The beautiful island of Capri in the Gulf of Naples

The beautiful island of Capri in the Gulf of Naples

If you plan to visit the beautiful island of Capri, near the city of Naplesin the region Campania you have come to the right place. It is one of the most popular islands for those who visit the archipelago of Campania. In fact, Capri, together with Ischia and Procida, is a true symbolic treasure for Neapolitans, but also for all Italians. If you are looking for something unique, for a magical experience that lasts a day or several days, Capri is the place!

Marvel at the natural rock arch of Capri, one of the most beautiful natural wonders in Italy. This rock formation, 12 meters wide and 20 meters high, has a curious arch shape and seems to frame the Sorrento Peninsula opposite. How about taking a nice picture? Click! Let’s learn more!

Why visit the island of Capri?

It offers beautiful and unspoiled landscapes, wild and inviting at the same time. Famous are its rocks and caves, where it is also possible to make private excursions with tour operators in the area. It is a destination for all seasons, because in summer it is teeming with tourists admiring the beauties of the island of Capri, while also in winter or spring it attracts visitors from all over the world thanks to its mild and welcoming climate

The island always shows its best side and attracts visitors from all over the world, because Capri is famous for its beauty and art.

The perfect itinerary to experience the island of Capri in one day?

Although it seems small, there are many things to do and see on Capri. The main attraction for visitors interested in the beauty of the island are certainly the Grotta Azzurra and the Faraglioni. But we can assure you that there are many more things to see instead. Let’s discover them together in a specially created list of unique attractions the island of Capri.

 

– Blue Grotto
– Faraglioni
– Gardens of Augustus
– Anacapri
– One of the best views: Monte Solaro
– Dinner at “Anema e Core
– The lighthouse of Punta Carena
– A visit to the most beautiful beaches of Capri

The view from the Giardini di Augusto, Capri Island, Campania, Italy
The view from the Giardini di Augusto to the Faraglioni, Capri Island, Campania, Italy. (photo © Shutterstock.com)
Capri Island, Monte Solaro, Campania, Italy
View from Monte Solaro on the island of Capri on a summer day, Capri, Campania, Italy. (photo © Shutterstock.com)

The Blue Grotto is certainly the most famous natural site on the island of Capri. It is a sea cave, which is about 60 meters long and about 25 meters wide. It has an entrance 2 meters wide and only 1 meter high, so you can visit it only if you get into small rowboats that can carry a maximum of 4 people. There are several companies that go to the Blue Grotto and most of them depart from the port of Marina Grande.

I don’t think anyone will object if I say that the Faraglioni are the symbol of Capri. In fact, they are three rocky, lacy cliffs that emerge from the sea just a few meters off the coast of the island. Each Faraglione has a name: the one connected to the coast is called Faraglione Stella; the smallest of the three is called Faraglione di mezzo; while the third is known as Faraglione Scopolo, home of the famous blue Faraglioni lizards.

Just a stone ‘s throw from the center of Capri, the Gardens of Augustus consist of a series of flowering terraces overlooking the Faraglioni on one side and the bay of Marina Piccola and the curves of Via Krupp on the other. It’s definitely the place to go if you want to take a souvenir photo of your trip to Capri with the Faraglioni in the background, and also one of the cheapest attractions on the island (the ticket costs only 1 euro).

Anacapri is the most authentic part of the island. Here you can still take a leisurely stroll and indulge in slow rhymes. Luxury hotels have been replaced by B&Bs, haute couture boutiques by artisan stores, and Michelin-starred restaurants by typical Capri trattorias. The main bus stop is in Piazza Vittoria. From here you can reach on foot the various sights of Anacapri, such as Villa di San Michele, Scala Fenicia, Punta Carena lighthouse and Monte Solaro.

The best view of Capri is from the highest point of the island: Monte Solaro. From here you can admire the entire Gulf of Naples, the Faraglioni rocks and the Sorrento Peninsula.
To reach the top of Monte Solaro on foot, you will need about 90 minutes and you can make a small detour to the hermitage of Cetrella.

