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Old July 7th, 2016, 11:15 PM   #3181
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Val Brembana, Lombardia

capre diem by claudius 1954, su Flickr

brembania by claudius 1954, su Flickr

giro tondo by claudius 1954, su Flickr

pienezza by claudius 1954, su Flickr

017 - val Brembana by Ruggero Franceschini, su Flickr

LAGHI DI CALDIROLO by Luca Vezzoni, su Flickr

RCM Val Brembana #15 by  YariGhidone , su Flickr

RCM Val Brembana #52 by  YariGhidone , su Flickr

RCM Val Brembana #23 by  YariGhidone , su Flickr

RCM Val Brembana #2 by  YariGhidone , su Flickr
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Marche landscapes


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Campagna-2 by Giovanni Cherubini, su Flickr

Campagna by Giovanni Cherubini, su Flickr

Parco di Canfaito by Giovanni Cherubini, su Flickr

Canfaito by Giovanni Cherubini, su Flickr

Il sentiero nel bosco by Giovanni Cherubini, su Flickr

Campagna Marchigiana by Giovanni Cherubini, su Flickr

Furlo by Giovanni Cherubini, su Flickr
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Old July 8th, 2016, 07:31 PM   #3183
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Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vittoria, Roma - Lazio

Santa Maria della Vittoria (English: Our Lady of Victory, Latin: S. Mariae de Victoria) is a Roman Catholic titular church dedicated to the Virgin Mary located in Rome, Italy. The church is known for the masterpiece of Gian Lorenzo Bernini in the Cornaro Chapel, the Ecstasy of Saint Teresa. The church is in the Rione Sallustiano, on number 98 via XX Settembre, where this street intersects with Largo Santa Susanna. It stands to the side of the Fontana dell'Acqua Felice. The church mirrors the Church of Santa Susanna across the Largo.

The masterpiece in the Cornaro Chapel, to the left of the altar, is Ecstasy of St. Teresa by Scipione Borghese's favored sculptor, Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The statues depict a moment described by Saint Teresa of Avila in her autobiography, where she had the vivid vision of a seraph piercing her heart with a golden shaft, causing her both immense joy and pain. The flowing robes and contorted posture abandon classical restraint and repose to depict a more passionate, almost voluptuous trance.

Roma. by Marco Farolfi, su Flickr

Roma. by Marco Farolfi, su Flickr

Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vittoria by perahia, su Flickr

Chiesa di Santa Maria Della Vittoria by @@@@@, su Flickr

Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vittoria ceiling by Nicolas Grevet, su Flickr

Santa Maria della Vittoria by Ed Z, su Flickr

Santa Maria della Vittoria by Kris Long, su Flickr

extasi de Santa Teresa by Carles Rivas, su Flickr

Santa Maria della Vittoria by maymonides, su Flickr

Chiesa di Santa Maria della Vittoria by perahia, su Flickr


Cornaro SM della Vittoria [Public domain], by Jastrow (Own work), from Wikimedia Commons

Roma - "L'estasi di Santa Teresa" del Bernini by Lorenzo D. A. S., su Flickr

L'Estasi di Santa Teresa/The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa by Byron T., su Flickr
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Old July 9th, 2016, 02:25 AM   #3184
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Santa Maria della Vittoria is easily one of the most breathtaking baroque churches in Rome, in a very crowded list of baroque jewels.

The name, Santa Maria della Vittoria, mentions a victory, that was nothing less that the winning of the Holy League of all catholic countries agains the Ottoman empire in the Battle of Lepanto in the year 1571.

By the way, in the Sala Regia in the Vatican Palaces there is a huge, amazing fresco about the battle of Lepanto, where we can see the scene of the battle between the many, many ships from each side of the battling parts. The fresco has been painted by the great mannerist artist Giorgio Vasari.

The victory against the Ottoman empire gave a big momentum to catholic Europe, leading then to the roman Baroque to spread across Europe for at least the following century.
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The wonderful fall colors of the larch forests in autumn

fall… in love by claudius 1954, su Flickr

Sulla Mulattiera del Truzzo by Stefano Roverato, su Flickr

Arpy valley by Maurizio Fontana, su Flickr

Fuciade by Nicolò Miana, su Flickr

Larici a Cortina d'Ampezzo - Dolomiti by Beppe, su Flickr

08V105 Bosco di larici in novembre by Dario Bellodis, su Flickr

08V104 Bosco di larici e abeti in novembre by Dario Bellodis, su Flickr

Val Fiorentina - Dolomiti by Beppe, su Flickr
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Lago Federa, Veneto

Becco di Mezzodì, Dolomiti Ampezzane by Marco Callegher, su Flickr

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Lago Federa by Marco Callegher, su Flickr

