Urbino, a city of peaceful inspiration, the birthplace of the great artist and painter Raphael.

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Italy has a lot of beautiful places far away from modern metropolis; a multitude of small villages hidden in the mountains where secular traditions still survive. An excellent example of what has been described is represented by the medieval city of Urbino.

 

Urbino is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is one of those cities where, art, history and culture have been interlaced in a unique way. Located in the beautiful and authentic region of Marche, it is famous not only because it was the centre of one of the most complete and refined expressions of the Italian Renaissance but also thanks to its extraordinary atmosphere each visitor can feel and appreciate. By visiting Urbino, you will discover a majestic city, surrounded by the walls erected by the Montefeltros in the 15th which contribute to give the city a unique charm.

Urbino by night

 A large number of literatures and artists gathered here, creating the most fashionable artistic landscape in the fifteenth century.

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Raphael (1483-1520), one of the most famous artists in Italy during the Renaissance, was born is Urbino in 1483. His father, a court painter for Grand Duck in Urbino is also his mentoring teacher for painting. At the age of 16, Raphael left his hometown Urbino and follow Pietro Perugino to study painting. In 1504, at the age of 21-years-old Raphael painted the famous ” Marriage of the Virgin,” also known as Sposalizio is considered a true masterpiece which has inspired many artists. It shows through the mastery of perspective the marriage of The Virgin Mary and Joseph. The beauty in this painting comes from the Virgin Mary herself and the number of suitors who wished to marry her. 

The front and back doors of temple represented in the painting are open, and through it the viewer can see a bit of the hazy, a soft mystery painted background of hills and sky.

One day, his teacher Pietro Perugino suggested him to leave Urbino and join Florence, the place for great artists. Raphael followed the advice an remained in Florence, where he was influenced by local politics, democracy and humanism, while studying the Leonardo da Vinci’ style and the human aesthetics of Michelangelo. Thanks to this stay he had the opportunity to improve his skills and became more and more matures, so that he quickly became as famous as those who inspired him.

The Marriage of the Virgin

Soon after, Raphael moved to Rome. At that time, Michelangelo was painting the ceiling fresco for Pope in Sistine Chapel. Raphael, who was 25 years old, received an invitation from the Pope who invite him to work with the finest artists in Italy. HIS knowledge of classical art led the Pope to appoint him Conservator of Antiquities and to entrust the task of making a plant of the ancient city of Rome.

In April 1520, he fell ill, a week later, the outstanding artist died. His genius after the death will always remain in his works and into the annals of human civilization. Urbino, is nowadays a city full of charms and beautiful legends.

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Pisa, a place of birth of truth

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Pisa Day Tour

Pisa is an ancient city, located in the downstream of the Arno River. Thanks to its strong naval forces it was a strong town, which was as powerful as Florence and Siena. However, with blockage of the Arno River channel, the naval forces became more and more weak. Finally, Pisa reduced to an affiliated province of Florence. Despite its splendid time former glory, Pisa still offers a lot of material and spiritual testimonies to its visitors: the most famous Pisa Leaning Tower, which along with the special Baptistery and the magnificent cemetery and the amazing Cathedral which is the representative works of Roman architecture;

 

The Duomo & Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy

Pisa is also the hometown for one of the most famous scientists Galileo, who made free fall experiment in Pisa Leaning Tower in 1590. At that time, the Europeans devoutly believe in the authority of Aristotle, regarded his false argument “the falling speed and weight of the object are proportional “as the truth. But Galileo decided to use practice to prove this theory. After the full preparation, he came up the top of the tower, facing the crowd, solemnly raised his hands, at the same time confidently released his hands. One big and one small iron balls fell down together. Surely, the two different iron balls fell to the ground at the same speed from the same height at the same time! The crowd was shocked; people surrounded Galileo, cheering the birth of a great truth!

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It was true that Galileo overturned the wrong theory of Aristotle, but everyone wondered if the experiment was indeed done at the top of the Pisa Leaning Tower. Anyway, the controversial point of view really added the mystery and charm to this magic tower.