Grotta Azzurra, Capri Island, Campania, Italy
Grotta Azzurra, island of Capri, Campania, southern Italy, Italy. (photo © Shutterstock.com)
Lighthouse, Faro di Punta Carena, Anacapri, Capri Island, Campania, Italy
“Faro di Punta Carena” lighthouse, Anacapri, Capri Island, Campania, Italy. (photo © Shutterstock.com)

 

Punta Carena is a rocky cove, one of the best places to swim in Capri and definitely a favorite of Caprians. In addition to the always clean waters, this place is made impressive by the lighthouse of Punta Carena, the second in Italy for light performance and one of the oldest.

The Taverna“Anema e Core” is the most representative place of the nightlife of Capri, known all over the world for the incredible format of the legendary chansonnier Guido Lembo.
Live music, improvisation and a warm welcome are the hallmarks of the inn “Anema e Core”.

Capri is a predominantly rocky island and there are very few sandy beaches. The most beautiful and best equipped beaches on the island are: Marina Grande, Marina Piccola, Punta Carena

Marina Grande beach is the largest and most visited beach on the island. It is a child-friendly bay and from here you can easily go out to explore the island. The beach of Marina Piccola is one of the most beautiful of the island.

The Pizzolungo walk is a fascinating route that allows you to leave behind the hustle and bustle of the square and immerse yourself in nature. There are few tourists who choose this route to enjoy in solitude the landscape, the scents, the sounds of nature and the sea. The trail winds through lush Mediterranean vegetation, secluded villas and pleasant detours that lead to the natural rocky arch of Capri or the Grotta di Matermania.

If you enjoyed this virtual tour, think how nice it will be to visit beautiful Capri in the company of friends or family. Enjoy your trip!

Text: Elina © Italy.blog

Piazza Umberto, Church of Santo Stefano, Capri Island, Naples, Campania, Italy
Piazza Umberto I with the church of Santo Stefano in the old town of Capri, island town near Naples, Campania, Italy. (photo © Roman Babakin / Shutterstock.com)
Port, Marina Grande, Capri Island, Naples, Campania, Italy
The Marina Grande harbor on the island of Capri, Naples, Campania, Italy. (photo © Shutterstock.com)

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11 enchanting places on Lake Como

11 enchanting places on Lake Como

The main municipality around Lake Como is Como, the city that gives its name to the lake, with its important landmarks, beguiling old town and interesting perspectives. A trip by boats and hydrofoils are a phenomenal opportunity to appreciate the city and fully appreciate the beauty of the landscape. However, there is no better way to see a more comprehensive representation of the city than that by funicular.

From Como to Brunate. Here you will find the most beautiful sights that you can see on Lake Como. A trip to Lake Como in the Lombardy Region is a must for lovers of nature and the magnificent buildings of the past. They are splendid cities that rise on its shores, all rich in an artistic, cultural, historical and scenic heritage, worthy of the beautiful country of Italythat is not called the “bel paese” for nothing.

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Lago di Como, Lombardy, Italy. (photo © Shutterstock.com)

1. the Como Cathedral

Como Cathedral, perhaps the most charming landmark of northern Italy, is an amazing and extraordinary building, begun in 1396 and completed in 1740 with the raising of the vault by Filippo Juvara, builder of the King of Sardinia.

The building in Como, built to replace the Romanesque church of Santa Maria (1015) and introducing various stylistic elements (Gothic facade, side walls and Renaissance side doors), offers a friendly and surprisingly uniform whole.

The floating facade with towers and zeniths is rich in sculptural improvements, generally carried out by the workshop of Giovanni Rodari, to whom we owe in particular the two aedicules dedicated to the Latin authors Pliny the Elder and Pliny the Younger, and the embellishments of the three gates, the left one of which is called “della Rana”, in view of a frog depicted on the pilaster segment of the entrance, which, jumping out of a lake, scales the foliage to amaze a butterfly.

