The winners of the twelfth edition of “The Most Beautiful Park in Italy“ are in Naples area…



The Villa San Michele in Capri (in the category of private parks) and Real Bosco di Capodimonte in Naples (in the category Public Parks) are the winners of the twelfth edition of “The Most Beautiful Park in Italy“. For over 10 years the competition has promoted a green tourism to the discovery of the jewels of the landscape and botanical. There are more than 1,000 each year the contest participants, enrolled in the network of the most beautiful parks in Italy and reviewed in the guide The two parks are only forty kilometers from each other and enrich the city of Naples by the two opposite poles, in a green embrace of enviable beauty: Villa San Michele, a small jewel botanical, architectural and artistic, eclectic and lush views over the Gulf and administered Foundation Axel Munthe Villa San Michele, and the Real Bosco di Capodimonte, situated on a hill at the edge of the city, a historical park and botanical great interest managed by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities.

Trivago Online Reputation Award 2014: Sorrento was nominated the best destination for Italy and Worldwide!

On the occasion of the forthcoming Borsa Internazionale del Turismo, scheduled to be held in Milan next week (from 14 to 17 February), Trivago, the hotel search engine that allows users to compare prices from more than 150 booking sites for over 60,000 hotels throughout the world, has drawn up a ranking of the best cities in terms of online reputation

Sorrento, Italy is the city with the best hotels in the world, according to 82 million traveler reviews, presents in its 2014 ranking of the top destinations whose hotels are loved by the masses, Travel Daily News site web report.

Dresden, Germany follows next on the list, dropping from the top spot it held last year. Chicago, IL took 8th place on the ranking. The hotel industry in up-and-coming Poland should be proud, as it racks up 3 destinations in the top 10 this year, while Croatia takes 2. Siem Reap (home to Angkor Wat of Cambodia) is quite popular for hotels among travelers worldwide, taking the #5 spot.

Brazilian destination Rio de Janeiro might be wise to clean up its hotels before the masses storm in for the World Cup this summer, as the capital city is the 10th least favored destination for hotels in the world. London ranks in the bottom five again this year (a slight improvement from the last place spot it took last year).

France’s Paris and Nice, although forever popular among tourists, don’t have the highest rated hotels on the map, taking the 9th and 8th lowest positions on the ranking, respectively.

Southeast Asian destinations took the remaining 6 places in the bottom 10, with Manila in the last position this year.

Naples’ Nativity scene is the most famous in the world. Lights, colors, smells and traditions in San gregorio Armeno.

From December 8 to January 6, most Neapolitans have a nativity scene in their homes but, while it is being set up, family members usually argue over the best position for the various figurines. Via San Gregorio Armeno is the street of nativity scenes from which you cannot return home empty-handed. Here there is an endless succession of craftsmen’s workshops where figurines and features are made all year round. Those who prefer the DIY approach will find, wood, cork bark, moss, lights, electric motors and everything they need for their crib scene, while the lazier citizens can choose a ready-made scene in the size they prefer and need only worry about adding the figurines.

Since the 18th centuries, Neapolitan cribs scenes have been admired worldwide and the artisans of Naples love adding figures that have nothing to do with the birth of Christ but reflect characters from the Bourbon Kingdom of Naples: the innkeeper, the water-seller, the washerwomen, and all the professions under the sun as well as incredibly realistic miniature baskets of fruit, fish and bread. Some artisans make nativity figurines drawing inspiration from contemporary figures and celebrities, including the all time favourite Diego Maradona Once this year’s figurine has been purchased, it’s time to head back home and the inevitable debate on where to place the newcomer, after which the crib scene waits only for baby Jesus to be placed in the manger at midnight on Christmas Eve, a sign that the festivities can begin and everyone can wish each other a merry Christmas.

Do you know “caffè sospeso”?

A “caffè sospeso” or pending coffee is a cup of coffee paid for in advance as an anonymous act of charity. The tradition was over 100 years old, it began in the working-class cafés of Naples, where someone who had experienced good luck would order a sospeso, paying the price of two coffees but receiving and consuming only one. A poor person enquiring later whether there was a “sospeso” available would then be served a coffee for free.

The generosity of the Neapolitans is contagious, the idea has been reported in cafés in many other countries.

Good cafés to everyone!

Classifica delle città più pericolose d’Italia a cura de “Il Sole 24 Ore”

La classifica del quotidiano “Il Sole 24 Ore” mette a confronto le città italiane, indicandoci quella dove c’è il maggior numero di crimini, in base alla popolazione, e quella più sicura.

Non ci stupiamo a constatare che le prime posizioni della classifica sono occupate dalle città del Nord Italia, infatti al primo posto tra le città meno sicure d’Italia c’è Milano, seguita da Rimini, Bologna, Torino e Roma.

Anche città che notoriamente sono considerate tranquille e sicure, sempre del Centro-Nord, sono posizionate tra le peggiori, infatti troviamo Firenze al settimo posto, Ravenna all’ottavo, Venezia al diciassettesimo, Pavia al diciottesimo, Brescia al ventiduesimo e Trieste al trentunesimo.

Napoli, da sempre ritenuta una delle città più criminali e poco sicure, si trova invece soltanto al trentaseiesimo posto della classifica, le altre province campane risultano essere molto più sicure di tante città del Nord, infatti Salerno è al posto 69, Caserta all’82, Avellino al 101 e Benevento al 103.

Considerando che la classifica prevede 106 città d’Italia, la Campania complessivamente è sicuramente una delle regioni più sicure d’Italia, da un’analisi approfondita risulta che il Sud è di gran lunga più sicuro del Nord.

Il primato della città più sicura d’Italia va, secondo l’importante quotidiano nazionale, alla nostra vicina Matera al 106° posto.

Ma questo noi già lo sapevamo!

Naples’ Toledo is Europe’s most beautiful Metro station

Say the word subway and you think: dirty, dark and rats. But in Naples, Italy, an ongoing public art project has transformed 13 metro stations into works of art, with the most recent on Via Toledo being named one of The Daily Telegraph‘s most impressive undergrounds in Europe.

Also CNN have named Naples’ Toledo Metro station as top of the list of Europe’s most beautiful metro stations.

For the price of a subway fair visitors can wander through tunnels and admire sculptures that would be more than fitting to be featured in major metropolitan art galleries.

Naples’ Toledo station was opened in 2012, the 16th station on line 1, and links the city’s main shopping streets via Toledo. At 50 metres deep it is built below the ground water, yet the interior design is by Spanish firm Oscar Tusquets Blanca and as one of Naples’s Metro Art Stations this station’s theme is water and light. Indeed the railway has a long history in that part of the world with the Napoli-Portici, the first Italian railway line; it was built by the Bayard Company and opened in 1839. It now forms part of the Naples–Salerno line.

The art within Toledo was curated by Achille Bonito Oliva, works of art include two William Kentridge mosaics, designed by the South African artist but realised by Neapolitan artisans. In the deepest corridor of the station are Robert Wilson’s ‘Light Panels’ and works by Achille Cevoli. The station is also the meeting point for the Metro Art Tour.

Free visits to museums and archaeological sites

From 1 July this year a Ministerial Decree provides that every first Sunday of the month there is free access to all those state structures, be they libraries, archaeological excavations or museum spaces normally accessible only for a fee. In short, became a fixture by now, is a must for lovers of art and culture. In Naples, of course, where the historical evidence abound, the choice is very wide and is ready to satisfy your curiosity and desires of each tourist.

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