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Discover the sunny Apulia,land of the Trulli UNESCO Patrimony site,centuries of history,culture,genuine gastronomy,lovely people,great beaches under the warm Mediterranean sun all year.

Apulia,a sunny region of Southern Italy facing Greece,one of the most omplete regions of Italy,the splendid Adriatic coast,picturesque landscapes,beautiful cities as Bari the lively city so famous for its theatres,for St.Nicholas of Bari asnd its several historical monuments,Lecce named the Florence of Southern Italy,a jewel of Baroque art,the beaches of Gallipoli,Santa Maria di Leuca,the Gargano with Vieste,Rodi Garganico,authentic pearls,The Grotte di Castellana and Alberobello.

Apulia is place of treasure of art an UNESCO patrimony sites and one of these site is,Alberobello  the capital of Trulli this kind of original apulian  marvellous constructions this small town very close to the capital Bari is so famous for this typical houses you can only find here,in this region.

These rock houses,so charming have a very ancient history,the first examples was built over 400 years ago in the Murgie a hilly area packed of olive groves and a Mediterranean flora and vegetation and the Val D´Itiria a fascinating valley divided in the province of Bari,Brindisi and Taranto and very famous during Byzantine and medieval era.

The Trulli are constructions simply wonderful,for the history they have,for the shape so particular you can not find in other part of the world and because you can spend a holiday inside them.In Alberobello the capital of the Trulli you can also enjoy a beautiful and unforgettable Trulli Tour visiting the most ancient and beautiful example of the region.

Trulli are authentic iconic symbol of the region,they are are round houses made of stone circles overlapping with self-supporting dome roof, often embellished with decorative pinnacles,whose shape is inspired by symbolic,mystical and religious stories.UNESCO World Heritage Church Trullo Siamese,you can visit different Trulli of different size also at the interior to learn about this kind of buildings,discovering inside the typical apulian furniture and other charming glimpses of this unique city.

To spend a holiday in a Trullo is an unique experience,I tried it in a Tour Operator educational and honestly it was an experience simply fantastic,firstly because you are living in a building so charming and picturesque ,second because they provide all the best comfort,they are Trulli of different capacity for individuals,couples and families too.Further more you can enjoy all what the area can offer you,a spectacular countryside ,picturesque hills,magnificent landscapes and an excellent gastronomy.

Apulia is a land genuine food and excellent wine with the opportunity to taste the famous as Manduria, ,Malvasia,Primitivo,Squinzano,Rosato del Salento,a wide range of genuine and great food,from the famous Orecchiette Baresi alle Cime di Rapa,the typical  pasta from the Apulian capital to the frittura mista di pesce,a great try of fried fish or Riso al forno another speciality of this region similar a Spanish paella,the Turcinieddi Apulia is also the land of one of the best olive oil in the Mediterranean area. in the area you can also enjoy,the brasciole slices wrapped meat stuffed with cheese, garlic,onion and parsley and the cucuzze a furne"a pie of rice,zucchini,potatoes and baked mussels and enjoy a bottle of a "Rosso Barletta" a great fine wine of the province.

I strongly recommend all to spend all a holiday in Apulia  and choosing a Trullo as accommodation you will live the typical essence of this fantastic region you will never forget.

Francesco Mari

Class,taste and stylish accomodations in classical charming Villas in Italy.A choice to remember for ever in the albums of your travels for all your life.

 Today in Italy there is increasing interest in a specific kind of tourism that is different from the normal stay in a hotel.There are different kinds of accommodation that are interesting more travellers, one is the Agrutirismi  that several foreign tour operators are starting to know in the recent decade, another very popular recently is the tourism staying in beautiful villas, structures of great charm former buildings of great historical value for different reasons, because they were structures that have hosted celebrities,artists, residences of noble families medieval structures with a highly attractive charm,mansions in Renaissance, Neoclassical,Rococo style and also some renovated in  Art Nouveau or Liberty style as well.

Generally these kind of of structures provide a high level of service that allows a stay of great comfort, spacious rooms with terrace, huge garden with solarium, many have a swimming pool,fully equipped kitchen, an excellent geographical location, but especially this very fascinating accommodations are an incentive for the tourist to enjoy holidays coming back in the luxury of the Renaissance and Belle Epoque era in a splendid atmosphere that will make your stay even more enjoyable.

Many Italian regions offer this opportunity today, from Tuscany in general everywhere,Chianti, Siena and Pisa Hills,the countryside of Arezzo, Lucca and Garfagnana,Umbria, Marche, Piedmont, Lombardy, with its lakes, in the Veneto region in the area of Garda,Verona,in the Treviso and Vicenza countryside but also other regions of the South as Apulia, Sicily and Campania are gearing more than good in this new kind of accommodation.

Having stayed in structures of this type, having tried and tested them, I strongly recommend a stay in one of these structures for many reasons.The historical value,the comfort, for the super accessory options that they have, for the picturesque location that these villas have surrounded by beautiful natural landscapes,for the charm they have where you will feel immersed in a magic atmosphere of the past and your stay in a place like these will be one of the most enjoyable page of your memories travel albums.

Francesco Mari

A city break to Rome-All the roads lead to Rome.Seven Kings in its history,seven hills on which this magnificent city was founded,seven ancient and legendary Consular Roads that connected Europe,seven days of the week you can enjoy the beautiful Italian Capital with one of the seven beauty of the world,

 All roads leads to Rome.Ancient and old sayings,proverbs in a popular culture that Romanesca that has inspired writers,historians,philophers, poets,Italy and the world.the historic phrase linked to the ancient Romans,tutte le strade portano a Roma,all the roads lead to Rome has become often a spot for the Eternal City, a city that built over the centuries of an important Empire and later with the Pope State a rich history of culture,events, the Roman civilisation so important which gave an indelible mark of the history of our culture.

The history of an empire so famous, the history of art that he called many of the best of Artists of the history as Michelangelo who painted the Sistine Chapel and Bernini who has written important pages with baroque masterpieces that have given this wonderful city a look so bright and majestic with the Colonnade of St. Peter and the famous fountain in Piazza Navona, and many more by Raphael, Bramante and many others.

All the roads lead to Rome..Yes of course,the ancient Roman Empire built seven roads Aurelia, Cassia, Flaminia, Salaria, Tiburtina, Casilina and Appia,to connect the city to different destinations,Roma had in its history seven legendary kings, Romulus, Numa Pompilius, Tullo Ostilio, Anco Marzio,Tarquinius Priscus, Servius Tullius, Tarquin the Proud who founded the city on seven magnificent hills such as Aventino, ,Capitolino,Palatino,Quirinale,Esquilino,Celio,and Campidoglio and Rome offers you one of the seven beauty of the world the majestic and unique Coliseum.

This number,the number seven a significant number, in any sector from history and mythology, according to the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, seven is the first number that can not be divided into parts the exact basis of the numbering system according to the math, the number seven is famous also in other areas in Science, in Physics in Computer Sciencein Literature,Geography, Astronomy and many other fields.Iris has seven colours, the colours are part of our daily lives, allowing us to identify our choices,our tastes and what we want to create..

The city of Rome is probably one of the cities in the world with the number seven tattooed in in its skin,soul and heart.Rome is a city that today like yesterday offers tourists with its beauty without equal,a unique City which comes with its monumental, baroque, medieval and even modern.

