Roman Baths

Roman bath_lady_PaintingThe origin of the baths actually dates back to ancient Greece. The name “balnea” itself that was used to identify the first Roman baths comes from the Greek “balanéion”, meaning 'place to take a bath'. It was from the Greeks that rich Romans learned to build a bathroom inside their homes. In Roman times, Roman baths were public buildings that now we would call sanitation facilities. These baths were one of the main meeting places in Rome starting from the 2nd century AC: they were practically free and anyone could go there. This was then a place to relax, to socialize. By the I century AC there were so many baths that Agrippa ordered a census and counted 170 of them.

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Murano, Burano, and Torcello: the Islands of Venice

Venice-lagoonMurano, Burano, and Torcello are three destinations that, along with Venice, tell a story of ancient mysteries, art, legends, and memories. The islands are actually groups of islands, in part inhabited and in part abandoned to nature. Each island has a history of centuries old traditions and hidden architectural treasures of great charm, too often overlooked by mass tourism. A visit to Murano, Burano, and Torcello requires at least half a day, but it would be better to spend one or more days here to fully enjoy the magic of these places. If you are ready to hop around armed with a camera, here's a small taste of what awaits you!

MURANO: WHERE GLASS TURNS INTO A MASTERPIECE

Known all over the world for the skill of the master glaziers, Murano is a little gem that consists of a complex of seven minor islands.

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Birdwatching in Veneto

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What is birdwatching? Birdwatching (or birding) is the observation of birds in their natural surroundings as a recreational activity. All you need for this activity is a pair of binoculars, a lot of patience, and a perfect location. The nature reserves in Veneto are one of those perfect places where birdwatchers can explore the diverse natural environment of the region, from the wetlands and lagoons to the open spaces of the mountains, and observe the birds in their habitats. The Parco del Delta Po covers 12000 hectares of valleys and channels. It extends from the Po di Goro to the river Adige and comprises the territory of 9 municipalities: Rosolina, Porto Viro, Loreo, Adria, Papozze, Ariano nel Polesine, Corbola, Taglio di Po, Porto Tolle, all in the province of Rovigo.  

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Palladio Museum

palladioOpened in 2012, the Palladio Museum is located in Vicenza, inside Palazzo Barbarano, one of Palladio's works. This is not your typical museum! The Palladio Museum is a new type of museum, for several reasons. First of all it is a museum-workshops, which means that it features not only the works of art, but also the experts who describe and explain them. Second, it is a museum in movement: thanks to use of hardware that controls the dynamic lighting, the video projection system etc, the contents will change as studies and research bring new elements to light. Third, it is located in a beautiful building: this is the only palace that Palladio saw completed and in which he exercised full control over both the architecture and the decorations.

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Cortina d' Ampezzo

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Cortina d'Ampezzo is an Italian town in the southern Dolomitic Alps, in the province of Belluno, in the Veneto region. Completely surrounded by the Dolomites, it is a very popular and famous winter sport resort, that even hosted the 1956 Winter Olympics. Cortina was also featured in many movies, including the Pink Panther, as well as James Bond's For Your Eyes only. The most famous mountains of the area are Tofane to the west, Pomagagnon to the north, Cristallo to the northeast, Faloria and Sorapis to the east, and Becco di Mezzodì, Croda da Lago and Cinque Torri to the south. The weather here is typically alpine, with long winters and short summers. The city center, located at an elevation of 1,224 meters is home to some of the most prestigious fashion brands such as Gucci, Bulgari, and Benetton and various artisan shops, and antiquarians.

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