Cruise in the Nordic capitals

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Lluis Enric Mayans

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Last September I took the positioning cruise with Costa Favolosa which from Warnemunde through the capitals of northern Europe reaches Savona. I wanted to share my impressions and provide those who want to have the same experience some tips for DIY excursions. We started from Milan with the NEOS company and everything? was perfect including the possibility? to eat and drink something on board.

1 day

We reached Warnemunde with an hour by bus, yes? turned out to be very nice with well-kept houses and small characteristic views to visit. To reach the village just take a few steps on foot. There were several souvenir shops, bars and restaurants along the river, but above all it gave a clear idea of ​​the typical clean and tidy German village.
This was my travel plan:

Rostock (we unfortunately did not have time to visit it) the most? big city from the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern region,? always been, since the times of the Hanseatic League, the most? important on the Baltic Sea. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the port and the shipyards went into crisis why? were many of the most commercial outlets lacking. important. What? the city? had to invent a new identity? and found it in the development of research centers (especially biotechnology) in which Rostock? today at the forefront. But yes? ? also heavily invested in tourism, in the revaluation of the historic center and the old port area and the results are truly appreciable, confirmed by a growing tourist influx. About 10 km from the center is the Warnem? Nde district, a renowned locality. seaside resort on the Baltic Sea has become the largest port important for cruise ships (nearly 200 arrivals per year) in the Baltic Sea.
What is it? to see in Rostock?
the Kr? pelinerstra? and, in the center of the pedestrian zone with beautiful old and modern buildings, numerous shops, restaurants and cafes.
the Kr? peliner Tor, an old city gate at the end of the pedestrian zone, which now houses a museum on the history of Rostock
the Universit? tsplatz with the main building of the university, built between 1867 and 1870 in the Neo-Renaissance style, and the "Lebensfreude" fountain (fountain of the joy of life)
the old port area
the town hall with a baroque facade and seven Gothic towers
the massive construction of the Marienkirche church, built between 1260 and 1450
How to get around:
Warnemunde station is right in front of the cruise terminal and trains in Germany are very clean and on time. In Rostock from the station to get to the center where you can visit the Kr? Pelinerstra? E, the Kr? Peliner Tor, the Universit? Tsplatz, the town hall and the Marienkirche church (the old port is further away) you need to travel 1,3 km . (16 min. On foot), the only two streets of Warnemunde are also beautiful, with their typical houses, up to the long beach with a "taste" of the cold sea water. Warnemunde? very pretty in one of the two streets, the one that runs along the canal, there are beautiful colorful fishing boats, some of which are equipped as fryers for tasting fish and various things.
From the cruise terminal 400 m. (6 minutes on foot) and you arrive at Warnem? Nde Werft station where a train to Rostock Hbf passes approximately every 15/20 minutes, the journey takes 18/19 minutes and the ticket costs Euro 2,30.
Probably from the airport to get to the cruise terminal you will cross? the city? of Rostock and arriving at about 13:00 to the ship will be? difficult to go out and return to the city, better to take a walk in Warnemunde.

2 day

The next day we were in Copenhagen: arrived at the Oceankaj terminal 150 meters from the ship there was the possibility? to make tickets for public transport from an automatic machine. With 80 crowns each (about ten euros) we made the day ticket for all means including the ferry. With the bus n? 27 we arrived near the little mermaid (The driver showed us where to get off) and from there? we visited practically the whole city on foot. On the way back, just find the stop at number 27 towards the port. For the ferry included in the price you have to go to the end of Nyhavn pier and every 15 minutes it passes, you can so? admire the city? from a different perspective.
Beautiful square with the royal palace where we witnessed the famous changing of the guard. Characteristic Nyhavn with its colorful houses and pleasant boat ride that has allowed us some characteristic views.

This is my travel program

Capital of Denmark, Copenhagen has around 1.100.000 inhabitants. The spoken language? the Danish, the official currency? the Danish krone (1 euro = 7,47 DKK). Religions are Protestant and Lutheran. It was the first city, in 1962, to create an area closed to cars. Seat of the pi? ancient monarchy of the world? been named one of the best cities? to live in and "the city of the bike" for the number of cycle paths.
La sirenetta

The Little Mermaid statue made by Edward Eriksen in 1913 on commission from Carl Jacobsen who wanted to embellish the port of Copenhagen. It is said that the founder of the Carlsberg brewery and? one night at the Little Mermaid show and was so impressed that he asked Eriksen to create a statue of the beautiful mermaid. The sculptor took his wife as a model. Over the course of its history, the statue has undergone numerous acts of vandalism and? been more? times rebuilt and then replaced with a new metal mermaid.

The Gefion fountain

The Gefion Fountain? in the vicinity of the Little Mermaid and depicts the legend of the birth of the island on which the city is located. He introduces himself with Gefion, an ancient Germanic goddess of vegetation and fertility? who spurs his sons turned into oxen to work. The goddess has on her head a diadem with a classic Viking decoration circular motif. Note the snake coiled in a corner and the human heads at the foot of the statue.

ST. Alban

This Anglican church was built in the English Gothic style in 1887 and is named after the first English martyr (303 AD). IS? located between a lake formed by the Kastellet moat, and the park dedicated to Wiston Churchill. Here the Prince of Wales, future King Edward VII, convol? on a wedding with a Danish princess. The interior ? typically English, with commemorative plaques, images and a massive baptismal font.


Kastellet? an ancient military fortification of the city? of Copenhagen, open to the public, with orderly red houses with sloping roofs. It has a star-shaped plant, with a sort of grassy embankment at the top of which? trees are planted and there? a small path dotted with benches. During the Second World War the Nazis established their headquarters there. Today the Danish Ministry of Defense is located inside the citadel. Here there are several churches, a windmill and five bastions from whose top? c ?? a great view of the city? and the port. In addition, barracks, the prison, a museum, warehouses, the powder magazine, and particular not to be missed the internal doors. ( FREE ENTRY)

Amalienborg Castle

The Rococ-style Amalienborg Castle? ? since 1794 the official residence of the Danish Royal family. IS? consisting of four almost identical buildings and houses the Museum of the same name in which precious objects belonging to the various generations of the royal family are preserved. The buildings are arranged around a large octagonal courtyard in the center of which c ?? the imposing equestrian statue of King Frederick V, the founder of Amalienborg and the neighborhood of Frederiksstad, posing as a Roman emperor,? one of the most equestrian monuments important in the world. The castle overlooks the square where the changing of the guard takes place every day. The parade starts at 11.30 at the Rosenborg Have barracks and crossing the entire historic center reaches the castle. When His Majesty? is the Queen? in the house? (Schack Palace), its presence is signaled by the Dannebrog (flag), by the drum left after the changing of the guard and by the music of the military band. The ceremony also takes place if, in the absence of the queen, the prince consort or the crown prince is present in Amalienborg as rulers, but without a musical band. IS? It is possible to follow or walk together with the guards dressed in blue (on special occasions in red) and with bear fur headdresses, during the journey from Roseborg to Amalienborg and vice versa. Little curiosity: the Danish national flag? the "P? ancient flag in the world, dates back to 14? century. The public can? visit two of the four palaces, namely: a part of the Levetzau Palace with private apartments and their original furnishings and collections of jewelery, porcelain, glass and silver; Palazzo Moltke, used to welcome and entertain guests and official representatives, mostly on the occasion of receptions and banquets. Hours: 1 Jun. ? 31 Aug .: every day 10: 00-17: 00. Price: Adults: 105 Danish kroner - Rosenborg and Amalienborg combined ticket (also valid the day after purchase: 160 Danish kroner.

Frederiks kirke, the marble church in Copenhagen (Unfortunately it was closed after the changing of the guard)

Along the Frederiksgade c? ? one of the most? Copenhagen's beautiful religious buildings known as the Marble Church. The works for its construction were interrupted immediately after its beginning due to lack of funds for the purchase of Norwegian marble. The church ? in baroque style and has the most? large of Scandinavia (31 meters in diameter) a miniature of that of St. Peter. The dome ? supported by twelve columns that make the interior majestic too. The church better known as Marmorkirken, was built in 1749 and finished in 1894. Skirting the wooden walls once a day? You can take the stairs and go up to visit the large roundabout in white Norwegian marble, 46 meters high, entirely covered in copper with gilded friezes and a balustrade with statues and pivoting figures.

Nyhavn (old port)

This iconic postcard view will attract you. as? with its magical touch of color. Nyhavn? the old port area of ​​Copenhagen, although the name literally means New Port. Is it the most? characteristic and famous of the Danish capital: the typical tall and colorful houses overlook the canal where boats are moored, many of ancient manufacture. From here you can? take the boat trip. From 10 to 30 minutes and even more? waiting in the queue are to be taken into account. The proposed itinerary: crossing the main canal in the Yderhavn section, foray into the Christianshavn canal network with its houseboats, passing in front of the Maritime Museum, the Royal Library (they call it Black Diamond, to me? It seemed like a black box) , the royal residence of Amalienborg, the Parliament, the Opera house, the little mermaid and the old military port of Holmen. The canal tour runs all year round, every day, with departures every half hour approximately from 10:00 to 15:45. In the period from October to March the boats are covered even if in reality? in Copenhagen it rains all year round without too many season distinctions! The visits last from 45 to 60 minutes and are accompanied by a guide who speaks in Danish and English but during the day they are also provided in Italian. (PRICE: 13 EURO)


Christiania, in the very central district of Christianshavn? also known as citta? free of Christiania. Was it born in 1971 when a group of squatters occupied? some disused military buildings. After some time the foundation of the city was proclaimed? and today Christiania, despite pressure from the government, resists as an autonomous and independent area in some ways. The district ? in all respects self-administered and? Permission was obtained for residents not to pay taxes. home to about 800 permanent residents in Christiania c '? the kindergarten, the bakery, the printing house, restoration studio, cinema, bars and restaurants. Even just out of curiosity, a walk in Christiania? unmissable, between colorful houses of graffiti and clubs up to Pusher street, the street. Cars are banned, bicycles are the main means of transport and horses roam free. The hand-made houses and buildings and the large lake are worth seeing. Here they use a special coin.

Kongens Nitorv square

This square, the most? large and elegant of the city, it was created in 1670 under King Christian V, of which you can? see an equestrian statue in the center of the square. ? surrounded by various buildings: the Royal Theater (1874), the Charlottenborg Palace, the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (1672), the Thott Palace (1646, Dutch Baroque) The seat of the French Embassy, ​​the Hotel d 'Angleterre ( 1875) and the Grande Magasin du Nord. There? also a neo-baroque kiosk, occupied by a coffee shop, from 1913 which housed the first public telephone. In winter, c '? an ice rink open to all. The square is located at the end? of the Str? get.