The city of Rome is one of the city of the world, all tourists fall in love in front of its charm,monumentality and artistic beauties.Rome offers a great variety of hotels,apartments of high quality in every area,from Parioli, to Trastevere,from Piazza Barberini to the area of ​​the Capitol or the Imperial Forums,from the EUR to Campo de´Fiori and so on.Rome is a city,that ,remembering that famous number seven,you can enjoy seven days a week, today, tomorrow and everytime.

Francesco Mari

Travel and tourism.There is always someone who wouls like to travel with you..Even a cat.

Everyone wants to travel, travelling is always an experience,so you prepare your luggage,you pack your clothes,you toiletries, a book,your personal items and everything that will serve to make a comfortable stay in your destination in a city of art,a seaside or winter resort in the mountains, a journey of pleasure, business,a sporting event or visiting friends.

If you are travelling alone there is always someone who wants to come with you and  when you talk about travels there is always someone who wants to share your experience with you,you talk about Paris, Rome, Venice, New York,London,Tokyo or an exotic destination and there is always someone who will say what I want to be with you ..Can I? can you put me your suitcase? Even cats.

 Francesco Mari


Glasgow first city of Scotland and third city of United Kingdom is ready to celebrate GOOD FOOD SCOTLAND an important gourmet and gastronomical event so famous for the participation of important and distinguished chefs.

The event will be held at SECC GLASGOW from 19th to 21th October 2012,and it is a special and unique chance to see live many of the most important chefs of Scotland and United Kingdom preparing the latest trendy recipes of "Nouvelle Cuisine".

Further more the Scottish Exhibition will introduce to all the participants thanks to the presence of great experts and distinguished chefs how to organise banqueting,  ,Gala dinners and gastronomical meetings so it is particularly suggested for all the operators working in hospitality,caterings,restaurants,Gastro-Pubs pubs,Maitres,Executive Chefs Head Chefs,Commies Chefs but also Restaurant Managers and Assistant Managers who want to learn more how to prepare in their hospitality establishments great events.

Do not miss GOOD FOOD SHOW SCOTLAND,one of the most important gastronomical event in all the United Kingdom.

Francesco Mari

Magnificent view from an amazing villa balcony in Lake Como.

Lake Como offers everyday these magnificent views everywhere you go, here a picture taken in Tremezzo from the balcony of the beautiful and amazing  Villa Carlotta,one of the jewels of Lake Como.

Francesco Mari

Valdigne and Courmayeur.Trekking,climbing,ski,winter sports and much more in a great unforgettable Alpine Italian Valley.A great choice for a wonderful holiday in the Alps.

We are in a special period where to plan our winter holidays can be a great idea in particular if we are fond about winter sports and ski lovers.Alps is a fantastic destination about planning your wonderful ski  holidays  Austria,Switzerland,Italy,France,Germany there are many destinations to choose and all these countries are full of beautiful ski resorts.

One brilliant idea can be for who want to find a very relaxing place with fantastic ski slopes,modern services of ski lift and all the services you need to spend an ungforgettab le and unique holiday in the Alps.

The beautiful Courmayeur only 26 km from the beautiful Aosta,only one hour and some minutes from Turin by car a great scenic panoramic under the Mont Blanc,great gastronomy,very close to the famous Saint Vincent with its famous and popular Casino,and crossing the Mont Blanc Tunnel you are in the splendid Chamonix.Coumayeur is easily connected to France and North West Italy by A5 Motorway,100 km from Geneva beautiful and elegant Swiss city,250 km from Lyon,second city of France after  Paris.

Choosing Courmayeur as destination is absolutely great,located in a natural basin crossed by the river Dora Baltea ,at 1224 meters above sea level at the foot of the huge massif is Mont Blanc,between  mountains and glaciers that make it a unique place to enjoy,a great place,for your relax and ski winter with excellent hotels and accommodation.

If you are planning your winter holidays a week or more skiing,Valdigne and Courmayeur will be one of your best choice of your life, if you love Alps,Mountains and Winter Sports Valdigne and Courmayeur are one of the best destination of your dreams.

Francesco Mari


Sometimes in your travels,also in Restaurants, Bars, Hotels,you often saw extravagant and curious things everywhere to give you a kind welcome using determinate services including in  the ..toilets.

Entering in these services you can see phrases like treat this space as you are at your home or please use it but remember this place is of all and not only yours and many other examples..

Rococo doors,decorations Belle Epoque and Renaissance stylish,doors in Far West Saloon style,,Oriental and Moorish decorations ,Imperial  and Royal crowns or symbols,vintage characters and so on ..

Here some extravagant vintage pictures of curious toilets.

Francesco Mari


 Ernest Hermingway probably one of the greatest writers of the 19th century has conquered the world with his great works and his style, a style that has changed in many ways the art to write,the literature,narrating stories, experiences and adventures,a man of a controversial character but with an immense talent.

Great traveller and creative genius Hemingway, born in a small village not far from Chicago Illinois, lived in Michigan, Kansas City, New York, Paris, Venice, Milan,Genoa, Venice and Fossalta di Piave, a small town in the Veneto region, Cuba, Madrid,Istanbul and so on.A Cosmopolitan man with millions of experiences,and he shared his experiences with the world.

His style, his class in writing, full of meaning but at the same time concise, direct, observer of the reality around him, understanding what is important to write the contents,created a school of new writers in the world.

In some cases sometimes the dryness style of Mr.Hemingway is not the favourite subject for all people,but he wanted to transmit everything and more with his own style,not to be a standard a copy of someone else.The talent of Hemingway was the full details and immediately after to be synthetic at the same time where he considered useful.The style of Hemingway is a trace of his experiences,personal broadcast, he did so with success.One of the things that I consider are the great qualities and skills of this writer,is the analyse of his experiences,just like what you have seen with your own eyes,the simple and true reality and your knowledge and skills and then all that it is always great to share them with others.

I approached many years ago, the literature of Hemingway,when I was a teenager due for a school essay I and one day, for example, after reading "Fiesta I wanted to visit Pamplona and San Fermin and discover not only the event but all what there is around "San Firmin"and the cultural part of the city of Navarra (years later I revisited several times to see and contracts some hotels in Pamplona due to the fact that I have lived for 12 wonderful years in Spain)

I have read a total of four of his books, and I must say that the great master of  the "Understatement "Oscar and Pulitzer literature Prize,Hemingway can be a great source of inspiration,nobody of us is Hemingway but with our own experiences, enthusiasm and skills you can create something of your own.The talent of this great writer is unique in its style but if you want to do something you can always do something new, not like Hemingway but in your way tracing your experiences and why not to transmit them to the others.

Journalist, soldier in war, adventurer, critic, writer, very controversial man,risk and boxing lover,he loved adventure trips, safaris,mountain climbing, exploring unknown and exotic places  as Mount Kilimanjaro, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda in Africa and the Far East, Burma, Indonesia.

Hemingway lived for years in Cuba and knew the culture and customs of Cuba as a Cuban citizen, in Spain, during his stay, the American writer became a great expert of Spanish culture including wines and gastronomy.In France during his years living Paris,he loved to know more and more of this country passed from Monarchy to Republic,visiting museums, reading historical books by Napoleon to the French Revolution.

