Off the beaten path

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Hidden in a rock: Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso

S Caterina MN Maria Novozhilova 13 | culturalitaly.com

OFF THE BEATEN PATH
Sometimes I wonder if Italy became such an artistically illuminated country thanks to its devotion to religion, or if it was Catholicism to be lucky enough to be found and developed in this country constantly and densely populated by artistic geniuses.

The 1000 year old Castle of Dolceaqua

01 Dolceacqua Castello MN Maria Novozhilova | culturalitaly.com

OFF THE BEATEN PATH
Have you ever dreamed of being a princess living in a castle? Well, I actually never had but visiting magic Dolceacqua changes my mind.Everything looks charming in this town: thousand years old Doria Castle (named after the family that owned the fortress for centuries), cobble stone ramps, breathtaking views on the picturesque Nervia river and the valley.

Theatre under the Stars: the 9 Moons of Apricale in Liguria

Le nove lune

CULTURAL EVENT
This year Teatro Della Tosse events in Apricale will take place from August 5 to August 15. It will be the 21st edition of the "E le stelle stanno a guardare" (And the stars are watching) entitled “Le 9 Lune” (The 9 Moons): the 11 fascinating nights bringing hundreds of guests from all over the world to assist the happening.

The Very Green of the Italian Flag

01 Brianza MN Maria Novozhilova | culturalitaly.com

OFF THE BEATEN PATH
Do you know the colors of the Italian flag and their meaning? Many maintain that Italian “fern green”, “bright white” and “flame scarlet” take their origins back in the Napoleon age and the French blue-white-red tricolor. And yet, why would the French blue be ever replaced by the Italian green?

A Fairy Tale Castle in the Aosta Valley

Castle and Parish Church of Saint Pierre near Aosta

OFF THE BEATEN PATH
Italy is a country of fairy tales, magic landscapes and fabulous architecture. Though perhaps it would not be that easy to meet a real princess or a white unicorn here, it is more than easy to encounter a real castle that looks exactly like the one of your last daydream.

The Number One Destination of 2016: “The Floating Piers” at Iseo Lake

Panoramic view of Lake Iseo

OFF THE BEATEN PATH
Walking on the water with Christo? Sure, and it’s not a joke. This summer Iseo Lake will host a unique installation designed by the Bulgarian-born and New-York-based artist Christo Vladimirov Javacheff. Three kilometers of his striking yellow piers will link Sulzano, Montisola and San Paolo Island. It is better you come barefoot. The Italian summer is hot. The path is soft and smooth.

Dizzying Aosta: Between Mountain Peaks and Ancient Architecture

   1 Aosta city MN | culturalitaly.com

DESTINATIONS
Watch out! Don’t get dizzy! Charming Aosta city, surrounded by 40 mountain peaks, each over 3000 meters height, is a vertiginous place. Pure air, stunning landscapes and local traditional alpine architecture will draw you into a new world of a highland adventure.