The Salinas de Levante are placed in an area, ranging 135 hectare of marshland in the South-East of Mallorca, mayor island in the Spanish archipelago of the Baleares. Thanks to its appointment to “Natural Area of Special Landscape and Rural Interest”, this area is protected from the real estate development and shielded from mass tourism. Read more “SALINAS DE LEVANTE IN ES TRENC”
Mental asylums radiate a mysterious allure soaked with anguish, injustice, prevarication and deceit.
Volterra former psychiatric hospital originated from an economic evaluation. In the XVIII century, the community of Pisa used to send its own mental patients at a dear price to Siena. To save money, the city launched an offer that was met by Volterra. Therefore, the Mendicity Hospice of this town welcomed the initial body of mental patients and, in 1989 the Mental Asylum was established. The first pavilion was erected near a hilltop called Poggio alle Croci. Read more “VOLTERRA FORMER PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL”
Along with neighbouring Volterra, San Gimignano origin dates back to the Etruscan domination, although it owes its main development to the pilgrims traveling around the turn of the first millennium along the Via Francigena, mostly coming from France and making in San Gimignano an important stop on their way to Rome. Read more “TWO MIDIEVAL TOWNS IN TUSCANY: 2. SAN GIMIGNANO”
Volterra is a medieval town in Valdicecina, Tuscany, populated by real people, with real activities (including tourism), compared to San Gimignano (next post), which is a popular destination that lives and earns (profusely) solely upon the tourist industry. Read more “TWO MEDIEVAL TOWNS IN TUSCANY: 1. VOLTERRA”
Ralph Donnermuth is a welthy man, a maecenas and an art collector. When he found himself facing Heinz Mack’s artwork The Sky Over Nine Columns, placed in front of Palladio’s San Giorgio Maggiore Basilica, within the 14th Venice Biennale d’Architettura 2014, he determined that an exhibit of that effect should be seen by the largest possible audience. Read more “NINE GOLDEN COLUMNS ON LAKE SANKT MORITZ”
Established 1993, the Parco Nazionale delle Foreste Casentinesi Monte Falterona e Campigna is one of the most ancient forests in continental Europe. It covers a range of 368 square kilometers of vegetation, laying over the Appennino watershed, between Romagna and Tuscany, within the provinces of Forlì, Cesena, Arezzo and Florence. Read more “FORESTE CASENTINESI”
We did not have great expectations from our stay in Marbella, so we didn’t have much reason to be disappointed. Read more “MARBELLA, COSTA DEL SOL’S CLASSIEST (AND MOST EXPENSIVE) RESORT”