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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 January 15, 2019

                                8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                                Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                                Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                                Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                                Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                                The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                                There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                                How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                                According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                                Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                                Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                                The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                                Listen carefully:

                                We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                                The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                                Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                                8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                                There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                                Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                                1. Pray Daily

                                You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                                When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                                Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                                Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                                2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                                A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                                By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                                Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                                If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                                This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                                How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                                3. Smile Often

                                Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                                Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                                Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                                The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                                4. Organize Your Working Desk

                                A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                                When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                                Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                                Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                                5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                                I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                                Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                                What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                                6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                                God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                                I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                                I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                                7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                                You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                                How do you do that? This is my formula:

                                First, go to my website (find my website here in my profile) and take the smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                                If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                                If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                                If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                                Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                                8. Go Exercise

                                Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                                The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                                You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                                12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                                The Bottom Line

                                It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                                It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                                Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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                                Featured photo credit: Lesly Juarez via unsplash.com

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