Holmen Church

Holmen Lutheran Church was built as an anchor forge in 1563 and later transformed into a naval church by Christian IV. ? famous for having hosted in 1967 the wedding between Margaret II of Denmark, the current queen of Denmark, and Prince Henrik. ? the burial place of celebrities? pi? famous of Denmark, such as naval heroes N. Juel and P. Tordenskjold, and composer N.Wilhelm Gade,. The windows are clear glass and the spire? covered in copper, like the small spire on the roof of the confessional.

Christiansborg Palace

This palace is worth a visit even if only to climb up to the observation deck at the top of the tower and admire the breathtaking view of the city. Will an elevator take you? to the top. The entrance to the bridge? free. Christinansborg palace is located on the small island of Slotsholmen and? seat of the Danish Parliament, the Supreme Court and the Ministry of State. Some parts of the palace are sometimes used by the royal family for particular functions or ceremonies. The Royal Reception Rooms include the Tower Room and the Oval Throne Room, where foreign ambassadors to Denmark are greeted by the Queen. The throne room gives access to the balcony where the Danish kings are proclaimed. The palace ? visible and? open every day: from May to September from 10:00 to 16:00 - from October to April from 10:00 to 17:00. The cost of entry? of 770 DKK (ABOUT 10 Euro).

The Radhuspladsen (Town Hall Square)

The Town Hall Square? the center of activities? commercial and city traffic. The Radhuspladsen, with its dragon fountain,? dominated by the imposing Town Hall (Radhuset), from which it takes its name, erected between the end of the 800th century and the beginning of the 900th century with shapes inspired by the public palace of Siena. The city building? flanked by the mighty Municipal tower (Radhustarnet) higher higher? of 100 meters with clock and bell spire from which you have a suggestive view of the city. The entrance hall of the Town Hall houses the monumental astronomical clock by Jens Olsen with 12 dials. (The Town Hall is open to the public on weekdays from 8.30 to 16.30, Saturdays from 10 to 13. Access to the tower is subject to charges). surrounded by some monuments: the Richshuset whose tower? animated by a barometer created in 1936: a golden girl who shows herself on a bicycle announces good weather, a woman with an umbrella indicates bad weather, if you see both it means that the weather will be? cloudy. To the right of the Town Hall, there? the statue of HC Andersen, a fairytale writer, considered one of the city's favorite children. On the other side of the avenue you can? admire the Renaissance-style Andersen Castle which houses the wax museum. To the left of the town hall on top of a 20 meter high column there? a sculptural group: two lur players (wind instruments common among the Nordic peoples from the 100th to the 1914th century BC), donation of the Carlsberg Brewery to the city? for the celebration of the th anniversary of the birth of the Jacobsen brewery ().

Shopping on the Str? Get

The Radhuspladesen? the starting point of the famous Str? get pedestrian street, almost two kilometers long (the longest in Europe), which reaches the Nyhavn canal. In reality? the Str? get consists of a series of consecutive streets: Frederiksberggade, Nygade, Vimmelskaftet, Amagertorv and Ostergad, characterized by old buildings, restaurants, designer shops, antique dealers, cafes, boutiques. Along the long course, department stores, exclusive shop windows (Prada, Louis Vuitton, Chanel) alternate with renowned traditional Danish shops such as: Royal Copenhagen, with its famous blue and white porcelain, Holmegaard glassware, Jensen jewelery, the numerous shops that they sell the classic Danish down jacket and the typical hand made heavy wool sweaters.

The Round Tower (Rundetaarn)

The Round Tower? the pi? ancient observatory active in Europe. Located in the center of the city, it was built between 1637 and 1642 at the behest of King Christian IV. The Tower (36 meters high) was designed to serve as an astronomical observatory of the University? and as such it was used until 1861. Since 1929 the Rundetarn? it has become a public astronomical observatory where everyone can, through the large astronomical telescope, contemplate the stars. To access the Tower, it is necessary to take the helical ramp with its cobbled pavement, arched ceilings and numerous windows, which goes up 209 meters (this type of "spiral" access is unique in European architecture). Before you reach the top, can you catch up on a bit? of breath in the beautiful Hall of the former Library, where exhibitions, book fairs, concerts have been held since 1987 and which now houses a café and a souvenir shop. Who knows? what fairy tales took shape between these walls where Andersen studied and wrote. At the top of the ramp c ?? the Observatory and the platform outside it where you can? enjoy a splendid panorama of Copenhagen. From the glass floor hovering 25 meters above the ground? possible to peer into the core of the castle. Tower ? open every day, in summer (from the end of May to the end of September)? open from 10:00 to 20:00, in the most months? freddi is open from 10:00 to 17:00. The cost of the ticket? of 25DKK for adults, 5DKK for children.

Vor Frue Kirke (Copenhagen Cathedral)

The Vor Frue Kirke, or Church of Our Lady,? Copenhagen Cathedral. It was destroyed several times and the area where it stands today has hosted numerous churches since 1209. Since always? associated with the royal family, who used it for particular ceremonies such as coronations or weddings. After the 1807 bombing of Copenhagen in which much of the church went? destroyed, King Frederik VI ordered it? the reconstruction in 1817. The cathedral, in neoclassical style, was finally consecrated on the day of Pentecost in 1829. The source? made with Italian marble and? ruled by a guardian angel. Also inside the church, together with the many portraits of bishops and deans, there is a bronze bust depicting Thorvaldsen, the sculptor who created it. the works present in the church.

Botanical Garden

The Copenhagen Botanical Garden is home to the largest large selection of plants in Denmark, was founded in 1870 and covers an area of ​​10 hectares. The gardens are part of the Natural History Museum of Denmark and are managed by the University? of Copenhagen. Follow the well-marked paths within the gardens. Each garden? divided according to the species it hosts and shows the scientific name of each plant in Latin and Danish. The Danish garden boasts over 900 species. You can take a stroll among the fir trees or observe Denmark's native flower, the daisy. Dwell in the historic glass greenhouses that resemble a small crystal palace, here you can admire many varieties? of butterflies flying freely around you. An air-conditioned greenhouse houses a collection of Arctic plants, while a heated greenhouse contains cacti, succulents and orchids. Here are over 2 million specimens of dried fauna, study material by researchers within the herbarium and botanical museum. Do not miss the water surfaces covered with water lilies. Stop by the on-site café or visit the gift shop to pick a souvenir. The gardens are open every day from May to September, and are closed on Mondays. in the remaining months of the year. The entrance? free. OPENING HOURS: Apr.-Sept. 8.30-18; rest of the year 8.30-16. Serra delle Palme: 10 am-17pm (Oct-Mar Tue - Sun 10 am-15pm). Cactus greenhouse: sa., Do. and fest 13-14. Greenhouse of begonias: sa., Do. and fest 14-15. Greenhouse of endangered species: sa., Do. and fest 13-15. Zoological Museum: ma.-do. 10-16 (closed Dec 24-25 and 31, Jan 1). Interesting in the vicinity (450m.) The geological and zoological museum where meteorites, minerals and an exhibition of dinosaur skeletons are exhibited.

Assistens kirkegard (cemetery)

Assistens cemetery? an active cemetery, but also a green breathing hole and a cultural treasure chest. You can learn about the history of the cemetery and its dead on the free guided tour or by exploring the cemetery on your own. At Assistens Kirkeg? Rd you will find: S? Ren Kierkegaard and HC Andersen.

Rosenborg Castle

In the area pi? green of Copenhagen stands the fairytale castle of Rosenborg, with its red sandstone bricks, copper roofs and tall towers with green spiers touching the sky. Does construction begin? in 1606, wanted by King Christian IV as a summer residence, but what ended? with being the one in which he lived and died? (as did his successors) The king wanted all the? comforts? in his grand residence: bathroom with running water, drawbridge operated from the winter hall, etc. Only with the years the building, more? times remodeled and enlarged, without ever losing its Renaissance harmony, it took on the appearance of a real castle complete with moat and drawbridge, one of the most? important in Europe. The castle ? only been used as a royal family residence for eighty years. Since 1833, the King's Castle and Gardens have been open to the public. In particular, the Crown jewels and treasures are kept in the Castle. The gardens, on the other hand, are a much sought after place by the Danes to take long walks and meet. The Castle opens to visitors with rooms of amazing beauty, suggestive the underground areas where the Crown Jewels sparkle. HOURS: from 16/06 to 31/08: from Monday? to Sunday 09.00-17.00. Ticket prices: Adults: 105.00 DKK (14 euros); children: free. The gardens, on the other hand, can be visited for free.

Carlsberg factory

The Carlsberg of Copenhagen? one of the most? ancient and famous breweries of Europe. The Carlsberg? present in fifty countries and, as the well-known slogan says? ? Probably the best beer in the world ?. The Visitors Center is located in the old Carlsberg factory and the tour includes a visit to the factory and production processes, to the Jacobsen Bar, where you can taste the beers, to the stables where there are Jutland draft horses, once the only ones to transport the beer, and to the sculpture garden. The Carlsberg Visitors Center can be reached from the center by bus 18 or 26 to Valby.

Copenhagen Opera House (seen with the boat ride)

Designed by a famous Danish architect, this theater overlooking the sea? an attraction for opera and architecture enthusiasts from all over the world. The cost of the project exceeded $ 500 million. The ceiling ? covered with 105.000 gold leaves and the floors are made of aged oak. No side of the building? the same as the other: the wall overlooking the harbor? made of curved glass while the others are in stone and the roof? metal. Guided tours in English are available most days for a fee. It has 1703 seats and 1 6 stages. The Copenhagen Opera House is within walking distance of the center. Holmen Island? connected by some bridges: you can get there on foot, by bike or by public transport.

Bridge over the Oresund

The bridge over the Oresund with its 15,9 km connects the city? of Copenhagen (Denmark) with that of Malmo (Sweden). IS? a very complex work that makes use of structures raised above sea level, an artificial island and some tunnels. Toll of around 29 euros.

3 day

To visit London the only alternative was an excursion with Costa cos? we chose "London in freedom?", but if I hadn't done a detailed program at home and hadn't taken the taxi three times (spending a total of 23 euros, unless we had used the underground) in 3 hours and 45 we would not have seen nothing.

This is my travel program that we managed to respect by also entering the British Museum and the National Gallery (in the museums we only saw two or three things that most interested us), but excluding St Paul Cathedral, Tower of London, Tower Bridge while the parks we have only seen from the outside. We indulged in a shopping and beer stop at the Hard Rock café.

London eye

The London Eye, also known as the Millennium Wheel,? a Ferris wheel located on the south bank of the Thames between Westminster Bridge and Hungerford Bridge.

Big Ben and House of Parliament in London

The House of Parliament, known as the Palace of Westminster,? a majestic 1200-room neo-Gothic building housing the two chambers of the English Parliament: the House of Commons and the House of Lords. The? House of Parliament,? dominated by two famous towers: the Victoria Tower, which leads to the Parliament, and the Clock Tower, the clock tower: Big Ben. The visit to the Clock Tower? allowed only to British citizens, but can you? attend free parliamentary debates and visit the two chambers.