Hemingway also loved the beauty of famous destinations of tourism such as Paris,Venice or New York, with walks in the captivating Montparnasse at sunset, watch the sunrise in Piazza San Marco, and finding inspiration in Central Park in a autumn day, visiting a small town in the Caribbean or Latin America to see how the daily life goes on,things all  tourists but before them Operators in the Tourism Industry should do to get more in touch with reality and feel certain that you can transmit and illustrate to others with your experience,

Hemingway wanted to not only write, but to know deeply the culture of different countries he wrote apart  "Fiesta" dedicated to the Feria de San Fermin in Pamplona,Indian Camp where he wrote a lot about the culture of the native Indians in America .

Although Hemingway was an adventurous man,always the writer was so good in seeking advices and contacts by experts and people who had visited a determinate country before him and  where he was travelling for work or pleasure,in this Hemingway had an intelligence above the norm, along the adventure and discover the charm of novelty but he wanted to go prepared and ready  for what he had to see and then to enjoy fruit of a great instinct,intelligence,and wise.

Many of his titles works, could be considered excellent spots for"tourism destination titles" the Fiesta set in the capital of Navarra,The Old and the sea,The Snows of Kilimanjaro,The Green Hills of Africa,Indian Camp too.Hemingway is inimitable of course but can be a great example to transmit to others and your clients in your way your skills and more your own experiences,what you discovered and saw in this wonderful planet with a beautiful name Travel & Tourism.

Francesco Mari


Vorrei augurare innanzitutto una buona giornata a tutti i Tour Operators,AgenzieViaggi dettaglianti,,Albergatori ed Hotels Operatori di incoming,Guide turistiche,Animatori turistici, Enti ed Uffici del turismo d´Italia oltre ad i miei piú cari auguri per quella "grande porta" che si apre fra pochi giorni chiamata TTG & TTG incontri di Rimini.

Vi auguro di andare a questa importanrtssimo envento che si celebrerá nella vibrante cittá romagnola con grande entusiamo e con grande desiderio di trovare nuove vie e nuovi spunti per una programmazione efficace e di successo a partire giá da questo autunno TTG é una porta che si apre a tutti per ottenere risultati ed anche per iniziare un nuovo cammino,una nuova tappa,un nuovo capitolo di un libro che ha per titolo Turismo che dovete scrivere,continuare a editare con il vostro,spirito,immaginazione e talento creativo.

Vorrei soffermarmi,ricordando che Rimini é la cittá natale di Federico Fellini,quel grand´uomo quel gran artista,quel grande direttore cinematografico che con la sua creativitá,la sua immaginazione ed il suo talento ha conquistato Oscars,premi ed onoreficenze internazionali,palcoscenici mondiali,un vanto per la cultura italiana che genera sempre talenti ed artisti.Andate a Rimini anche pensando quello che ha fatto il Signor Fellini,con i suoi film conquistando il mondo da Venezia a Hollywood,da Parigi a Londra,da Cannes a Berlino, da Buenos Aires a Mosca.

TTG Rimini puó essere considerato per molti versi come un grande set cinematografico o come una grande teatro che puó offrire a tutti di essere grandi artisti,prendiamo spunto da questo evento per essere artisti e creare,per continuare a sviluppare attuali e future operazioni sia in incoming che in outgoing,un opera di teatro od un fil non si scrive e non si puó sceneggiare in tre giorni, ma questi tre giorni a Rimini devono essere per tutti parte dello studio scenico per creare i vostri titoli ed i vostri show davanti al vostro pubblico,ovvero i vostri sacri ed amati clienti.

TTG é un importante tappa per un inizio ottimale di qualche cosa che sempre si puó fare,andateci ispirati e con tanta voglia di fare,prendete spunti da idee che avete giá e che volete rendere pratiche,andate come angeli e il vostro spirito con le vostre ideas " in motion" vi faranno volare verso traguardi infiniti.

Colgo l´occasione per augurare a tutti una grande TTG,purtroppo dopo molti anni di partecipazione ed a malincuore quest´anno non ci saró,ma saró con voi per augurarvi sin da oggi il mio piú grande in bocca al lupo per una grande e proficua TTG Rimini.

Francesco Mari


When you visit the "Colli Senesi"the Siena hills and the Val D´Orcia there's nothing better than to stop in one of the many scenic spots and just enjoy what is around you.

Everything seem to be born as a creature of a nature invention wanting to kiss this picturesque  land of the Siena countryside,endless horizons,an alternative and continuous  change of beautiful colours.

Magical fairytale landscapes which inspired writers, poets, artists and film directors,that simply stopped in a corner of this wonderful corner of the world before creating their successful works.

The Val D'Orcia,famous for its wines, its friendly and kind people, for its genuineness,for its historical, cultural and artistic aspects offers an infinity of things to do, hiking, trekking, visiting ancient small medieval villages,wine and food tasting then if there is a stunning setting as its rolling hills that change colours, reflections, shape and appearance kilometre by kilometre it is easy to find inspiration and your imagination can fly to the heaven.

Francesco Mari

(Photo taken in Val D´Orcia after Pienza toward Siena)

De Pijp District-Amsterdam-Holland-A Colorful and Cosmopolitan Atmosphere,its Lively Market Albert Cuypmarkt,Heineken Brouwerij and Heineken Experience,the Bohemian Past with Famed Artists as Albert Kuyp and Piet Mondriaan,its Several Trendy Cafes and Restaurants,Visit and Discover De Pijp,Captivating Southern District of the Enchanting Amsterdam.

A very cosmopolitan nighborhood of the charming city of Amsterdam is undoubetly De Pijp,an old district
packed of typical restaurants,cafes and shops,an area of the Dutch capital captivating and colourful famous
for its many cultural events,galleries,De Pip is like like a shining planet in a galaxy called Amsterdam offering its enchanting past of its several renaissance buildings living in harmony with the present with all its new inhabitants and their acitivities,a sort of Paris Quartier Latin but keeping its strong own identity.  

In the last decades,De Pijp received many immigrants from its former colonies Suriname and Indonesia,but also from India,Turkey,Malaysia and Morocco,furthermore many students also live there to escape from the high rents in the centre of the Dutch capital all that generated that cosmopolitan picture and image this Amstedammer neighborhood has today.

.De Pijp also attracted during its history in different periods several artists who opened small galleries and workshops and it is not a case many of its streets have names of famed Dutch painters the famous  Cyupstraat for example is a street in homour of the dustunguished artist  Albert Cuyp and about the architectonic apart some old Renaissance buildings the major part of the constructions dating back the period previous to the 2nd World War of a school which left excellent examples of modern Dutch urban architecture which never disturbed or contrasted so much the old.It is since the 90s that D Pijp started to become a very fashionable and trendy district in a sort of revival in a different way with a new lifestyle and new inhabitants.

Located south of the city and the Canal Ring in the area called Stadsdeel Amsterdam-Zuid  just outside the circle of the three Amsterdam main channels,De Pijp is bordered to the north by the channel Stadhouderskade forming a sort of frontier with the historic centre of Amsterdam,to the east by the Amstel River, forming the border with Oost-Watergraafsmeer district, to the west by the canal Boerenkanal and the street Ruysdaelkade forming the limit of the Museumkwartier,the area of the museums while at south through the channel of the river Amstel and the street Joseph Israëlkad there is the border close to Riverenbuurt district.

The story is about the name of the district De Pijp seems that the streets running through it, narrow and straight, remember the torches of old pipes made by clay,for that reason, the translation of the name De Pijp in Dutch language means the Pipe.Another version of the name is about the chimneys of the old breweries,and another one is connected to the company which supplied the gas in area De Pijp Gas Vennootschaap.

