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15 Amazing Places In Italy That Look Like Those From Fairy Tales

15 Amazing Places In Italy That Look Like Those From Fairy Tales

Ciao bella gente! Italia is a country that has a beautiful history, that is rich in culture and literature, has spectacular food, and friendly citizens. This is a country that stays on top of more or less everyone’s bucket list. A country that produces amazing food that are loved by all (I simply Love Italian cuisines), it has a world class football team, and breath-taking cities.

Italy has given birth to Leonardo da Vinci, Christopher Columbus, Marco Polo, Florence Nightingale, Dante, Raphael, Michelangelo, Nero, Giacomo Puccini, Primo Levi, Galileo, the celebrated Casanova, Georgio Armani, Gianni Versace, to Sophia Loren, and Monica Bellucci. This is just a small portion of the list. Italy has also give birth to famous architecture such as the Roman Colosseum, Pantheon, St. Peter’s of Rome, Piazza of San Marco, Florence Cathedral, Leaning Tower of Pisa, to be named a few.

With a country so beautifully poised on such greatness and beauty, that it is only possible that this country can have cities look like as if taken straight from fairy tales, or vice versa – fairy tales cities taken from Italian cities. From dazzling gardens to magnificent castles, this country has it all! Without further ado, here is a list of some amazing Italian places that will boggle your eyes, and will make you fancy for more!

1. Isola di Loreto

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    Isola di Loreto is situated in middle of Lake Iseo, and is privately owned. In 1910, the then captain in the Royal Navy, Vincenzo Richeri built this neo-Gothic castle. He made surrounded the castle with garden full of conifers, a marina, and two beacon of towers. The walls and towers are made of stones, and the whole castle stands on a rock overlooking the lake. The castle is accessible through ferry ride.

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    2. Castello di Petroia

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      Castello di Petroia is a former castle built in the Middle Ages near Gubbio, Umbria. This castle had undergone changes of hands, before and after Umbria became a free town, when finally in 1909, David Sagrini bought the castle and till now, the family manages this castle as a hotel.

      3. Bosco Monumentale del Sasseto

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        Bosco Monumentale del Sasseto is at the foot of the castle Tower Alfina in the Lazio region. This is a forest brimming with majestic trees, and have trails between rocks and boulders of all sizes. Bosco Monumentale del Sasseto represents forest straight out of fairy tales, with the little wild flowers under your feet, the songs of birds, twisted branches, and boulders covered in moss and ferns, this is the perfect enchanting experience you will have, especially with your children.

        4. Castel Savoia

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          Castel Savoia is located at the foot of Ranzola Hill in Gressony-Saint-Jean in Valle d’Aosta. This castle was Queen Margherita’s residence in the nineteenth century. The building has 5 different towers, and homes a rich rock garden that has different types of botanical species as well as rare, scented herbs.

          5. Campo Imperatore

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            Campo Imperatore is known as Italy’s “Little Tibet”. Set in Abruzzo region of Italy, this mountain grassland is formed by a high basin shaped plateau. This beautiful meadowland shows its different beauties in different weather change. It also rooms the Alpine Botanical Garden of Campo Imperatore.

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            6. Cascate del Varone

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              Cascate del Varone in English is Niagara Varone, is situated in Trentino Alto Adige, 3 km away from Riva del Garda. The waterfall coming down from the lush green mountains is surely to take one’s breath away! The backdrop is nothing short of a fairy tale. Famous authors, royal persona like the Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria, Franz Kafka, Thomas Mann, and many others had visited this place.

              7. Civita di Bagnoregio

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                Civita di Bagnoregio, or more famously known as Italy’s “Jewel on the Hill” is a small town in the province of Viterbo, Lazio. This 2,500 years old town sits on top of a hill, and is surrounded by other hills as well. This majestic town is isolated due to the erosions over time, but are open mainly in summer for the visitors.

                8. Isola Bella

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                  Isola Bella, the “Beautiful Island” is situated in Lago Maggiore in north Italy. This island is fully inhabited by a Borromeo villa, and its luxuriant Italian-style garden. The garden has exotic plants of great rarity, and is made vibrant through its colorful flowers. The artworks throughout the villa are priceless. The villa, and its garden are so extraordinary that it would be worth a visit at least once in your life!

                  9. Giardino di Ninfa

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                    Giardino di Ninfa is located in the province of Latina, central Italy. The garden looks as if it is taken straight from a fairy tale, the beauty is blended with the medieval architecture. Walking down the flowery land would make you feel like a royal person, and would make you think that this is taken care by the fairies.