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey? the pi? important religious monument of England. Here in 1997 the funeral of Princess Lady Diana took place and the coronation ceremonies of all the kings took place, starting with William the Conqueror in Christmas 1066. You enter from the north side, the one facing Westminster square. ? buried here the Catholic sister of Elizabeth, Maria the Bloody daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon. Westminster Abbey Hours: Monday - Friday? 9: 30-16: 30 - Saturday closes before 14:30. Last admission 1h before closing. Sunday closed to the public. Adults: 23,50 euros.

St James's Park

St James? S Park? the pi? ancient of the royal parks of London and? near Buckingham Palace. St James's Park? one of London's eight royal parks. The park has an artificial lake full of ducks and birds wrapped in a mantle of flowers, shrubs and cypresses, a natural setting capable of making visitors forget that they are in central London, to transport them to an oasis of tranquility. Hours: Every day from 5:00 to 24:00.

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace? the royal building more? iconic of the country. ? was the official London residence of the rulers of the United Kingdom from 1837 and today? the administrative headquarters of the Monarch and? one of the few remaining inhabited royal palaces in the world. From July to September, when the Queen makes her annual visit to Scotland, visitors can visit it. It became the official residence of the British monarch in 1837, after Queen Victoria ascended. to the throne. The Buckingham Palace balcony? one of the most? famous in the world. George III compr? Buckingham House in 1761 which was later turned into a mansion. Queen Victoria was the first sovereign to settle in July 1837 and in June 1838 she was the first British sovereign to leave Buckingham Palace for a coronation. At around 11.30 you can attend the ceremony of the changing of Her Majesty's Guard, a ritual that has been renewed since 1660. If you are curious to know if the Queen? at the palace, pay attention to the number of guards, if there are 4? The Queen? ? at home. Adult ticket:? 25.00 Opening hours: 20 July - 31 August 2019 / Open daily 09: 30-19: 30 (last admission 17:15) ---- 1-29 September 2019 / Open daily 09: 30-18: 30 (last admission 16:15).

Wellington Arch

Wellington Arch and? a triumphal arch located south of Hyde Park. Raised between 1826 and 1830 by King George IV to celebrate the victory of the Duke of Wellington at Waterloo against Napoleon.

Hyde Park

Hyde Park? the park more? great and ancient in London, 41 cannon shots are fired between now and noon. Hyde Park? cut in two by the Serpentine Lake, an artificial lake built by Queen Carolina with the damming of the Westbourne River. Other places d? interesting are: the Grand entrance, a colonnaded entrance with three vaulted passages for the entrance of the carriages; The Welling arch; the fountain in memory of Diana, built in 2005.

Piccadilly Circus

Piccadilly Circus? the famous square with gigantic luminous signs, here is the fountain called Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain on which stands the statue of Anteros, son of Ares and Aphrodite. It is a Circus, an open space with a circular shape built in the vicinity? of an intersection. Here the concentration of shops, theaters and trendy clubs? particularly high. IS? the square that never sleeps, illuminated day and night by its famous advertising signs.

National Gallery

Located north of Trafalgar Square and 5 minutes from Piccadilly Circus, the National Gallery? the museum of art pi? important in London and one of the most? internationally famous. Here we find masterpieces by Rembrandt, Titian, Vel? Zquez, Van Gogh and Michelangelo. Hours: every day, from 10:00 to 18:00 (Friday until 21:00). Price: Free admission. Not to be missed: Room 61 blue area: Leonardo da Vinci? Virgin of the Rocks (1500 ca.) - Green Area: from 1700 to early 1900 room 43 Van Gogh? Sunflowers (1888).

Trafalgar Square

The very central Trafalgar Square was built to commemorate the Battle of Trafalgar (1805) where Admiral H. Nelson defeated the fleets of France and Spain here. Nelson's Column, the 30-meter granite column on which c '? the statue of Nelson. The four panels that decorate the base of the obelisk are cast in the metal obtained from the cannons of the ships defeated by the English fleet. The square ? surrounded by a series of monuments, of which the most? majestic? the facade of the National Gallery, one of the most? famous in the world.

St Paul Cathedral

The Cathedral of San Paolo represents the heart of this city. Its dome stands out in the skyline of the City: whenever new buildings are built, by law the visual corridors towards it must be left free. Church chosen for her wedding by Diana Princess of Wales. The current church, the fifth to have stood on this site since 604 AD, was built after the medieval cathedral was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666. It is the first cathedral church (seat of the bishop's seat) built after the Reformation. Anglican. SAN PAOLO CATHEDRAL TICKETS: ADULT? 18. Opening hours: from Monday? to Saturday from 8:30 am to 4.30 pm. The galleries open at 9.30 am and the last entrance? at 4.15 pm. Sunday ? open only for religious services. The duration of the visits? 2 hours.

The Tower of London

The Tower of London, Tower of London in English,? one of London's iconic buildings. For a long time ? it was the residence of the British monarchy and also the site of terrible executions. It? the place of London more? haunted by ghosts, often even illustrious ones. Anna Bolena was beheaded in Tower Green by Henry VI when he understood that his wife could not give him a son. His ghost appears to roam especially near the Queen's House, where Anna Bolena was imprisoned. Don't miss the Crown Jewels. The ravens are the symbolic guardians of the tower. The custom? that at least six ravens are kept inside the Tower of London to avoid disaster. Opening hours: SUMMER (01/03? 31/10) Tuesday? - Saturday: 9.00-17.30 Sunday-Monday: 10.00-17.30. Price: Adults: € 22,70.

Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge? the London Bridge par excellence: the beautiful drawbridge, built in neo-Gothic style in front of the Tower of London. London Bridge was the first bridge in the city. Hours: from April to September: from 10:00 to 18:00. From October to March: from 9:30 to 17:30. Price: Entrance to the exhibition: € 9,80.

British Museum

Famous for its collections of archaeological finds and works of art ranging from prehistoric times to the present, the British Museum? one of the most? ancient and important museums in the world. Inside the British Museum, there is the largest covered square. large d? Europe with a glass and steel roof, composed of more? of 1600 glass panels, all different from each other. At the center of the Great Court is the Reading Room, the reading room open to the public in which Mahatama Gandhi, Oscar Wilde and Lenin spent hours of research and study; in the Great Court there are restaurants, cafes, bookstores and shops, which have different opening hours than the British Museum. The building is spread over three floors. Here we find the Rosetta stone (10nd century BC), the Parthenon Statues, the remains of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, the Lewis chessmen, the Treasure of Oxus, Ginger, the Royal Game of Ur, statue of Easter Island, the Cup of Lycurgus. The galleries are open every day from 17,30 to 20,30; the entrance? free. On Fridays, some galleries stay open until pm.

4 day

The next stop? been to Cherbourg: here the terminal I? it seemed rather disorganized in fact there was a desk used as an information office where they distributed maps of the city? and nothing more ?. As soon as you left the terminal was there a free shuttle bus to the city center? which in my opinion does not deserve more? of a lot and a museum that I have not visited. We preferred a taxi to the landing beaches (but you could also choose other destinations) than in 4 there? cost 200 euros. I have to say what? it was really worth it, we went to Utah beach, Sainte Mere Eglise, cemetery and beach
Colleville-sur-Mer. The whole ? lasted about 5 hours.

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It is on the western tip of Normandy, in the upper part of the Cotentin peninsula that the city is located. of Cherbourg, fishing and tourist port. It abounds in parks and gardens (Montebello) and remarkable religious buildings (church of San Martino, chapel of San Bartolomeo, basilica of the Santa Trinit?). The city? ? equipped with several ports: fishing, tourist, commercial and military. Not to be missed, the Cit? de la Mer? a vast scientific, tourist and cultural complex dedicated to the marine world. Gateway to Cotentin, Cherbourg? the city? main city of the English Channel with over 80.000 inhabitants. City port, hosts the pi? largest artificial port in the world and above all hosts the city? of the sea in its transatlantic cruise terminal, a must in Normandy. You can take boat trips. Don't forget to bring a windbreaker with you.

To be seen

The City? of the Sea? very well conceived, ideal for adults and children. If the latter will take advantage of the trip inside the Redoutable or the exploration of the seabed and its aquarium, the most? deep in Europe, adults will appreciate the great gallery of Motors and Men. Lovers of history and architecture cannot fail to visit the Santa Trinit? Basilica. This religious building? one of the most? ancient cities of the city. Gothic in style, it stands out for its magnificent furniture. It also has a troubled history in what? it was partially destroyed during the 100 Years War. The Italian theater is equally worth a visit. Nicknamed the "Golden Theater" due to the exuberance of the places, it is one of the last theaters to have been built in this style. It is classified as a Historic Monument. The Fort du Roule? equally worth visiting as the museum it houses, from the War to the Liberation, traces the history of the region. A very interesting time travel.
La Grande Rada: one of the biggest companies? impresionanti age? of the lights,? a real wall of four kilometers into the sea. Interrupted during the Revolution, the works were resumed under Napolene who ordered the construction of a port of war. It was only in 1853 that the central dam was completed.
The Maritime Station: If the transatlantic maritime station remains the prominent symbol of post-war Art Deco architecture, the city? of Cherbourg has many other buildings of this style. The imposing building has welcomed the Cit? de la Mer.
Basilique of the Holy Trinity?

Thomas Henry Museum: from Fra Angelico to Camille Claudel, pi? 300 works are exhibited in the third museum of Normandy. Closed until 2015 for works.
The Point du Jour: inaugurated in November 2008, the Point du Jour? the first art center in France on photography.
The Cit? de la mer: (city of the sea): In an authentic palace of play and science, the Submarine (Sous-marin) and Oceano (Oc? an) poles plunge adventurers into the depths of the sea. of the sea. The discovery of the pi? the world's largest tourable submarine, called Redoutable,? literally exciting. Don't miss the attraction? On a march? sous la mer?. 2012: 100 years after the legendary Titanic stopover in Cherbourg, La Cit? de la Mer opens a path dedicated to the transatlantic and emigration. Euro 19
Fort du Roule: Museum of the Liberation which retraces the different stages of the Second World War.
Museum of natural history and ethnography: in the heart of a magnificent botanical park, the five continents reveal themselves, fascinating and unusual.
Ravalet Castle: built in 1575, the building? classified historic monument since 1935. The 17-hectare park has the name? Jardin Remarquable? (remarkable garden) since 2004.
To do
The artificial harbor of Cherbourg, the largest largest in the world, you can visit it by boat, when the weather permits. Awarded with four flowers at the national competition of cities? flowery, the city? offers numerous parks that are worth visiting. The Emmanuel -Liais park offers rare species, so? like the garden of the ancient maritime hospital. In case of rain, the pi? cynics can go to the umbrella factory which offers guided tours. Art lovers can opt for the Thomas-Heny museum dedicated to impressionism. Not to be missed: the Saint-Barth? Lemy chapel and the Montebello garden.