 With a  a population of approximately 35,000 inhabitants,the district was formed in the second half of the 19th century,when the population of the Dutch Capital growth and Amsterdam needed the creation of new residential areas leading to an expansion to the south of the city in that period the less developed.

The idea of a new district was to house the workers and  to give breath to the already crowded famous neighbourhood Jordaan.The sharp increase in the urban population in the 20s and 30s ,the district expanded a lot and the new area was sometimes called Nieuw De Pijp,the New Pijp,the mjor part of the  inhabitants were workers and part of a humble social class.The district suffered a sort of degradation and the crisis in the 19th century,it was a gray area,without amenities,cultural centres or museums as the nearest centre but soon next to the former inhabitants started to come bohemian students and artists,also young professionals because to rent a apartment or a room in De Pijp was much cheaper than Joordan or other central districts.

Writers,intellectuals,and other artists started to populate Dee Pijp,such as Albert Kuyp,Piet Mondriaan also young French and Flemish painters,the poets and writers Jacob de Haan, Frederik Van Eeden,Simon Vinkenoog and Herman Gorter.With all that Dutch cultural elite the district has a renaissance,De Pijp became a new vital and meeting point of Amsterdam,and from there taverns and cafes were opened,the social life of that districts in decay lived a new artistic and lively atmosphere.

 This Amsterdam neighborhood despite its new artistic soul some years later started to become a place linked  to new ideas as the radical socialism and other politic and social  movements.On 18 February 1941,during the German Nazi occupation of Holland in the 2nd World War there was a famous incident in the district with :the irruption of the German police in the famous Koco, a tea room located in the street Van Woustraat,the raid that ended with the arrest of the owner,Ernst Cahn,for reesisitng to the German soldiers and he was later shot.

One of the highlight of  De Pijp is Albert Cuypstraat,the street namesakes Albert Cuyp,along it takes place Albert Cuypmarkt the large market which started its activity in the year 1904.That market originally
had a few of stalls while today they are over 350,vibrant,packed by a multitude of vendors,locals and tourists it is a very colorful and bustly place,considered the largest open air market in Holland and it attracts for its variety of articles and products an average of 22,000 visitors every weekend,the market works daily except Sundays.

The visitors can have the opportunity to buy,fruits,fresh fish,flowers,clothes,Oriental spices,cheeses and many other food delicacies.Albert Cuypmarkt consists in a long road which runs through the district,halfway crossed by Eerste Sweelinckstraat,where is located the statue of the most famous popular Amsterdammer singer: André Hazes.It is no coincidence and a case that the statue was erected right there in De Pijp in fact it is the place where he was discovered as artist where he sang to collect money to buy a present for his mother.

In the district another highlight is the famous Heineken Brouwerij with Heineken Experience a mecca and attraction for all beer lovers with the opportunity to visit the famous Heineken Brewery discovering the history of that so popular beer made in Amsterdam.In 1988 the famed company stopped producing beer in the building of De Pijp but the former building factory has been well renovated and there nowadays the visitor can havee the chance to learn the learn the history of the Heineken family,see the billboards from around the world and an interactive vision of the various processes of beer.

The tour lasts approximately 75-80 minutes and it is of course very interesting.The former factory is now a large amusement park media and a visit to that old factory includes in addition to the complete tour a degustation of the famous beer and a souvenir.Next to the building there is Marie Heineken Platz a busy square with some café-bars and restaurants.

Strolling its narrow streets,De Pijp is also a gastronomic district,characterized by the presence of numerous Indonesian but also Chinese,Turkish,Indian and Caribbean restaurants..The multi-ethnic athmosphere is completed with the presence of Moroccan Bazars,Chinese Shops,butchers from the Middle East and Dutch bakeries.

Very famous in De Pijp the Mamouche a North African restaurant offering all the typical specialities of Maghreb such as Cous cous,tajine,mechoui harira and so on in a very charming atmosphere..If you want to enjoy a cool drink or excellent cocktails the Hotel Okura provides a great cocktail bar on the 23rd floor offering magnificent views of Amsterdam.

The district is packed of interesting and curious shops too.De Taart Van Tante is a bakery-patisserie selling excellent cakes in a kitsch and art deco local,De Peperbol is a former tea spices and sweets store,it has became gradually an Eastern Market where it is possible to buy today essential oils,spices and many other products.The southern part of De Pijp is the area of  Diamantbuurt (the Diamond) built in 1925. De Pijp is also one of the Amsterdam places where started the business of companies cutting diamonds,for that in the district you will find some name of streets with the names Saffierstraat (Sapphire Street) or Smaragstraat (Emerald Street).

De Pijp  is also the birthplace of FEBO, a chain of fast food restaurants characterized by low prices and the sale of its products in vending machines,being able to buy drinks and chips at certain facilities.Originally, FEBO House was the name of a bakery located on Ferdinand Bol Straat,the street inspired the name of a bakery opened in 1941.Its owner, J.I. Borst prepared several lunches and snacks products sold through a vending machine later.According to the website of the company, the products were considered of quality and  they were pretty demanded which is why there was a production locals enlargement and it opened other branches in the city.Later, the bakery stopped making bread and it was renamed FEBO.

The district also has a small park called Sarphatipark,the residents loves and uses that park enjoying walks,it is a little green oasis with alongside a pond and fountains.In De Pijp you can also enjoy the typical Amsterdam cruise channels,the neighbourhood is just outside the main canal belt bordered by Amsteldijk and Stadhouderskade excellent points to take a boat and to enjoy a cruise channel discovering the beauty of this splendid city called Amsterdam.

De Pijp is a must if you are planning to visit the Dutch Capital it is artistic and bohemian soul,its cosmopolitan atmosphere and its attractions are something special in a special city called Amsterdam.

Francesco Mari

Poznan-Poland- Tour Salon International of Tourism from 24th to 27th Ocotber 2012 -The Largest Tourism Trade Show in Poland.Do not miss this chance to know a Great and Interesting Market.

TOUR SALON POZNAN, the International Fair of Tourism of Poznan is the largest travel and tourism trade show in Poland.With Over 750 exhibitors from several countries and 30,000 visitors are excepted to enjoy this important event,which will held from 24th to 27th October 2012 at  "Międzynarodowe" Targi Poznańskie Exhibition Center
 in the beautiful city of Poznan one of the candidated to be European Capital of Culture in 2016.

Tour Operators,Hotel Chains,Specialists of Tourism Marketing,Travel Agencies,Regional Tourism Institutions,Operators of networks on line will be present in this edition once again to introduce the interesting Polish market to the World.

Tour Salon Poznan is a so important exhibition to discover different kind of incoming in Poland,the exhibitors will present all the most trendy products about historical and cultural tours,Spa,adventures,trekking,sports and outdoor activities,pilgrimages,Poland is a very distinguished country to work very much in incoming and outgoing about Religious tourism.

The Tourism Local Institutions from all the country will inform about gastronomy,history,events and every kind of information you need to organise your event,incentive or educational,congresses,conventions.

During the event will be celebrated important events as forums.meetings,presentation of the most innovative products,proposals of new opportunities of business,Your Salon is also the ideal place to find very interesting Polish partners to build bilateral collaborations in your outgoing and your incoming as well.

The participation of Tour Salon is an incentive for many TT.OO to learn more from a very emergent market, like the Polish full of opportunities and interesting perspectives to create new channels of business and partnership.

Do not miss Tour Salon Poznan,Poland is a great event full of great surprises for every Tour Operators,Retail Travel Agencies,TT.OO wholesalers,where you will find new opportunities to increase your business, knowing a very interesting Trade show and a great market for every kind of your operations.