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As the saying goes: “The Leaning Tower of Pisa is as strong as Pisa’ history, reputation and citizens and will never fall.” But since the beginning of measurement in 1918, the tower has an average inclination of about 1 mm per year, and its top center point has been deviated from the vertical center line nearly 5 meters. In order to save this famous building, the Italian government has taken various measures. According to different studies the Leaning Tower still has a long life, for at least the next 250 years.

 

Electa Travels promotes Pisa Discover Tour through customized tours. Contact us and enjoy your tailor made travels with our dynamic and professional Electa Travels’ team.

 

Article written by Dalia Ricky

Electa Travel Specialist

Lyon is France’s second largest city, second only to Paris. The city is crossed by two rivers, the Saone and the Rhone. In 1998, the entire historic center of Lyon was listed as a World Heritage by UNESCO. Standing on the hillside of Fourviere, overlooking the city of Lyon, you can admire the typical red roof and  enjoy both a picturesque view and a peaceful atmosphere.

On the same hill you you will find La Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere which contains two churches different from each other in terms of style and decorations. Fourviere is dedicated to Virgin Mary and plays an important role in the life of Lyon’s inhabitants: it represents the highest expression of the Christianity, a symbol of protection and safety thanks to which Lyon has been saved from in the Black Death in 1643. In order to express their gratitude, at the beginning of December each year citizens will put lit candles on the windowsill to commemorate Virgin Mary. The candlelight of each family illuminates the whole city. This wonderful atmosphere is at the origin of legendary “Festival of Light”. Nowadays, this annual event attracts tourists from all over the world who come to admire professional teams showing their lighting arts.

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A Great invention born in Lyon

In March 1895 the Lumiere brothers with their invention of the shooting camera made a short film “the door of the factory” (La sortie des ouvriers), which was considered as the world’s first film. In order to commemorate these two great figures, their former residence was changed to a film academy available for visiting. The facade of this building is full of signatures of famous directors who pay tribute to the two brothers and at the entrance of the film academy you can also see the picture of the movie clips.

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Lyon is full of diverse culture and heritages, a unique melting pot you will find at each corner; you will be amazed by its beauty. The famous novel of “The Little Prince” was written in Lyon, which is also the pioneer of the silk industry. Here, you can explore the development of the textile industry with the depth of the history’s footprint, visit the ancient textile workshop and appreciate the delicate local silk products.

Lyon – Capital of French Gastronomy

Lyon is a paradise for gourmet and wine lovers: anything you will choose among the typical “bouchon” and the prestigious starred restaurants will delight your palate. Its unique geographic position which places it among three famous wine regions Beaujolais, Burgundy and Cote de Rhone, as well as the best producers of great meat, sausages and cheeses from Auvergne, Dauphine, Franche-Comté and Savoie region. It is a huge project to write down Lyon’s specialties.

Electa Travels,a very appreciated destination management company for Southern Europe is promoting Lyon Day Tour through customized itineraries. Come here and enjoy your tailor made travels with our dynamic and professional Electa Travels services.

 

Reims, the Capital of Kings, the City for Champagne.

The French Champagne region is famous all over the world thanks to its beautiful vineyards, delicious champagne and its rich history, triggering people’s infinitive reverie.

From July 2015, champagne hillside, the major champagne wineries and the ancient chalk rock cellar has become UNESCO world heritage. The ancient historic region which witnessed the story of the vicissitudes of life has been recognized by the world, becoming the mysterious palace for more and more champagne conoisseur and history lovers.

There is a small town named Hautvillers locates on the west hillside of Épernay, where is the place Dom Perignon, a monk who lived in local monastery, invented sparkling champagne accidently. In the past 100 years, the name of “Champagne” was endless abused, millions of bottles of poor quality sparkling wine marked “champagne” on their bottles. To protect the nation’s pride and champagne’s reputation, the French have played more than 700 lawsuits throughout the world to maintain the purity of the champagne. The purpose is to let everyone know – only the sparkling wine produced in Champagne region is worthy the name “Champagne”.

Besides the champagne culture, Reims is also well-known by its splendid history. Reims Notre Dame Cathedral, the gorgeous landmark building in this city, was the place for coronation of Kings of France.