Lago Federa by Simone Barisi, su Flickr

Lago Fedéra ed il Rif. Croda da Lago by Matteo Rinaldi, su Flickr

Croda da Lago by Roberta, su Flickr

Lago Federa by sabina kos, su Flickr
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Old July 12th, 2016, 12:51 AM   #3187
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Basilica di San Giovanni dei Fiorentini, Roma

Basilica di San Giovanni Battista dei Fiorentini, Roma by Dan, su Flickr

DSC02201 by Gianluca Buratti, su Flickr

Roma 311 tv,Via Giulia,Basilica di San Giovanni dei Fiorentini by attilio47, su Flickr

Cappella Benozzi - Antonio Tempesta - San Giovanni dei Fiorentini - Roma by Amici Roma Felix, su Flickr

2010-05-26-Roma 026 by sally anderson, su Flickr

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I sure as shit wish I lived in Europe, so jealous
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Old July 12th, 2016, 01:34 PM   #3189
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Old August 4th, 2016, 08:02 PM   #3190
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Montichiari, Lombardia

Montichiari city!! by andrevi87, su Flickr

Montichiari by luciano bilenchi, su Flickr

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Montichiari by luciano bilenchi, su Flickr

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Old August 4th, 2016, 08:23 PM   #3191
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Cattedrale di Santa Maria Assunta, Asti - Piemonte


IL DUOMO . Asti [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], by Maltoni Elio (Own work), from Wikimedia Commons

Asti - Cathedral by John, su Flickr


Interni della cattedrale [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], di Marco Caramagna (Opera propria), da Wikimedia Commons


Navata centrale cattedrale [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], di Marco Caramagna (Opera propria), da Wikimedia Commons


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([url]http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], di Paolo Faretra (Opera propria), da Wikimedia Commons

Baroque Ceiling by Franco Beccari, su Flickr

The sky's the limit by Franco Beccari, su Flickr
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Palazzi di Genova - Liguria ( Palaces of Genova )

Palazzo Spinola di Pellicceria


Genova-Palazzo Spinola-DSCF7485 [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html), CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) or CC BY 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)], by Twice25 & Rinina25 (Nostra foto), from Wikimedia Commons


Palazzo Spinola Genoa 01 [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], di Superchilum (Opera propria), da Wikimedia Commons

Palazzo Francesco Grimaldi by Maurizio Bardini, su Flickr

Electrolier by Peter, su Flickr

Chandelier by Peter, su Flickr

Psyche, Diana, Hercules & friend (Venus?) by Peter, su Flickr

Trompe-l'oeil relief by Peter, su Flickr


Lazzaro Tavarone, Lisbona assediata dall'esercito del duca d'Alba, 01 [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], di Sailko (Opera propria), da Wikimedia Commons


Palazzo della Meridana

Genova Palazzo della Meridiana by Gina Gabry Marini, su Flickr

Gloria Meridiana / Meridian Glory by klausbergheimer, su Flickr

100_3944 by Eolo, su Flickr

Rolli 2016-30 by PerixPic, su Flickr


Palazzo della Meridiana Salone Cambiaso 2 [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], di Superchilum (Opera propria), da Wikimedia Commons

Palazzo della Meridiana, Genova by Ulrich73, su Flickr
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Introducing new videos of Sicily



Sicily is the heart of the Mediterranean Sea and has been the cradle of culture for the most important western civilisations over the past 3000 years. Its wonderful variety of ashes, traditions and cultures, transform Sicily into the impressive and magnificent island it is now.

Greeks, Romans, Goths, Byzantines and Arabs are just a few of the civilisations whose influences are still visible as you walk across the evocative corners of the Island. Ruins and masterpieces will enchant, taking you back to a time of dining with Romans and debating with Greek philosophers in the “for”.
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Agrigento and surrounds
The city of Agrigento stands on a hill overlooking the sea and the UNESCO protected Ancient Greek ruins of the Valley of the Temples. On the southern coast of Sicily, it is famous for having been one of the most important cities during the golden age of Ancient Greece. Nowadays the city of Agrigento is surrounded by modern road constructions, but when you reach the heart of the town you will find yourself lost in the narrow alleyways that wind up the hill and lead to the medieval core on Via Atenea. Don’t miss the medieval Norman cathedral when you come visit!



Caltanissetta and surrounds
Originally founded by the Greeks in the heart of Sicily on the slopes of Mount San Giuliano, Caltanissetta overlooks the Salso River Valley. It is the largest city in this area and is surrounded by small and isolated towns. Till mid 20th century it used to be the world capital for the sulphur-mining industry but today it is known for its agricultural industry.