Francesco Mari


 Tourism from USA. to Italy has grown recently of a  7.,7% according to some statistics of the last four months.These dates stand about the the love the American tourists continue to have for Italy in the ranking in the first positions Lake Como,Florence and Tuscany and Venice.
Tuscany has had an increase in incoming from the USA thanks to a direct flight from the United States to Pisa and Galileo Galilei Pisa Airport reported positive date of an increase in the statistics of booking by American tourists who Italy love fly & Florence and Tuscany, the American tourist looking for a hotel near the city centre in the area of Piazza della Signoria and Ponte Vecchio, while in their fly & drive they love accommodation of charm,medieval mansions,rural renaissance or medieval ancient houses,beautiful "Agriturismi" in the wonderful Tuscan countryside.Another very significant date is the continued demand of American citizens who wish to celebrate their wedding in Tuscany in medieval and historical villages and stay in Castles,Villas and Mansions.

Lake Como and Venice have had as Florence had an increase, the American tourist want to spend a few days on the shores of the magnificent Como Lake, Mr. George Clooney has been a great ambassador for tourism on the wonderful "Lario· with its majestic villa in Laglio and the American tourist want to stay in Bellagio, Menaggio, Cernobbio and Como and they want in their Hotels rooms with balcony or view overlooking the magnificent lake.

In Venice other classical destination,the priority of American tourists is to stay in Hotels next to St,Mark Square with rooms with view or balcony on Grand Canal.

The dates related to an increase in individual tourism, in any case, the USA.citizens still loves Italy considering it as one of his favourite destinations and priority

Francesco Mari

Lake Garda,a mild climate all year,art,history,Spa & Welness,waterpsorts,outdoor activities,tourism,gastronomy,wines.Thousands of reasons and more to choose Lake Garda as one of your favourite destinations all year.

Lake Garda is a pearl of Italian tourism and of our World, when you get on this wonderful lake divided between the provinces of Verona and Brescia and Trento on the Northern side,when you come on the shores of this lake you realise immediately that you are  in a paradise.

Malcesine, Riva del Garda, Limone del Garda, Sirmione, Torbole, Salo, Tremosine, and many other locations are absolutely places that you will keep in the first place in the memories of your travel albums for ever. .

There are a  thousand of reasons to choose, this lake as your destination, primarily the mild climate throughout the year,this area of ​Italy does not suffer from low temperatures, Lake Garda is a special destination to enjoy the spring when the Mediterranean vegetation of this lake is absolutely unique in offering provides colour, summer is the busy high season with a strong request,but autumn and winter are also ideal seasons for an unforgettable holiday on the shores of this magnificent and wonderful lake.

The many activities that the Lake Garda offers ranging from Spa and Welness,water sports, sailing, diving, swimming, water skiing, hiking in beautiful natural hilly areas discovering verdant and magnificent forests,small charming villages perched on the rocks,the opportunity to play golf,to practise ciclysm and mountain bike and horse riding among many and many others.

The proximity to cities of art and history such as Verona, Bergamo, Brescia, Mantova, Vicenza, Trento is a great incentive to visit Lake Garda.

Towns like Sirmione with its magnificent castle offer a panorama of cultural activities and spa among the most important in the world,the Gardaland attraction Park of international importance for those families with children or just to spend a day alternative and different,Torbole,Malcesine,Limone,Riva del Garda,Saló offering the visitor unforgettable landscapes between lake and mountains and clear blue waters all to enjoy.

Garda gastronomy and its local prestigious wines such as Bardolino, Nosolo, Merlot, Cabernet Groppello are so famous all around the world.

There are many possibilities of accommodation,excellent Hotels  for every budget and need, Lake Garda is for many people an unique experience,to repeat, romantic, beautiful in its colours in sunsets in its sunrises, in its magical nights of great charm enjoying a walk along its shores all that and more make Lake Garda an exclusive destination of your dreams.

Francesco Mari


Tuscan Countryside has not enough  adjectives to describe itself, simple marvellous,absolutely unique and fascinating.If you visit this region everywhere,in every little village,on a hill or in a medieval small centre, you can admire everything and more ,monuments relevant value unfrogettable landscapes,picturesque hills packed with olive groves and vineyards producing some of the best wines of the world,old houses and farms situated in the most beautiful fascinating natural corner of this land,this paradise called "Toscana".

I was  in Cortona in province od Arezzo a splendid medieval town perched on a picturesque hill famous further more because here was filmed the famous movie "Under the Tuscan Sun" that successful American-Italian production,that  romantic film directed by Audrey Wells, and starring Diane Lee,Lindsay Duncan and Sandra Oh and with the participation of Mario Monicelli the famous Italian Film Director this movie so popular conquering the hearts and the sentiments of many people of the world .

When I saw the beautiful sunset.. I thought  to that movie and when you see a spectacular sunset like this one you perfectly understand why Mrs.Wells decided to film and produce her movie "Under the Tuscan sun" here in Cortona in this unique and inimitable part of Italy ,with its amazing colours,stunning reflections,and shining lights.

Francesco Mari

(photo taken at  sunset in Cortona)

Innsbruck-Austria | True Magnificent Cultural Essence of Tyrol.

Innsbruck is one of the most relevant cities of Austria and true magnificent cultural essence of Tyrol a land which offers several historical and natural attractions all around its wonderful territory.

Surrounded by mountains with a charming pedestrian historic centre packed by elegant buildings with coloured roofs and an outstanding architecture result of an active artistic life during centuries and of course it is one of those destinations will leave the visitor the desire to come back sooner or later.

With its about 130,000 inhabitants,that very attractive Austrian centre is  located at the confluence of the river Inn and the Sill.

Situated approximately one hour driving from Merano and Bolzano,two beautiful Italian towns of the Italian Alto Adige,Innsbruck is also a perfect point to visit the beautiful German Region of Bavaria achieving in a short time the splendid city of Munich.

Considered the soul of that corner of the Austrian Republic it shows beautiful landscapes retaining also many rich monuments of relevant interest showing in all its splendour a glorious and magnificent past.

The city is also a very romantic surrounded by mountains with an outstanding patrimony ranging from Gothic to Renaissance and Baroque architecture with a historic centre among the most beautiful in Europe.

The name Innsbruck derives from the word Bruck which in German language means bridge on the river Inn from that composition the current name of that important Tyrolean city.

Embraced by a chain of mountains called Nordkette which forms a sort of crown around its boundaries its historic centre has a large amount of late-Gothic constructions many of them are Baroque and Rococo palaces and with a wide variety of artistic details in its streets and alleys as those wrought-iron signs hanging on the colourful facades of it houses which are another of the many architectonic highlights.

Innsbruck has always enjoyed an excellent reputation as a world congress,conventions,conferences,artistic and sport destination and its residents enjoy a quality of life among the highest in Europe.

 A special climatic feature is the  Fhon that warm wind coming from south which tempers the climate of the city so ideal to enjoy that destination all year with the opportunity to sit in spring and summer in the several outdoor cafes enjoying a delicious Apple Strudel with a coffee in the stylish street Maria-Theresia-Strasse an ice cream next to its Hofburg and also all that makes Innsbruck a a very special place.

 Also autumn is an important period of the year when Innsbruck is transformed in a busy and  active centre hosting many cultural events while winter is the magnificent season of Winter Sports and also the magic time in which is celebrated its unforgettable and great Christmas Market.

