Italy: Capri – A Synonym for Luxury
This national reservation located only few kilometers from Naples is a place with top-class services for demanding customers is also a place where top companies have their representation. On a small area live quite lot of inhabitants prospering from tourism.
Already on the ferry you can see narrow hairpin bends on which yellow buses full of tourists ride. Traffic here is limited, the priory have only taxis and supply cars. Walking is preferred – due to the size of the island it is not an obstacle to walk there. Despite the fact the island seems to be of volcanic origin, it is not. It emerged by separation from mainland (the Sorrento Peninsula). The island has two parts, i.e. two cities: the lower part with Capri begins in the main harbor (Marina Grande) of cruise ships and a touristic center begins above the harbor. The Anacapri town is in the upper part of the island. It is connected with Capri by antique narrow stairs with high steps that are carved into rock. Such a design ensured that during an occupation only one man at once could go on the stairs and thus it made easier to defend the place. Today a bus takes tourists up. The highest peak of the island is Monte Solaro (589 above the sea level). You can get there by walk or by a cable way from Anacapri. Among architectural sights are The Clock Tower – a meeting place of Italian writers – town hall and St Stephen’s Church.
The greatest attraction of the island is a uniqueGrotta Azzura (The Bluce Cave) that you can access on small wooden boats, because the entrance to the cave is very narrow and only one meter high. You can sail into the cave only in windless conditions. The access is limited to one or two persons at once, so your waiting can be long, if you are not lucky. Therefore, we recommend you to visit other colorful cave, e.g. The Green Cave
Crooked streets are full of souvenir shops , coffee bars, and shops where they make you a custom perfume or shoes, and can get you to the Gardens of August. These gardens with well-tended flowerbeds, pine trees and blooming trees are named after Augustus, the first emperor of the Roman Empire. Many Italian painters were inspired by the gardens and used them as motive for their paintings. Even Emperor Tiberius beloved this place with a wonderful outlook on open sea and spend here his last years. He also built here several palaces and villas. Above the entrance of one of the palaces is a sign carved in stone: “Welcome in a beautiful city where you needn’t work”.
Text a photo: Monika Babická
Volcanic tragedy which met Italian town of Pompei, situated on slope of Vesuvius Mountain in 79 A.D., preserved valuable information about life conditions of people at that time.
When you visit Italy, you have to taste some of the local delicious cuisine. But as food art also is an integral part of the soul of this country. Italians live with music, and the visit to the Apennine Peninsula can‘t not go without a seeing musical performance. And what is more than the world-famous La Scala opera house?
On this day, we visit Amalfitana, the beautiful region along the Tyrrhenian Sea, again.
Towns and cities in northern Italy ensure its world fame and attention of many art enthusiast. These towns were built during the 14th and 16th centuries by rich townsmen and fans of antic culture. The word renaissance is derived from Italian word rinascito (rebirth), i.e. renewed admiration of art, literature and values of antic Rome.
Mountainous, green Gargano peninsula is located in Puglia, a south-Italian region. Except for holidaymakers, the peninsula is popular among European botanists for there are up to 85 species of orchid, and remains of Mediterranean forest known as Foresta Umbra.
Arco is a paradise for climbers in Italy. There are more than 20 climbing areas of varying difficulties and lengths. Everybody, boulders or fans of ferratas, will love the place. The town is a very pleasant place. Its picturesque town center has many restaurants and also climbers’ stores. A castle is the main landmark of Arco. It guards the town from the heights.
Picturesque city. Even though these two words don’t usually come along in case of Bolzano they do.
Bolzano is a center of Tridentsko-Horní Adiže region. In four years, it will be centennial commemoration of the time when this once Austrian-Hungarian territory known s Deutschsüdtirol was annexed by Italy.
We are leaving the Gulf of Napoli beloved by artists. We are heading to a Mediterranean island which came to existence as a result of volcanic activity in the end of Tertiary. It has been forming for millions of years to the terrain formation we happen to know as Ischia.
Today we continue in our walks through Genoa, one of the main cities of Italian culture and history. In the last weeks we have learned something on Piazza Ferrari or Piazza Giacomo Matteoti. Today we look at another parts of the city, hopefully we help you to get in the mood for the summer and give you inspiration for prospective vacation.
The summer has arrived in our region with temperatures easily exceeding 30 degrees Celsius. The first week of June at a high temperature will cause many ideas for the upcoming holidays if possible spent at the sea.
Today we visit ancient city of Padova and its medieval streets in northern Italy.
Bari is the capital of an Italian province of the same name. It is also well-known for its port and universities. There is, for instance, Polytechnic University or University of Bari where about 70 thousand students are enrolled (at Charles University study “only” about 50 thousand students).
In the second part of our stops at the famous northern Italian lakes, we will talk more light mountaineering than water fun or adventure, which, however, there certainly is no shortage.
Have you ever wanted to come back in time, for example, into the so called "Dark" Middle Ages? Join us and see the gates of a picturesque town hidden between the fields of the Italian region Emilia-Romagna. Perhaps you have never heard of a town called Grazzano Visconti, but here you can see the Middle Ages and see if it was as dark as history is about it.
The most visited islands in the Gulf of Venice is a picturesque island Burano. Although it is not famous by such historic landmarks as Venice itself, where tourists are attracted especially colorful atmosphere quiet town and local products lace tradition.
Italy is a popular holiday destination and the south - Sicily is a fascinating mixture of cultures that deserves to be known.
The Venice lagoon is allegedly hiding 118 large and small islands. Some of them are mutually connected by bridges, and from ancient times were created interesting settlements, protected by deep water and treacherous swamps from enemies. Some islands lies a little sideways from the historical monuments in the heart of Venice, but lots of them it is nice to visit yet.
Shores of the Gargano peninsula has up to 50-meter high limestone cliffs with caves and white bea...
Water treatment in nature of a green island. This is why thousands of turists come here. Sometime...
One summer evening in Venice...
Foto: Jan Chaloupka, July 2012
Welcome to Pompeii, a city that was the pride of the Roman Empire and finished by natural disaste...