Saturday, May 28, 2011

Pearls of the Venice North Lagoon


BOAT TOUR “From Burano to Venice
The itinerary leaves from Venice with a characteristic boat and we sail to the Venice Northern Lagoon discovering its islands and valleys, a series of unique locations in the world rich in nature, history and traditions.
During the tour you'll have the opportunity to taste some Venetian typical food, included in the total cost.

Burano: is composed of four islands connected by bridges. It lies near Torcello, in the Northern part of the lagoon, and is world-famous for its lace-works. The island, known as the "Pearl of the lagoon", offers unique suggestions to painters and photographers, thanks to its popular houses, painted in vivacious and conflicting colours. In addition to the lace production, the island is also known for its intense fishing activities. Its most famous citizen is certainly Baldassarre Galuppi, nicknamed the "Buranello", to whom the central plaza of the island is entitled. Baroque musician, born in Burano in 1706, he was a composer of many sonatas for harpsichord and important melodramas for texts of the famous theatrical playwright Carlo Goldoni.

San Francesco del Deserto: San Francesco del Deserto is located between Sant'Erasmo and Burano.
The island is an oasis of great peace and quietness, covered with ancient trees, fields and gardens cultivated by the monks. It has a surface of about 4 hectares and houses a Franciscan monastery where 10 monks still live in. The island has been frequented since Roman times, but it was named after St. Francis who landed here in 1220, on his return from the fifth Crusade.

Lazzaretto Nuovo: is located in front of St. Erasmo littoral. In 1468 on the island was built a hospital for the isolation and quarantine of ships, goods and people coming from the East, that entered Venice; in the "Teson Grando" there are still numerous writings dating from the end of XVIth century, indicating the ownership and the origins of commodities.


H.09:30 -  Meet in Venice and embark on tipical boat. Depart for the lagoon tour sailing by the Arsenale.
H.10.30 - Arrival at Mazzorbo; time at disposal for a pleasant walk as far as Burano island.
H.11:00 - Board on boat and sail to the Island of San Francesco del Deserto where the participants will be welcome by monks and guided through the island.
H.12.00 - Departure by boat and sail to the beach area of Sant'Erasmo island to enjoy and eat a typical fish-menu lunch.
H.15.00 - Departure by boat and sail to the Island of Lazzaretto Nuovo. Visit the archaeological site.
H.16.00 - Board on boat and sail back to Venice.
H.18:00 - Arrival in Venice. End of the tour.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Sicily - Azienda Agricola Mariscò - Monreale - Palermo - Sicily

Products from Nature
Stay in Company

In business we can accommodate you for the weekend or for longer periods, in comfortable double rooms are elegantly decorated with all the comforts of a modern structure. Guests will be able to collect and cook fresh produce of the garden or take advantage of the tasting the food service business products prepared according to the country tradition.


The company, bought by his grandfather Nene with the proceeds of the thriving trade in eggs between north Africa and southern Italy, is led today by Laura Young Bargioni with the help of his father Charles, mother's and sisters Cettina Federica, nd Julia.

The company has not changed in the time direction of production. E 'was rather enhanced the suitability for olive growing and viticulture over the last decade, parents of Laura, both agronomists have, in fact, created the right conditions for obtaining the production of olive oil and grape wine
organoleptic characteristics of high-end.

To set the value to farm products all under organic cultivation, the company has decided to terminate the chain with the processing, packaging and marketing. Fruit and vegetable production, appropriate conditions become, in fact, excellent jams and sauces are ready for use and is certified extra virgin olive oil DOP Val di Mazara.

The company is located behind the town of Gris, a hamlet of the town of Monreale, at an altitude of 500 meters and overlooking the lake with the Jato Valley Poma, a really special view that can be enjoyed by some farm buildings for the accommodation with the formula of the b & b.

The company for its central position between Palermo, Trapani and Agrigento allows guests, with short journey times, to make pleasant trips to enjoy the beauty and historical architecture of these large centers, points of interest nearby.

In business you can use the following services: accommodation,catering,cooking classes, educational farm, direct sales of processed products (oil,jellies,pickles,tomato sauce prepared and passed, all organic) visits and tastings.

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