Uthah Beach, Saint Mere Eglise and Cherbourg
The second beach where the Americans landed, Utah beach (48,7 km.), Was attacked with the aim of cutting the German forces in two to conquer the port of Cherbourg. Many were the soldiers parachuted in this area and arrived in Saint Mere Eglise (36,3 km.)? famous is the statue of the paratrooper hanging from the church tower. Also in Saint Mere Eglise is the milestone, obtained from a bomb that determines the zero kilometer of? Via della Libert ??, where did he leave? the liberation of Europe from the Nazis.

5 day

In La Coruna we decided to take a taxi to Santiago (100 euros for 4 people), but you could alternatively go by taxi to the station (with 5/6 euros) where with 14 euros return you would arrive in Santiago. The advantage of the taxi? state that he took us directly in front of the cathedral.Santiago can be visited on foot and the excursion? duration 5 hours with 2 hours available to see the city.
In the afternoon we visited on foot, being close to the ship, La Coruna, but the historic center was really poorly maintained.

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La Coru? A, an important city? port in northwestern Spain. Here you will find monuments and places of historical interest, such as the Torre de H? Rcules, alongside small bays and soft pristine beaches. The historic center (Ciudad Vieja), which stands on a peninsula, contains an evocative complex of medieval streets, squares and churches.

Praza de Mar? In Pita

Praza de Mar? In Pita? an enchanting square, with characteristic lampposts, in the heart of the historic center, where the Concello da Coru? a, that is the town hall of the city, is located. In the center stands the statue of Mar? A Pita, the th century Galician heroine famous for liberating the city. from the English invasion.

the Tower of H? rcules and the wind rose

Spanish treasure and world heritage of humanity? UNESCO La Coru? A lighthouse towers over the Atlantic from the top of a hill on a picturesque peninsula. The Torre de H? Rcules, 55 meters high,? a lighthouse of Roman origin dating back to the 300nd century, in excellent condition and still in operation. Wear comfortable shoes, why? A climb of about 10 meters above the hill awaits you. If you're still out of breath, go to the top of the lighthouse to take in the city views and the ocean view. Hours: every day, from 00:17 to 30:

la Cidade Vella (old town)

The medieval quarter of La Coru? A? rich in Baroque monuments. Near the port you can visit the Hist? Rico Militar de A Coru? A Museum, facing the stone walls of the Jard? N de San Carlos. In the Cidade Vella there are 3 ancient churches, including the th-century Romanesque church Igrexa de Santiago. The historic center of La Coru? A can be visited on foot. To see: the Praza da Constituci? N, with a fountain in the center between two ancient cannons, and always nearby you will find the pedestrian square of Praza do Xeneral Azc? Rraga.

Relax on the beach

The coast of La Coru? A? characterized by white and sandy beaches and rocky promontories. The nearest beach important of the city? it is called Praia de Riazor and is located next to the promenade. The monument to the heroes of Orz? N divides this coastal stretch from the Orz? N beach to the east, which is about 600 meters long. If for? you don't like crowds try the little beach of Praia das Lapas between the Torre de H? rcules and the Finisterrae aquarium.

Castro de Elvi? A

About 10 km. south from the historic center of La Coru? a you arrive at the archaeological area in the heart of the green valleys of Fe? ns-Mesorio and Elvi? a. Access to the site? allowed only for guided tours, usually on Sundays. Remember to wear comfortable shoes to walk through the excavations and the ancient walls. From here you can see La Coru? A in the distance. Telephone: +34 981 184 278

Finisterrae Aquarium

The Finisterrae aquarium? divided into various rooms, the pi? important of which? the Marem? gnum Room which houses over 600 species of fish and has many interactive stations where you can learn everything about the Ocean. Going down you will arrive at the Nautilus Room, which takes up the interior of the submarine designed by Giulio Verne in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. You will feel a little like Captain Nemo and from the huge windows you can admire the Atlantic fish swimming all around. In the external tank a colony of seals has established its home. Looking into the distance, you can also see the Torre de H? Rcules from here. The cost of the ticket? about 10? per person. Hours vary depending on the time of year.

The science museums of La Coru? A

The Museo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnolog? A? just above the Riazor beach. Here you can admire the landing gear of a Boeing 747 or the first particle accelerator in Spain. The Casa de las Ciencias in the Parque de Santa Margarita? a planetarium housed in an ancient palace. The Domus museum, south of the Finisterrae aquarium,? dedicated to physiology and human perceptions. It is based in a suggestive sail-shaped building overlooking the ocean. Hours vary according to the museum and the season

L'arroz con carabineros y zamburi? As al Celeiro

One of the typical dishes of La Coru? A? rice with prawns and scallops: it is served directly in the pot like paella, but? particularly rich in seafood. At the Celeiro restaurant in R? A Franja, in the heart of the historic center, you will find exquisite meat and fresh fish.
Relax with a cold beer in the harbor area

La Coru? A has two ports, but the Puerto Deportivo? the best place if you want to relax and have a drink overlooking the boats. The Nemo Bar? one of a kind: you will feel a bit like the eponymous captain of the Nautilus. It also has a fake mast on the roof, which blends perfectly with those of the nearby yachts. This bar? perfect for tasting the famous local lager, Estrella Galicia, on the terrace on the pier.

Santiago de Compostela

Final destination of the famous Camino de Santiago, the historic pilgrimage of medieval origin that crosses the north of Spain, Santiago de Compostela? the city? of Galicia which rises in the place where the tomb of San Giacomo was found. Its historic center, a World Heritage Site? Unesco,? a concentration of historic buildings, churches, convents and monasteries, where for? there is a lively cosmopolitan atmosphere.

1. Cathedral

From the thirteenth century the grandiose Cathedral stands on the place where according to tradition? buried the apostle James, patron saint of Spain, and for this? considered the most? sacred place of Catholic places of worship in Iberian land. The majestic Baroque facade of the Obradoiro, surmounted by the statue of St. James, seems designed specifically to leave pilgrims breathless, before welcoming them through the sumptuous Portico della Gloria, a true masterpiece of Romanesque art by Maestro Mateo, decorated with 200 sculptures of saints and characters of the Old and New Testament. The interior exudes a very strong mysticism, but before the visit the ritual queues to embrace the statue of St. James placed behind the main altar and kiss its silver cloak. Right under the Capela Major is the Apostle's Crypt which houses the saint's body.

2. Museum of the Cathedral

To visit to know in detail the various historical phases of this almost millennial building, to know its construction techniques, to admire the collection of tapestries, paintings and sacred art objects that form the rich treasure. But above all, the visit of the museum allows you to access the suggestive sixteenth-century cloister adjacent to the Cathedral and a wing of the nearby Palazzo di Gelmirez, the ancient bishop's seat.

3. Roofs of the Cathedral

A visit to the roofs of the Cathedral? one of the most? suggestive that you can do in the city? Jacobean. Going up the towers you reach the roof of the Basilica, from which the view sweeps over the whole city, the mountains that surround it and the last stretch of the Camino de Santiago. Following the perimeter path you also come across the Cruz dos Farrapos, the medieval cross where pilgrims traditionally came to burn the tattered clothes used on the Way in a purification ritual.

4. Obradoiro Square

Final point of the Camino de Santiago,? the monumental heart of the city, surrounded by some of the most historic buildings important. In addition to the main facade of the Cathedral, the Hostal dos Reis Catolicos overlooks it, built by the Catholic monarchs in the th century; the eighteenth-century Palazzo de Raxoi, seat of the municipality; the College of San Xerome.

5. Quintana Square

Behind the Cathedral,? in size and importance the second square of the city. It is divided into Quintana de Vivos and Quintana de Mortos, so called? why? in the past it was a burial place. On the western corner stands the clock tower of the Cathedral, called Berenguela. The main attraction? for? the seventeenth-century Holy Door of the Cathedral, open only during the Jubilee years.

6. Praterias square

On the southern side of the Cathedral, the beautiful Piazza degli Argentieri? refined by the Fuente de los Caballos, an elegant fountain from 1825, and the magnificent Baroque facade of the Casa del Cabildo.

7. Museum of Pilgrimages and Santiago

The right place to know all the curiosities? on its history over the centuries, on the tradition of the cult of the holy apostle, on the rich symbolism linked to the Jacobean itinerary, but also on the influence played by pilgrimages in the urban development of the city? through the rich religious architectural heritage.

8. Parador Hostal dos Reis Catolicos

Today ? a luxury hotel, but originally the sumptuous Plateresque-style palace on the northern side of Obradoiro Square was built by the Catholic kings Ferdinand and Isabella to house pilgrims arriving in the city? Jacobean. Completed at the end of the 400th century? considered the most? ancient world.

9. Historic center

Take the time to unhurriedly explore the "Casco Historico", which has kept the medieval layout and? been declared a World Heritage Site? by Unesco. Lose yourself in the narrow streets and pedestrian squares where the gurgle of the water of ancient fountains resounds. Stop to admire the monumental facades of churches and monasteries and then stop in the numerous bars and restaurants to enjoy tapas.

10. Market de Abastos

If the markets fascinate you, take a trip to Abastos, the traditional food market, and you won't be disappointed. Among hundreds of stalls, look for those of the surrounding farmers with the freshest products from their gardens, but also delicious specialties? local such as tetilla cheese or empanadas. And don't miss out on a pulpo snack? feira, octopus served on wooden cutting boards, specialty? of Galicia.

11. Alameda Park

A short distance from the main monuments, the elegant Alameda? always the favorite walking spot for the inhabitants of Santiago. Ideal for a stop or a picnic in the greenery, in the shade of ancient trees, among flower beds, statues and fountains, with a magnificent view of the Cathedral and the historic center.

12. Galician Center for Contemporary Art

Housed in a modern building by Portuguese architect Alvaro Siza, next to the historic Convent of Santo Domingo de Bonaval, the center? dedicated to the enhancement of Galician art and culture.

13. City of Culture

This complex of futuristic buildings of stone, glass and steel, designed by the American architect Peter Eisenmann, is worth a visit if only to admire its spectacular architecture. There is a museum and a library that often host interesting exhibitions and cultural events. (4,6 km. From the Cathedral)

14. Museum of the Galician People

Set in the ancient Convent of Santo Domingo de Bonaval, where among other things you can also see a splendid spiral staircase, the Museo do Pobo Galego offers a complete overview of Galician popular culture, including territory, music, customs, architecture, as well as archeology and the arts.