Its very well organised Tourism Board Institution is another gem providing excellent information about the brilliant calendar of events and tourist proposals providing incoming services absolutely magnificent statisfying the needs of every visitor.
A very efficient transport system,the presence of economic opportunities with many chances to develop many business operations,its rich cultural and historical heritage make that place unique in its kind.

The geographical position is definetely another great incentive to chose that Austrian centre as ideal place to spend short breaks and holidays,including inserted in a tailor made tour in  Central Europe.

Not far from the Mediterranean in about 2 hours and half driving you can reach the Adriatic Riviera,with Italy,Slovenia and Croatia,Germany is very close and also Switzerland crossing stunning Alpine passes is not at a long distance,all that is a winning mix with thousands of reasons to take Innsbruck in a very relevant consideration.

Historical Roman colony,the first important settlement was developed during that period in which was developed the fort of Veldidena.As mentioned at the beginning Innsbruck  takes its name from Inn and Bruck and that bridge over a very relevant waterway in the heart of Europe made it an important crossroad throughout the Roman Empire.

During the course of its historical stages the former town was often protagonist of disputes between Bavarians and Austrian for its strategical position.Also thanks to that in 1232 Innsbruck was elevated to city rank.

Some years later in the year 1248 it was under the domain of the Counts of Tyrol before to be sold together with the Cis-and Trans Tyrolean territories to Rudolf IV of Hapsburg in 1363.

In a short time due its significant relevance and continuous expansion it was named Capital of the land in the year 1420 replacing Merano and it became official residence of the Emperor Maximilian I.

The city experienced a period of great prosperity and economic growth between the 16th and 17th centuries thanks to an increasing trade and for its new important political prestige and influence it was frequently a destination of meetings of the powerful Hapsburg House.

A magnificent golden period was the 17th century highlighted in particular when in the year 1669 was opened the local University.That notable event permitted the city to be one of the most important sites of studies and  education in Austria and Europe.In the year 1805 with the Peace of Pressburg Innsbruck joined the Kingdom of  Bavaria coming back to the Austrian Empire just 10 years later after the Congress of Vienna in 1815.In the most contemporary history Innsbruck was temporarily occupied by Italian troops in 1918 and some years later as all the territory of Austria it was incorporated to Germany with the famous "Anschluss Operation" and severely bombed during the 2nd World War.After that historic event with the reconstruction of the Austrian Republic the city became one of the most influential centres of the country.

Very pleasant to visit the city centre offers a wide pedestrian area which is undoubtedly a splendid feature immediately to appreciate with the fantastic chance to admire the most important attractions in a very relaxing way,no traffic and pleasant walks reaching all the most emblematic points without difficulties in a very short time.

You can start the visit from one of its iconic sites,the emblematic Maria-Theresia-Strasse (Mary Therese Street) which is the main street of the city and considered in terms of comparison a sort of Champs-Élysées in Paris or London's Regent Street.

That charming avenue dwells in the south with Leopold Strasse (Leopold Street) another main artery of the Tyrolean Capital.Halfway to the latter there is the intersection with the important and busy Schidlachstrasse and at a very short distance from there you can admire a structure reminiscent of a Roman triumphal arch but erected in the 18th century.

You can admire the elaborate decorations of that majestic monument which depicts the images of Franz I and Maria Therese, the Archduke Leopold and his sisters and including the well known Marie Antoinette Empress of Austria.
That Arch of Triumph was built for the wedding of the Emperor Leopold II as a sort of hymn of glory to the grandeur of the Imperial Hapsburg House.

The famous Annesaule,the column dedicated St.Ann is another important highlight consisting in a a votive monument which was erected in 1704 by Benedetti to celebrate an important event of Innsbruck,the liberation of the city and Tyrol by the Bavarian troops.

The Altes Landaus is the seat of the Parliament of the Tyrol government also called  Landesregierung. That impressive Baroque palace was built between 1725 and 1728 by Georg Anton Gumpp,a member of a dynasty of architects very active throughout the area of Innsbruck.

The building was developed on three floors featuring a magnificent facade decorated by the same Gumpp.
 The main staircase is covered with stucco and decorated with statues and busts as well as the ceiling is adorned with an eagle clutching a Tirolean map in the claws of the nation.

In addition you can also appreciate the beautiful conference room decorated with stucco ornament paintings of great value typical of the Baroque style of that period.That magnificent work is dated 1734 by Cosmas Damian Asam a famous painter from Bavaria.

That representation is unique in its kind in all Austria.Apart the splendid architectonic lines it is something impressive because it links a classic and majestic aesthetic of the most shining Baroque art so loved by the Hapsburg with a deep innovation also in terms of special details present in the ceiling.

All that making is a a mix of outstanding grandeur consisting in superb artistic work completed by that multitude of detailed and impressive elements added in that space studied to impress everyone at first sight.

Across Herzog-Friedrich-Strasse a very characteristic and enchanting cobbled street you can admire Goldenes Dachl (The Golden Roof).Goldenes Dachl located in the heart of the old centre of Innsbruck which is definitely one of the emblematic symbols of the city.

That magnificent construction has a balcony dated 16th century built for Emperor Maximilian I who wanted with that representation to show all  his wealth and power and it is covered by a roof made of 2567 gilded copper tiles.

When the sun is shimmering and beats on the roof the entire facade dazzling light shines offering a spectacular view.That roof was developed to commemorate the Emperor marriage with Bianca Maria Sforza a noble lady from Milan in the year 1494 linking the Hapsburg House to the most powerful Milanese Dynasty.

That outstanding work is unique in its kind in all Austria,apart the splendid architectonic lines and superb details in terms of decorations it is undoubtedly something impressive because it links a classic and majestic aesthetic with new concepts of decorative art using different materials,a work of glorification of the architecture at those times.
As one of he most popular tourist attraction worth a visit the Goldenes Dachl Museum consisting in a relevant exhibition arranged in six rooms and with the support of modern technologies and sound installations it offers the visitors a very vivid picture of Tyrol in the late Middle Ages.

Children have the opportunity to take a fascinating journey through time accompanied by Kunz von der Rosen,the court jester of the Emperor Maximilian and the image of that character will guide and help them to discover through a funny and pleasant visit very interesting things and curiosities happened in those days.

The area surrounding Herzog Friedrich Strasse is another stupendous corner of Innsbruck packed by oustanding Baroque buildings but to excel is the pink-orange of the house of Helblinghaus, which is another relevant attraction.

It is a very charming building with a beautiful late Gothic style facade.Extensively decorated around the 18th century,particularly appreciated are the stucco and the sculptures which adorn the exterior of that construction which was commissioned by the same owner Johann Fischer in 1730 to Anton Gigl.

Some of the most shining highlights are the refined pediment and the decorations on the windows.The name of that house,however,takes its name from Sebastian Helbling who was neither owner nor architect but the operator of a small cafe presents there in the mid-19th century.

Very interesting is the Markt the Innsbruck Market in which you can find a wide selection of typical local products as crafts and including food.

The market is open daily and worth a visit for its very colourful atmosphere with the presence of a big variety of articles and items of excellent quality and it could be a very nice break also having the chance to buy something very interesting.

Continuing the visit you can admire the Hofburg,another superb icon of the city.It  is the majestic Imperial Palace of the Emperor Maximilian I built in the 15th century.That stunning building is a beautiful example of magnificence and power.The Hofburg  was once the residence of the Counts of Tyrol and later became the Royal palace of Maximilian and Maria Theresa of Austria residence in the Capital of Tyrol.

