• how-to-see-essaouira-porthole-Sqala
    Africa,  Travel

    What to see in Essaouira

    What to see in Essaouira, the white and blue city, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean? We discovered it during our tour in the south of Morocco, in August: it was the last stop of the trip and we felt incredible emotions. Probably for the bright colors of the fabrics of the medina, the air of the port full of salt, the garrito of seagulls, the wind that mounts the waves. What to see in Essaouira? The Medina, become a part of Unesco heritages in 2001, is crossed by two main roads, the one connecting Bab Marrakech to the Ocean and the other connecting Bab Doukkala to the port. Differently from the…

  • how-to-plan-a-trip-to-Georgia-Tbilisi
    Europe,  Travel

    How to plan a trip to Georgia

    How to plan a trip to Georgia? With a guide or by yourself? What to see and how many days to stop at each step? Useful tips for a journey of culture, nature, food, wine and spirituality in a still authentic and incredibly generous land! How to plan a trip to Georgia? Before leaving, I read tales of enthusiastic backpackers who lived Georgia day after day, planning little or nothing, moving by public transport or hitchhiking. I preferred to rely on an expert. Choosing the stages with a person who knows places, distances, road conditions and all the information that – still – can’t be found on the web (especially…

  • where-to-stay-amsterdam
    Europe,  Travel

    Where to stay in Amsterdam

    Where to stay in Amsterdam? Every time we go in the city, we never sleep in the same hotel to appreciate different neighborhoods, to experience their restaurants and bars and for having a better awareness of the best areas. Hotel V Frederiksplein 3-star Hotel V Frederiksplein (Weteringschans 136):  This hotel is located along the outer ring of the concentric canal network, near the Heineken Experience (half an hour walk from the Central Station). The structure is modern but, if you choose the classic rooms, you will have to deal with really small size ones. Ours was small but bright (being in the corner of the building, it had two windows!). Breakfast…

  • balloon-flight-cappadocia
    Asia,  Travel

    Cappadocia Itinerary 3 days: things to do

    Cappadocia Itinerary 3 days: how to get there, when to go and what to see? The best balloon tour? Plan by yourself or with a travel agency?  In this first article we want to give you many useful tips to avoid troubles during your journey to Cappadocia and, if like me, you have included in the “100 things to do before you die”, you really can’t be wrong! How to get to Cappadocia? From Istanbul, daily nonstop flights to Nevsheir airport, the nearest airport to Göreme (the city where we recommend to stay) or to Kayseri, the most popular airport (we have also chosen it) because it guarantees a greater…

  • Best Views in Rome Vittoriano
    Italy,  Travel

    Best panoramic views in Rome

    Rome is a city without equal only by entering the streets, squares and alleys of the 22 districts of the historic center (including 20 within the Aurelian walls and 2 outside the walls) you can feel its greatness. But, if you really want to understand how majestic the eternal city is, then we suggest you to reach the most panoramic ‘belvedere’ (viewpoints) of the capital where you can hold, in a single glance, the magic of Rome! Among these, we recommend without doubt the viewpoint of the Gianicolo where you can enjoy a spectacular view: the hill is located between the Vatican and Trastevere neighborhoods, on the right side of…

  • Rio-de-Janeiro-Morro-dois-Irmaos
    Latin America,  Travel

    Discover Rio de Janeiro, a cidade maravilhosa

    If I say Rio de Janeiro, the first thing that comes to mind are the beautiful Ipanema beach, populated by fascinating carioca (which means exactly “native of Rio”) women and then Copacabana beach, full of Brazilian kids playing football and dreaming of the famous city stadium, the Maracanã (the footie fan dreamed at least once to roam on the green-gold beaches like Ronaldo “O fenomeno” in the famous 90s Nike spot). And again Christ the Redeemer, located at the top of the Corcovado hill, one of the new 7 wonders of the world, rising above the bay (in my opinion the true wonder of the world) and giving a sense…

  • Street-art-roma-Dulk
    Italy,  Travel

    Rome, street art tour in Tor Pignattara

    My journey in Rome street art ran among the streets of Tor Pignattara district and revealed to me that it’s not just a simple urban make-up: it is rather a non-verbal communication between the artists, the residents and the people passing through. Tor Pignattara is a district located in the east quadrant of the capital, in the last years redeveloped with important projects. Essentially, the contribution given by the “contemporary muralism” (what we commonly call “mural”) is an art form that restore life and color to the anonymous facades of the buildings. And not only. The itinerary, designed by the Festina Lente association on the traces of street art in…

  • Matera-Sassi
    Italy,  Travel

    Matera: Italy’s hidden gem

    Matera is glamour. The Sassi and The Park of The Rock Churches – World Heritage Site since 1993 – tell the extraordinary ability of adaptation of the men who have inhabited this harsh but, at the same time, welcoming land. Although the settlements date back to the Palaeolithic, the 2019 European Capital of Culture has perfectly preserved the primitive urban structure, characterized by underground shelters dug into the ravines and cluster structures leaning against each other. Like “Prigioni” sculpted by Michelangelo, the houses of the historic center are set in the Sasso Caveoso and Sasso Barisano or bundled up in the Civita district, a cliff overlooking the Romanesque Cathedral while,…

  • Beijing-bycicles-and-rickshaws
    Asia,  Travel

    Nine million bicycles in Beijing: my lost city

    Nine million bicycles in Beijing. The beautiful song of Katie Melua, accompanied my first trip to Beijing in the late 2005. Once I arrived there I found a city so different from that you can see today… and so far for our western perception of life. Beijing was just starting its opening to the rest of the world, up for the 2008 Olympic games. Bicycles, bicycles and bicycles painted as colourful snakes the huge roads of the city. Few cars, the main part taxis, were just hidden by this bicycles river and by the traditional rickshaws. This is the first image I remember of my sweet Beijing which doesn’t exist…

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    Travel Philosophy

    Living Large Journey: our travel philosophy

    The journey is a moment of leisure. but also a need of human nature. An opportunity, but contextually a challenge with ourselves. We travel for many reasons: there are those who travel to reflect about themselves, those who travel to meet themselves and the others. Those, for whom traveling represents a need of time suspension, a necessary escape from daily life, in order to return, after on, inside enriched and regenerated. However, the journey, rather than suspending, expands the time of live. Traveling gives us a priceless wealth of experiences and emotions, in a paradoxically restricted time. Traveling ten days is equivalent to living ten years of ordinary life, so…