Italy: Alps – On the quiet side of Mont

Descending close behind my guide, Beppe Villa, my head rises when I hear shouts coming from a few hundreds metres to the right. A second guide is traversing fast towards us, his skis rattling on the glass-like snow. I stop as the men talk and reach for their mobile phones. I learn only later that they are calling Alberto, their friend and another guide, who, while leading his group, has fallen down a crevasse.

I’m high on one of the world’s most famous descents, the Vallée Blanche. A continuous off-piste run of nearly 20km, it offers even intermediate skiers with reasonable fitness and a sense of adventure the chance to marvel at one of the Alps’ most stunning regions in the shadow of Mont Blanc. Of course there are risks, posed chiefly by shifting cracks in the glacier, but they remain happily slim and the valley has become a must-do for any skier who itches to leave the piste far behind.

Italy: Alps – On the quiet side of Mont Blanc – Europe – Travel – The Independent via @Independent

Travel in Italy at midnight!

Italy has been successful in holding onto its old world charm till date. This is what ensures Italy a place in the bucket list of all the travelers across the globe.

One just cannot resist falling in love with the beautiful Tuscany sun, whispering cool winds, beautiful landscapes and picturesque settings in Italy. Apart from the scenic beauty, Italy is home to magnificent plazas, cathedrals and architecture jewels. Birth…

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Eight places not to visit alone http://w

OK, don’t get all huffy. You can go to these places alone if you want to. I’m sure plenty of people do. Actually, I know it.

But what I’m saying is that there are some cities and countries around the world that are better to experience with company.

Some are more fun with friends. Others are safer with company. Others are just designed for couples.

Regardless of the reason, if you’re heading to any of these places, it might not be a bad idea to talk someone into coming along with you.

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Historic Centre of Florence is UNESCO World Heritage

Built on the site of an Etruscan settlement, Florence, the symbol of the Renaissance, rose to economic and cultural pre-eminence under the Medici in the 15th and 16th centuries. Its 600 years of extraordinary artistic activity can be seen above all in the 13th-century cathedral (Santa Maria del Fiore), the Church of Santa Croce, the Uffizi and the Pitti Palace, the work of great masters such as Giotto, Brunelleschi, Botticelli and Michelangelo.

Ponte Vecchio

Ponte Vecchio

Starting in the 15th century, Florence exerted a powerful influence on the development of architecture and the monumental arts, first in Italy, and then throughout Europe. The historic centre attests in an exceptional manner, and by its unique coherence, to its power as a merchant-city of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Between the 14th and 17th centuries it was covered with prestigious buildings which illustrated the munificence of the bankers and princes.

The historic centre may be admirably viewed in its entirety from the surrounding hills, especially Piazzale Michelangelo (just under the Romanesque Basilica of San Miniato), or Fiesole, both of which offer some of the most spectacular views in the Arno valley.

Built over the Roman city, the historic centre of Florence may best be described as a treasure chest of works of art and architecture. Defined by the 14th-century walls, and built up thanks to the enormous business and economic power which Florence achieved, the two succeeding centuries were Florence’s golden age. The spiritual focus of the city is the Cathedral Piazza of Santa Maria del Fiore, with Giotto’s campanile on one side and the Baptistry of St John in front, with the Gates of Paradise by Lorenzo Ghiberti.

Florence’s famous gilded doors restored to its golden glory after 33 years


Dolomites – Dolomiti – Dolomitas natural UNESCO World Heritage

The site of the Dolomites comprises a mountain range in the northern Italian Alps, numbering 18 peaks which rise to above 3,000 metres and cover 141,903 ha. It features some of the most beautiful mountain landscapes anywhere, with vertical walls, sheer cliffs and a high density of narrow, deep and long valleys. A serial property of nine areas that present a diversity of spectacular landscapes of international significance for geomorphology marked by steeples, pinnacles and rock walls, the site also contains glacial landforms and karst systems. It is characterized by dynamic processes with frequent landslides, floods and avalanches. The property also features one of the best examples of the preservation of Mesozoic carbonate platform systems, with fossil records.

Il sito delle Dolomiti comprende una catena montuosa nel nord della Alpi italiane, che conta 18 vette che si innalzano sopra i 3.000 metri e coprono 141.903 ettari. È dotato di alcuni dei paesaggi montani più belli, con pareti verticali, scogliere a picco e una densità elevata di valli strette, profondo e lungo. Una serie di nove aree che presentano una varietà di spettacolari paesaggi di rilevanza internazionale per la geomorfologia caratterizzata da guglie, pinnacoli e pareti rocciose, il sito contiene anche morfologie glaciali e dei sistemi carsici. Essa è caratterizzata da processi dinamici, con frequenti frane, alluvioni e valanghe. La struttura dispone anche di uno dei migliori esempi di conservazione dei sistemi di piattaforma carbonatica del Mesozoico, con reperti fossili.

El sitio de los Dolomitas comprende una cadena montañosa en el norte de los Alpes italianos, con 18 cumbres que se elevan a más de 3.000 metros y cubre 141.903 hectáreas. Cuenta con algunos de los paisajes montañosos más hermosos en cualquier lugar, con paredes verticales, acantilados y una alta densidad de valles angostos, profundos y largo plazo. Una serie de nueve zonas que presentan una diversidad de paisajes espectaculares de importancia internacional para la geomorfología, marcada por campanarios, pináculos y paredes de roca, el sitio también contiene relieves glaciares y sistemas kársticos. Se caracteriza por procesos dinámicos con frecuentes deslizamientos de tierra, inundaciones y avalanchas. La propiedad también cuenta con uno de los mejores ejemplos de la conservación de los sistemas de plataformas carbonatadas del Mesozoico, con los registros fósiles.

The Dolomites are a spectacular open-air gym for any type of winter sports and summer, for normal people, heroes and insanely passionate …

Le dolomiti sono una spettacolare palestra a cielo aperto per qualsiasi tipo di sport invernale e estivo, per gente normale, follemente appassionati ed eroi…

Los Dolomitas son una espectacular al aire libre, gimnasio para todo tipo de deportes de invierno y de verano, para la gente normal, héroes y apasionados locamente …





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