The state rooms are very charming and plenty of historical patterns.Highlights are definitely the galleries,the throne room and the large gardens which complete that imposing structure.

The current architecture visible today is due to Maria Theresa of Austria who commissioned works adapted to the previous austerity with artistic decorations in Baroque style remodelling the building between the years 1766 and 1770.

Subdivided in four wings,boasting splendid domed towers and a two story rooms painted in white and gold colours filled by portraits of the Hapsburg dynasty,the image of that architectonic masterpiece has many things in common with the so famous Hofburg of Vienna.

The Wonderful Riesennsaal  (The Giant Room),which once welcomed the European aristocracy for the most lavish parties is one of the most enchanting sections of the place with painted ceiling dated 1776 by a local artist called Franz Anton Maulbertsch. The Gardesaal (Hall of the Guards) is another magnificent  hall which was also used for important political  meetings and events related to the Imperial  diplomacy and furthermore you can admire the Altmutter (The Old Mother room) and a series of apartments in a succession consisting in 27 stylish and luxury rooms.

Also worth a visit the stupendous building hosting the State Rooms and the Chapel.That elegant and majestic site is particularly famous because was the residence of "Sissi" the famous Austrian-Hungarian Empress Elizabeth probably you remember the movie performed by the famous actress Romy Schneider who loved so much that place and it is surrounded by magnificent gardens reminiscent of the famous Belvedere Garten of Vienna.

You can admire with a look to its exterior the style used during the works focused in lines and details combined with ideal colours chosen to give the human eye an immediate sensation of superb aesthetic.

As curious and historic feature the Hapsburg House before to start the construction of a palace wanted to check an average media of 50/60 projects and then there was the choice.All that despite it could be pretty peculiar was also a detail which gave brilliant results you can still see today in the many former Imperial cities,not only Vienna,but also in Budapest,Salzburg,Graz and Innsbruck too.

The beautiful Hofkirche is another construction which is part of the classic Austrian grandeur consisting an imposing Church erected in Neo-Gothic style,a masterpiece commissioned by Ferdinand I in the 16th century and ended in the year 1553.

Well known as the Imperial Church of Innsbruck thanks to the will of the Imperial House and besides being one of the most important religious buildings of Austria,that Religious building was also the symbol of the struggles for independence becoming a national shrine of Tyrol.

The three aisles make it a fairly large temple with elaborate decorations of Renaissance and Baroque inspirations and the main attraction is of course the tomb of Emperor Maximilian I considered as the most important funerary monuments in Europe and in the World.

The cenotaph is dated 16th century and it is a work by distinguished artists very famed at that time such as Albrecht Durer,Vischer and Alexander Colin.You can admire the beautiful square richly decorated which protects the sarcophagus of the Emperor.

That site is surrounded by 28 bronze statues called Schwarznmander (giant black men) who guard the rest of that important character furthermore you will notice the presence of several bronzes images depicting King Arthur,King Theodoric of the Goths,Bianca Maria Sforza second wife of Maximilian,Charles V and Philip II, among others. 

The mausoleum was erected by the Emperor Ferdinand,who was the grandson of Maximilian to represent the power and legitimacy of the Holy Roman Empire.You can also notice the chorus of the princess in a traditional Renaissance style and stalls as well as the tomb of Andreas Hofer,a famous patriot from Tyrol.

On one side lies the beautiful chapel of Silberne erected for Philippine Welser, wife of Ferdinand II of Tyrol.Unfortunately the Church suffered some damages by bombing during 2nd World War II but after several restorations it shows a brilliant aspect and a perfect reconstruction of the sections mainly damaged as part of a wing.

Altes Rathaus is the old Town Hall,a building with an impressive 56 metres high tower erected in the 15th century.The works finished in the year 1442 and it is definitely another emblematic symbol of the city.

Going up you can enjoy a spectacular mountain view and you can also admire at a short distance Palast Mozart,the residence in which the famous composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart stayed in 1769

Another building you can see from there is Neuer Hof which was the emblematic residence of Sigmund of Tyrol and Frederik IV dukes who ruled the city.

Dom zu St.Jakob is the Innsbruck Cathedral classified as one of the most beautiful Baroque Churches in Innsbruck and Tyrol.

That architectonic  masterpiece is dated 1724 erected on a previous site of a former Gothic Religious temple.The interiors are richly decorated with religious motifs and details including a wonderful painting depicting the Virgin Mary.Other relevant works are the main altar and the beautiful Baroque decorations by Johann Jakob Herkommer.

The Cathedral is well known for hosting the famous Virgin of Cranach by Lucas Cranach the Elder and a unique music carillon from which a sweet melody known as the Symphony of peace highlights the view of that magnificent architectonic masterpiece.
In addition there you can also see the monument in honour of the Archduke Maximilian III erected in 1620 considered one of the most influential figures at that time,a man with an important charisma who played an important role and also known as the Grand Master of the Teutonic Knights.

Do not miss to climb to the top of the Stadt Turm,the famous City tower to enjoy another spectacular view of Innsbruck and the Alps.That iconic construction was originally built in 1400 as a prison and the visitor can notice what it meant to be imprisoned in the medieval period visiting the old prisons ending the trip reaching the summit of that imposing tower.

For all the lovers of museums,Innsbruck offers a wide range for every taste.The Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum is one of them consisting in a very interesting exhibition founded in 1823 with a rich collection of natural history of Tyrol,displaying different subjects such as geological,botanical and technology with a large presence of very interesting items.

Some rooms are mainly devoted to the Gothic and Germanic Austria of the 19th and 20th century with also a beautiful  library.You can also admire works by Michael Pacher and others related to the Middle Ages in particular focused in the late 1400.The 20th century is in honour of Austrian art representing several important paintings by famous artists such as Klimt,Kokoschka and Egger Linz and furthermore you will have the chance to appreciate some findings of the original Golden Roof,the first pieces of that wonderful construction.

During the visit you can enjoy a very pleasant and enjoyable break with a stop at Gasthof Goldener Adler.It is another mandatory during a stay in Innsbruck.It is an ancient tavern and the translation from German language of that establishment is the Golden Eagle Tavern.

That establishment is a very famous place because it hosted in several occasions famed characters such as  the unforgettable musician Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,the famous Genoese violinist Niccoló Paganini and the father of German literature,Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe who sat there in several occasions.

That tavern by considerable charm for its interior and exterior is the oldest of Austria and it was inaugurated in 1390 and considered an absolute icon as a pioneer of the first Austrian catering & hospitality symbols.

The Wilten Basilika (Basilica of Wilten) is another important Religious site of immense historic value.Built in Gothic style in the 13th century and renowned in the 18th century its exterior is characterised by two large towers while inside you can admire several Rococo works by important artists and the beautiful ceiling decorated by Matthaus Gunther.

Another magnificent attraction and worth a visit is Crystal World. That so popular site shows the beauty of the famous Svarowski crystals consisting in seven underground chambers which display wonderful stones made in different styles.

Some of them are crystals  from versions of works by Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali in a surreal environment under a dome of crystal and it is undoubtedly a truly unique experience admiring those artistic masterpieces.

Other highlights are a light show and performances dimensional kaleidoscopic in the Crystal Theatre born in 1995 to mark the centenary of the activities of the famous Austrian brand Swarovski specialised in crystals.

