giovedì 30 ottobre 2008

Campo dei Fiori, a Roman market

Destination of the Roman cooking course, Campo dei Fiori is a rectangular square near Piazza Navona in Rome, on the border of rione Parione and rione Regola. Campo dei Fiori, translated literally from Italian, means "field of flowers." The name, no longer appropriate, was first given during the Middle Ages when the area was actually a meadow.

Here, on 17 February 1600, the philosopher Giordano Bruno was burnt alive by the Roman Inquisition because his ideas were deemed dangerous and all of his work was placed on the Index of Forbidden books by the Holy Office. In 1887 Ettore Ferrari dedicated a monument to him on the exact spot of his death: he stands defiantly facing the Vatican, reinterpreted in the first days of a reunited Italy as a martyr to freedom of speech.

The demolition of a block of housing in 1858 enlarged Campo dei Fiori, and since 1869 there has been a vegetable and fish market there every morning.

The ancient fountain "la Terrina" (the "soupbowl") that once watered cattle, resited in 1889, now keeps flowers fresh. Its inscription: FA DEL BEN E LASSA DIRE ("Do well and let them talk") suits the gossipy nature of the marketplace. In the afternoons, local games of football give way to set-ups for outdoor cafés. At night, Campo dei Fiori is a popular meeting place for young people, both Italian and foreign.

lunedì 20 ottobre 2008

Wellness in the fortress

Discover wellness in South Tyrol and according to the South Tyrolean way, in the Wellness and Romantik Hotel Turm: in the Turm the individual flair and unique environment make the wellness area the perfect place for relaxing, letting go, escaping the tiring day-to-day routine and recharging empty batteries.

The Hotel

the swimming pool

Regenerate while indulging in the greatest of pleasures. Sauna, swimming pool, fitness and a unique salt-grotto await the guests in the wellness area. Under the treatments you'll find the traditional haybaths from Völs, romantic baths in the emperor tub, which you can experience alone or with your partner, the highly appreciated vinotherapy on the hot stone, that you will never forget, classical massages and the special massagen in the waterbed, with apples, fruit bunches or hot stones, the right thing the feel good and relax.

And after the treatments, luxury rooms, in pure tyrolean style, are waiting for you...

sabato 4 ottobre 2008

Aeolian beauty

Salina is the greenest of the seven Aeolian Islands. Un unforgettable experience is here waiting for you. You will learn the secrets of Sicilian cuisine; you will swim in the crystal blue sea and explore the rich and wilde nature of the island. You will be surprised by Salina's people warm and kind hospitality, the same way you will be from the taste, the quality and the freshness of its sea and land products.

The ingredients of this magic and dreamlike holiday are: the sun and the sea, the vulcans, the capers, the tomatoes, the wilde fennel and malvasia...

Boat shelters near Pollara beach

Rocks and clear sea

Rinella gulf

Fishermen's wooden boats

Walking up to Monte Fossa delle Felci

The sight from the top of Monte Fossa delle Felci looking at Lipari and Vulcano islands

Caper's flowers

Salina is the second largest of the seven Aeolian Islands, after Lipari. The island is formed by six inactive volcanoes, the two youngest and tallest of which are named Fossa delle Felci ("Fern Hollow") (962 m) and Monte dei Porri (860 m). In the Hellenic Age, the island was named "Didyme" (Δίδυμη), a Greek name which refers to the two mountains as "twins". The modern name comes from the production of sea salt which was performed at the southern tip of the island. Salina is the most fertile of the Aeolian isles, and grapes grown on Salina are used to make Malvasia wine. The island also exports capers and caperberries internationally. The island was inhabited as far back as the Bronze Age and has been developed and then abandoned many times over the subsequent millennia.
Areas on the island, including the two mountain peaks, were designated as a natural reserve in 1981. There are currently approximately 2300 residents living in Salina. Michael Radford's film Il Postino was partly shot on Salina.

Our guests will stay in a real aeolian style hotel very close to "casa del vento", a XIX century house base of our social meetings