15. Monte de Gozo

The pilgrims call it "Monte della Gioia", why? from this hill a few kilometers from the center of Santiago they spot the Cathedral, a sign that the destination of their long journey? now close. There is a chapel of the twelfth and? a very popular resting and dining place. (5 km. From the Cathedral)

6 day

The city? of Porto can be reached by taking the free bus to the port to the exit and from here going right to the third street on the left c '? a LIDL supermarket in front of which stops the bus n? 500 leading to the city center? (tickets can be bought on board for 2,00 euros). The city? the station, the cathedral and especially the Lello bookshop are worth a thorough visit.

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Port? cozy, inexpensive and quite safe.

The Ribeira District

Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the Ribeira District in Porto? a maze of steeply uphill cobbled streets, low houses with colorful facades, tree-lined squares, flowered balconies, clothes hanging out to dry, old people outside the doors, bars, restaurants and craft shops help to create a unique urban landscape. In the lower part of the Ribeira starts the Dom Luis I iron bridge that leads to the twin town of Vila Nova de Gaia, world famous for producing the best port wine in Portugal. Barcos rabelos sleep around the bridge and along the entire bank of the Douro, the characteristic boats carrying the barrels that have been used for centuries to transport port wine from the production cellars to the warehouses. Today they are mainly used to take tourists for a ride along the river and enjoy Porto from a different perspective.

Igreja do Carmo and Igreja do Carmelitas

Begin your visit of Porto, reaching one of the main squares and two of the most important monuments. important and known of the City? (declared National Heritage): the Church of Carmo and the Church of the Carmelites. The Igresia Do Carmo, built at the end of the th century,? in Rococ? style, with the now famous side facade covered with azulejos, with hand-made decorations depicting scenes from the life and cult of the Virgin Mary. Next to the Church of Carmo, stands the Church of the Order of the Discalced Carmelites, equally sumptuous and remarkable.

Livraria Lello

A few steps from the Churches, on the left side, keeping the two religious buildings behind you, you will find other interesting points of interest and some of the places that you absolutely must not miss in Porto. Among other things, will you immediately realize how little dispersed the city is? and how pleasant it is to visit it all on foot (steep climbs and descents permitting). Among the things to see in Porto, you will certainly find the Lello Library, a real institution. Open in the second half? of the XVIII century, by the brothers Jos? and Ant? nio Lello,? today one of the most? ancient and beautiful of Portugal. To visit it, you will have to queue at the box office next door and pay a ticket of 4 euros per person (which works like a voucher, if you buy books inside). The magical atmosphere, the result of the fusion of the Gothic and Liberty style of the place and a skilful use of wood, isn't it? the Harry Potter set designers who chose the library as a set for some shots. Extraordinary the massive central wooden staircase in the shape of 8 that leads to the upper floors where there is? also a coffee? to sit in to enjoy the show. No less interesting is the neo-Gothic exterior facade. Theoretically in the library? It is forbidden to photograph but it seems that the managers are quite tolerant!

A vida Portoguesa

In front of Livraria Lello, you will find a wonderful garden of olive trees where you can relax for a few moments, lying on the lawns in the sun. While, continuing on Rua das Carmelitas, you will come across one of the stores of A Vida Portoguesa after 100 meters. This shop ? the perfect place to shop and buy some souvenirs. You can stock up on cans of tuna and mackerel, and creams and soaps with lemon and verbena.

Torre dos Cl? Rigos

What to see in Porto, if not one of its best buildings? impressive to admire the city? from above? The Tower of the Clerics (Cl? Rigos Tower)? a bell tower in the Baroque style, built in the middle? from the 5th century based on a project by an Italian architect, Niccol? Nasoni, whose remains are buried in the Church of which the Tower is part. The staircase leading to the top of the tower is not? not claustrophobic, as in many cases, and the climb? pi? short than you can imagine. From the top, you can enjoy a view of the city? beautiful, ranging from the red roofs of the center, to the colorful houses of the Ribeira, up to the Douro. The entrance ticket to the Tower and the Museum costs euros.
Porto S? O Bento station

Do not miss Sao Bento Station, in Almeida Garret square, whose main hall? covered with over twenty thousand traditional Azulejos, designed by Jorge Cola? o, which depict important moments in the history of Portugal (including the conquest of Ceuta) and in the history of means of transport, up to the train. A truly special and perfect place to take some souvenir photos.

S? do Porto and Miradouro

Do not forget the beautiful Cathedral of Porto (S? Di Oporto) in Romanesque style and with Baroque frescoes, and the viewpoints that are located nearby. The entrance to the Cathedral, built between the 3th and th centuries,? free, while access to the cloister costs euros. In front of the Cathedral, going down the staircase that is right in front of its facade, you will find a Miradouro, from which you can enjoy a wonderful view of the Douro and the city? and, above all, on the beautiful Igreja dos Grilos, half built? from the th century and which today houses the Museum of Sacred Art and Archeology of Porto. If you wonder what that Manueline-style column right in the center of the square represents:? an ancient pillory used for a long time as a place of exposure and torture of the condemned. The (infinite) staircase leads from the square to the lower part of the Ribeira and directly to the pedestrian area of ​​the Dom Luis Bridge.

Luis I Bridge

If there was only one place to see in Porto, this would be the Ponte de Dom Lu? S I (more than 170m long). Built in the last decade of the nineteenth century by a pupil of Gustave Eiffel (precisely that of the "Tower" of Paris), this arch-shaped iron bridge was built to celebrate Louis I of Braganza, King of Portugal. Today ? a little? the symbol of the city? of Porto and the heart of the life of its citizens, who gather here at sunset, together with the many tourists, to enjoy the spectacle of a fiery sun dying in the green waters of the Douro.

Chapel of souls + Mercado do Bolhao + Rua St. Caterina

The Chapel of Souls? one of the most? beautiful Churches of the city, covered with thousands of hand painted tiles (azulejos) depicting scenes from the life of St. Francis and St. Catherine. A short distance from the Capela das Almas, visit the characteristic Bolh? O Market, active since 1839 and now housed in a neoclassical building built in the early twentieth century. The Mercato do Bolh? O? one of the most? loved by tourists visiting Porto and certainly one of those that will give you a real and more? authentic taste of the daily life of the city. The market ? open from monday? on Fridays, from 7:00 to 17:00, and on Saturdays from 7:00 to 13:00. A few meters from the Bolh? O market you will find Rua Santa Catarina, the street of shops and big international brands, where you can shop for some souvenirs or to indulge in more shopping. unrestrained. Are the shops also open on Sundays here? unlike what happens in the rest of the city? ? and you will find many more? tourists than those you may encounter in other areas of Porto.

Majestic Caf?

One of the most historic places fascinating of the city, which I recommend you to include among the places to see in Porto,? the Majestic Caf?, at number 112 of Rua Santa Catarina. This Caf? legendary, among the pi? loved and well-known of the Portuguese twentieth century, with Parisian echoes and references to? La Belle? poque ?,? one of the most? beautiful of Art Nouveau architecture in Porto and still one of the most elegant Caff? from Europe (1 cappuccino + 1 pastel de nata: 8 euros).

Church of San Ildefonso

One of the largest tiled churches beautiful in Porto and all over Portugal? the Church of Santo Ildefonso, in honor of the Archbishop of Toledo, which? was built in the first half? from the 11.000th century and covered with Azulejos about a century later. The tiles by Jorge Cola? O represent scenes from the life of San Ildefonso and are estimated to be over .


On Rua das Flores you will come across the small, but bright and fragrant, shop of Claus Porto, the historic Portuguese cosmetic brand for over 130 years, which produces extraordinary fragrances and soaps with iconic packaging. If you don't want to buy anything, you can also just go up to the second floor of the store and visit the small museum focused on the history of this historic firm.

Pal? Cio da Bolsa and Igreja de S? O Francisco

Pal? Cio da Bolsa in Rua Ferreira Borges, in the historic center of Porto? a historic building from the 100th century, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The interiors are sumptuous and will surprise you with architecture and decorations; in this regard: do not miss the Sal? o? rabe, an Arab-style hall with stuccoes and decorations in real gold. Right next to the Pal? Cio da Bolsa, overlooking the green waters of the Douro, you will find the Igreja di S? O Francisco, a monumental Gothic-style church, with baroque interiors and which, due to its beauty and historical value,? was inscribed among the National Monuments of Portugal. Climb the stairs to the top of the church entrance. In addition to a beautiful view of the facade of the religious building, you will enjoy a panoramic view of the Douro. Among the? All golden churches ?, that of San Francesco? the "P? beautiful and opulent. Certainly it is quite impressive to think that to decorate this church, dedicated to the? Poverello di Assisi ?, more? of kg of gold!

Cruise on the Douro

One of the most important things? nice to do in Porto? get on one of the colorful traditional boats that you will find at the marina, and that will make you glide on the Douro, giving you a view of the city? unprecedented, surprising and wonderful. The boat tour on the Douro that we did? lasted 50 minutes and allowed us to see 6 Bridges, among those pi? characteristic and important of Porto and to appreciate the colorful houses of Ribeira (UNESCO World Heritage) from a privileged and beautiful angle. Cost: 15 euros.

7 day

Lisbon? wonderful and to visit it just go from the ship towards the center along the way you will find a metro stop and at the automatic machines you can get a day ticket for all means including historical trams for 6,50 euros each. Bus n? 794 leads to Piazza del Commercio, with bus n? 15 E or 714 you go to Belem, from Belem you go to Figueira square to take tram n? 12 to see the beautiful Alfama. To return to the ship from Piazza del Commercio, take bus n? 794. Of course, visit each neighborhood on foot and don't forget to take at least one elevador that will take you there. in a position so high that you can admire the entire city? (the elevator is included in the price of the day ticket).

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The capital of Portugal such as Rome stands on 7 hills, it boasts a fascinating culture combined with a beautiful urban landscape rich in history and? one of the cities? pi? ancient of Europe.

Alfama district

The pi? ancient city it rises between the Castle of S? o Jorge and the Tagus. IS? the soul of the city? and can you? admire passing by with the tram. Characterized by alleys even only 4 meters wide and with a slope of 14%.

Lisbon Cathedral

Built in 1147 and subjected to various modifications and renovations over the following centuries, the Lisbon Cathedral is presented as a set of different architectural styles, while retaining the solemn authority intact. of its medieval spirit. It was built when the city? it was torn from the Moors and stands where there was a Muslim mosque before. (Alfama district)

Rossio Square
Once the scene of parties, bullfights, executions and uprisings, Lisbon's historic Rossio Square today? the main meeting place for tourists and residents. It is located in the neoclassical district of Baixa.
Commerce Square

The Pra? A do Com? Rcio of Lisbon? also known as the Palace Square (Terreiro do Pra? o). Indeed, ? here that stood the Royal Palace before being razed to the ground by the 1755 earthquake that destroyed the city!

