Venice – Queen of the Adriatic

I must admit that I don’t  believe those who seems to be disappointed when they talk about Venice:” It’s dirty, smelly, expensive and overrated.” The only criticism I can understand when it comes to Venice – it’s crowded. Since over 60,000 tourists visit Venice daily, you  can prevent crowds  in a very simple way – […]

Murano – Island of Glass

After Venice, the most visited place in the lagoon of Venice is Murano -  seven islands archipelago (like Venice) connected by a bridge. The island has been inhabited by fishermen and fruit growers since the 6th century, but the last few centuries is famous for its glass. Although the glass production  was known earlier (the […]

Etna – the magnificent power of nature

There is something epic in these volcanoes. I don’t know about you, but I ‘m afraid of the volcanoes, although I haven’t seen any of them or knew something special about them recently. I was always terrified about the possibility to find myself  in the vicinity of an active one. This is how I imagine […]

Pompeii – history

After visiting Pompeii, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote: ”Few disasters have provided so much pleasure to later generations”. It sounds brutal, but really, we rarely have the opportunity to walk around the city in which the life stopped so suddenly. From the moment city was discovered under a six meters layer of dust and soil, […]

Cork and cork oak

Did you know that the cork, in fact, is a bark? Indeed, bark of cork oak (latin name: Quercus suber), whose wild species can be found in the Mediterranean area as well. Getting the cork is very interesting process – bark of a cork oak must be carefully peeled, from ground level to the first […]

Castel del Monte – Castle on the hill

Do you remember the novel „Name of the rose“ and the plot in Aedificum labyrinths? The idea for his Aedificum Umberto Eco found in the Castel del Monte layout, in the Italian province of Puglia. Instead of magnificent monastery library and the librarian, dark secrets , the fight between good and evil, in the Castle […]