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                    10. Erice Castle

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                      Is this where Rapunzel lived? No, in fact, this castle is also known as Castle of Venus, which the Normans dedicated to the goddess Venus. Erice Castle stands majestically on Mount San Giuliano in a historic town in the province of Trapani, Sicily. This fortress was built in the twelfth century, and presents two strong towers, and walls. It is considered to be one of the most valuable fortresses of all time.

                      11. Ponte del Diavolo

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                        Ponte del Diavolo, or “The Bridge of the Devil” is associated with Devil related myth, or folktale. Situated in Tuscany, this bridge was built between 1000 to 1600 AD for Countess Mathilda of Canossa. The legend and myth connected to this bridge are as mystical as the place itself.

                        12. Ca’Sagredo Hotel

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                          Have you ever wondered the feeling of living in a palace, and have you treated royally? Well, here is the Ca’Sagredo Hotel for you. Located in Venice, the city that has been considered to be “the most beautiful city built by man” by The New York Times, this grand hotel was built in the 15th century, and has been recognised as a Venetian masterpiece.

                          13. Lago di Como

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                            Lago di Como, Lake Como, is the third largest lake in Italy, and is based in Lombardy. The scenic surrounding of the lake consists of palaces, villas, and sets many artistic and cultural examples. The glamor of this lake is guaranteed to make you feel like living in fairy tales!

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                            14. Cascate delle Marmore

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                              Cascate delle Marmore in Terni, Umbria, is nature’s finest painting. The lush green meadows, thick forest, the brimming streams, hidden gorges, and the soaring waterfalls are enough to create fairy tales out of them. Many poets, and artists had taken inspiration for their work out of this. You have to visit in order to believe this!

                              15. Grotte di Castellana

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                                Grotte di Castellana is based in Puglia, and is contemplated as one of the beautiful caves in the world. It is believed that this cave started to form about 90 millions years ago! The cave has its own charm. Magical, enchanting, and alluring, this cave will surely take to far away to the fairy lands.

                                From castles to waterfalls to forests to gardens to caves, Italy is full of amazing places that look like taken from fairy tales. Next time you plan a vacation, do not hesitate to travel south of Europe, and experience nature’s rare paintings! Addio e buon divertimento!

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                                Last Updated on July 3, 2020

                                How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

                                How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

                                Your mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not used correctly, can also be the most destructive force in your life. To control your thoughts means to influence the way you live your life.

                                Your mind, more specifically, your thoughts, affects your perception and therefore, your interpretation of reality. (And here’s Why Your Perception Is Your Reality)

                                I have heard that the average person thinks around 70,000 thoughts a day. That’s a lot, especially if they are unproductive, self-abusive, and just a general waste of energy.

                                You can let your thoughts run amok, but why would you? It is your mind, your thoughts; isn’t it time to take your power back? Isn’t it time to take control?

                                Choose to be the person who is actively, consciously thinking your thoughts. Be someone who can control your thoughts—become the master of your mind.

                                When you change your thoughts, you will change your feelings as well, and you will also eliminate the triggers that set off those feelings. Both of these outcomes provide you with a greater level of peace in your mind.

                                I currently have a few thoughts that are not of my choosing or a response from my reprogramming. I am the master of my mind, so now my mind is quite peaceful. Yours can be too!

                                Who Is Thinking My Thoughts?

                                Before you can become the master of your mind, you must recognize that you are currently at the mercy of several unwanted “squatters” living in your mind, and they are in control of your thoughts.

                                If you want to be the boss of them, you must know who they are and what their motivation is, and then you can take charge and evict them.

                                Here are four of the “squatters” in your head that create unhealthy and unproductive thoughts.

                                1. The Inner Critic

                                This is your constant abuser who is often a conglomeration of:

                                • Other people’s words—many times your parents
                                • Thoughts you have created based on your own or other peoples’ expectations
                                • Comparing yourself to other people, including those in the media
                                • The things you told yourself as a result of painful experiences such as betrayal and rejection. Your interpretation creates your self-doubt and self-blame, which are most likely undeserved in cases of rejection and betrayal.

                                The Inner Critic is motivated by pain, low self-esteem, lack of self-acceptance, and lack of self-love.

                                Why else would this person abuse you? And since this person is youwhy else would you abuse yourself? Why would you let anyone treat you this badly?

                                2. The Worrier

                                This person lives in the future—in the world of “what ifs.”

                                The Worrier is motivated by fear, which is often irrational and has no basis. Occasionally, this person is motivated by fear that what happened in the past will happen again.

