Victor Hugo once wrote: “Dear God, how beauty varies in nature and art! In a woman the flesh must be like marble, and in a statue the marble must be like flesh.”
A place of leisure and hunting, this was the favorite spot of the Savoy family for spectacular parties and solemn marriages, as well as being the residence of Napoleon in the early 19th century. Home to the Furniture Museum since 1919, it holds precious items of furniture, masterpieces by cabinetmakers and craftsmen coming also from other Savoy Residences
The famous hiking on the "Path of Gods", an extraordinarily panoramic footpath above the Amalfi Coast. The scenery goes from hills dotted with just a few shrubs, where walkers frequently come across grazing sheep and goats, to a typically Mediterranean landscape littered with oaks, heather and rosemary. The path offers breathtaking views of the sea and the coast below.
Matera is one of the most interesting, unusual and memorable tourist destinations in Italy. In the remote southern region of Basilicata, still little-visited by foreign travelers, it is a town famous for its extensive cave-dwelling districts, the sassi. Curious visitors can stay in caves, wander the lanes alongside the picturesque cave-filled cliffs, and learn the history of this fascinating place
The caves of Matera had been inhabited for centuries; by the early twentieth-century the area was a by-word for poverty. Until the 1950s hundreds of families were still living crowded into cave-houses here. By the 1980s the abandoned caves of Matera were no longer scandalous, but fascinating reminders of the past. A few rather more well-to-do residents moved back and renovated old cave houses. In 1993 the town was made a UNESCO World Heritage site
This is what happens to our guests when they travel off the beaten path in our tour "Puglia & Matera" in South of Italy..
The Island of Murano was a commercial port as far back as the 7th Century, and by the 10th Century it had grown into a prosperous trading center with its own coins, police force, and commercial aristocracy.
Join our tour "Italian Lakes & Venice + Switzerland" and visit the oldest glass factory in Murano
Nestled between the more popular Puglia and Campania region, Basilicata, in the South of Italy, has remained mostly off the tourist radar. For no good reason, since here you can easily delight in all those great things Italy is known for: history, art, nature, seaside, food, hospitality. The mountains of Basilicata are dotted with charming villages in breathtaking, gravity-defying positions..
Heading to Craco along a spectacular road in the heart of Basilicata.
Here we are! But the entrance to the town is forbidden. The town is "closed", it's a "ghost town".
Access to the town is allowed only with a licenced guide, who escorts the people within the old town to explore this incredible place.
The road to the villages..