La Dolce Vita #3: Who needs Versailles when… (part 2)

Palazzo Vecchio, Florence

Palazzo Vecchio, the town hall of Florence, was given several names in accordance with the varying use of the palace during its long history. Michelangelo’s David also stood at the entrance until 1873, when it was moved to the Accademia Gallery. A replica now stands in its place. The Salone dei Cinquecento (Hall of the Five Hundred) is the largest and most important room in terms of artistic and historical value inside the palace. This impressive hall has a length of 54 meters, a width of 23 and a height of 18 meters. Paneled ceilings and large wall frescoes, golden decorations and imposing sculptures will leave you admiring in marvel. All the rooms are magnificently decorated by artists such as Michelangelo, Giorgio Vasari, Leonardo and Donatello.

Palazzo Doria Phamphilj, Rome

The Palazzo Doria Pamphilj is one of the largest and most magnificent palaces in the center of Rome. The seventeenth century palace is home to the Galleria Doria Pamphilj, a gallery with an exquisite collection of paintings and sculpture.

Palazzo Te, Mantua

One of the most beautiful villas in Italy and a masterpiece of the Mannerism palazzo Te was built by Giulio Romano between 1525 and 1535, as a suburban residence for Federico II Gonzaga. The Giant’s Room, covered in its entire surface by spectacular paintings, tells the story of the fall of the Giants from Olympus after their rebellion against Jupiter. The visual impact is so powerful that one feels as if everything is actually crashing down on them. The room has still got an interesting acoustics due to its shape, made on purpose to enhance the sound in it.

Farnese Palace of Caprarola

The Villa Farnese, also known as Villa Caprarola, is a mansion in the town of Caprarola, approximately 50 kilometres north-west of Rome. The palace, a massive Renaissance and Mannerist construction, is situated directly above the town of Caprarola and dominates its surroundings.

Medici Riccardi Palace, Florence

Medici Riccardi Palace is one the most important monuments in Florence, a prototype of Renaissance and Baroque architecture.

Palazzo Ducale, Mantua

The Ducal Palace Was the main residence of the Gonzaga family, lords, marquises and finally Dukes of the city. Under the Austrian domination with Maria Teresa of Austria it was called Royal Palace. The buildings are connected by corridors and galleries and are enriched by inner courts and wide gardens. The complex includes some 500 rooms and occupies an area of c. 34,000 m². It is most famous for the Camera degli Sposi (Wedding Room), a room frescoed with illusionistic paintings by Andrea Mantegna.

Royal Villa of Monza

The palace was originally built between 1777 and 1780, when Lombardy was part of Austrian Empire, for the Archduke Ferdinand of Austria. In 1861, when the new Kingdom of Italy was established, the building became a palace of the Italian Royal Family of Savoia.

Royal Palace, Genoa

Royal Palace, Palermo

The Palazzo dei Normanni (Palace of the Normans), is the oldest royal residence in Europe.

Quirinal Palace, Rome

Located on the Quirinal Hill, the highest of the seven hills of Rome, it has housed thirty Popes, four Kings of Italy and twelve presidents of the Italian Republic. The palace extends for an area of 110,500 square metres and is the 6th largest palace in the world in terms of area. By way of comparison, the White House complex in the United States is one-twentieth of its size.

Roma-Quirinale-dettaglio di un soffitto

Palazzo del Quirinale

Palazzo del Quirinale

For an unforgettable virtual visit, look here

Royal Castle of Racconigi

The Castle of Racconigi is a palace and landscape park in Racconigi, official residence of the Carignano line of the House of Savoy, and is one of the Residences of the Royal House of Savoy included by UNESCO in the World Heritage Sites list.

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La Dolce Vita #3: Who needs Versailles when… (part 1)

Royal Palace of Caserta (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Constructed for the Bourbon kings of Naples, the Royal Palace of Caserta is the largest royal residence in the world with over 2 million m³ and covers an area of about 47,000 m². The palace has some 1,200 rooms, including two dozen state apartments, a large library, and a theatre modelled after the Teatro San Carlo of Naples. It was inscribed as a world heritage site in 1997: according to the rationale, the palace “whilst cast in the same mould as other 18th century royal establishments, is exceptional for the broad sweep of its design, incorporating not only an imposing palace and park, but also much of the surrounding natural landscape and an ambitious new town laid out according to the urban planning precepts of its time.”

Venaria Reale, Turin (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

The Palace of Venaria is one of the Residences of the Royal House of Savoy, included in the UNESCO Heritage List in 1997. One of the most remarkable projects by the architect Filippo Juvarra at the Reggia di Venaria consisted in the construction of the southern wing conceived by Michelangelo Garove. The harmonious proportions and the breadth of these new spaces, the sumptuous stucco decorations, the cornices and pilaster strips of the Gallery, would result in an architectural masterpieces of the 18th century. The Gallery, that connected the apartments of the King to that of the Crown Prince, is one of the most surprising and spectacular spaces of the complex: its magnificent decorations are the work of Pietro Filippo Somasso, Giuseppe Bolina, Antonio Papa and Giovambattista Sanbartolomeo. The size of the Gallery is also remarkable: 15 meters in height at the center of the vault, 80 meters in length and 12 in width. One of the peculiarities of the Great Gallery lies in the splendid light effects created by 44 tall windows and 22 “eyelets” (openings that are oval on the inside, but rectangular on the outside) on the ceiling. The resulting lights and shadows further enhance the rich decorations and the two elaborate exedras at the ends, never failing to inspire awe in all visitors.