Como Cathedral, Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy
Aerial view of Como Cathedral the city cathedral, near Lake Como in Lombardy, Italy. (photo © Shutterstock.com)

2. palazzo del Broletto

Right next to the cathedral is another building of great historical and cultural interest. We are talking about the Broletto, also known as Palazzo della Ragione. The town’s meetings were held here, including those of the merchant society, and, above all, justice was administered here.

The adjacent bell tower was used to convene the various meetings, while the proximity to the cathedral symbolized the bond between civil and religious power. However, the former gets the short end of the stick compared to the latter. When the construction of the “new” cathedral was commissioned in 1396, the Broletto was reduced in size, although it continued to perform its civic function until 1764.

Church of Santa Maria Assunta, Broletto Town Hall, Como, Lombardy, Italy
Church of Santa Maria Assunta and the old town hall Broletto, Como, Lombardy, Italy. (photo © Claudio Divizia / Shutterstock.com)

3. volta temple

A mausoleum donated to the city by the industrialist Francesco Somaini, who chose the architect Federico Frigerio as designer. The latter designed a neoclassical style temple, clearly inspired by the Pantheon in Rome with the aim of making it a municipal museum to house the original models, reconstructions of scientific works and other memorabilia of the scientist from Como.

Tempio Voltiano, Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy
Aerial drone shot of the famous landmark Tempio Voltiano in Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy. (photo © Shutterstock.com)

4. cernobbio

At the beginning we mentioned how Lake Como is appreciated by the international scene and jet set. From this point of view, Cernobbio is one of the most exclusive destinations in Italy, and not only that. The merit is, of course, the enchanting landscape in which the town is located at the foot of Monte Bisbino on the western shore of the lake.

Very special are also two historic buildings, namely the single-moored Villa Erba and the proud Villa d’Este. Both are now used for ceremonies, banquets and conference tourism. Villa d’Este, for example, hosts the annual Ambrosetti Forum, attended by ministers, heads of state, and the best in academia, especially in the field of business.

And that’s not all, because Cernobbio has long attracted many trekking enthusiasts. In fact, one of the most popular hiking trails in Italy begins here: it is called“La Via dei Monti Lariani” and winds for 100 km at an altitude between 600 and 1200 meters. In short, relatively easy (as long as you heed the usual warnings for trekking and hiking enthusiasts) and with countless breathtaking views in terms of scenic beauty.

Cernobbio on Lake Como, sights in Lombardy, Italy
Cernobbio on Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy. (Photo © Shutterstock.com)

5. lenno

Lenno is another enchanting seaside resort, located in a suggestive bay called “Gulf of Venus” for its beauty, ending at the headland of Punta Balbianello, where the fantastic FAI villa of the same name stands. A leisurely stroll along Venus Bay to admire the beauty of the lake waters and a stop at Villa del Balbianello to see the beautiful gardens and luxurious interiors is a great idea for romantic couples looking for a breathtaking view.

Villa del Balbianello, Lavedo, Lenno, Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy
Villa del Balbianello, Lavedo, Lenno, Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy. (Photo © Shutterstock.com)

6. tremezzina on lake como

Tremezzina contains a number of places of unusual splendor and charm. After negotiating the twists and turns and bottlenecks of the Regina state road by car, when you emerge in the Tremezzina area, you are overwhelmed by the excellence of the residences, private and public accommodations and restaurants that leave the lake to the left. One is inclined to be transported by a time machine to a time when class, sophistication and serenity prevailed.

Another must-see stop in Tremezzina is currently Parco Olivelli, a jewel of design and organics whose amazing staircase and dramatic fountain was the catwalk for one of Dolce and Gabbana’s style shows. In Tremezzina, a visit to the gardens of Villa Carlotta is a must.

