If you are a passionate explorer, always looking for curiosities to find, you will certainly like this article! Today we present some interesting curiosities about Italy: particular buildings, structures, municipalities and localities they hold sensational firsts. dall 'smaller house, shorter river, from tallest skyscraper up to deeper pool: here 10 curious firsts in Italy!
- The oldest tree: One Hundred Horse Chestnut
- The smallest house: Vicolo San Celso, Rome
- The shortest River: Aril
- Most luxurious hotel: Four Seasons in Florence
- The smallest restaurant: Solo Per Due
- The smallest municipality: Podesina
- The deepest pool: Y-40
- The highest motorway bridge: Viadotto Italia
- The narrowest alley: Vicolo di Ripatransone
- The tallest skyscraper: Unicredit Tower in Milan
- The narrowest house: Casa "du Currivu" in Petralia Sottana
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1 - The oldest tree: Hundred Horse Chestnut
It is considered theoldest and largest tree in Europe, not only from the beautiful country. It is located in Sant'Alfio in the province of Catania, Sicily. According to experts the life of the Chestnut of the hundred horses wanders between 3000 and 4000 years. His nickname is linked to an old legend: under his huge arms over 100 knights found shelter from a sudden storm.
2 - The smallest house: Vicolo San Celso, 17 - Rome
Do you ever feel the need to treat yourself to a romantic night in a particularly intimate and reserved place? In Rome, just a few steps from St. Peter's Basilica, you can rent it for one night smallest house in Italy.
It is located in Vicolo San Celso number 17 and has everything you need:
double bed, kitchen equipped with retractable table, heating, bathroom with shower, wardrobe, but also accessories such as iron and ironing board, ultra-modern television and Wi-Fi router, all concentrated in only 7 sqm!
3 - The shortest River: Aril
Aril, known as "Ri" locally, is the shortest river in Italy and in the world, with a lengths of just 175 m. It was born in the territory of Malcesine, a town in the province of Verona, from a small lake fed by an underground pool. Along its path the river passes through the entire hamlet of Cassone, until it flows into the waters of the Garda Lake .
4 - Most luxurious hotel: Four Seasons in Florence
Have you ever wondered which is the most expensive and luxurious hotel in Italy?
The answer is: the Four Seasons Hotel in Florence!
In fact, at the hotel there is the Royal Suite, an absolutely exceptional noble room: ancient frescoes, floors adorned with Capodimonte majolica and a butler available at any time of day. The price? "As soon as" € 18.500.
5 - The smallest restaurant: Solo Per Due
Il smallest restaurant in Italy and the world is called Only For Two. This is because it has only one table for customers and only accepts reservations for two people. In this way the managers can give the couple the right attention in order to make their dinner truly special. It is found at Vacone near Rieti.
6 - The smallest municipality: Podesina
Il Municipality of Pedesina, in the province of Sondrio, holds a truly exceptional record: it is the Smallest municipality in Italy.
According to the latest official Istat survey, Pedesina is inhabited exactly by 36 people, with an average age between 45/50 years. In this tiny and quiet Lombard village there is a single bar-restaurant, which also offers limited food supplies.
7 - The deepest pool: Y-40
If you want to visit the deepest pool in the country you must go to Abano, a town not far from Padua. Is called Y-40, and actually reaches 40 meters deep. Here it is possible to practice diving and other interesting underwater activities.
8 - The highest motorway bridge: Viadotto Italia
Il highest highway bridge constitutes a stretch of the well-known Salerno-Reggio Calabria motorway. In the central span, the viaduct that crosses the Lao river reaches a dizzying height equal to ben 259 meters from the valley floor. It was completed in 1969, which also makes it one of the oldest viaducts still in use.
9 - The narrowest alley: Vicolo di Ripatransone
Il narrowest alley it is found at ripatransone in the province of Ascoli Piceno. It is barely wide 43 cm but in the uppermost section it shrinks to 38 cm. It seems that the tourist office issues a certificate to anyone who manages to cross it.
10 - The tallest skyscraper: Unicredit Tower in Milan
La Unicredit Tower reaches a maximum height of ben 231 meters (considering the spire).
The head office of the banking group has held the pimato since 2001, however it was only inaugurated in 2014. The ceremony was attended by prominent political and business personalities, including the then Prime Minister Enrico Letta.
11 - The narrowest house: Casa "du Currivu" in Petralia Sottana
"Currivu" in Sicilian dialect means "spite". And just out of spite towards a neighbor, a gentleman of Petralia Sottana (province of Palermo, Sicily) has decided to build a house just 100 cm wide. In the beginning the owner of the "casa du currivo" wanted to build a normal house, but he was hindered by a neighbor who did not want his "view" to be ruined. Inquiring with a lawyer, the owner realized that there were actually no legal conditions to be able to build a structure of habitable size in that point, but in order not to give it to the hated neighbor, he decided to finance the construction of a house just 100 cm wide. Hence the nickname of Casa du currivoEtc. the narrowest house in the world.