As you know the production of the company which extends beyond the crystal collectibles loved for their brilliance and ability to refract light,even in technical subjects such as binoculars and also fashion items such as purses,jewelry,watches,gadgets and accessories.All the articles are very appreciated all around the world not only for the material used but also for the fine and stylish design which conquers the taste of several people.

The splendid introduction is a giant eye sparkling and crystal clear water coming out from its mouth and it will welcome the entrance of what you can define a fine a gallery of modern art

The first large room shines of crystal masterpieces by several artists and the crystal theatre is absolutely outstanding while the crystal Cathedral with a marvellous crystal dome and a crystal wall 11 metres high is one of the majestic attractions for its imposing structure with  590 mirrors creating a swirl of colours and sounds.

The Gallery houses an international collection of paintings and images dedicated to the world of the crystal represented by famous artists such as Miró, Chagall, Navratil, Pongratz, Tezak, Helmut Newton,Man Ray and Giselle Freund.In the hall connecting the World you will admire a giant globe in the centre with a spirit of crystal which turns around waiting for the visitor.

The name Innsbruck is also synonymous of  Winter Olympics Games  and the cultural essence of Tyrol is also representated by winter sports which always played an important role.

The Bergisel Turm (Bergisel Tower) is definitely one of the emblematic symbols which definitely helped the city to appear so important worldwide also as Sport destination and icon.

As you know the Capital of Tyrol hosted the Winter Olympic Games in the 60s and 70s and it is there that in the year in 1927 arose the first natural springboard for ski jumping.The run of the trampoline is inclined at 37 degrees to bring the thrills even the most experienced jumpers and it is considered as a sort of Sanctuary of that sport speciality.

The Olympic ski jump was restored in 2002 by the architect Zaha Hadid and Bergisel ski jumping competition is  included in the famous and prestigious International tournament of 4 trampolines.

Today Bergisel is also a place of tourist attractions att the centre of the action was that imposing towee,a futuristic pad for that period about ski jumping which is still one of the main attractions of the city.Standing on top of the platform the visitors can experience a sense of vertigo approaching the launch point.

 The new diagonal lift can carry up to 350 people per hour and covering the stretch along 250 metres in about 2 minutes.

The visitor can also enjoy the rooftop terrace you can have a 360 degree view admiring the city and all the mountains around,enjoying furthermore a panoramic restaurant and the Cafe Turm which complete that wonderful complex.

During summer season if you are in Innsbruck as incentive to enjoy something of alternative is that you can see some relevant international athletes training along that emblematic trampoline.

Just south of Innsbruck you can visit Schloss Ambras (Ambras Castle).It is easily accessible by convenient public transports and it is located in the heart of a park linked to the Austrian Imperial history.

That manor was the castle of Archduke Ferdinand II in the 16th century.That magnificent Renaissance building is all to be explored and it also houses one of the largest European collection of weapons and art.

Very interesting are the three large rooms and the hall of weapons of wonders arranged as a museum dedicated to the Archduke and furthermore one of its most attractive sections is the wonderful Spanish Hall an outstanding example of Renaissance architecture.

The museum was built by the Archduke to accommodate an ample and vast variety of armours and a universal collection consisting of pieces of natural history such as raw works,artistic items of great value,a kind of theatre of the wonders according to the modern concepts and interests of that noble man.

The Portrait Gallery displays  over 250 paintings mainly concentrated in the art of the 14th century.
The armours collection belong to more than 120 leaders and are accompanied by pictures which testify to the business of weapons carried by those leaders.The hall in sharp contrast to a huge armour on display at the centre of representing a bodyguard called Bon.

The small plates depict the children of Ferdinand II,the armour was of the giant Bartlmä Bon, Bartolomeo Bon a farmer from Riva del Garda in Italy over 2,00 metres tall.That tall man accompanied to Vienna in 1560 a grandson of the Archduke to particiapate to his first Imperial tournament in which he fought on foot and on horseback.

The castle which was originally a medieval fortress is situated on a rock,it has today an ancient aspect but it was several times over the centuries altered so that in the 20th century it was decided to bring the building back to its original aspect.

Approximately 6,0 kilometres from Innsbruck is situated one of the most exclusive ski resorts of Austria : Igls.Located in a spectacular position at the foot of Mount Patscherkofel,Igls is a great place to enjoy skiing and also a coffee and relax admiring the magnificent Alpine landscapes.

Not far from the city the visitors can also have other opportunity to enjoy pleasant hiking excursions and visiting another magnificent alpine area the Nordkette reaching at an altitude of over 2000 metres.

That group of magnificent peaks with unforgettable panoramic views offers the chance to admire the natural beauty situated all around the cityAnother attraction is the famed Alpenzoo the highest in Europe which houses approximately 2100 animals including bears,wolves,otters,several species of birds among others.

The vibrant and exuberant nightlife of Innsbruck is of undoubedtly another significant detail which makes that place very special.With nearly a quarter of the population made up of university students,Innsbruck obviously has an excellent number of clubs and establishments linked to entertainment and fun in particular in the area of  Bogen and in the the old city.

Most of the local wineries often offer evening with Tyrolean folk music and there are venues very trendy some of them with an interesting calendar of live music too.

The famous Gasthof,typical Austrian tavern is the right place to enjoy a delicious Apfel Strudel,(the famous Austrian cake made by apples) or a snack  of Speck (the tastefully and traditional smoked ham from Tyrol) and an ample choice of typical local and ethnic restaurants for lunch or dinner provide a rich gastronomic choice to enjoy during a stay.

Many are the opportunities for shopping.In the centre of the city it is very easy to find high quality products of international reputation such as Prada,Bvlgari and Yves St Laurent among others.

Innsbruck is also a city ideal for incentive tours,for your business,the right place if you want to organise an event, a conference or a convention but also very suggested for families with children to enjoy happy moments in contact with its relaxing and beautiful natural areas and very recommended for all the lovers of art,history,architecture,outdoor activities and winter sports.

Many are the important International events the city hosts,in winter season.In the Tyrolean capital takes place the World Cup of  Nordic Ski, with its famous ski jumping competition.In summer it celebrates the Festival Tanzen with a very lively atmosphere including several are the concerts from rock and pop to classical and symphonic music.

December is undoubtedly one of the most lively months in Innsbruck with Bergsilvester the great New Year celebration and obviously Christmas Market an event of international fame for the presence of a multitude of stalls offering the best about Austrian gastronomy,tasting and savouring some delicious Krafpen,Strudel,Sacher living and enjoying the spectacular and enchanting Christmas air you can breathe there.

In the western side of the city is situated the busy Innsbruck International Airport Kranebitten.The airport only has one terminal and the connection to and from is provided by a bus service.

The urban transport network of the city is managed by the companies Innsbrucker Verkehrsbetriebe, Innbus and  Verkehrsverbund Tirol which cover all the urban area and surroundings.

Thanks to its wonderful location Innsbruck is a destination for everyone.Surely you will love that city at first sight with its several attractions and you will remember that destination which is the iconic and true magnificent cultural essence of Tyrol as one of the best spots and pictures of that enchanting country called Austria.

Francesco Mari

Recommended Hotels in Innsbruck 

Grand Hotel Europe 
Hilton Hotel Innsbruck 
Hotel Adler Romantik Schwarzer 
Hotel Goldener Adler 
Hotel The Penz 
Hotel Best Western Leipziger  Hof
Hotel Mondschein 
Hotel Maximilian

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