Villa Carlotta, Lake Como, Tremezzina, Lombardy, Italy.
Villa Carlotta, Lake Como, Tremezzina, Lombardy, Italy. (Photo © Shutterstock.com)

7. Varenna on Lake Como

Varenna is a delightful fishing village located a short drive from Lecco, offering visitors a maze of cobblestone streets and a wonderful “Love Walk” from the center to the pier.

This beautiful path, which partially floats above the cobblestones of the lake, offers a spectacular setting at any time of the year, an ideal place for romantic couples seeking tranquility and beauty. Another attraction not to be missed in Varenna is the beautiful Villa Monastero and its botanical garden, rich in rare plants and flowers.

Varenna old town with mountains in the background, Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy
Varenna old town with the mountains in the background, Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy. (photo © Shutterstock.com)

8. menaggio on lake como

It can be easily reached by boat from Varenna or Bellagio. Among flowerbeds, palm trees and wrought iron balustrades with delicate curls that offer views of the lake in a refined and tranquil setting, you can certainly catch a glimpse of the elegant lakefront that Menaggio offers.

Inside there are churches and villas, like Villa Mylius Vigoni, surrounded by an English garden. For those who like walking, in this charming town you can take the ancient Strada Regina up to La Crocetta, a panoramic point 500 meters above sea level, from which you can enjoy an enchanting view of Lake Como.

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Menaggio beach promenade, Lago di Como, Lombardy, Italy. (Photo © Shutterstock.com)

9. lecco

It is the town that gives its name to the eastern arm of Lake Como and here everything reminds of the famous Alessandro Manzoni and his novel I Promessi Sposi (The Betrothed), which he wrote inspired by these places.

There are many important monuments in Lecco, including the Basilica of San Nicolò with its bell tower, the symbol of the city called “Il Matitone”, the Palazzo delle Paure, Villa Manzoni, which was the paternal residence of the writer and which is now a museum about Manzoni, the church of Saints Vitale and Valeria as the parish of Don Abbondio.

Very curious is also the presumed house of Lucia Mondella, located in via Caldone at number 19, while in via Resegone, from the courtyard of an old trattoria, you can clearly see the hill of the palace of Don Rodrigo. Finally, the Azzone-Visconti Bridge, built in the Renaissance, served to connect Lecco with the Duchy of Milan and is still the access to the city for those coming from Milan or Como.

Lago di Como, Lake Como, City of Lecco, Lombardy, Italy
Lago di Como. Evening aerial panorama at sunset over Lake Como of the city of Lecco, Lombardy, Italy. (photo © Shutterstock.com)

10. brunate

Brunate is easily reached by the Como funicular, a real attraction originally intended for the rich Milanese bourgeoisie who owned the prestigious villas in this village almost 800 meters above sea level.

Over the years, the destination has become increasingly international and today tourists from all over the world use this mode of transport. “The Balcony of the Alps” is the name of Brunate, known for its Art Nouveau villas, all of which can be admired along a footpath that offers spectacular views of the Western Alps. In Brunate there is also the Faro di Volta (Volta Lighthouse) named after Alessandro Volta.

Faro Voltiano, Brunate, Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy
Aerial view of Voltiano lighthouse of Brunate and Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy. (Photo © Shutterstock.com)

11 Laglio

The village of Laglio has only 905 inhabitants and the famous actor George Clooney bought a villa there. Laglio is located on the western shore of the lake and is directly on the route of the ancient Roman road Via Regina, which connected Como with Chiavenna. A must-see in Laglio: the church of San Giorgio and Villa Oleandra, built in the 18th century and now Clooney’s summer home.

The whole town is ideal for walks thanks to the lake and the surrounding hills with vineyards and olive groves that offer an impressive panorama. In addition, the area of Monte di Torriggia is ideal for birdwatchers. Here you can admire hawks and migratory birds that migrate in flocks to Switzerland and northern Europe.

