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  • Besana in Brianza: the big reveal

    Obviously tears were flowing at Machester aiport as I hugged my mum goodbye. After my experience of ERASMUS in Spain, I was apprehensive about starting this second placement to say the least. If you don't know already, I'm a language student. For my 3rd year I have to...

    0 by Leah, 11 days ago
  • Road trip through Italy

    A road trip? What's that? Yes, I know that we are writing in Spanish (original version of this text) but on a social network which is as international as this one, I think that everyone should know what the word "road trip" means. Even though I am a big defender of...

    0 by Olivia, one month ago
  • Cinque Terre: everything that you need to know

    Cinque Terre: everything you need to know Hello again! Previously, we spoke for the first time about Cinque Terre: a natural park in La Spezia. If you haven't read this post, you can do that now by clicking here. I know that telling you everything that I have in my head...

    0 by Olivia, 3 months ago
  • Cinque Terre: 5 Italian villages that you have to visit

    Hello, hello! Today's entry is very special because I am going to talk to you about Italy. I have only visited this country twice: The first time I visited Venice and Pisa, and this time, Summer 2018, I went to Cinque Terre. For those who aren't aware, Cinque Terre is...

    0 by Olivia, 3 months ago
  • Some Italian Stereotypes

    Italy, a great country that is so loved by Spaniards... and why is that? There is something in our Mediterranean veins that makes us go crazy whenever we hear the world "Italy". And, admittedly, it is something that Italians have, an "I don't know what I know",...

    0 by Alison, 5 months ago
  • 15 lesser-known towns in the north of Italy that you need to add to your bucket list

    One of the things I love most about Italy – and which a lot of people I know have remarked upon, too – is the fact that even the tiniest, most remote towns have something to offer tourists. It could be a church with stunning frescoes; it could be a hill, offering...

    0 by Madeline, 6 months ago
  • Rovato: Lombardy's hidden gem

    If you’ve been following my posts for a while, you’ll know that I spent three months earlier this year living and teaching in the small Italian town of Rovato. At first, I was slightly worried that I’d have nothing to do there: I was staying with a lovely host...

    0 by Madeline, 7 months ago
  • Sicily's 10 most beautiful towns

    When it comes to the natural beauty, historical value, and culinary expertise of a place, there are few islands in the world that compare with Sicily. One moment, you could be hiking among magnificent ancient temples, and the next, you could be gazing up at a smoking...

    0 by Madeline, 7 months ago
  • My experience teaching English in an Italian primary school!

    I’ve been working as an English language teaching assistant in an Italian scuola elementaria (primary school) for just over five weeks now, and have absolutely loved the experience so far! I never thought I’d enjoy teaching, but more often than not I find myself...

    0 by Madeline, 10 months ago
  • 4 Lessons from the mountains

    4 Lessons from the mountains Over the summer, I spent a week in Dolomites, Italy, climbing and hiking. It was one of the most challenging and yet exhilarating things I have ever done. Coming from a tiny city state with no mountains, I have always dreamed of being...

    0 by Elizabethrani, one year ago
  • Crotone 4 - Classical and Roman Age

    From the Archaic and Classical Period, we can see these meandering patterns which were used on walls for decoration. This Roman mosaic shows a bear hunt with dogs - dangerous! On this red-figure vase, you can (again) see a man chasing a woman ... ah, these...

    0 by Jan, one year ago
  • Crotone 3 - Bronze Age

    The third part of the museum showed us parts from the Bronze Age, for example this spear. These bronze swords are typical of these times with their ornamental handle. Paintings like these reconstructions of Bronze Age people help visualize the times. Entering the...

    0 by Jan, one year ago
  • Crotone 2

    In the next part of the museum, we saw this terracotta dragon's head. This is a gravestone for a beloved woman: It reads D<3M Fabia Sperata Sallustis; the rest is not legible anymore. Apparently, they had also invented leetspeak back then ... just kidding. This is...

    0 by Jan, one year ago
  • Crotone

    After passing the Capo Colonna, we arrived at Crotone, where we saw the Archeological Museum. Here you can see early ceramics with animals such as goats drawn unto them. This black-figure vase showed war scenes (maybe about the Trojan War as so often). This...

    0 by Jan, one year ago
  • Scylla

    Driving by bus, our view was always nice: Wide landscapes like this bay opened up before us in the sunshine! Passing by a village, we saw the beach ... ... and we arrived at the castle (again of Norman origin). Now for the main attraction: In the sea around this...

    0 by Jan, one year ago
  • Tindari

    Tinadri greeted us with this colourful mural ... Italians know their country and their arts! The famous cathedral looks very modern and fake with its shiny facade ... indeed, it was rebuilt, yet I think it's still beautiful! Inside, they keep a black Madonna statue on...

    0 by Jan, one year ago
  • Messina: Castello Milazzo

    Messina has a long history which is basically the same as the rest of Sicily's: Early Greek colonisation, Carthaginian and Roman assaults, Goths and Byzantines, Arab and Norman conquests, Swabians, Aragonese, Habsburg, Bourbons, Garibaldi and lots of destruction in...

    0 by Jan, one year ago
  • Patti

    As we were driving along the shore, we saw these craggy cliffs ... they reminded me of Ireland. Marina di Patti is the wonderful beach of the village Patti ... look at all the tourists besides the historical buildings! We passed another ruin on a small peninsula ......

    0 by Jan, one year ago
  • Cefalù

    Moving on under clear blue sky, we saw castles built on hills ... and castles built into the sea (this one reminded me of Ireland) ... and a nice view from below an olive tree ... Finally, we arrived at Cefalù (Kephaloidion). Again, the cathedral had Norman...

    0 by Jan, one year ago
  • Himera

    The next day, Himera awaited us with this sign near the parking lot where our bus stopped. Looks like the mafia is still active in some regions ... The museum showed us the true colours of ancient temples: Yellow, blue and red among the white of the marble stone. Only...

    0 by Jan, one year ago

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