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                                3. The Reactor or Troublemaker

                                This is the one that triggers anger, frustration, and pain. These triggers stem from unhealed wounds of the past. Any experience that is even closely related to a past wound will set him off.

                                This person can be set off by words or feelings and can even be set off by sounds and smells.

                                The Reactor has no real motivation and has poor impulse control. He is run by past programming that no longer serves you—if it ever did.

                                4. The Sleep Depriver

                                This can be a combination of any number of different squatters including the inner planner, the rehasher, and the ruminator, along with the inner critic and the worrier.

                                The Sleep Depriver’s motivation can be:

                                • As a reaction to silence, which he fights against
                                • Taking care of the business you neglected during the day
                                • Self-doubt, low self-esteem, insecurity, and generalized anxiety
                                • As listed above for the inner critic and worrier

                                How can you control these squatters?

                                How to Master Your Mind

                                You are the thinker and the observer of your thoughts. You can control your thoughts, but you must pay attention to them so you can identify “who” is running the show—this will determine which technique you will want to use.

                                Begin each day with the intention of paying attention to your thoughts and catching yourself when you are thinking undesirable thoughts.

                                There are two ways to control your thoughts:

                                • Technique A – Interrupt and replace them
                                • Technique B – Eliminate them altogether

                                This second option is what is known as peace of mind.

                                The technique of interrupting and replacing is a means of reprogramming your subconscious mind. Eventually, the replacement thoughts will become the “go-to” thoughts in applicable situations.

                                Use Technique A with the Inner Critic and Worrier and Technique B with the Reactor and Sleep Depriver.

                                1. For the Inner Critic

                                When you catch yourself thinking something negative about yourself (calling yourself names, disrespecting yourself, or berating yourself), interrupt it.

                                You can yell (in your mind), “Stop! No!” or, “Enough! I’m in control now.” Then, whatever your negative thought was about yourself, replace it with an opposite or counter thought or an affirmation that begins with “I am.”

                                For example, if your thought is, “I’m such a loser,” you can replace it with, “I am a Divine Creation of the Universal Spirit. I am a perfect spiritual being learning to master the human experience. I am a being of energy, light, and matter. I am magnificent, brilliant, and beautiful. I love and approve of myself just as I am.”

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                                You can also have a dialogue with yourself to discredit the ‘voice’ that created the thought—if you know whose voice it is:

                                “Just because so-and-so said I was a loser doesn’t make it true. It was his or her opinion, not a statement of fact. Or maybe they were joking and I took it seriously because I’m insecure.”

                                If you recognize that you have recurring self-critical thoughts, you can write out or pre-plan your counter thoughts or affirmation so you can be ready.

                                This is the first squatter you should evict, forcefully, if necessary:

                                • They rile up the Worrier.
                                • The names you call yourself become triggers when called those names by others, so he also maintains the presence of the Reactor.
                                • They are often present when you try to fall asleep so he perpetuates the Sleep Depriver.
                                • They are a bully and is verbally and emotionally abusive.
                                • They are the destroyer of self-esteem. They convince you that you’re not worthy. They’re a liar! In the interest of your self-worth, get them out!

                                Eliminate your worst critic and you will also diminish the presence of the other three squatters.

                                Replace them with your new best friends who support, encourage, and enhance your life. This is a presence you want in your mind.

                                2. For the Worrier

                                Prolonged anxiety is mentally, emotionally, and physically unhealthy. It can have long-term health implications.

                                Fear initiates the fight or flight response, creates worry in the mind, and creates anxiety in the body. This may make it more difficult for you to control your thoughts effectively.

                                You should be able to recognize a “worry thought” immediately by how you feel. The physiological signs that the fight or flight response of fear has kicked in are:

                                • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, or surge of adrenaline
                                • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                                • Muscles tense

                                Use the above-stated method to interrupt any thought of worry and then replace it. But this time, you will replace your thoughts of worry with thoughts of gratitude for the outcome you wish for.

                                If you believe in a higher power, this is the time to engage with it. Here is an example:

                                Instead of worrying about my loved ones traveling in bad weather, I say the following (I call it a prayer):

                                “Thank you great spirit for watching over _______. Thank you for watching over his/her car and keeping it safe, road-worthy, and free of maintenance issues without warning. Thank you for surrounding him/her with only safe, conscientious, and alert drivers. And thank you for keeping him/her safe, conscientious, and alert.”

                                Smile when you think about it or say it aloud, and phrase it in the present tense. Both of these will help you feel it and possibly even start to believe it.