Villa Oleandra, Laglio, Lake Como, Lombardy, Italy
Villa Oleandra, Laglio on Lake Como in Lombardy, Italy. (Photo © Shutterstock.com)

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Lake Garda Island, Isola Borghese Cavazza

Lake Garda Island, Isola Borghese Cavazza

Lake Garda Island, also known as Borghese Cavazza Island, is the largest of the five islands in the Lake Garda.

Isola del Garda is located about 200 meters from Capo San Fermo, a promontory that separates the Gulf of Salò from the Baia del Smeraldo bay. The island has been inhabited since Roman times and was then known as Insula Cranie. It was for a long time a refuge for pirates who attacked the boats that sailed the routes of Lake Garda.

In the year 879 it was given to the friars of San Zeno from Verona given. The island hosted illustrious personalities, from St. Francis of Assisi to St. Anthony of Padua, Dante Alighieri and St. Bernardino of Siena. Over the years it became an important ecclesiastical center of meditation and housed a school of theology and philosophy until 1778.

After passing to the State, the property changed numerous owners over the years, around 1817 the Garda Island came into the possession of Count Luigi Lechi of Brescia and to later pass into the possession of Duke Gaetano de Ferrari of Genoa, who made important architectural changes. In 1927 the island was inherited by the family of the Counts Cavazza, who still live there and take care of the park and the preservation of the palace, which since 2002 is also open to the public.

Villa De Ferrari was built between 1894 and 1901 at the behest of the Duke of Genoa Raffaele De Ferrari on Isola di Garda, the largest island in the lake, on pre-existing buildings (the island was in fact inhabited since pre-Roman times). The villa was inspired by the residences in the Venetian lagoon and is the only present example of neo-Gothic architecture on the Lake Garda in this style.

The park, which is located next to the building, consists of small bridges, canals and artificial caves and ancient settlements. Lake Garda Island Borghese Cavazza officially belongs also to the Club Grandi Giardini Italiani.

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Lake Garda Island – Isola del Garda with Villa De Ferrari – Borghese Cavazza. Lake Garda, Lombardy, Italy. (photo © Shutterstock.com)

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The botanical gardens of Ninfa

The botanical gardens of Ninfa

In the province of Latina, at the foot of the Lepini Mountains, there is a very special place of rare and extraordinary beauty. They are the botanical gardens of Ninfa, a secret jewel located near Rome the region of Lazio. It is a wonderful oasis of tranquility, built on the ruins of an ancient city.

The botanical gardens of Ninfa are a fairy-tale place, frozen in time, where the memory of the small medieval town is still alive in the ruins of the church and in the remains of the castle.

The Giardini di Ninfa the Italian name of the botanical gardens of Ninfa, are the ideal place for a weekend visit. Together with the Sermoneta Castle and the Pantanello Natural Park, the Ninfa Gardens are owned by the Caetani Foundation.

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Giardino di Ninfa

The Ninfa Gardens are located in Cisterna di Latina, on the border between Norma and Sermoneta. The gardens are a wonderful example of medieval architecture and romance; the perfect place to immerse yourself in the past, in a fairytale world that has inspired great writers such as Virgina Woolf, Truman Capote, Ungaretti and Moravia.

The garden covers an area of about 8 hectares and owes its name to the Roman temple dedicated to the Naiadi nymphs, located in the center of a small island. In 2000, the garden was declared a Natural Monument by the Lazio Region to protect the oasis, the habitat around the Ninfa River, the lake it forms and the surrounding areas.

Let’s take a look back at the turbulent history of the town of Ninfa, around which this fairy-tale place is built. The small agricultural town was founded already at the time of the Roman Empire, but it acquired political and religious importance only later, when the swamp flooded the Via Appia and the Pedemontana became the only safe road to southern Italy; for this reason it was necessary to pass Ninfa.

Botanical Gardens of Ninfa, Lazio, Italy

Ninfa had numerous owners over the years, all of them belonging to the Roman nobility. In 1294 Benedetto Caetani was elected pope under the name of Pope Boniface VIII. In 1298 he assisted Pietro II Caetani in the purchase of Ninfa and other neighboring towns, marking the beginning of the Caetani presence in the Pontine territory for about seven centuries.

