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Culture Discovery Vacations www.culturediscovery.com – A cooking and culinary tour company based in Soriano nel Cimino, Italy. Spoleto (About 40 minutes from Soriano) is one of the popular destinations on our cooking and culinary tours from Soriano nel Cimino, Italy. Spoleto is one of the more beautiful cities in Umbria, but it is best known for its Jazz festival. The city dates back to the fifth century BC, and its vast history can still be seen at every corner. Some of the more interesting sights in Spoleto are the massive 14th century Rocca Albornoziana (The Albornozian Castle), which is full of beautiful frescoes and the 12th century cathedral (Duomo), both of which are shown in the video. Interesting sights in Spoleto that are not shown in the video include The Ancient Roman theater, the 1st century Ponte Sanguinario (The bloody bridge), Ponte delle Torri (the 13th century aqueduct), the 16th century Palazzo Racani-Anoni, the 14th century Palazzo della Signoria, and much more. Many of our DiscoverSoriano.com itineraries feature a visit to this magnificent town, but for those that wish to go on their own, it can be found in the Perugia Province of Umbria, Italy; about 15 miles north of Terni, or about 75 miles north of Rome. It is about 30 miles north of our home base, Soriano nel Cimino.
Fantastic Taxi ride around San Francisco at sunset. Golden Gate Bridge with a rare F-Mezzo soprano sax. Excellent views, Cable Cars and a wild ride. See other ‘Taxijazz’ videos. Be sure to see the other TAXIJAZZ videos, and please post your comments.
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A Quick Tour of Italy – Naples
If you are hankering to tour Europe you should consider the city of Naples in the Campania region of southwestern Italy on the Tyrrhenian Sea. Its Historic Center has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We cannot say that Naples is undiscovered. But it is definitely less tourist infested than many, many other Italian cites. Read our other articles on western and eastern Campania.
Greek colonists founded Neopolis between the Seventh and Sixth Centuries B. C. Over the centuries this city was dominated by almost one dozen nationalities. Naples was once the third largest city in Europe and a major cultural center. Unlike northern Italy cities Naples has few immigrants. Unemployment remains high. The Sicilian-based Mafia is not very present, but the local Camorra is. Watch yourself and your belongings in this fascinating city.
Naples is home to many miles of subterranean Greco-Roman reservoirs and tunnels, some of which are available for visiting. Much of Naples is constructed from stone removed during tunnel excavation. During World War II underground Naples served as air raid shelters whose walls display legible graffiti more than sixty years later.
The Castel Nuovo (New Castle) was initially built by the Angevins in the Thirteenth Century. It includes numerous frescoes from the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries. The moat surrounding the castle once contained a crocodile that really relished prisoners. The crocodile was killed and stuffed, and hung above a castle doorway where it remained until the mid-19th Century.
The Seventeenth Century Royal Palace was home to Napoleon’s youngest sister and her husband, the King of Naples. Visit the royal apartments for a real taste of luxury. Next door to the palace is Naples’s largest square, the Plebiscite Plaza whose central attraction is the San Francesco di Paola, which resembles the Pantheon in Rome.
Make sure to visit Naples’s excellent museums. The National Archaeological Museum has a great collection of Greek and Roman antiquities. The Museo di Capodimonte proudly displays an extensive collection of paintings by Italian and other European masters. The Palace of Neapolitan Art and Donna Regina Art Museum are devoted to contemporary art.
Naples is home to many pizzas including Pizza alla Napoletana, Pizza Margherita, and Pizza Marinara. I love them all. See our companion article I Love Touring Italy – Naples for a sample menu and more information on Campania wines plus an in-depth examination of Naples’s tourist attractions. The Fiano di Avellino is said to be one fine white wine. I tasted this wine and was quite pleased.
Levi Reiss has authored alone or with a co-author ten computer and Internet books, but to tell the truth, he would really rather just drink fine French, German, or other wine, accompanied by the right foods. He knows what dieting is, and is glad that for the time being he can eat and drink what he wants, in moderation. He teaches classes in computers at an Ontario French-language community college. Visit his Italian travel, wine, and food website www.travelitalytravel.com and his global wine website www.theworldwidewine.com.
Venice (Italian: Venezia, Venetian: Venesia or Venexia) is a city in northern Italy, the capital of the region Veneto, and has a population of 271251 (census estimate January 1, 2004). Together with Padua, the city is included in the Padua-Venice Metropolitan Area (population 1600000). Venice has been known as the “La Dominante”, “Serenissima”, “Queen of the Adriatic”, “City of Water”, “City of Bridges”, and “The City of Light”. It is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The city stretches across 118 small islands in the marshy Venetian Lagoon along the Adriatic Sea in northeast Italy. The saltwater lagoon stretches along the shoreline between the mouths of the Po (south) and the Piave (north) Rivers. The population estimate of 272000 inhabitants includes the population of the whole Comune of Venezia; around 62000 in the historic city of Venice (Centro storico); 176000 in Terraferma (the Mainland), mostly in the large frazione of Mestre and Marghera; and 31000 live on other islands in the lagoon. The Venetian Republic was a major maritime power during the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and a staging area for the Crusades and the Battle of Lepanto, as well as a very important center of commerce (especially silk, grain and spice trade) and art in the 13th century up to the end of the 17th century.
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