Stupinigi Royal Palace (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

The hunting residence of Stupinigi is one of the Residences of the Royal House of Savoy in northern Italy, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. It was the preferred building to be used for celebrations and dynastic weddings by members of the House of Savoy. Today the Palace of Stupinigi houses the Museo di Arte e Ammobiliamento, a museum of the arts and furnishings, some original to the palazzina, others brought from the former Savoia residences of Moncalieri and Venaria Reale. Stupinigi has the most important collection of Piedmontese furniture.

Villa d’Este,Tivoli (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

The Villa d’Este is a villa in Tivoli, near Rome, Italy. Listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, it is a fine example of Renaissance architecture and the Italian Renaissance garden.

Royal Palace, Naples

The Royal Palace of Naples was one of the four residences near Naples used by the Bourbon Kings during their rule of the Kingdom of Two Sicilies (1730-1860): the others were the palaces of Caserta, Capodimonte overlooking Naples, and the third Portici, on the slopes of Vesuvius.

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La Dolce Vita #2: Who needs Mexico when…

Burano is a small island located near Venice, famous for its bright colours reflecting into the green water. Legend says that the island’s fisherman painted their houses so they could see them while they were out fishing among the fog… or they could go into the right house at night, while they were drunk.

If you live on Burano and wish to paint your house, you must send a letter to the government, and they’ll tell you which colors you’re allowed to use. This is actually a common issue in Italy, where historical cities have special rules in order to maintain their feature.

But if Burano is the most colorful place on earth, it isn’t the only colorful place in Italy:


Burano, Veneto

Manarola, Cinque Terre, Liguria

Portofino, Campania

Burano, Veneto

Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Liguria

Burano, Veneto

Sciacca, Sicily

Burano, Veneto

Ostuni, Puglia

Caorle, Veneto

Burano, Veneto

Alghero, Sardinia

Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Liguria

Naples, Campania

Burano, Veneto

Burano, Veneto

Burano, Veneto

Burano, Veneto

See the other lists here

La Dolce Vita #1: Who needs Caraibi when…

…You’ve got the Italian sea, so different eveywhere fom North to South, East to West in its 4,660 mi of coastline, islands and tiny archipelagos?
Every type of vacationer has its beach, with ports and fishing villages, nature and gulfs, fun and cities, immortal history. Charming, whispering to our soul. “Behold, the sea itself.”

 La Pelosa

La Pelosa, Stintino, Sardinia

Sardinia

Punta Torre, Costa dei Trabocchi, Rocca San Giovanni, Abruzzo

Caesar Augustus Hotel, Anacapri, Campania

Turquoise Beach, Sardinia

Sea Arch

Sperlonga, Lazio

Cala Mariolu, Sardinia

Alghero, Sardinia

moonlight in San Cataldo - Lecce, Salento, Italia

San Cataldo – Lecce, Salento, Puglia

Sunset in Caorle

Caorle, Veneto

Tremiti Islands, Puglia

Capri, Campania

Trieste - La Barcolana

La Barcolana, Trieste, Friuli Venezia Giulia

Capri, Campania

Lampedusa, Sicily

Gaiola Bridge, Naples, Campania

Jesolo, Venice, Veneto

Elba Island, Tuscany

See all La Dolce Vita here

La Dolce Vita #0: Index

Expo 2015 speaks Italian, and since lately my Country has suffered an ungenerous reputation, I just wanted to remember (and remind you) that it is, indeed, the most beautiful place in the world, not as a postcard, but as a fact. And it’s not mere luck, ours is a clever beauty: we are rich, if not in money, in art, history, tastefulness, landscapes, great minds and great bodies, all served with some unforgettable food.
I’m also going to joke about that, so please don’t get offended if I compare your Country to mine: it’s a game, and we can play it together, if you’ve got any ideas or requests of new titles to add.
This is the post where I am going to link all the other posts about my “italian resume”, so stay in touch!

Expo 2015 parla italiano, e visto che ultimamente il mio Paese ha sofferto di una reputazione ingenerosa, volevo solo ricordare (e ricordarvi) che è davvero il luogo più bello che esista al mondo, non come una cartolina, ma come un fatto reale. E non si tratta di fortuna, la nostra è una bellezza intelligente: siamo ricchi, se non in denaro, in arte, storia, gusto, paesaggi, grandi menti e grandi corpi, il tutto servito con del cibo indimenticabile.
E sappiate che ci scherzerò su, perciò per favore non offendetevi se dovessi paragonare il vostro Paese al mio: è un gioco, e possiamo giocare insieme, se avete idee o richieste di nuovi titoli da aggiungere.
In questo post linkerò tutti gli altri post sul mio “riassunto italiano”, perciò rimanete all’erta!

Who needs Caraibi when you’ve got…
Who needs Mexico when you’ve got…
Who needs Versailles when you’ve got (part 1)…
Who needs Versailles when you’ve got (part 2)…
Who needs Versailles when you’ve got (part 3)…
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Who needs Brooklyn when you’ve got…
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Who needs Netherlands when you’ve got…
Who needs Notre Dame when you’ve got…
Who needs Adele when you’ve got…
Who needs Olivia Palermo when you’ve got…
Who needs Bath when you’ve got…
Who needs Starbucks when you’ve got…
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