiting Fortunago, a small quiet town that may not have particular artistic or architectural attractions, but it offers an atmosphere that brings back the charm of past eras.  

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Aquileia - Friuli Venezia Giulia

Aquileia features an extremely important archaeological area, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Colonized in 181 B.C. in "agro gallorum", Aquileia was born as a bridgehead for the Roman conquest of the Danube areas and with the aim of defending the eastern borders to enhance the already flourishing trade between the eastern Mediterranean basin and the transalpine countries.


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Thursday, 15 December 2016

Australian Stories

Top reasons to attend the 2017 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival
In 2017, The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival (31 March – 9 April) will celebrate its 25th year with a line-up of incredible events. Check out the guide on Australia.com for the festival’s top events, including exclusive Masterclasses run by chefs featured in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list.
Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, 26 December 2016 – 1 January 2017
The annual 628 nautical mile yacht race between Sydney and Hobart sees the world’s greatest yachts charge through Sydney Heads and turn towards the Tasman Sea. This course is described as one of the most gruelling ocean races in the world and is an iconic summer event. Find out more here.
St Hugo and Wirra Wirra join Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia
Two new South Australian wineries have been added to the Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia – Wirra Wirra in McLaren Vale and St Hugo in the Barossa Valley. Both wineries showcase South Australia’s unique and premium experiences that position the region as a major wine tourism destination. Find out more here.