Belem neighborhood

It rises on the banks of the Tagus river and? in hyper-decorated Gothic style called? the Manueline ?. Rich in gardens and monuments including? The monument dos descobrimentos? which depicts the Portuguese explorers (De Gama, Magellano,?). Here c?? a square with a large compass rose indicating the routes of the fifteenth century. Famous in Rue Belem is the? Pasteis de Belem? an ancient pastry shop where you can taste a puff pastry with cream served with icing sugar or cinnamon made according to the ancient recipe of the monastery.

Jeronimos Monastery

The splendid Jeronimos Monastery stands near the coast of Bel? Me was once the residence of the Hieronymite monks, the Catholic hermits whose main role was to pray for the soul of the King!

Bel? M Tower

Wasn't this th-century port fortress used just to defend the city? of Lisbon from coastal attacks, the Tower of Bel? m in fact played a crucial role even during the Et? of Portuguese Discoveries! You pass by entering the port.

Chiado district

Following the devastating fire that hit him? in 1988, the Chiado district recovered? from the rubble to turn into one of the most? rich and elegant of the city. Today, ? known for being the best shopping district famous of Lisbon! 10 minutes c ?? the Barrio Alto district of aristocratic families, young people and artists where you will find many craft shops.

Bairro Alto

The Bairro Alto in Lisbon, in Italian "Quartiere Alto", holds the most ancient history. rich and fascinating city? and? a fantastic place to discover on foot. The neighborhood boasts some of Lisbon's main attractions.

Elevador Santa Justa

With the advent of electricity, Lisbon built? 2 lifts to improve and make more? the movements between the various ups and downs that characterize its streets are accessible. This singular engineering feat? an authentic historical relic!

Ponte 25 de Abril

Suspended for more? of 2 km. on the Tagus connects Lisbon to Almada. It is found when entering from the ocean along the river.

Cristo Rey statue

This 109 m tall monument. it was commissioned by Salazar as a thank you for Portugal's lack of involvement in World War II. It recalls the Christ of Rio de Janeiro. IS? near the 25 de Abril bridge on the opposite bank of the Tagus from the Cathedral (14 km away).

Vasco Da Gama Bridge

IS? the pi? along Europe (17,2 Km.). Entering the port with the ship we will find it opposite.

Avenida de Libertade

Built on the model of the Champs Elysees? the street of luxury with the boutiques of the most? famous. At number 2 c ?? L? Hard Rock Caf ?.

8 day

This time in Valencia we decided to visit the aquarium and I must say that? spectacular is worth all the ticket money, the science museum don't include it in your ticket unless you have children. At the exit of the port about 300 m. c '? the bus stop and here one in front of the other there are the stops of the n? 4 for the city center? (we had already seen it and it is very beautiful) and of the n? 95 going to the aquarium.

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Valencia? the third city? of Spain and one of the most? important in the Mediterranean. Several places not to be missed and things to do: the Cathedral (it seems that it contains the Holy Grail), the Citt? of Science and Arts (unmissable), the Barrio del Carmen with its student nightlife and a good plate of Valencian paella, the real and only paella, which you will not find in any other part of Spain.

Valencia Cathedral

The Baroque Puerta del Los Hierros, the Romanesque Puerta del Palau and the Gothic Puerta de los Apostoles are the three access portals to the Cathedral of Valencia: a synthesis of the entire architectural history of the city. Built in the 7,00th century, the Cathedral stands in a place considered ?? sacred? in which already? a Roman temple had risen first and a Muslim mosque later. The visit should start from the Miguelete, the tower that overlooks the Cathedral and offers an overview of the entire historic center. But there? which attracts tourists? the Holy Grail: the Chalice that Jesus? it seems to have been used in the Last Supper and kept inside the Cathedral. Ticket cost:? with audio guide included

College and Church of the Patriarch

One of Valencia's absolutely unmissable attractions? the College of the Patriarch. From an architectural point of view we are in the presence of one of the most? important of the Spanish Renaissance. The college was used to train new prelates to be? Committed? against the snares of Protestantism. The Collegio de El Patriarca? a casket of works of art. The cloister on the ground floor is very beautiful, the colonnade of which was built according to the perspective method of Brunelleschi. Finally, in the same square where the college stands (Plaza Patriarca), La Nau, seat of the Universit? of Valencia. Here too are we in front of a beautiful neoclassical building, obviously adapted over the centuries to the proliferation of faculties? and teaching addresses. (500 m. From the Cathedral)

The City? of the Arts and Sciences of Valencia

? thanks to the architect Santiago Calatrava the project of this huge complex, a significant example of modern architecture. The City? delle Arti e delle Sciences contains five spectacular attractions: the Oceanografic, the Umbracle, the Palace of Arts, the Science Museum and the Hemisf? ric. In a predominance of white, each element that makes up the City? of Sciences? built according to a different style, but creating a perfect harmony of the whole. Will it result? impossible to be able to visit the whole structure in a single day, but its spectacularity? deserves the chance? to? waste? a few more days. Hours: Mon-Thu 10:00 - 18:00; Fri-Sun 10:00 - 19:00. Ticket cost: combined price for all attractions: full € 37,40.

The Barrio del Carmen

Around the convent of Carmen Calzado,? arose one of the districts of the historic center of Valencia. The Barrio del Carmen, in the course of its millenary history, has performed different functions: from refuge to barracks to place of prostitution to the center of the medieval aristocracy up to being a working-class district in 1900. Today? one of the most? popular in the city, both day and night. The morning ? the place for shopping, between alternative shops and major brand ateliers, at night? the favorite place for young people who come to relax after a day of study or work, entertaining themselves in the various cafes that populate the neighborhood.

The Silk Exchange

La Lonja de la Seda (Silk Market)? born as an emblem of the age? gold of Valencia,? was the center of the activities? commercial and cultural in the early sixteenth century. In 1996? was declared a World Heritage Site? by Unesco, as one of the best examples beautiful and best preserved of late Gothic architecture in Europe. A construction that on the one hand frightens with the grandeur of its structure, but on the other seduces with the elegance of its ornaments. La Lonja? now home to the Cultural Academy of Valencia, often home to exhibitions, as well as? one of the obligatory stops during a visit to the city.

Il mercato centrale

In front of the magnificent building of the Lonja stands a steel structure, with stained glass windows and hand-painted ceramics on the facade:? the Central Market, with its 959 stalls of fresh produce. An intertwining of colors, smells and flavors in a jewel of modernist architecture. The market ? divided into two parts: on the one hand, fruit and vegetables from the huerta valenciana (area of ​​agricultural lands south of Valencia); on the other, a riot of meats, among which the Salamanca hams stand out, and of fish, with the stalls offering real? waterfalls? of crustaceans: a pleasure not only for the palate. The market ? one of the must-sees when deciding what to buy in Valencia as a souvenir!

The Turia Gardens

Valencia? an example of a city? risen along the banks of a river. If, on the one hand, the river Turia has favored the development of the urban settlement, on the other,? was the cause of continuous overflows and floods. After the last flood of 1957, the authorities? they have decided to divert the course of the river, and where it used to be its bed now rise the Turia Gardens: an oasis of greenery and peace in the heart of the city. Among pines, oleanders and palm trees you can spend your free time here, taking a jog between the avenues or taking advantage of one of the sports facilities that the Gardens offer. The main attraction of the park? a monumental sculpture by Gulliver, 70 meters long, inspired by the character of Jonathan Swift. Ramps, slides and stairs allow? Lilliputians? (ie you), to walk on the giant's body. Hours: the Gulliver attraction? accessible every day from 10:00 - 17:00. Ticket cost: free

The Bioparc

The Bioparc of Valencia? much more? of a traditional zoo. IS? an innovative project in which spaces where animals live in social groups, without separation from other species, just like in nature. biopark-valenciaThe park? divided into 3 large areas: the African savannah, the equatorial forests of Africa and Madagascar and the African wetlands. Can you? walk in these areas, observing the animals in freedom? but in complete safety. Lions, leopards, giraffes, gorillas, rhinos, hippos, elephants, lemurs and many other animals are the guests of the park to which Asian and South American animals will soon be added.

The port, the beaches and the Reserve

After decades in which the port and the activities? industrialists had created disasters, Valencia did? shooting the sea and the beaches. The port area, now called Marina Real Juan Carlos I,? been redeveloped. From the building? Veles e Vents? can you? admire a splendid view of the sea and enjoy the sun in complete relaxation. From here starts a nice walk along the seafront that leads to the city beaches of Les Arenas and Malvarrosa with clear water awarded by the European Blue Flag. If you love nature, a short distance c ?? the Reserve of Albufera, the most? great lake of Spain. You can get there with line 25 of the city buses, in less than an hour and for only 1,50? per journey. C ?? also the Albufera Bus Turistic which allows you to explore the park in detail, including a boat trip. Going south you meet the beaches of the Costa del Sol with the super-tourist resorts? of Torremolinos and Benalmadena but also the beautiful Malaga and Ronda and Nerjia.

What to eat

Many do not know, but what about paella? a typical dish of Valencia, even if it is eaten all over Spain. But real paella is eaten here, in the restaurants but even better in the street kiosks, like the one outside the Central Market. Valencia's paella? made with chicken or rabbit, no seafood, though? it is also easy to find the marisco version with seafood and crustaceans. Valencian cuisine? typically Mediterranean, so fish dishes abound, and as you move inland, you can also taste excellent meats, while the Valencian huerta, south of the city, offers an abundance of fruit and vegetables. Almonds and honey abound, at the base of the sweet pi? typical: nougat. A typical drink that they will offer you everywhere, especially in summer,? l? horchata de chufo. Don't be fooled by the name: don't you? the barley fish we drink in Italy, but the floury juice of a river tuber.

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Navigation. After the many kilometers covered on foot, a break to rest? always welcome. In reality? on the ship between gym, whirlpool, swimming pool, sauna, shopping and much more time to rest? always little. Certainly not? to lose the opportunity? to enjoy the ship with these days of navigation.

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Barcelona? a city? fantastic here when you leave the port with a shuttle that costs 4 euros a / r you will arrive at the monument to Christopher Columbus From here you can see on foot the Rambla and the historic center with the beautiful cathedral or go to the DRASSENAS metro stop and with 10,20 euros you can buy 10 tickets (one ticket costs 2,20 euros) and go to the Sagrada Familia or Parc Guel.

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Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia, Gaud's masterpiece? and symbolic monument of the city. This majestic church? still unfinished, and the works proceed very slowly according to the original plans. But largely? finished, and both the exteriors and the interiors leave you speechless, for their contrasts and the absolutely unique style that the Master wanted to give to the building that has given him fame and honors all over the world. Do not miss the ascent to the bell tower, from which you can admire a truly breathtaking view of Barcelona.

