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FERRARA, ITALY

Living in Ferrara

The italian city with most bicycle riders

 

 

 

You could visit Italy a 100 times and still not have seen everything!

Ferrara in the north of Italy offers a magic atmosphere, friendly people, and so many outstanding monuments  that made me wonder why I had non vesited this city before!

In the Middle Ages and in the Renaissance Ferrara enjoyed its  gratest splendor, especially thanks to the dinasty of the ESTE family. Their power lasted until the end of the sixteenth century and then the city was taken over by the State of the Church. To this contributed the fact the Este family did not have any heirs and maybe also the repeated earthquakes from the 1570s that lasted for four years scaring people to death and making them abandon the city.

Palazzo Dei Diamanti

Palazzo Dei Diamanti

In the heart of the city is the CASTELLO ESTENSE, (Estense Castle) still surrounded by water. In the cellars are the dungeons where the enemies of the family (members of the family as well!) were kept and later executed. Don Giulio spent 40 years in those prisons and at age 81 he was set free! Graffities of those times can still be seen on the walls. In the upper floors are spacious rooms whose ceilings are decorated with fresco paintings.

The cathedral has so much precious work! Lots of marble galleries with little columns in the outer decoration.

Ferrara is still surrounded by the old city walls. One can walk, jog or ride on the walls providing amazing sport facilities!

The most beautiful palace is the PALAZZO DEI DIAMANTI “, the “Palace of the diamonds” with 8,500 stones in the shape of a diamond point that decorate the outside.

Detail of the Duomo facade

Detail of the Duomo facade

 

Cathedral side

Cathedral side

 

The City Hall

The City Hall


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GENOVA: HARBOUR CITY & MUCH MORE

The northern city of Genova, in the Liguria region, is not a city known to the majority of visitors to Italy and maybe not even to Italians. Yet, in the eleventh and twelfth century it was one of the four leading “Maritime Republics” of the Italian peninsula, in 1451 Christopher Columbus was born here,  and in the Renaissance period it enjoyed incredible prosperity prompting important artists such as Anton Van Dyck to move here.

Spending time in the city center is the best way to experience the many historic art buildings. There is quite a list of things to see and do here:  (Doge’s Palace, just like in Venice!), the tiny “carrugi” alleys, the food tradition (world-known  “pesto” sauce made of Basil, “pinoli” pine nuts, parmesan cheese, olive oil, garlic), the sea port ambience (the most important harbor in Italy) with its aquarium, ships, yachts, BIGO the metallic crane offering quite a view over the city built by Italian contemporary architect Renzo Piano and/or the opportunity to attend an opera performance at the “Carlo Felice” theater.

For you, we have chosen for you a five-star historic hotel characterized by unique furnishing elements of the architectural tradition of the Liguria region, which utilizes sea and sunset colors. Each room is embellished by many authentic period pieces of old transatlantic liners. Mediterranean classic  atmosphere and refined menus of Ligury tradition can be enjoyed at the hotel’s restaurant.

Day excursions can easily be organized from Genova to Portofino, the Cinque Terre, Forte dei Marmi (chic town in Tuscany) and Pisa ( world-famous leaning tower).

For further details about events in the dates you want to visit please contact us at info@beautyinitaly.com

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VERONA: HONEYMOONS & ANNIVERSARIES

No matter what season you go, Verona is always worth a visit! This is the city where William Shakespeare chose to set the love story of star-crossed teenage lovers Romeo and Juliet, a city full of romance and ancient art, including the famous arena where the world-known opera festival takes place every summer.

We have chosen for you the romantic atmosphere of a 5-star hotel in the historic center of Verona near the church of Sant’Anastasia, which is a stone’s through from Juliet’s famous balcony, piazza Bra’ and the arena. Here you will also be able to enjoy exclusive and intimate candlelight gourmet dinners.

Depending on your interests and preferences you can decide to explore the city on your own and just relax or we can suggest a walking tour accompanied by a professional guide, and/or an excursion to the beautiful Lake Garda, the largest lake in Italy, situated at the foot  of the Alps.

From mid June to the end of August the open-air Opera Festival takes place at the arena: We will be happy to reserve and purchase for you  in advance tickets for the best seats.

For further information please write to info@beautyinitaly.com

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