In the 14th century Ninfa was sacked and destroyed by Onorato Caetani, a follower of the antipope Clement VII, who was against the Caetani branch to which Ninfa belonged. The town, razed to the ground, was abandoned and never rebuilt, partly because of the malaria that was rampant in the area.

The construction of the beautiful garden was commissioned by Gelasio Caetani in the early 1920s. The last heiress and passionate owner of the enchanted garden was Lelia Caetani, who combined plants and colors as in a painting and did not hinder the natural growth of the plants. Having no heir, she created the Roffredo Caetani Foundation to ensure the maintenance of the garden and the enhancement of the Lepine area to which it belongs.

In the garden of Ninfa there are the remains of Santa Maria Maggiore, a 20th century church with frescoes, a transparent river crossed by picturesque bridges, plants and flowers from all over the world.

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The arcades and porticoes of Bologna

The arcades and porticoes of Bologna

The arcades and porticoes of Bologna

The city of Bologna, in the Emilia Romagna region, is officially the “city of arcades and porticoes”. The porticoes of Bologna represent an important architectural and cultural heritage for the city and region and, together with the numerous towers, are a symbol of the city. No other city in the world has as many porticoes as Bologna: in the historic center of Bologna alone, the porticoes stretch for more than 38 kilometers.

Halfway between “inside” and “outside”, the porticoes have always favored conviviality and commerce, but they also have the practical function of protecting from weather and sun, so that Bologna’s inhabitants and tourists can stroll comfortably through the city, (almost) always with a roof over their heads. In 2021, the porticoes of Bologna were recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

 

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The origin of the arcades and porticoes of Bologna

The arcades and porticoes of Bologna were created almost spontaneously, probably in the early Middle Ages, as projections of private buildings on public land to increase living space. The arcades provided shelter from the weather and the sun and made it possible to walk through the streets in any weather. A very famous example is the Isolani House in Strada Maggiore. The portico, supported by very high wooden beams (about 9 meters), was built around 1250.

It is one of the few surviving examples of Bolognese civil buildings from the thirteenth century and is in the Romanesque-Gothic style. The beams are made of oak and support the projection of the third floor of the building. The massive development of the porticoes of Bologna began in 1288, when a decree of the city council stipulated that all new houses should be provided with a portico, while the existing houses without a portico had to be provided with one.

Initially, the porticoes of Bologna were made of wood, later, after a decree of 1568, they were built of brick or stone. Nevertheless, there are still buildings with wooden porticoes in the city, some of which date back to the Middle Ages and others were restored at the beginning of the twentieth century. Since they were built without a precise plan and at different times, it is impossible to find two identical porticoes in Bologna.

The longest portico in the world is that of San Luca, which measures 3,796 meters and is made up of 666 arches: it begins at Arco Bonaccorsi in Porta Saragozza and goes to the top of Colle della Guardia, where the famous sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca rises. The place is a destination for pilgrims who venerate the icon of the Virgin and Child. The portico was built between 1674 and 1721.

The portico of the Basilica of Santa Maria dei Servi in Strada Maggiore, designed at the end of the 14th century, is today considered the widest portico in the city. Construction began in 1393 and was not completed until 1855.

The highest portico in the city, on the other hand, is that of the Archdiocese of Bologna in Via Altabella, which is almost ten meters high. The narrowest portico in the city, only 95 centimeters wide, is located in Via Senzanome in the district of Saragozza.

 

Arcades and porticoes of Bologna, Emilia Romagna, Italy

The porticoes of Bologna are UNESCO World Heritage Site

UNESCO has recognized 12 sections of Bologna’s arcades and porticoes, with a total length of 62 km, as World Heritage Sites. Some are built of wood, others of stone or brick, as well as reinforced concrete, covering streets, squares, paths and walkways, sometimes only on one side, sometimes on both sides of the road. On the UNESCO World Heritage List are Piazza Santo Stefano, the porticoes of Via Zamboni, the porticoes of Strada Maggiore, the MamBo portico, the porticoes of Piazza Cavour and Via Farini.

