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Dolomites hiking. The classic “Tre Cime di Lavaredo” circular trail.

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A Dolomites hiking trail you want to take is for sure the circular one surrounding famous Three Peaks of Lavaredo.

First: I’m not especially expert of mountains and hiking. That means among the different level Dolomites hiking trails you can take,  I’m recommending a easy one. You can do with children and dogs. Of course you need a minimum equipment, like wind jacket and hiking boots.

How to get there.

Starting point is Misurina with its enchanting lake. This place deserves a visit itself, even if you don’t go to the Three Peaks. The reflex of the mountains mirrors into the crystal lake creating fascinating effects. (The old hotels around makes you feel like in “Shining”, but it might be only the light, or my imagination…)

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Misurina lake

From Misurina take the scenic route to the starting point of the path, the Alpine hut “Auronzo”. To access the site by car you have to pay a toll of 25 €. I know, it’s not cheap, but I guess it’s discourages the less motivated excursionists, since the trails are very crowded and the parking area around the hut is big, but not infinite. As you might imagine, this is a beautiful place, but not exactly a place where you can stay in peace far from the crowd, at least in high season. Otherwise you can park in Misurina and take a bus from there. You’ll spend 4 € (one way) for the bus and more or less the same for the car park , depending on how long you stay.

So by car or bus (did I mention you can walk?) you got to the Auronzo hut and you can start to be amazed by the Three Peaks and from the view of the Misurina lake below you.

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Leonardo da Vinci vineyard: reborn after an incredible story

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Visit Leonardo da Vinci vineyard in Milan, incredibly still there after five centuries.

 

This story starts in a day of January, 1920.

A gentlemen is walking in the surroundings of Santa Maria delle Grazie church in Milan. He’s carrying a bag and looks into the the construction sites of the new district. Suddenly he looks excited, extracts from the bag a strange machine and points it towards the workers who are cutting the trees to liberate the ground for the new buildings.

The man is Luca Beltrami, the most important expert on Leonardo da Vinci. The strange equipment he’s got is a camera. Beltrami is searching for the lost da Vinci vineyard: Leonardo, while painting and projecting inventions, apparently also made wine. The scholar deduced the location of the vineyard from historical documents. In that cold day he finally finds it. Exactly where it is supposed to be.

Beltrami stops a while. He imagines Leonardo da Vinci visiting his vines after a day of work at the Last Supper, just a few meters away.

Leonardo came from a family of wine makers. He got the vineyard as a present from Ludovico il Moro, duke of Milan.

da Vinci vineyard

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Italy from above: 8 places revealing their shape from the sky.

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Thanks to satellites and bird-eye pictures you can discover Italy from above and see some places that reveal their real shape. Here’s an alternative tour of Italy you can take directly from your desktop.

Looking at things from above is always interesting.

In a famous scene from one of my favourite movies, Dead Poets Society, the English teacher John Keating played by Robin Williams jumps on the desk and asks a question:

– Why do I stand up here? Anybody?

Student: -To feel taller!

– No! Thank you for playing Mr. Dalton. I stand upon my desk to remind myself that we must constantly look at things in a different way.

Italy from above 1

 

Thanks to satellites and drones we have the opportunity to see literally the world from above.

Just search on YouTube Italy from above and you will find plenty of bird eye views, like this.

 

Another way discover awesome places just sitting at your desktop is Google Maps. There are some things that reveal their real shape only when you watch them from the sky.

Here’s ten places in Italy which shape you can discover only from above.

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What to do in Milan in 4 hours. Five things to see for free.

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Looking for what to do in Milan for 1 day or less? Here’s two churches and three artworks you can you can discover (for free) in Milan city center.

I’ve been asked many times what to do in Milan because it was considered just a gray, polluted and chaotic city. The 2015 World Expo in Milan was accompanied by many critics, but it had at least one result: the discovery of Milan as a touristic destination (click here to find hotels).

After years having friends from the beautiful Italian shoreline and small pretty towns mocking us for coming from such a city, it was a small payback for us Milanesi to find that New York times elected our hometown as the number one place to go in 2015.
You’ll easily find the best things to see in Milan in your first stay in many travel guides or articles like what to do in 36 hours in Milan.

Now you are looking for what to do in Milan besides shopping, Duomo and Navigli. If you’re in a long layover or in a business trip and you don’t have a lot of time, there are some other interesting things you can discover in Milan just walking around  – and completely for free.

Here’s some. 

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Looking for unusual things to do in Venice? Here’s three books to help you

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Two unconventional guides and a novel to find hidden things to do in Venice.

Things to do in Venice

Riva degli Schiavoni

You’re trying to find the essential things to do in Venice and you bought a city guide. So you will easily discover the origins of this amazing place, its raise as a world commercial superpower, its important churches and museums. You plan your tour: a visit to St. Mark’s cathedral, a walk across Rialto bridge, maybe a ride in gondola on the Grand Canal.  

Than you arrive there and you find yourself running around with other thousand tourists, all queuing in front of the same places. But there’s no escape: if you are a tourist in Venice, no matter where you come from, you are meant to go through this.

But you know Venice is magic. Writers and poets spent thousand of words about this unique city and this charm must be somewhere. Only, you can’t find it, overwhelmed by the crowd.

The only thing you can do is: change plans.

If you have enough time in Venice, there’s much more to discover.

You can even skip the things you “have” to do in Venice and you will anyway find great places. I’m not recommending another Venice travel guide, maybe called “the unconventional Venice”. To help you to find your unconventional path in Venice, have a look to these books.