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Camogli is a small village located on the west side of the peninsula of Portofino in the province of Genoa, Region of Liguria, northern Italy. It was ever a powerful harbor / seaport in the late middle ages and it was also called the City of a thousand white sails. It now lives mainly from tourism and is known for its colorful houses that line the beach. The house colors once helped the fishermen of Camogli find the way back to their port.

Camogli Harbor

At the old time, this tower was for telling the destination for the boats.

It’s the Dragone Castle.

The beach of Camogli

The Colorful houses

Camogli’s giant frying pan will be center stage at the Sagre del Pesce Italian festival. Serving up more than three tons of fish on the harbor front, a massive frying pan has been an icon of the fish festival since 1952.

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Cortona – a Place of Under the Tuscan Sun

Well, Cortona is a small village on the hilltop right on the border with umbria – it’s beautiful and extraordinary history. The town is located an hour from Siena, and hour and a half from Florence and an hour from Perugia. This is a delightful hill town which is a living place for Tuscans as well as a tourist destination so it has great characters. It is, of course, the home of Francis Mayes who wrote Under the Tuscan Sun.

Here is the main square of Cortona, piazza della Repubblica.

The steep stairway in Cortona.

Stone stairway in the village.

Inside the village

On our way back from Umbria to Cortona, we’ve found many sunflower fields along the way. Normally you will find these sunflower fields around the full month of July.

I’m a big fan of Tuscany area – I’ve never felt bored to go there 🙂

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La Rocca del Leone (Castiglione del Lago), Perugia, Umbria

Rocca del Leone of Castiglione del Lago is a wonderful building which for centuries has been the most important military settlement placed on the shores of Lake Trasimeno and was formed by a wall with battlements polygonal Guelph , four towers and the triangular keep. It was begun in XII century on the ruins of an earlier fortification destroyed in 1091 by Henry IV ( 1050-1106 ) of Franconia. In 1297 the magistrates of Perugia decided to fortify the town and the next year they decided to build a fortress inside the castle to better defend the inhabitants. The admission fee was 5 Euro each which was included also the Corgna Palace.

It was interesting to see the painted ceilings and walls in the castle and walk around the walls of the fort. The views of Lake Trasimeno from the fort were amazing. This is surely one of the best sights I’ve seen in the area. The fortress is magnificently built and I love that we could walk all the up and along the walls. The walk to the fortress through the narrow walkway is also exciting.

Inside the castle

It’s a long walk but we were happy as we could see the lake and its surrounding as well.

As you can see from my photos – these were taken from the castle while were walking around.

From a narrow and long corridor – you can go to the Corgna Palace or you can come from the main entrance and walk inside the narrow corridor to the castle.

It’s the entrance of the palace

The paintings inside museum.

The museum of the Palazzo della Corgna is situated on the first floor, where there are eight rooms with “affreschi”. Made between 1574 and 1590 by a team of painters led by Nicholas Circignani said the Pomarancio, the scenes represent the deeds of Ascanio and various mythological and historical themes. Built from 1563 by incorporating the previous Baglioni palace of the early ‘500.

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Varone Waterfall (La Cascata del Varone)

The Varone Waterfall (La Cascata del Varone) is a beautiful place with not only a waterfall, but also a garden with beautiful flowers. It was a great experience for me to see this unique waterfall. It was basically a waterfall that had carved deep slots into the mountain, there were a couple of caves where we were able to see parts of the waterfall’s drops. It’s 10min from Tenno city or Riva del Garda. Enrance fee for adults 5,50€.

If you need something to cool you down, is it a nice place to go to but you should take something to cover you from the cold and water drops as the temperature change is quite significant.The waterfall drops of almost 100 metres.

I was very excited to see this big and high waterfall, especially, with the cave which we can enter and feel the water drops and listen the rhyme of waterfall. Absolutely, you might not be able to see it clear because it’s high but you can hear it. Here you can see the erosion of the limestone rock by water over 20,000 years. It’s the first time for me.

As you can see these photos, I was absolutely not able to take photos because it’s quite dark and the water drops – it’s really amazing to hear the water drops.

On the stairs which you can go to see the waterfall from the top and here it’s a photo captioned from the top but it wasn’t that clear.


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The Scaliger Castle of Malcesine, Verona, Italy

The Scaliger Castle of Malcesine (Il Castello Scaligero di Malcesine) is in the province of Verona, region of Veneto,Italy. It’s a long the lake Garda.

The ticket fee: Adult-6 euros, children-3 euros, children under 6 years old-free of charge.

The lower ground floor and the ground floor host the Natural history museum. Through external staircase leads you to the first floor where exhibits and wedding ceremonies are held. The balcony where I took a photo – a popular place for the wedding photo shoot.

These photos are in the middle way going to the top of tower.

Lake Garda, viewed from the castle.