La Rambla

The? Paseo? along the Rambla The street pi? famous of Barcelona, ​​which stretches over a kilometer from Plaza Catalunya to the sea,? a real joy for all five senses. Very crowded at any time of day and night, it overlooks buildings and points of interest such as the wax museum, the Liceu theater or the La Boqueria market. But the beauty of walking along La Rambla is to live the outdoors, admire the street performers or wander around the stalls in search of the perfect souvenir.

Parc G? Ell

Another of the wonders that Gaud? has left in inheritance? to Barcelona ? the Parc G? ell. Located north of the city, in the Gracia district, this park was originally supposed to be a residential complex for the bourgeoisie of the 900s, but later the project was abandoned and today? become one of the icons of Barcelona. Do not miss the dragon-shaped fountain, cos? like the panoramic view on the terrace which overlooks all of Barcelona. Ticket from 13,00?

The Montjuic hill

The hill of Montjuic? a real city? in the city. It can be reached by cable car that leaves from the port, but also by a modern cable car, by public transport or even on foot. Once at the top, the attractions not to be missed are the castle of Montjuic, originally a fortress-prison, the Olympic Stadium, home of Espanyol until 2009 and an architectural marvel, but also the Museu Nacional d? Art de Catalunya and the Font Magica , a show of dancing fountains of lights and colors that illuminates the nights of Barcelona.

Casa Mil? and Casa Batll?

Two other masterpieces by Gaud ?, the Casa Mil? and Casa Batll ​​?, are located along Passeig de Gracia, one of the most popular shopping streets. exclusive to Barcelona. Their unique and inimitable style makes them two absolute must to visit in the city, especially considering that they are located a few tens of meters from each other. Commissioned to Antoni Gaud? at different times by two families of the bourgeoisie of Barcelona, ​​they have today been transformed into museums, each of which showcases sculptures and works by Gaud? and above all the innovative concepts that the visionary architect put into practice.
Barrio Gotico and the Cathedral

It is located between La Rambla, via Laietana, Port Vell and Plaza Catalunya and takes the name of Barrio Gotico. IS? a maze of pedestrian streets, narrow and crowded with tourists at any time of day or night, full of shops, bars and restaurants. Very pleasant to visit, especially because? suddenly, turning a corner you can? emerge in some of the squares pi? beautiful cities. Do not underestimate Placa del Pi, where the homonymous church is located, or the beautiful Placa de Sant Jaime with the town hall, while not to be missed? the Cathedral square, overlooked by this huge church built in the Gothic style, the real pride of Barcelona (the lift on the left side leads to the roof). The 13 geese in the courtyard represent each year of Sant? Eulalia died martyr and buried under the main altar.

Boqueria market

the boqueria market? the food market, indoor, more? famous in Barcelona and perhaps in Europe. It is located on the Rambla, opposite the Liceu metro stop. La Boqueria, in addition to being an excellent market,? also an unmissable attraction for anyone visiting Barcelona. Will you find that every single kiosk or banquet? treated with maniacal attention like a work of art. Fruits, vegetables, sweets and spices are the pieces of a mosaic with strong and bright colors, accompanied by a noisy and constant noise, worthy of the most? nice market of Europe. We advise you to take a tour of the Boqueria to enjoy this show, but also to taste the fresh products, perhaps having breakfast with a fresh juice or stopping for a Tapas at one of the kiosks located inside (truly exceptional quality!).

Passeig de Gracia Casa Batll? and Casa Amatller

La Rambla and the Gothic Quarter are full of shops, but they are mostly? small shops and souvenir shops, luxury boutiques or simply the sales of large clothing chains will find them in Passeig de Gracia, which winds north from Plaza Catalunya towards the Eixample district.

La Barceloneta beach

A time among the most? degraded of the city? it was refurbished during the works for the 1992 Olympics. The neighborhood? composed of former fishermen's houses, very narrow alleys and above all a modern and beautifully maintained promenade. Barcelona beach deserves two words: clean, beautiful and equipped with all facilities, including showers and exercise equipment. Ideal for spending a day in contact with the locals.

The Ribera

We close the top ten of the best things to see in Barcelona with the La Ribera district. IS? centrally located, a stone's throw from the cathedral, but? truly an area little traveled by tourists. And wrongly: here you will find the best tapas bars in the city, but also numerous attractions such as the Picasso Museum. A short distance away is also the Parc de la Ciutadella, the green lung of the city.

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Last stop Savona here you get off the ship, go beyond the tower and near a newsagent you will find the bus stop that will take you there. directly at the station.

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Savona? a city? on a human scale and turns in a day. IS? a city? provincial, so you will find it rather sleepy during the holidays. From the station and for the station take the number 7.

Priamar and surroundings: The imposing Fortress of Priamar stands out near the port. It was built in 1542 by the Genoese and over the years it has taken on various functions, including that of a penal colony in the Risorgimento era, hosting the prisoner Giuseppe Mazzini (for conspiratorial activity!). The cell in which he was locked up from November 1830 to March 1831? it can be visited after a telephone call to the caretaker (329 2104905 from 9 to 13 and from 14 to 18) (to reach the Fortress you have to go down a ramp that leads to a square with grit, here in front of the bar there are the keepers who have the key). Today the Priamar? seat of different activities? cultural (it hosts the Archaeological Museum and the Pertini Museum and in summer it turns into an open-air theater) as well as? one of the favorite locations of Savona to get married. The entrance to the Priamar? free, you only pay for the access to the museums and of course the theatrical performances.
Attached to the Priamar are, on one side, the Walter Tobagi seaside promenade where you can see a succession of bathing establishments and you can even glimpse a few patches of free beach (for bathing, however, I strongly recommend that you move to another location on the Riviera di Ponente), and on the other the port and the Darsena, put in place not long ago and made really very beautiful. Not alone today? the ideal place to take a stroll and stop for a drink or a bite to eat, but? also one of the place to be in the context of the Savona nightlife.
Seafront: in front of the Darsena is the Brandale tower, one of the symbols of Savona since the dawn of time, camouflaged between the Riario and Corsi towers. The Brandale tower? pi? affectionately called the Campanassa why? inside it houses a large fourteenth century bell (in Campanassa, in fact), whose tolls mark the most important events. important of the city. Tower ? visitable, but only by appointment.
historical center: behind the tower c ?? the small but historic center, where there are some goodies.
Savona, city of the Popes: both Sixtus IV and Julius II were born in the surroundings of Savona and? thanks to them that in Savona, which is not by chance? nicknamed the City? of the Popes, c ?? a Sistine Chapel: not as majestic as that of Rome, but respectable and absolutely worth seeing. The Sistine Chapel ? adjacent to the Cathedral of the Assumption, a building in itself? not mind blowing but with an interesting interior. Remarkable? the wooden choir, built at the behest of Giuliano Della Rovere, future Pope Julius II, personality? with a strong vocation as a patron. The papal apartments are also part of this complex, but am I going around the pope interested? Pius VII who spent two periods of his life here (from August 1809 to June 1812 and between February and March 1814) in quality? of a prisoner of Napoleon and without the possibility? to have contact with the outside world. The story linked to this imprisonment is very fascinating, which then reflects the layout of the rooms (to give an example, the pope could attend mass in the cathedral but without entering it, that is, remaining in his apartments). Cathedral, Sistine Chapel and papal apartments can be visited together by taking part in a guided tour.
Icons with three hands
Another gem of the historic center of Savona? the collection of icons of Madonnas with three hands at the Pinacoteca Civica in Piazza Chabrol: a very special collection.

12 day

Finally we made a stop in Turin.

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Via Roma and Piazza San Carlo:

leaving the Porta Nuova station behind you, walk along Via Roma looking at the shop windows, you are in the fashion street. A short walk (station-piazza San Carlo 750m./ piazza San Carlo-Egyptian museum 170 m.)) And you will reach the living room of Turin: Piazza San Carlo, bordered by the arcades that house some of the cafés. historians of the city. For a good hot chocolate (Piedmontese chocolate is one of the best in Italy, especially the dark one with Langhe hazelnuts) sit at Neuv Caval? D Brons or at Caff? San Carlo: in both you can breathe another era! Or moving to Piazza della Consolata (piazza San Carlo-piazza della Consolata 1,4 km), near the Duomo, try the typical Turin drink at the Caff? Confectionery Al Bicerin. Open since 1793 and a favorite of Camillo Benso di Cavour? the birthplace of Bicerin, a hot drink based on coffee, chocolate and milk cream whose original recipe? jealously guarded by this coffee. Enjoy it together with a mixed plate of Piedmontese dry biscuits of artisanal production. Address: Piazza della Consolata, 5? Turin.

The Consolata Church:

dal Bicerin, in Piazza della Consolata, you can visit the Sanctuary of the Consolata in baroque style, one of the most? beautiful churches in the city. The neoclassical facade, the altar by Juvarra, the particular plant and its bell tower are the only remaining sign of the th century Romanesque church.

The Turin Cathedral:

from the Sanctuary of the Consolata (650 m.) you can continue on foot to the Duomo (in via XX Settembre), the only example of a Renaissance church in the city? and place where? guarded the Holy Shroud. It? dedicated to St. John the Baptist, patron saint of the city. Built between 1491 and 1498 at the behest of Cardinal della Rovere, the Renaissance-style cathedral has a white marble facade on which three portals decorated with reliefs and a red brick bell tower crowned by Juvarra open up. The interior with a basilica plant? Latin cross with three naves with Gothic elements. In the seventeenth century the Cathedral was renovated in order to add the chapel of the Holy Shroud, a masterpiece of Baroque architecture by Guarino Guarini. The chapel was severely damaged by a fire in 1997 and the relic, although not damaged, was taken away from the fire area. Today the Shroud? kept in an extended position inside a watertight case, in the absence of air and in the presence of an inert gas placed under the royal tribune.

