terça-feira, 23 de agosto de 2016

Lipari, Aeolian Islands, Italy - The hidden island in the Mediterranean




In the archipelago of the Aeolian Islands we can find Lipari, the largest of the Islands famous for its mythology and natural heritage.


Its picturesque streets lead us to the castle, built by the Spaniards on an ancient necropolis. Inside the castle walls lies the Cathedral, the archaeological site and museum. This has valuable collections of objects that were found on the island and going back to the pre-proto-historic period up to the Greek and Roman times.




The island of Lipari is charming , full of small streets and well cared for corners. We feel the pride of its people to preserve this little gem.


The island has enough animation and vivacity and it is impossible not to take a break to enjoy a pasta made in the moment, while we are delighted by the landscape that embraces us and invites you to stay.


terça-feira, 16 de agosto de 2016

Palermo, Sicily - Art and architecture in a elegant city



Situated in the middle of the Gulf, we find Palermo. It was once considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It was ruled by the Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Arabs and Normans that left their mark on their famous landmarks. Palermo is the depository of a cultural complexity that lives in harmony and gives it a mysterious beauty.



The Via Libertà is one of the most important streets for its size, elegance of its shops and be 
flanked by a double row of plantain trees.



The whole city has a potential and impressive historical references that require time to be appreciated. There are many monuments that could point but as you cannot do it because it would make its exhaustive description, only reference the Corso Vittorio Emanuele that lead us to the Four Canti (the intersection of the four original streets of Palermo). The four corners are four statues symbolizing the four seasons, four statues of the Spanish kings, and at the highest level, four female statues representing the four holy patron of the city and the Palazzo Reale.



quarta-feira, 10 de agosto de 2016

Messina, Sicily - In the "tip of the boot" in Italy



In Messina almost touched the "tip of the boot." We can see by the naked eye a glimpse of the mainland side of Italy.



The heart of the city is the Piazza Cairoli but rather justified a visit to the viewpoint of Christ Cathedral.


Arriving at the Cathedral Square in addition to the visit to the inside there is a show by appointment: at noon in the Astronomical Clock Tower begins a surprising paraphernalia animated statues of civil and religious events of the history of the city. Everyone stops when loud music is heard, the ringing bells, lions roaring, figures that walk, play and dance to the delight of the beholder.


Heading for a scenic drive along the northern coast of Messina to admire the beautiful views of the lakes of Ganzirri, the Strait of Messina and Cape Peloro, the nearest point on the continent.


The town of Taormina which is about 50km, is one of the most popular destinations of sun and sea of ​​the Mediterranean, its medieval features give you a special "glamour". In the highest points can be observed breathtaking views of the imposing Etna.


The famous lemons are the basis of limoncello liqueur that well fresh is the ideal accompaniment to taste the cannoli, typical small sweet in the form of straw stuffed with ricotta and almond. They are irresistible and to end nothing like a good espresso. These great little things give more flavor to life!

quarta-feira, 3 de agosto de 2016

Etna, Sicily - The volcanic force of nature




Continuing trip to north heading to Sicily. In Catania we have the gateway to the largest active volcano in Europe: Etna.


Through green fields and peculiar mountains, the road as it meanders to reach Mount Etna Crateri Silvestri, at about 1950m from the sea level. On the way there are many traces of ash and lava scattered everywhere. There are houses destroyed, covered by the fury of the volcano, leaving a trail of pain and sorrow for those who had to leave home and leave it to the great master of the mountain: Mount Etna.



There is a huge amount of cones and craters formed by the hardened lava and the multicolored mountains of various browns, blacks and grays contrast with the green and yellow foliage. The destruction of the volcanic eruption brings parallel fertilization for all mountain and vegetation grows rapidly!