San Marino: Fortress in the sky

San Marino: Fortress in the sky

San Marino, an independent country on the slopes of Mount Titano, is located just 23km from the Italian town of Rimini. As one of the smallest sovereign countries in the world, San Marino is completely surrounded by Italy. It was founded in the beginning of the 4th century and it’s the oldest surviving republic on Earth. With more that 9 million tourists annually visiting its capital, The City of San Marino, it is one of the must-see destinations in the region. The City of San Marino is a fortress built entirely out of stone with three towers erected on the three peaks of Mount Titano. The towers are the symbol of San Marino and are incorporated in the country’s national flag. Continue reading

Bologna: Renaissance architecture with cars

Bologna: Renaissance architecture with cars

Bologna is the capital of the Italian region called Emilia-Romagna, located in the north part of the country. The first settlements date back to 1000 BC, which is not that interesting since we are talking about Italy, a country where every rock is at least a couple of thousand years old. The distinct feature of Bologna is its well-preserved historic center. Parts of the city that are filled with renaissance architecture are among the largest in Italy. The main attraction are definitely the two high towers, Torri degli Asinelli e Garisenda, that are also the symbols of the Bologna. Another thing for which Bologna is famous worldwide is its University. It is the oldest University on the planet.

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Rimini: The invasion of parasols

Rimini: The invasion of parasols

When I imagined the Italian town of Rimini I never thought of is as an endless sandy beach. But it really is that. A beach, that got infected by a very dangerous type of chicken-pox – the parasols. Continue reading

Photo of the week 2 – Venice

2009-12-20 Venezia 007

Whenever I go to Venice it amazes me. This happens again and again. But when we came here in December it was exceptionally beautiful. The snow gave it a new dimension that you can’t see on any postcard.

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Location: Venice, Italy