? time to continue the walk towards the center: from Piazza San Carlo you can head towards Piazza Castello (300 m away) along the last stretch of Via Roma: this square? the real hub of Turin,? here in fact what? the life of the city developed from Roman times to the Risorgimento. Piazza Castello so? as it appears today, it was designed by the architect Ascanio Vitozzi in 1584 at the behest of Duke Carlo Emanuele I. It? also called? the living room of Turin ?. Here you can admire: the Royal Palace, Palazzo Madama, the Church of San Lorenzo and the Teatro Regio (among the most? important lyric theaters of Italy). The square, surrounded on three sides by elegant arcades built in different periods, is the setting for important city palaces to be seen: the austere Royal Palace, residence of the King of Sardinia until 1659, and then of Vittorio Emanuele II, King of? Italy, until 1865; the Teatro Regio; the Palazzo della Giunta Regionale; the Government Palace (now the seat of the Prefecture); of the Secretariats; the Armory and the Royal Library, containing the famous self-portrait in sanguine by Leonardo da Vinci. Heart of the square? the imposing Palazzo Madama, the ancient castle from which it takes its name, surrounded by three monuments; the sculpture dedicated to the Standard Bearer of the Sardinian Army, the equestrian monument celebrating the Knights of Italy and the statue depicting Emanuele Filiberto, Duke of Savoy. Once you arrive you will see the majestic Royal Palace, the dome of the Cathedral and Palazzo Madama stand out in front of you. In the square you can admire the beauty of the Baroque buildings with the important interventions of the famous architect Juvarra. At this point you can head towards the atrium of Palazzo Madama, on the right looking at the Royal Palace: the cost of the ticket? of 10 euros and you can cos? enter a Unesco site that houses numerous and important works of art (ancient sculptures, porcelain and an art gallery). Allow around an hour or two to visit. Piazza Castello is also the point where the four great arteries of Turin converge: Via Roma, Via Pietro Micca, Via Po and Via Garibaldi, one of the most popular pedestrian streets. long from Europe. Palazzo Madama today? the seat of the Civic Museum of Ancient Art but this wonderful building built on the ruins of an? ancient Roman gate? it was a fortress, a castle (as evidenced by the rear facade with the medieval towers) and the residence of two? Madame Reali ?, Maria Cristina of France and Giovanna di Savoia-Nemours, under whose regency the building was enlarged and embellished. In particular, in 1718 Filippo Juvarra, architect of the House of Savoy, designed? and realized? the great western facade and the imposing staircase of honor, an undisputed masterpiece of the Baroque. In the Civic Museum of Ancient Art you can see the thousands of pieces that testify the ten centuries of history of Italian and European artistic production (from the early Middle Ages to the Baroque). The itinerary of the visit is divided into four floors: in the moat floor there is the Medieval Lapidary with stone sculptures and jewelery (th-th century); the ground floor houses Gothic sculptures, paintings and precious objects (th-th century); the first floor? dedicated to the arts of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries with the picture gallery, the furnishings and the sumptuous decorations of the rooms; the second floor, dedicated to the decorative arts of all eras, houses ceramics, ivories, fabrics, glass. Among the masterpieces of the Museum not to be missed is the? Portrait of a Man?

Via Po and Piazza Vittorio:

continuing beyond Palazzo Madama (Palazzo Madama-piazza Vittorio Veneto 1,1 km.), just beyond the bridge that crosses the Po, you can see the church of the Gran Madre (piazza Vittorio Veneto-Gran Madre church 450 m.): go to meet it along Via Bit. ? a street, like so many others in Turin, where? It is possible to walk comfortably even when it rains, thanks to the large arcades that run through it: here you are in the beautiful Piazza Vittorio Veneto, the scene of great events and manifestations throughout the year. Look out over the Po, at the bottom of the square: on the hill you can see the Monte dei Cappuccini and on your right, in the distance, the Parco del Valentino, what for? requires more? time.

Egyptian Museum and Via Lagrange:

then walk along the new and elegant pedestrian shopping street, Via Lagrange, and then move to Via Accademia delle Scienze where you will find the Egyptian Museum, the most beautiful big and important after the one in Cairo. The full ticket costs 13 euros, then there are various reduction bands. Are there more? of 3000 exhibits and 10000 square meters of surface area that can be visited on 4 floors of a building that? been recently refurbished. Also calculate for this visit about 2 and a half hours, maximum 3. The foundation of the museum dates back to 1826, the year in which Carlo Felice, king of Sardinia, bought? a large collection of works by the French consul in Egypt, Bernardino Drovetti. The purchases and excavations carried out later expanded the museum collection, which today boasts more? of 30.000 pieces, including statues of pharaohs, sarcophagi, funerary stelae, jewels, everyday objects (on display there are? only? 6.500) that make the Museum of Antiquities? Egyptians of Turin one of the most? rich Egyptian museums in the world. Among the masterpieces that can be admired here, stand out: the statue of Ramesses II, the intact tombs of Kha and Merit, the Mensa Isiaca, and the rock temple of Thutmose III transported from Elessiya, 200 km south of Aswan, and here recomposed to save it from the waters of the artificial lake Nasser after the construction of the Aswan dam.

Mole Antonelliana and Museum of Cinema (900 m. From the Egyptian museum):

the Mole Antonelliana, symbol of Turin and home to the national cinema museum (the only museum dedicated to the seventh art in Italy) where you can spend a few hours among relics, optical lanterns, ancient and modern cinema equipment. Eventually you can go up to the top of the Mole with the panoramic lift to enjoy a splendid view of the city.
the Cinema Museum costs 10 euros for adults, better for? buy the ticket that includes the panoramic lift (14 euros in all for adults) to see all of Turin from the beauty of 168 meters high! Dedicate to this visit, including the ascent to the dome and a stop at the ground floor bar, at least 2 and a half hours. La Mole is located in Via Montebello, a perpendicular to Via Po, not far from the RAI offices.


it is a really suggestive destination where you can? admire the beautiful Basilica. Advice ? to leave by bus from the central station Torino Porta Nuova towards Sassi. At the stop you will find the suggestive Sassi-Superga tramway. This is an ancient monorail, which will bring you? up to the top of Superga, and will allow you? to also enjoy the beautiful view of the city? from above. In Superga, you can visit the basilica, the tombs and the royal apartment. Also for the pi? curious c '? the possibility? to climb to the top of the dome, to admire the landscape.
The Church of the Gran Madre: from Piazza Vittorio, crossing the bridge, you can visit the Church of the Gran Madre, at the foot of the Turin hill. The church, in neoclassical style,? also famous for its stories related to the Magic Turin. In fact, esoteric experts say that the church is a point where very powerful positive energies are concentrated and that the two statues at the entrance indicate the place where the Holy Grail is located.

Monte dei Cappuccini and the Turin hills:

going up the hill you will arrive at Monte dei Cappuccini, at the top of the Turin hill where you can visit the Church of Santa Maria al Monte and admire Turin from above.

Valentino Castle and Park in Turin (1,3 km. From the station):

not far from the city center? extends the beautiful Valentino river park redesigned in the 800th century by the French landscape architect Barrillet-Dechamps. The origin of the name of this green area is uncertain (although for some it can be traced back to the Saint of lovers whose remains are preserved in a small church not far away), well known to the Turin joggers and cyclists. In the heart of the city park stands the splendid Valentino Castle, included by Unesco in the list of World Heritage Sites. together with the other Piedmontese Savoy residences. Gi? extra-urban residence from the 500s was with Maria Cristina of France, the royal madam who made it her favorite residence, which the French palace experienced its period of maximum splendor. Used for different purposes in the following centuries, today the Castle? the seat of the Facolt? of Architecture of the Polytechnic. Other buildings also dot the park. One of the most? singular? certainly the Medieval Village, or the reproduction of a 400th century village complete with fortified houses, shops, alleys, drawbridge and Rocca (ie the castle of the Borgo). Built for the International Italian General Exposition of 1884 in Turin as a pavilion of Ancient Art for the enhancement of the medieval Piedmontese and Aosta Valley historical-artistic heritage, at the end of the event the complex was preserved and quickly transformed into a pleasant and attractive place for recreation. .

The Venaria Reale in Turin:

built at the behest of Carlo Emanuele II as a hunting and leisure residence, the Reggia di Venaria? one of the magnificent ducal residences in Piedmont built to create a? Crown of Delights? around the capital as evidence of the power of the Savoy. Built between 1659 and 1679 on a project by Castellamonte, the imposing complex of the Reggia di Venaria developed along an axis of 2 km which connected the Borgo, the Reggia with the beautiful Diana Hall and the Gardens. Following the destruction of some parts by the French in 1693, a renewal and expansion project was started by Garove, whose death he took over. Juvarra to whom we owe the highly decorated Galleria Grande (known as Diana's), the solemn chapel dedicated to Sant? Uberto (the saint of hunters), and the building called? Scuderia grande? or? Citroniera ?, magnificent examples of Baroque architecture. The works on the Palace were completed by Alfieri in the second half of the eighteenth century. In the 800 you start? the long period of decline of the Palace (transformed into a military barracks) completely in ruins a century later. Fortunately, a grandiose European restoration project has restored all the splendor of that place of delights that it once was. Declared a World Heritage Site from Unesco, since its opening to the public in 2007, the Venaria Reale has? attested among the top five cultural sites pi? visited in Italy.

The GAM Museum of Turin (Civic Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art) (750 m. From the station):

considered one of the main European capitals of contemporary art, Turin? was the first city? Italian to promote a public collection of modern art. Founded in 1863, the Civic Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art (GAM) boasts a collection of over 45.000 works including paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, drawings and engravings from the eighteenth century to today, as well as one of the most? important European collections of films and artist videos.The rich museum collection documents above all Italian art, especially Piedmontese, but there is no lack of spaces dedicated to the international historical avant-gardes and foreign art. The collection includes works by great masters such as Fontanesi, Balla, Boccioni, De Chirico, Ernst, Klee. Since 2009, the works have been exhibited according to four thematic paths that change over time in order to allow the visitor to continuously rediscover the collections. Inside the GAM there are also a video library, the Wunderkammer (chamber of wonders), that is a cozy and comfortable space where you can admire the works that are exhibited from time to time and the Underground Project, an exhibition space set up in the basement for the studio. of contemporary art in relation to the culture of the past century.

What to eat in Turin: gourmets can rest assured in Turin. The Turin one? in fact, a cuisine rich in dishes and flavors. Excellent products, specialties? extraordinary, succulent preparations make Turin the heart of Piedmontese gastronomy. We start with the appetizers (salami, veal with tuna sauce, vegetables accompanied by the famous bread sticks), continue with the first courses: agnolotti (pasta filled with meat) seasoned with the cooking sauce of braised meat or butter and sage, and tajarin, fresh pasta long and thin, topped with white truffle or rag? offal. If you travel in winter, ideal for lunch? taste a typical Piedmontese dish such as bagna cauda, ​​a sauce made with anchovies, garlic and oil, to be served with vegetables and potatoes. Otherwise, definitely try the ravioli del plin (stuffed with meat) or other first courses with meat sauce, the piedmontese mixed boiled meat (different types of meat cuts served with various sauces) and a nice bunet (pie / chocolate pudding) or the panna cotta for dessert. On the other hand, do not forget to try a gianduja ice cream or hazelnut chocolates in the pastry shops. Curiosity ?: the breadsticks, the long and thin ones that you can find on the tables of pizzerias all over Italy, were born right here!

For the evening we recommend you try the Turin aperitif: cheap, good and a true local tradition. With a few euros, from 5 to 10? depending on the place, you can order a cocktail, a glass of wine, a beer or another drink and have free access to the buffet offered by the restaurant where you will find risotto, pasta, potatoes and vegetables, pizzas and focaccias, various snacks. If you have no idea where to go, Guida Torino suggests the 5 best aperitifs in the city.

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