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Seville, the place of The Barber of Seville and Royal Tobacco Factory (Real Fábrica de Tabacos) where Carmen worked, loved and died, attracted our attention as possible vocation city of 2012. After spending several days in Madrid, we took a train to the main place of our destination. Our plan was to spend at least five nights in the city to explore it better. And for this purpose we needed a hotel in the historical center of Seville with good accommodations. We selected Corral del Rey for its central location in the old city and good ratings.
Aug. 7, 2012
Please do not consider this 15-minute video as a tourist guide pretending to present most interesting things you can find in Seville. It is not a guided tour of the city - even if you will find in our movie many famous tourist attractions that make Seville a major destination for those who travel in Spain. We spent one week in Seville enjoying architecture, art, food and people. Our strongest impression - the harmony and balance between the city's history visible any place you go and its nowadays modern life. That explains the name of our video - "Seville that Vanishes - Seville that Comes."
July 27, 2012
This is a short movie about Madrid, a traditional and at the same time modern city, the capital of Spain. There is no special idea behind this film; it does not pretend to provide any guidance or tips for tourists or show even its most well-known attractions. We like to explore places here we go on feet walking streets, visiting places that often are missing from most tourist books, talking to people and looking around in an attempt to do our best in understanding the essence of the place.
June 8, 2012
This web page and photo gallery was inspired by Rick Steves' Snapshot Madrid & Toledo book, the 1173-page guide which can be especially useful for the first-time visitors covering all essential for tourist information about Madrid. What attracted my attention is the description of a self-guided "welcome to Madrid" tour describing a short but packed with many interesting things itinerary with which first-timers can start their exploration of Madrid. Our photo gallery follows very closely suggested itinerary and compliments Rick's verbal description with images related to places along your way.
May 24, 2012
Montalbano Elicona is a small town in the province of Messina (Sicily) located about 93 miles (150 km) east of Palermo and about 31 miles (50 km) southwest of Messina. Its population is about two and a half thousand people and declining since early 20s of the last century. When the "I Borghi più belli d'Italia" club was born in 2001, Montalbano Elicona became quickly one of its proud members.
Dec. 15, 2011
I wish I could write more about Brolo included recently as a member of the "I Borghi più belli d'Italia" club. Unfortunately, the historic context related to this small town located on the Tyrrhenian coast is scarce. No doubt, Brolo is a charming town with its core having typical medieval layout and surrounded by the scenic mountain chain of Nebrodi. However, its historic and artistic heritage is not as pronounced as in many other places in Sicily which nevertheless do not enjoy a membership in the Club and the proud name of one of "the most beautiful" villages in Italy.
Thumbnail image photo credit atsubor.
Dec. 14, 2011
As of the moment of publishing this page, Sicily has been the home of eight out of 199 "The most beautiful villages in Italy" (I borghi più belli d'Italia) - small Italian towns of particular interest in art and history that have been included in the namesake Italian club. All these places are beautiful. If you are interested in learning more and possibly visiting them, this article (split in several pages) may help you. Its purpose is to summarize in one place all basic information regarding "The most beautiful villages in Italy" in Sicily.
Thumbnail image photo credit Eduardom.
Dec. 12, 2011
Cefalù is one of those "Borghi più belli d'Italia" which in my view do not fit 100% all the criteria for including it into the club. Indeed, even if it is small as a town (about 14 thousand inhabitants), it is several times larger than any other Club's village in Sicily. Secondly, Cefalù is a very popular tourist destination - in fact, it is one of the best seaside resorts in the province of Palermo where the village is located. It attracts crowds of tourists not only from every part of Sicily but also from Italy and Europe. All this does not make Cefalù less beautiful; come, and you will not regret.
Thumbnail image photo credit Mishkabear.
Dec. 12, 2011
Geraci Siculo is a small village (with population slightly more than two thousand people) located inside the Madonie mountain range (a part of the Northern mountain chain in Sicily included in the Madonie Park - a regional nature park created in 1989). Opposite to Cefalù (which is experiencing a growing population), Geraci Siculo is in obvious decline in terms of people living there since the 30s of 20th centuries. It is not accidental that the village became a member of the "I borghi più belli d'Italia" club.
Dec. 12, 2011
There are many similarities between San Marco d'Alunzio and other small towns which are members of the "I borghi più belli d'Italia" club - if not in details but certainly in principal. First thing to notice is that the town has just slightly more than two thousand inhabitants; moreover, since 50s of the last century there is a clear declining trend in the number of people living there - 40% from 1951 to 2001. Secondly, as the rest of club members, San Marco d'Alunzio is a charming town with typical medieval appeal.
