Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Pisa One of the Most Visited Cities in Italy

Pisa is one of the most visited cities in Italy for its particular and beautiful architecture registered at the Unesco World heritage for years. You can without any problem visit it in a day. Here is my list of what you have to see in Pisa:

Piazza dei Miracoli (Square of Miracles)

The center of the city of Pisa is the extraordinary Piazza Duomo (Cathedral), known as Piazza dei Miracoli, built between the eleventh and thirteenth centuries, and gathering four monuments of great interest. That’s why in 1087, it became part of the UNESCO World Heritage.

The Duomo, the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Baptistery and the “Camposanto” are unique examples and authentic architecture of the Roanesque style, which has been then exported to Corsica, Sardinia, and the rest of Tuscany. The legend also says that at this exact place the luster for the encens that the most famous Pisan, Galileo, observed to create the law on isochronism of the pendulum. In reality, the luster has been realized few years later.

Finally, the Camposanto, the monumental cemetery is a must see with its Roman sarcophagi, its precious red ocher from the old frescoes.

The most famous monument of all, including abroad, is of course the Tower of Pisa, tilted a few degrees due to land subsidence, which began a few years after its construction. It is this unexpected feature of the ground, which delayed several years after the end of the work, and it is only now, after a long restoration work in the early years of the twenty-first century that its inclination has been stabilized. According to experts, it will remain unchanged for another four hundred years.

Piazza dei Cavalieri

It is another beautiful square to absolutely see in Pisa. The Palazzo della Carovana, a Renaissance jewel designed by Vasari, dominates the square. Today it is one of the most important Italian University. On the site, you will find the Palazzo dell'Orologio, the statue of Come First and the churches of San Rocco (Saint Roch) and Cavalieri di Santo Stefano (the Knights of St. Stephen).

Getting to Pisa

Pisa is home to the largest airport of Tuscany and is very well connected to Florence by highways as well as by public transport (buses and trains). 

Thursday, 29 May 2014

5 Things To Do In Ottawa

Ottawa is the capital of Canada. Located in the East, Ottawa is between Toronto and Montréal. It is famous for the Parliament Hill that looks really similar at the one in London. Being a quiet and easy-going city, the quality life is really good particularly for families. The biggest event that brings thousands of people in the capital is of course the National day during the first of July.

Here are 5 things to do in Ottawa:

  •           Visit the Parliament Hill: Up on the hill, the impressive Gothic-style Parliament is the centerpiece of Ottawa’s landscape. Overlooking on the Ottawa River, free tourist guide is organized every day. Go to the Peace Tower to get an amazing view of the city. Many events take place at the Hill during the year as the Tulip festival, fireworks for the National day, summertime sound and light projections and the Christmas lights like no other in the country.
  •           Rideau Canal: The canal connects the city of Ottawa to the city of Kingston, in Ontario. It is about 220 kilometers. Built in case of war against the Americans in 1812, the canal served first military purpose and then for commercial purpose. During the winter, the canal is open to skaters. Lovely bicycle path along the canal will bring you to the nice countryside of the Ontario province.
  •          ByWard market: It is the center of Ottawa where you can find local products as maple syrup but also vegetables from local farms. It is the meeting point of Canadians. It is a very alive district with restaurants, bars, clubs, boutiques and shops.
  •          Museum of art: The national art museum made with glass and granite located on Sussex Drive, has a varied collection of drawings, paintings, sculptures and photographs. Even if you will find many works focused on Canadian art, the gallery holds pieces from European and American artists. In 2005, a sculpture of a giant spider was installed in front of the museum.
  •          Gatineau Beach: During the Summer, the weather in Ottawa is hot and humid. Few kilometers away from the center, the huge park of Gatineau (around 35,000 hectares) offers many activities as hiking, cycling, boating and swimming in one of the several lakes.

 Ottawa is a beautiful city transforming itself every season into a city full of activities and things to see.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

5 Funny Things To Do In London

London is brimming with funny things to do – so, deciding what to do when only given a little time can be an understandably quite challenging task! We have scoured hundreds of options for the top five fun things to do in this electrifying city … let the Queen and Big Ben enjoy their tea time while we head out into the English metropolis for some fun.
Night Fun at the London Zoo
Once the sun sets over London, a new day starts for the night animals of the London Zoo. Check out their website for their Late-Night Openings. If you have ever been slightly frustrated by seemingly vacated enclosures because the inhabitants do not even think of setting foot outside before sunset – this is your chance to catch a glimpse of those shy night creatures.
Fun Events at the Hammersmith Apollo
The great Hammersmith Apollo is a decadent venue that started off as a cinema is now one of the biggest entertainment houses in London Many big names and great artists have been smitten with the attractively contradictory Art Deco charms of the place and VIPs and comedians from around the world are queueing up to eventually get a pass of the microphone as well.

Outdoor Fun with Parkrun
Like some exercise, but don’t like running by yourself? Join a parkrun! Parkrun organise 5km timed runs on a weekly basis all around the world, that is, also in several locations in London – and the best: it’s completely free! Everyone can join, just register online, chose your favourite location and off you go! A personalized bar code helps you keep track of your times, medical aid bonus points and much more.

Fun Art in the Carpark
Who said that museums and art galleries have to be places of hushed, quiet behaviour. We think this is a huge contradiction and want to send you to “Bold Tendencies”. Hannah Barry launched this alternative art place in 2007 on the roof of an old multi-storey car park in Peckham. Enjoy beautiful outdoor sculptures with a cool drink at the Campari bar, which very conveniently happens to be there as well.

Fun Dining in Odd Places
Boring old dinner needs to be spiced up a little? London offers lots of fun places for culinary adventures and a quirky scenery. At the Circus, for example, you get acrobats swinging over your meals and fire-eating dancers literally lighten up the atmosphere. If you are more on the musical side, you might enjoy Sarastro, an opera-themed restaurant with performances accompanying your meal. Or try Bunga Bunga, where you enter through an original Italian phone box and leave as Michelangelo himself.