Curiosity towards history, landscapes, popular traditions and customs... the exploration of the many facets of our world. This is what cultural tourism is about, characterised as it is by the desire to know and be near those signs and testimonies which artists, poets, and men and women of letters and of the world have left to posterity.
In this way the tourist goes on holiday with every intention not of bringing home the usual souvenir which is left on the mantelpiece to gather dust, but something more substantial made up of new experiences including itineraries composed of visits to exhibitions, museums, art, monuments as well as other less tangible experiences. When one speaks of cultural tourism, in fact, one ought not think exclusively of visiting those important and much visited places that distinguish Italian cities from other cities in the world, but also of opening one’s mind to the experience of more hidden and less well-known cultural icons. These are the things that best describe a cultural tourism which invokes the knowledge of those values and traditions which tie a people to the land, and which enclose those treasures in which the customs and usages of times gone by remain intact.
Cultural tourism goes with art and history, and involves the discovery of the essence of important and less important places; it includes the curiosity to enter into contact with worlds far removed from one’s own world view or lifestyle.
A walk along the roads and the history of Padova, a Veneto city which, for centuries was the capital of knowledge, art and literature and the town that witnessed St. Anthony’s mission.
Villa Contarini di Piazzola del Brenta, only a few kilometres from Padova and Vicenza, is one of the architectural wonders of Veneto. Palatial in dimension it is especially striking for its majestic and harmonious use of space.
A clear blue sea, a fascinating past, an uncontaminated rural countryside and a wholesome cuisine rich in flavour: these are the ingredients which have made Matera, the ‘city of rock’, famous.
(piazza San Marco – Venezia)
Gothic, Byzantine, medieval and Venetian, and also modern; built on the Adriatic Sea, Ravenna is an architectural and artistic mosaic of the different epochs which have contributed to its distinctive history.
Overlooking the sea and surrounded by hills, Sorrento is a charming town which fascinates visitors with its old town centre, seashore, citrus fruit orchards and the force of the luxuriant and extraordinary landscape.
Overlooking the splendid blue sea, the Amalfi Coast, with its towns and ancient traditions, offers the visitor a mix of colours and flavours typical of the Mediterranean.
At Metaponto, a small suburb of Bernalda in the province of Matera: here the Ionic Riviera is full of the smells of the Mediterranean and the sea is an enchanting mélange of colours that reflect the beauty that testifies to its long history.
Local products united by the cultural beauties of the region of Emilia Romagna, in a perfect marriage of taste and art.
The yellow stone of the temples becomes rose-coloured at dusk, when the sun sets over the horizon leaving the sky painted in various contrasting hues. Every evening since time immemorial the sunset has been a unique sight at the archeological site at Agrigento.
When wandering around the old narrow roads of Siena, we will find splendid ancient palazzos that conserve great pictorial witness of the renaissance period behind their imposing walls.
In this regional capital it is still possible to walk around and savour the history of a city that takes one back to its beginnings in ancient Rome.
Narrow and ancient streets, sumptuous palaces, imposing cathedrals and impregnable castles: the principal attractions of Ferrara, situated in the splendid Natural Park of the Po Delta, encompass both past and present.
Thoroughfare of culture and noble families, this tridentine valley, situated in the midst of history and legend, offers a countryside dotted with reminders of its past as a crucial crossroads marked by communication and exchange.
(piazza San Marco – Venezia)
From the beginning of the 11th century through to the middle of the 13th century, nearly all the religious buildings in the Chianti valley were built in Romanic style, from the parish churches to the rectories and the abbeys.
Among the numerous beautiful sites the city of Trieste offers its visitors, a visit to its romantic castles and imposing forts is a must.
A journey through the beauty of Brescia and Lake Garda to rediscover the thousand years’ old historic, artistic and cultural heritage of this splendid rich territory.
(Palau – Olbia Tempio)
(Marinella di Selinunte - 91022 Castelvetrano - Trapani)
(piazza del Colosseo – Roma)
Vatican City is the treasure house of the artistic heritage which has shaped and characterised the history of Italian art and culture.
Holy land for Christian traditions, embellished by the sumptuous Renaissance architecture, Mecca for pilgrims and lovers of art, Loreto is immersed in the quiet Marche countryside just a few miles from the sea.
From medieval fort to elegant stately home: the castle of Agliè, near Canavese in the province of Torino, at the foot of the Macugnano hills, is one of the most singular examples of baroque architecture in Italy. Moreover, both the castle and the huge park (including the Italian and English gardens) in which it is set, are open for public viewing.
Travel among the ancient forts in the ancient Duchy of Montefeltro, caught between history and legend.
The Cinque Terre is a land dominated by its wild landscape and fragrances, where the Mediterranean bush is rampant and where over the centuries man has learnt to live in close contact with the environment.
Immersed in the heart of the Tuscany hills, with the perfumes and warm colours of the Chianti countryside we can find the itineraries of the “Chianti Castle Roads”.
Keepers of history and folklore, wrapped in an aura of poetry, narrow, picturesque and precious link with the alleys: these are the bridges in Venice, the lagoon town quite unique in the world.
For those who wish to go back in time, to when humans lived in close contact with Nature, the Archeological Museum of Alto Adige in Bolzano offers visitors a unique collection.
In the tourist enclave of the “Terre di Faenza”, a town exists where art and the countryside are perfectly integrated, giving rise to a precious open-air museum.
(Via Montebello 20 – 10124 Torino)
Rediscover Renaissance Vicenza, with the splendid villas designed by the expert hands of one of Italy’s most famous architects.