Thumbnail image photo credit Enzian44 (Wikipedia).
Dec. 12, 2011
Here, at Naviquan.com, we travel a lot, and boutique hotels are our favorites. As a result, we've seen quite a few of them. But I have to admit that il Cannito was a pleasant surprise. Not only our staying there turned out to have exceeded expectations by all traditional criteria regarding hotel accommodations (value, location, rooms, cleanliness, service), but our experience was enriched also by an unexpected personal touch which made several days we spent at il Cannito especially gratifying and memorable.
Nov. 19, 2011
We are approaching the end of our virtual tour of Amalfi. This is the last installment of our four-part gallery dedicated to the town, a popular tourist destination in Italy. Previously, we looked at the very center of Amalfi and what you can find walking inland (Part 1 and Part 2). In Part 3, we looked at the eastern side of the town. It time to complete our exploration with looking at Amalfi's western end (beginning from piazza Flavio Gioia in the direction towards Positano).
Nov. 15, 2011
Having explored inland areas of Amalfi around the central string of its several streets, via Lorenzo d'Amalfi, via Pietro Capuano, via Cardinal Marino Del Giudice (which is essentially the same street with different parts having different names) in part one and part two of our Amalfi photo gallery, we are ready to shift our attention to the areas east from the town's center covered on this page and to the west (Part 4).
Nov. 14, 2011
We continue our exploration of Amalfi's historic center. The first part of our Amalfi photo gallery covered the area from piazza Flavio Gioia to the beginning of via Cardinal Marino Del Giudice. In the second part, we'll walk a bit further inland until the place called "Faenza." Then we return back following essentially the same route until we reach piazza Duomo paying more attention to the western side of our itinerary. Instead of continuing through piazza Duomo, we will turn right to explore largo Duca Piccolomini and piazza dei Dogi.
Nov. 12, 2011
In addition to our page with the travel idea describing Amalfi (Italy) we added to our site extensive photo galleries about the town of Amalfi. Amalfi is not big - its population is less than six thousand people. However, because of its location, climate, historic and cultural heritage as well as the beauty of the sea and surrounding landscape, many thousands of visitors come to Amalfi. And there is a lot to see in the town. The first part of the gallery starts on piazza Flavio Gioia, a transportation hub with buses, cars and boats arriving to the square every day loading and unloading visitors. From piazza Flavio Gioia we'll proceed to piazza Duomo and then inland reaching the point where the limited traffic zone ends
Nov. 11, 2011
I bet even those who frequently travel to Amalfi Coast, may have never heard about Castellabate, a medieval town in the National Park of Cilento and Vallo di Diano in the province of Salerno. It is located 56 miles (91 km) from the town of Amalfi (less than 2-hour drive). More important however, is that although the town of Castellabate is not on the coast, it is still famous as a sea town thanks to the villages of Santa Maria di Castellabate, San Marco di Castellabate and Ogliastro Marina. This page should give you an idea what is Santa Maria di Castellabate - the largest and the closest to Castellabate village.
Oct. 17, 2011
This photo gallery taken during a day trip visit to Castellabate (Campania, Italy) complements our travel idea Castellabate (Campania, Italy) where you can find more information regarding the area itself, directions, accommodations, activities and useful tips for visitors. Here, we would like to show how the old town of Castellabate looks like and why it is so charming.
Oct. 13, 2011
Having published in our Travel Ideas section an article about Paestum (Italy), we thought it would be a good idea to compliment it with a photo gallery to provide better idea what travelers can expect to see and learn. This is the first part of such gallery; it is dedicated to the Paestum central excavation area (scavi). The second part of the gallery is about the National (Paestum) Archeological Museum. The Museum has on display numerous artifacts recovered and excavated in the main archeological site.
Oct. 3, 2011
Having published in our Travel Ideas section an article about Paestum (Italy), we thought it would be a good idea to compliment it with a photo gallery to provide better idea what travelers can expect to see and learn. This is the second part of such gallery; it is dedicated to the National (Paestum) Archeological Museum. The Museum has on display numerous artifacts recovered and excavated in the main archeological site. The first part of the gallery is about the Paestum's central excavation area (scavi).
Oct. 3, 2011
With the exception of Amalfi's cozy cityscape, there are few things to see in this small town albeit a former capital of the medieval maritime independent republic. However, it is difficult to miss its Cathedral (Cattedrale di Sant'Andrea) or simply Duomo, a church and a gem of Arab-Norman Romanesque architectural style built in Amalfi in 13th century.
Sept. 26, 2011