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Joan of Arc, the Maid of Orleans, was born in 1412 in a beautiful village in Champagne Region. She is considered as a national hero of France, the military strategist and the saint of the Catholicism. During the Hundred’s Years War between France and Kingdom of England, faced of internal and external problems, France retreated ceaselessly. In October 1428, the British army entered the center of central France, Orleans, once the Orleans was broken, the France destiny was into the British hands. Joan of Arc led the French army against the British invasion, saved France and helped Charles VII to crowned in Reims Notre Dame Cathedral.

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This amazing city, together with the aroma of its champagne and history of France will immerse you in a unique experience.

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Written By Alice Cunningam

Travel Specialist at Electa Travels

Arles, the Garden of Van Gogh

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There is such a place where one of the most famous impressionist, Van Gogh, liberated his greatest genius. Here the sunshine is almost dazzling during the day; at night, the lights are like stars in the Milky Way. In this charming city, he composed more than 200 masterpieces, such as “Sunflowers”, “The starry night” and “Café terrace at night”.

1888 is an important year in the history of European art when Van Gogh decided to find the bright, strong light and colours in the south of France. Thanks to the suggestion of his friend Paul Cezanne, the artist arrives in Arles where during the next 15 months, he created amazing paintings.

Unfortunately, in the same year in December he was sent to the hospital for treatments (today’s Van Gogh space) because of mental disorders. In February 1889, in order to protect themselves more than 30 neighbours wrote to the mayor asking to prohibit Van Gogh any activities. In March, his house was seized by the police. This event was the beginning of several vicissitudes that pushed him to leave Arles.

 

What is the magical power of the city which makes Van Gogh so linger?  Arles is simply a beautiful city with a strong cultural atmosphere of the Provence region. Unsophisticated and natural, Arles’s folklore still preserve the original style of the nineteenth century. Moreover the magnificent relics of Roman period give this city a sense of magic. The amazing and well preserved Arenas of Arles, an ancient Roman Coliseum built in the first century adorned by two huge stages and sixty magnificent arches is the main symbol of such splendour. Standing on its top, you can enjoy a breath taking view of the whole city.

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Visiting the small town filled with cherish of Van Gogh will give you the sensation to been immersed in his paintings.

 

Electa Travels promotes Van Gogh discovery through customized tours. Contact us and enjoy your tailor made travels with our dynamic and professional Electa Travels’ team.

 

Yaozhen Qin, Travel Specialist

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Bologna Food Tour : An amazing food travel !

 

An Amazing Cheese – Bologna Food Tour

 

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EMILIA-ROMAGNA: The trendy destination in Italy

 

Emilia-Romagna the Italian region where la Dolce Vita (the sweet life) has a real meaning. Far from mass-tourism, only aware travelers make a detour in this historical region renowned for its products of excellence such as Parmesan cheese, Parma ham and balsamic vinegar.

Easily connectable from Florence and Milano, Bologna, Parma and Modena are the key stopovers cities to start with.

Bologna: erudite, red and fat

Here are the words that describe at best this historical city.

Erudite because of its cultural richness is based on its university, one of the oldest of Europe, which attracts international students and entrepreneurs.

Red like the color of amazing red brick buildings, which offer its best color at sunset

Fat because of the production of fine food and wine, which makes it the capital city of gastronomy in Italy. We really suggest a Bologna food tour in order to delight your palates.

 

Modena and its motor valley where the headquarters of famous brands are located (Ferrari, Maserati, Pagani Zonda….) is a niche destination for those who want to combine their love for cars and discover the amazing balsamic vinegar.

Reggio Emilia’s hills conserve all the traditional gestures for the production of Parmesan cheese while Parma is the top destination for enjoying the famous ham.

The vibrant nightlife of Rimini, the wild landscapes you can admire by an air hot balloon or hiking, are two more experiences not to miss in this region.

Electa Travels, a very appreciated licensed destination management company for Southern Europe is promoting Emilia Romagna discovery through customized tours. Thanks to a rich private address book, Electa guests can benefit of a multitude of unique experiences.

From a variety of day tours of central and west part of the region to the euphoric nightlife of the east side, Electa Travels escorts you through wonderful cities and typical villages of this amazing land. Enjoy exceptional tastes thanks to the Bologna food tour, admire breathtaking landscapes and immerse yourself in an authentic Italian atmosphere. Discover all the tailor-made Electa Travels services with our dynamic and mindful tour experts.

 

Antonio Matera, founder and General Manager

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