Catania and surrounds
The city of Catania is a large urban complex with a lovely historic centre ideal for a cultural and fun holiday. Noisy and chaotic, a bit too much for tourist in the beginning, this energetic city probably owes most of its combustion to the large student population. Full of bars, clubs and restaurant, Catania offers plenty of socialisation opportunities, as well as cultural sightseeing.

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Enna and surrounds
If your trying to escape the tourist crowd, and breath some fresh mountain air, Enna is your best choice in Sicily. Situated on a high hill towering around the countryside 931 meters above sea level in a strategic position, Enna is famous for being the tallest capital in Italy. On the highest point of this city lies the fortified Lombardia Castle that holds the theater that is the closest to the stars!



Messina and surrounds
As in the past when merciless warriors used this city to invade the island, Messina is still today the main gateway to Sicily- minus all the blood! With its distinctive curved harbour on the northern most point of Sicily, the narrow stretch of water of the Strait of Messina is the only thing that divides this island from mainland Italy.



Palermo and surrounds
Palermo is the economical, cultural and historical capital of Sicily. With its bustling city centre rich in tourist attractions, delicious food and nightlife, Palermo has something to offer for everyones taste. The dramatic legacy left from the western, islamic and byzantine cultures that have clashed over the past centuries in this land, can be admired in the many UNESCO protected sites around the city.

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Ragusa and surrounds
The charming city of Ragusa is situated on the southern coast of Sicily on the slopes of a hill. The city owes its beauty not only to the stunning surrounding countryside but also to a natural catastrophe. After being devastated from the deathly earthquake that tore down most of the Val di Noto towns in 1693, Ragusa was rebuilt into the picturesque baroque city we see today.



Syracuse and surrounds
Syracuse is an enchanting UNESCO- protected city for it ‘offeres a unique testimony to the development of Mediterranean civilisation over three millennia.’ The populations that invaded this area chose it especially for its natural beauty and strategic geographic location.



Trapani and surrounds
Located on the west coast of Sicily, Trapani is an important fishing port as well as a gateway to the nearby Egadi Islands, Pantelleria, Tunisia and Cagliari. The province of Trapani is full of beautiful naturalistic landscapes, from the Gulf of Castellamare to Scopello and San Vito lo Capo. It also has a number of protected areas like the Zingaro Natural Reserve and the Trapani and Paceco Saline Natural Reserve. Selinunte, Erice, the island of Mothia and especially the archaeological area of Segesta, are all suggestive cultural sites not to be missed when visiting Trapani!

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Aegadian Islands
The perfect place to go for a swim, diving, eating and relaxing are the Aegadian Islands - but don't expect a crazy nightlife here! With the stunning aquamarine waters found around these islands it will be hard to ever leave. Rent a car or a scooter and enjoy a day exploring all the different ‘Cale’ -beaches and grottoes- and see how many different shades of turquoise you can find!
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rsJuQRKbUc

Aeolian Islands
The seven islands of the Aeolian Archipelago - Panarea, Stromboli, Vulcano, Alicudi, Filicudi, Lipari and Salina - have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for their astonishingly beautiful beaches. All of volcanic origins, these islands are immersed in a sea of rocky turquoise waters.
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88iE8KeZpN4

Pantelleria Island
Pantelleria is best known for its wild beauty. Stunning beaches and unique landscape characterise this island offering visitors fishing and underwater attractions as well as trekking and historic sites to visit. Geographically, beautiful bays with rocky precipitations, natural pools, thick forests, grottoes and agricultural terraces dominate Pantelleria’s landscape.
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Eza0dmgD2s

Pelagie Islands
Pelagie Islands: A little paradise on earth! If your looking for the perfect summer holiday full of sunshine on extensive white sandy beaches than the isolated Pelagie Islands of Lampedusa, Lampione e Limosa are your answer.
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyntOxu_Bf8

Ustica Island
The small island of Ustica is well known for its nature, sea and culture, all of which mix together to provide a unique holiday. The island offers many attractions such as sea watching in the Marine Protected Area, here with the help of guides you can discover the prominent and lush marine life of the island and the ancient ruins that lay on the sea bed. Ustica has also a great selection of archaeological sites such as the Faraglioni village, the archaeological museum rich in artefacts and incredible ruins. Moreover, this island offers marvellous walks that allow you to discover Rocca Falconiera, a building of the Roman period, and the towers of the Bourbon age.
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPfWJCC1rZE

Etna volcano
If you're thinking of skiing in Italy, here's a surprise: you can ski Sicily!
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMPSleG2oE4
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Amazing videos! Love Sicilia!
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