Italy

  • Italy Castanese - Castanese CLC

    A tour by boat
  • Italy Castanese - Castanese CLC

    Concert at Cuggiono
  • Italy Castanese - Tramonto al Castelletto di Cuggiono

  • Italy Castanese - Castanese ride horses

  • Italy Pollino Welcome - Morano: the cheese maker

  • Italy Pollino Welcome - Morano living Nativity

  • Italy Pollino Welcome - Civita arberesce dance

  • Italy Pollino Welcome - Altomonte Di Vino Festival

  • Italy Pollino Welcome - Altomonte Festival of the bread

  • Italy Pollino Welcome - Magic of chimney pot in Civita

  • Italy South Italy_Cross the South towards the sun - Day 1_Naples: visit of the city

    Arrival to Naples in the morning. During afternoon will go through the famous “Spaccanapoli”, road of the ancient Greek Roman course,discovering squares, churches, old lanes and historic centre (Piazza del Gesù, Santa Chiara, San Domenico, Maggiore, Sansevero Museo). It will be an opportunity for grasping, in meetings, the popular and in the same time noble spirit of the Capital of Southern Italy. A surprise will be the visit to the “Napoli underground”, street for the water but also shelter telling the parallel history of an hidden world.
  • Italy South Italy_Cross the South towards the sun - Day 2_Naples visit of the city #2

    we'll start from Plebiscito square to admire in a plain walk, the most famous monuments as Royal Palace, S. Carlo theatre, New Castle, Borgo Marinaro (marine village), Castle dell’Ovo,Maschio Angioino (Angevin donjon). For lunch will taste the original pizza. After a rest in hotel,will reach the islet of Megaride where the myth of Neapolitan Siren was born.
  • Italy South Italy_Cross the South towards the sun - Day 3_From Amalfi to Pollino

    After breakfast we'll leave for Pollino. There will be a stop over in Pompei with a possible entrance to the excavations. A panoramic itinerary by bus will take to visit Positano, Amalfi, Ravello, which enchanting places with some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. Visit to some perecious Calabrese villages as Civita, Altomonte and Morano. For dinner we will taste some Calabrese food specialties.
  • Italy South Italy_Cross the South towards the sun - Day 4_The Pollino park

    We will make an historic tour of one of the most beautiful villages. After a meeting with Mayor and local community will lead to the knowledge of their history, traditions, culture, rites and local gastronomy. In the afternoon an excursion to the archaeological site of Lagaria, founded by Epeo, creator Troy's horse, where will see how Greek ancestors lived.
  • Italy South Italy_Cross the South towards the sun - Day 5_Matera

    Departure to Matera with a stopover in Rocca Imperiale for visit the village, full of charm, with the houses in tiers at the feet of the Swabian castle. The village full of history, boasts the Romanic Mother Church and Monastery of Observant Franciscan Friars (now waxworks museum). Arrival in Matera and visit to the Sassi,where we dive in the quietness of the quarters Sasso Barisano and Sasso Caveoso, walking down the roads where Pasolini shot “The Gospel according to St. Matthew” and Mel Gibson “The Passion of Christ”. Fascinated by the city of grottos, where any corner astonishes. We'll stay in places full of atmosphere to discover the hidden corners of the ancient districts .
  • Italy South Italy_Cross the South towards the sun - Day 6_Bari and Puglia gems

    After breakfast, departure to Bari,an ancient maritime and commercial centre, with a modern soul. Here will discover the old town centre with castle,Cathedral of S. Sabino and Basilica of S. Nicola, crossing alleys until the Arco Basso street where ladies hadnmake “orecchiette” (ttypical Apulia's pasta) which will taste for dinner, a taste of Apulian kitchen.
  • Italy Milan and the Castanese area - Castanese and Naviglio canal

    Arrive to Castanese CLC, navigation of the Naviglio Grande canal by boat across fortresses, villas and palaces, old bridges,, Dinner in the Buscate CLC where you’ll enjoy time listening Angelino’s old stories about the Buscate’s toothpicks factory. He’ll tell you stories about the main old factory of the area, introducing you to the magic toothpicks world.
  • Italy Milan and the Castanese area - Milano

    Visit of Milano, well known as business capital of Italy, but also a city rich of art with a monumental richness blended in an urban context. During visit you’ll see the Duomo, the famous gothic cathedral, walk through Galleria Vittorio Emanuele and the Montenapoleone’s fashion district, admire the Temple of the Opera theatre, “La Scala”, and get amazed in front of Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper. Back to Castanese, at Villa Annoni will enjoy a “magic evening” with popular music, songs…and traditional dishes. Together will spend a nice evening discovering commons and differences between our countries and cultures…
  • Italy Milan and the Castanese area - Castanese andl Pigotte

    A tour through Castanese will bring to Vanzaghello, for admire a copy of Leonardo’s painting, in Arconate with its wonderful old palaces, in Dairago where you will enjoy a children’s dance show. After lunch in the Arconate’s Senior Center, where you will be introduce to the «pigotte», Milanese’s rag dolls. In the lab seniors and volunteers will show you how they hand-make rag dolls, sold to raise funds for UNICEF, you’ll learn the process and – if you like– you can try to create one.
Italy is a unitary parliamentary republic in Europe. Italy covers an area of 301,338 km2 (116,347 sq mi) and has a largely temperate seasonal climate or Mediterranean climate; due to its shape, it is often referred to in Italy as lo Stivale (the Boot).With 61 million inhabitants, it is the third most populous EU member state. Located in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, Italy shares open land borders with France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, San Marino and Vatican City.

Clusters of Local Cultures

Castanese
The Castanese CLC, close to Milano,includes 12 small/medium size villages surrounded by farmlands,woods and natural parks. It's a rich and diversified landscape where the water represents a peculiar element.
Pollino Welcome
Altomonte is an enchanting medieval centre in the heart of the Cosenza province. Placed at 496 mt over the sea level, with a unique prospect of the mounts of Pollino, of the plateau of Sibari and of the Ionian sea.

Itineraries

South Italy_Cross the South towards the sun
Ride in the sun of Southern Italy crossing unique landscapes in the world. Live the experience of a genuine life in old villages.
Milan and the Castanese area
Combining the cosmopolitan flavour of Milano with a unique experience in the nearby area of Castanese and its Cluster of Local Culture. Not only a visit, a chance to live the glamour of Italian life and culture… Castanese, a territory close to Milano, proposes a rich set of interesting initiatives that will offer “new experiences”, a new way of being tourist