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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 May 22, 2019

                                10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                                10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                                There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

                                One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

                                In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

                                Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

                                1. Cat Camel Stretch

                                Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

                                Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

                                Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

                                Here’s a video to guide you through:

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                                2. Go for a Walk or a Run

                                This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

                                Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

                                The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

                                Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

                                Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

                                3. Jumping Jacks

                                Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

                                Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

                                4. Abductor Side Lifts

                                Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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                                Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

                                5. Balancing Table Pose

                                This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

                                Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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                                  6. Leg Squats

                                  Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

                                  Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

                                  The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

                                  7. Push Ups

                                  You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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                                  An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

                                  Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

                                  This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

                                  8. Bicycle Crunches

                                  There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

                                  Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

                                  9. Lunges

                                  Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

                                  Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

                                  This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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                                  10. Bicep Curls

                                  You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

                                  Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

                                  Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

                                  Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

                                  Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

                                  These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

                                  You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

                                  Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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