You can be a supporter of the Republic, promoter of the monarchy, sympathizer of the anarchy. Still, the 2nd of June – Republic Day in Italy- is a long weekend never to be underestimated. This year there will be a long weekend to be spent in the most amazing Italian locations. Which ones? Here there are 10 perfect destinations to keep in mind.
Veneto loves to keep treasures for itself, however here is an environment full of sharable beauties. So, because of Republic Day, which reminds us of the importance of being a community, we can join Veneto’s traditions by pouring up a glass of Prosecco wine on the namesake hills. Here you can find a marvellous view and an exhaustive preview of its best wine list. Anyway, drinking without eating is not recommended, so a little lunch at Osteria Senz’Oste, right over the vineyards, is mandatory.
Following, for those who love being cuddled and relaxed, we recommend a pit-stop at Salis Benessere. The structure in the middle of the vineyard landscape could be the cherry on the cake.
Moreover, just an hour away by car, there’s the beautiful Venice. Feed yourselves with art and architecture with a visit to Venice Gardens, where the Biennale takes place. Man, in fact, shall not live on bread alone.
Osteria Senz’Oste: Prosecco Road, Valdobbiadene, Italy. +39 3356101702
Salis Benessere: Strada di Saccol, 54, 31049 Valdobbiadene, Italy. +39 0423 900604
If the South of Italy has the best spots on the seaside, the North can be proud of the blue flag of its freshwaters. Lago Maggiore it’s one of the best examples. On June 2nd Arona, one of the main cities on the lake, will host ricreative activities surrounded by nature. There will be free kayak, catamaran, canoe trips and competitions.
While here, you should visit the Borromeo Islands, given by the Visconti to the Borromeo family in the XIV century and still belonging to them. In particular, the Isola Bella and Isola Madre have wonderful blooming gardens and two baroque palaces with amazing art galleries inside. The General Berthier gallery collects 130 beautiful paintings and the rooms in which Napoleon slept with his wife Giuseppina. The islands are accessible by the Lago Maggiore Express, that allows visitors both to sail on the lake and to get here by train.
Freshwater doesn’t fit everybody. For those who prefer sea saltiness, here’s Catania, Sicily. Come and taste the Italian culture of the first XX century, where writer Giovanni Verga used to set his novels. In particular, you can visit Aci Trezza, where the sea water is so clear that even Polyphemus, the Homeric giant, fancied living in this area. In fact, in front of the town, there are the stones that Homer described like the ones Polyphemus threw against Ulysses when he managed to escape.
Moreover, if you’re in Catania, you can’t avoid eating pasta alla norma. It’s the main dish of the area, made of pasta, aubergine, tomatoes, ricotta and basil.
Visiting the Quirinale’s gardens is a must: they’re going to be open only for Republic Day. And speaking about botanic, also the Ninfa’s Garden, declared National Monument of Lazio, is exceptionally open. A combo that will let you avoid the capital’s traffic jams.
Giardini del Quirinale: Traforo Umberto I, 00187 Rome, Italy. +39 06 4699 4134
Giardino di Ninfa: Via Provinciale Ninfina 68, 04012 Cisterna di Latina, Italy. +39345 079 4416
For those who love Italian wine and the environment around it, Spoleto, Umbria, will transform itself in the main Italian wine center for June 2nd weekend. Here you will find a lot of food and wine tastings, show cooking performance of big masters and live music. The vertigo on Ponte delle Torri, the famous Romanic bridge, will be mitigated by an alcoholic cockiness, which should end up in one of the most suggestive hotel in the city: Hotel Palazzo Leti, with a panoramic view on Rocca Albornoziana.
The Rocca, accessible to the public, was built by Pope Innocenzo IV in XIV century in order to increase the power of the Church after the years in Avignone. Between 1816 and 1982 it has been used as prison, but today, after restoration, it represents the highest point of Spoleto, from which you can have a perfect view of basically everything around.
Hotel Palazzo Leti: Via degli Eremiti, 10, 06049 Spoleto, Italy. +39 0743 224930
In occasion of Republic Day, Genova forgets the exclusivity of oil and focaccia bread to introduce a total variety in its cooking habits. The International Street Food festival will host the most different forms of mobile food, aka little vans of culinary inspirations.
Furthermore, you can get on the levelling of Belvedere to have a marvellous view of the harbour and of the underlying city.
Rimini is the place to be if you like to coniugate parties and open air activities. The long weekend between June 2nd and 5th will be perfect for those who love sports but also for couch potatoes, for those who live in trainers and for those who prefer a spritz at the bar; the reason is called Rimini Welness. Four days of sport and competitions, of yoga and pilates, are the best introduction to a summer that seems already here. There are a lot of organised courses, from floor to aquatic exercises, from wrestling to dance.
To these sportive practices you can add the FoodWell Expo, a space in which corporates and experts will show and talk about products and healthy life, teaching visitors the correct way to live life at the fullest. Furthermore, for people who still have energy at the end of the day, RiminiWelness has a partnership with the main local party places – Villa delle Rose and Coconut – to allow people to embrace pleasure at 360°.
Villa delle Rose: Via Camilluccia, 16, 47843 Misano Adriatico, Italy. 39 3 502 7597
Coconut: Via Lungomare Tintori, 5, 47921 Rimini, Italy. +39 0541 24422
70 years ago, thanks to the first universal suffrage, was born not only the Italian Republic. And with her, the Made In Italy. Thanks to the money received from the plan Marshall, and thanks to amore oriented and solid political asset, Italy was blooming, becoming, through the light of industry, fashion and cinema, the neuralgic pole of la Dolce Vita. In this scenery, today like yesterday, Capri represents the excellence of Italian style. Here Hollywood stars used to come on vacation after shooting a movie at Cinecittà. Here Emilio Pucci opened his first shop and here, still nowadays, you can breathe an incredible air like nowhere else.
You may appreciate these weekend of freedom coming to this amazing Mediterranean island, drinking aperitivo in front of the Faraglioni, sunbathing, visiting the Grotta Azzurra, the Gardens of Augusto, going around the folkloristic streets and forgetting for a while the continental stress.
Turin the elegant. Turin the noble. A little walk in the city center is enough to realise how much the historical heritage and the cultural organisation enrich this city. From May 31st to June 5th, there will be Cinemambiente, a festival that wants to create the ideal match between cinema and environment, organising representations with a reduced environmental impact and respecting the principles of Agenda 21 about sustainable materials.
Obviously, in Turin, you can’t avoid eating some gianduia ice cream or chocolate, having a dinner with truffles and staying in the just refurbished Turin Palace Hotel, with the elegant rooms perfectly matched to the relaxing spa in order to deliver an outstanding experience.
Turin Palace Hotel: Via Paolo Sacchi, 8, 10128 Turin, Italy. +39 011 082 5321
Milan. The most vibrant and active city in Italy. Next weekend will be perfect to realise how much beauties and fun you can find in it. The first cool thing is the Ice Cream Festival, 4 days all about ice creams with 100 incredible flavours for you to try, some created just for this festival.
While here, you can eat the best risotto in the world and have the best happy hour at Arco della Pace. And what about shopping? Milan, like Italy itself, is always the best place to be.
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