                                If you can visualize what you are praying for, the visualization will enhance the feeling so you will increase the impact in your vibrational field.

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                                Now, take a calming breath, slowly in through your nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Take as many as you like! Do it until you feel that you’re close to being in control of your thoughts.

                                Replacing fearful thoughts with gratitude will decrease reactionary behavior, taking the steam out of the Reactor.

                                For example: If your child gets lost in the mall, the typical parental reaction that follows the fearful thoughts when finding them is to yell at them.

                                “I told you never to leave my sight.” This reaction just adds to the child’s fear level from being lost in the first place.

                                Plus, it also teaches them that mom and/or dad will get mad when he or she makes a mistake, which may make them lie to you or not tell you things in the future.

                                Change those fearful thoughts when they happen:

                                “Thank You (your choice of Higher Power) for watching over my child and keeping him safe. Thank you for helping me find him soon.”

                                Then, when you see your child after this thought process, your only reaction will be gratitude, and that seems like a better alternative for all people involved.

                                3. For the Troublemaker, Reactor or Over-Reactor

                                Permanently eliminating this squatter will take a bit more attention and reflection after the fact to identify and heal the causes of the triggers. But until then, you can prevent the Reactor from getting out of control by initiating conscious breathing as soon as you recognize his presence.

                                The Reactor’s thoughts or feelings activate the fight or flight response just like with the Worrier. The physiological signs of his presence will be the same. With a little attention, you should be able to tell the difference between anxiety, anger, frustration, or pain.

                                I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestion to count to ten when you get angry—well, you can make those ten seconds much more productive if you are breathing consciously during that time.

                                Conscious breathing is as simple as it sounds—just be conscious of your breathing. Pay attention to the air going in and coming out.

                                Breathe in through your nose:

                                • Feel the air entering your nostrils.
                                • Feel your lungs filling and expanding.
                                • Focus on your belly rising.

                                Breathe out through your nose:

                                • Feel your lungs emptying.
                                • Focus on your belly falling.
                                • Feel the air exiting your nostrils.

                                Do this for as long as you like. Leave the situation if you want. This gives the adrenaline time to normalize. Now, you can address the situation with a calmer, more rational perspective and avoid damaging behavior, and you’ll be more in control of your thoughts.

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                                One of the troubles this squatter causes is that it adds to the sleep depriver’s issues. By evicting or at least controlling the Reactor, you will decrease reactionary behavior, which will decrease the need for the rehashing and ruminating that may keep you from falling asleep.

                                Master your mind and stop the Reactor from bringing stress to you and your relationships!

                                4. For the Sleep Depriver

                                (They’re made up of the Inner Planner, the Rehasher, and the Ruminator, along with the Inner Critic and the Worrier.)

                                I was plagued with a very common problem: not being able to turn off my mind at bedtime. This inability prevented me from falling asleep and thus, getting a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

                                Here’s how I mastered my mind and evicted the Sleep Depriver and all his cronies.

                                1. I started by focusing on my breathing—paying attention to the rise and fall of my belly—but that didn’t keep the thoughts out for long. (Actually, I now start with checking my at-rest mouth position to keep me from clenching.)
                                2. Then I came up with a replacement strategy that eliminated uncontrolled thinking—imagining the word in while breathing in and thinking the word out when breathing out. I would (and do) elongate the word to match the length of my breath.

                                When I catch myself thinking, I shift back to in, out. With this technique, I am still thinking, sort of, but the wheels are no longer spinning out of control. I am in control of my mind and thoughts, and I choose quiet.

                                From the first time I tried this method, I started to yawn after only a few cycles and am usually asleep within ten minutes.

                                For really difficult nights, I add an increase of attention by holding my eyes in a looking-up position (closed, of course). Sometimes I try to look toward my third eye but that really hurts my eyes.

                                If you have trouble falling asleep because you can’t shut off your mind, I strongly recommend you try this technique. I still use it every night. You can start sleeping better tonight!

                                You can also use this technique any time you want to:

                                • Fall back to sleep if you wake up too soon
                                • Shut down your thinking
                                • Calm your feelings
                                • Simply focus on the present moment

                                The Bottom Line

                                Your mind is a tool, and like any other tool, it can be used for constructive purposes or destructive purposes.

                                You can allow your mind to be occupied by unwanted, undesirable, and destructive tenants, or you can choose desirable tenants like peace, gratitude, compassion, love, and joy.

                                Your mind can become your best friend, your biggest supporter, and someone you can count on to be there and encourage you. You can be in control of your thoughts. The choice is yours!

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