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Pink Sands, Bahamas

On one side, hotels and resorts, on the other side there is the paradise.

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Lanzarote, Canary Islands – Spain

Sorry for being absent on my blog but I was living an unforgettable experience in Lanzarote, the northernmost island of the seven Canary Islands (El Hierro, Palma, La Gomera, Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura) and surely the most transformed by a series of eruptions whose traces are violently visible on the island’s surface.

Its incredible and unique geological and natural landscapes are a treasure to discover, together with its dramatic cliffs, wonderful beaches, caves and grottos and thousands fat plants that grow in the most unusual places, showing that life is stronger than the most disruptive event.

I advise you to rent a car/motorbike and drive on the island’s roads enjoying its landscape changing in a couple of miles and stopping wherever you feel like.

Apart from the main touristic centers (the capital Arrecife and the main touristic destination Puerto del Carmen) are the little towns and villages whose white, flat buildings with blue or green shutters create a nice and romantic contrast to the black/reddish shade of the volcanoes. In these little fishermen’s towns, one can eat delicious fresh fish in one of the tiny restaurants.

El Golfo and this incredible black beach with the Green Lake. 

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The large sand beach of Puerto del Carmen

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The infernal beauty of the Timanfaya National Park

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The delicious little village of Haria

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The stunning view from the Mirador del Rio 

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The volcanic grottos – La Cueva de los Verdes

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Los Jameos del Agua – The white pool is by the most famous artist of the island, César Manrique. 

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White sand and perfect volcanic lagoons 

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The little village of Orzola, the northernmost village of the island, where one can eat delicious food and take a ferry to the near Isla la Graciosa 

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Monumento al Campesino by César Manrique

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The beautiful beach of Famara is a paradise for the surfers. 

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Giant cactus – Jardin de Cactus by César Manrique

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Fondacion César Manrique – Tahiche 

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Samoa Islands

The Samoan Islands, a true paradise situated in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

The western part of the archipelago is known as “Independent State of Samoa”, with Apia as capital city, while the eastern part is the “American Samoa” an unincorporated territory of the United States.

Useless to describe the beauty of the ocean, of the beaches and of the beautiful landscapes this true paradise on Earth can offer like the mesmerizing natural show of the Alofaaga Blowholes.

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Portugal – Lisboa, Porto, Faro, Aveiro

Portugal is beautiful, enclosed in the south-western part of the iberian peninsula and with many different landscapes and places to visit. Here are four examples, my favorites, of the wonders a visitor can find on a journey in Portugal.

Lisbon is a wonderful and multicultural city, proud of its regal and magnificent past. One can’t miss to listen to the typical “fado” and to take a stroll (or a streetcar ride) through the “Barrio Alto” while visiting here.

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Porto, in the north, is absolutely stunning. The old town is incredible, and absolutely worth a visit.

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Faro, in the most southern part of the country, offers wonderful beaches and a crystalline blue sea.

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Aveiro is simply adorable. The portuguese Venice.

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Obrigado Portugal!

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Italy

Italy is the country where I’m born. I’ve never felt that patriotic… but that’s another tale.

Anyway I must admit that the Mediterranean “Boot”, civilization’s crib (or any other way to call it) has a lot to offer to a traveller. Amazing landscapes, majestic mountains, hills, lakes, a crystalline sea, white beaches, cities full of art, restaurants, incredible buildings, history, amusement, fun, culture.

From North to South, there’s so much to see and discover, and many different faces of a country that’s really young as a whole, but that has still many different worlds within.

A proof of that is the incredible amount of dialects spoken in the twenty regions; some of them can be considered languages.

Ah I haven’t mentioned food and wine, which are a “must” for every traveller coming to Italy. Each region has its own typical foods and dishes, and it’s up to you to try them all!!!

Anyway, let’s start. North to South.

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Bologna is my hometown, that’s why it’s the first one. A cute medieval city in the middle of the “Pianura Padana”, known for its university and for the amazing cultural life . Often not included in the big tours, Bologna worth a visit. Not to miss: eat the original Lasagne, Tortellini and Ragù (internationally known as Bolognese sauce).

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Aosta and its amazing mountains

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Turin and its culture and royal heritage.

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The picturesque and spectacular Liguria and Cinque Terre.

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Milan and its glamour

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Peace and romanticism on Como’s Lake

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Verona, the Arena and Romeo and Juliet

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Friuli Venezia Giulia and Trieste’s beauty “on the border” (with Slovenia)

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Trentino Alto Adige’s and northern Veneto’s spectacular landscape.

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Venice.

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Fun, discos and beaches (and amazing food). That’s Riviera Romagnola.

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Florence and Tuscany

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Marche’s historical beauty and wonderful sea. This region is often not included in the main tours, but it has a lot of hidden treasures, like Conero (the first picture) and the University of Urbino (the second one).

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Umbria and Assisi

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Rome, “la Città Eterna”

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Islands and sea (this place is on the Isole Pontine)

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Naples and Amalfi’s Coast.

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Sea, mountain, and history in Abruzzo.

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Molise’s traditions

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Puglia’s caribbean-like sea and trulli in Alberobello

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Sassi di Matera (Matera’s Stones) in Basilicata. Where Mel Gibson shot some scenes of his “Passion of the Christ”

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Calabria’s beaches and wonderful landscapes.

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Sicily’s incredible history, culture, sea and food and many other things.

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Peace and relax. That’s Sardegna.

Of course there are many many other places and cities I haven’t mentioned here. That’s just a spot, an idea.

And never forget to eat. 🙂