And then again the portico of San Luca, the porticoes of Pavaglione and Piazza Maggiore, the portico of Santa Caterina, the portico of the Barca district, the portico of the Certosa, the porticoes of Baraccano and the street of Galliera. Defined as private property for public use, the porticoes have become an expression and element of Bologna’s urban identity.

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Portico and arcades of Santa Maria dei Servi or Santa Lucia in Bologna, Emilia Romagna, Italy

Portico and arcades of Santa Maria dei Servi or Santa Lucia in Bologna, Emilia Romagna, Italy. (Photo © Luca Lorenzelli / Shutterstock.com)

 

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Castello di Miramare in Trieste

Castello di Miramare in Trieste

Overlooking the fantastic Gulf of Trieste in the region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, just a few kilometers away, the Castello di Miramare, now a museum, together with the park, the stables and the little castle, is a wonderful complex full of epic adventures. It is not for nothing that Miramare Castle is a protagonist of poetry, precisely because of the well-known story that surrounds it. Giosuè Carducci even included the ode Miramar in his collection Odi barbare.

As is well known, the story of the Castello di Miramare revolves around the tragic death of Maximilian of Habsburg-Lorraine. In the course of events, the Archduke of Austria, who had by then become Emperor of Mexico, was shot dead at the age of 35 by a platoon under the command of Benito Juarez, after being tortured in a barbaric manner.

His tragic fate so disheartened his young wife Charlotte, daughter of the Belgian king, that she lost her mind.

Although there are several legends about Miramare Castle associated with this tragic episode, it is certain that a visit to the castle, the park, the stables and the palace is a must.

 

Castello di Miramare Castle, Trieste, Friuli, Italy
Castello di Miramare Castle, Trieste, Friuli, Italy. (Photo © Shutterstock.com)

The origin of the Miramare Castle and its park

At the express request of Maximilian of Habsburg-Lorraine, this charming residence was built in the second half of the nineteenth century, which not only has the privilege of overlooking the sea, but is also surrounded by a large park. Undoubtedly, it is a residence that corresponds to the rank of an Archduke of Austria!

When Maximilian decided to build this residence on the rocky promontory of Grignano, the place, a karstic heath, was almost devoid of vegetation. Over the years, numerous sophisticated interventions have produced a veritable explosion of beauty.

Today, walking through the 22-hectare park surrounding Miramare Castle, one can not only admire a unique panorama, but also experience the same thrilling emotions that the young noble couple Maximilian of Habsburg-Lorraine and Charlotte of Belgium experienced as protagonists.

 

The stables of the Castello di Miramare near Trieste

The stables of Miramare Castle were built in four years, between 1856 and 1860. Maximilian von Habsburg commissioned the engineer Carl Junker to carry out the project.

The riding stables, consisting of a central building and 2 side wings, is located on the access road to MIramare Castle coming from Trieste. In the period between the two World Wars, when MIramare Castle was inhabited by the Dukes of Savoy-Aosta, the riding stables underwent some structural changes that partially altered their original appearance.

Later, the riding stables were restored by the Ministry of Cultural Assets, Cultural Activities and Tourism. Today the buildings are used for temporary exhibitions. Since 2018, a wing of the building houses BioMa (BIOdiversitarioMArino), the museum of the Miramare Marine Reserve.

 

The Castelletto

Another wonder that characterizes this incredible place full of deep and delicate beauty is located a few kilometers from Trieste and is the garden house or small castle, built at the same time as the castle. From a scenographic point of view, therefore, it is a building that reproduces, on a reduced scale, the eclecticism that characterized the former main house.

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Castello di Miramare castle with the park in background, Trieste, Friuli, Italy. (Photo © Shutterstock.com)

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