A nice caption 🙂

On my way to the top of tower.

On the top of tower. From there, you can take a very beautiful view through the lake Garda and its surrounding.

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The Floating Piers on Lake Iseo, Italy

It was the first time walking on the floating piers for me, I felt so amazed by what I have seen. It’s only opened for 16 days from 08th June to 3rd July, 2016. A 3-kilometer-long walkway was created as The Floating Piers extend across the water of Lake Iseo, the piers are 16 meters wide and approximately 35 centimeters high with sloping sides. The fabric continues along 2.5 kilometers of pedestrian streets in Sulzano and Peschiera Maraglio. The floating piers is from Sulzano to Monte Isola (Monte Island) and to the San Paolo island. Unfortunately, we didn’t manage to walk until the San Paolo island due to the strong wind and heavy rain so we were asked to walk back. The entrance is Free of Charge, Open 24 hours.Thanks to the Artist Christo and Jeanne-Claude for making it happened 🙂

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Safari Park, Italy


Safari Park is in Pombia, Piedmont region, northern Italy. It was found in 1976 with the land area of 400,000 square meters. They also have an amusement park too. The ticket costs 17€ per person and the ticket for kids over 4 years old costs 12€ per person – under 4 years old – free entrance.

They have many kinds of animals including the 2 white lions – I wasn’t able to capture them.

At amusement park, some are free since they are already included in the ticket price. This one I took it for free.


Here is the aquarium, it’s quite small but they have many beautiful fishes which I have never seen before.


They also have some shows.

Many big Dinosaur statues.


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Vigezzo Valley, Italy

We spent our last Sunday there, the Vigezzo Valley, is located in the extreme north-east of Piedmont, a few kilometers from the Swiss border. It is also known as the valley of painters. The Valley is absolutely beautiful, we spent our day walking and walking along the valley up and down – it was a tiring day for me but I was so happy and excited to go.


Well, I can say that it’s my first time walking on the mountain. I was so excited to see the valley – the lakes are also beautiful as well.

It was one of my dreams to see the flowers on the mountain and took picture like this. It might be funny but I feel so happy 😀

The return ticket of funicular costs 12€ per person. It took us around 5-7 minutes to arrive on the mountain.


These photos below taken at Malesco, a village nearby.


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Last day in Rome

These photos were the last day of our visit in Rome at least for this year. It was our busiest day during our trip in Rome since we really wanted to see all the places, anyway, we still couldn’t manage to see all. We hope to visit again next time.

1. The Vittorio Emanuele II Monument (also called The Vittoriano). It rises from the foot of the Capitol Hill and it’s the heart of the city. You will be able to take all beautiful photos when you buy the ticket to the top. It’s a free entrance in case you wish to see the view on the top of monument – the ticket is 7€, you will go up with the elevator. It will be opened at 9.30am and will be closed at 6.30pm (Mon – Fri) and closed at 7.30pm (Sat-Sun).


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2. The Pantheon – the glory of Rome which is the city’s only architecturally intact monument from classical times. It was built in 27 B.C. by Agrippa and dedicated to the gods of Julian family. It’s a free entrance.

The Pantheon, is in the middle of Rotonda Square

The Pantheon, is in the middle of Rotonda Square

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3. The Mouth of Truth and Round Temple or The Temple of Vesta

The mouth of Truth is located in the church of Santa Maria. Long time ago, it was believed that if one told a lie with one’s hand in the mouth of the sculpture, it would be bitten off. It’s a free entrance.

The mouth of truth was a manhole cover of the famous Cloaca Massima.

The mouth of truth was a manhole cover of the famous Cloaca Massima.

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The Round Temple or the Temple of Vesta or the Temple of Hercules Victor. It was built in 2nd century B.C, the oldest Roman temple built of marble.


The Round Temple


4. The Rose Garden

Well, this one is the favorite place of many girls including me. They have many kinds of roses, around 1,400 kinds. They could make me gain back my power after walking many hours. It’s a free entrance.


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5. Squares / Piazza, roads, Fountains around the city


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Ostia Antica (The Old Habour City of Ancient Rome)



We took almost the whole day to visit Ostia Antica, the old habour city of ancient rome, since it was a large archeological site – we arrived there at 10am and we left at 4pm. They have a restaurant inside – half way through from the entrance till the end of town.  It is around 17 km from Rome and the entrance fee is 10€.

The castle of Julius II is just in front of the Ostia Antica’s entrance.  It was built in the late 15th century, remains the most striking feature of modern Ostia. The castle was abandoned after a flood in 1587 flooded its moat and turned the surrounding area into a marsh. The castle and the town were restored again in the 20th century.

Source: Ostia Antica


The Castle of Julius II

The Road inside the town

The Road inside the town


Inside the theater


The mask theater


Inside the town


Inside the town


The baths

The restaurant

The restaurant


The fish store

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