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Travel Itineraries

 

FLORENCE NO-COST 

The critical fase that is hitting the italian economy and other European nations can't make us forget that we live in one of the most beautiful country in the world, that can give us many opportunities (touristically, culturally and naturally) also without cost. And if we are in a moment that also the low-cost seems to cost too much we can't miss the opportunity and we point to the new trend of...no-cost.

At the beginning it seems like an impossible thing to find 'something' in Florence without cost; an 'something' that can give more appeal at your staying in this unique city without affect – however – on your budget.

Thanks to some information found in the forum – and to some call in the right place – we prepared for you some tip no-cost that will make your journey absolutly unforgettable.

  1. STATAL MUSEUMS IN FLORENCE FREE ON THE FIRSTUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH
  2. TYPICAL MARKETS IN FLORENCE
  3. FLORENCE FREE WALKING TOUR
  4. TUESDAY EVENING INVITATION OF THE PALACE
  5. THE CAFE OF OBLATE
  6. SANTA MARIA NOVELLA AND THE OFFICINA PROFUMO
  7. THE DUOMO OF FLORENCE
  8. THE CHURCH OF SAN BENEDETTO
  9. THE SQUARES AND THE GARDENS OF FLORENCE
  10. ENJOY THE HOSTEL GARDEN AND FREE OPEN AIR CONCERTS

 

  1. STATAL MUSEUMS IN FLORENCE FREE ON THE FIRST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH

The first thing that we signal you is that on every first Sunday of the month the entrance in all the Statal Museums in Florence will be free.

Info Museums in Florence

Tel. +39 055 290383

Fax +39 055 264406

prenotazioni@operalaboratori.com

 

2) TYPICAL MARKETS IN FLORENCE

A walk through typical markets don't cost nothing but give always a wave of joy. So here's a selection of Florence markets.

 - THE MARKET OF SAN LORENZO: It's located from Piazza San Lorenzo to Via dell'Ariento, around the Basilica of San Lorenzo (in the historical centre of Florence). It's one of the most important market in the city where you can find clothes, leather goods, souvenirs, local gastronomic product and more. Open every day except sunday and monday.

-THE MARKET OF SANT'AMBROGIO: it's located in Piazza Ghiberti and in Piazza d'Ambrogio and has an internal and esternal part. It has fresh fruit, vegetables, clothes, flowers, shoes and electrodomestic stand. You have to do the groceries shopping? So enter and you can find fresh meat and fish, pasta, food in general and good cheese. And if you're hungry try the restaurant inside the market, good and low cost. The market is open all the weekend (except sunday) from 7 to 14.

-THE MARKET OF CASCINE: located inside the beautiful Parco delle Cascine (the biggest park in Florence) open every morning thursday from 7 to 14. Probably is the biggest and the most affordable market in the city! And then after doing shopping don't forget to walk in the park.

-THE FLEA MARKET: the famous FLEA MARKET of Florence is located in Piazza dei Ciompi and is open every day from 9 to 19:30. If you can go in the last sunday of every month, when the stands goes even on the surrounding streets. Here you can find furniture and ancient object, paintings, coins and jewels. Here you can also find real treasures with a cheap price and many antique trade. It's really worth to go there...it's like going back in the past.

- THE FIERUCOLINA: it's a biological market that promote the biological agricolture and biodynamic in small size, with products of the farmer gastronomy and manual crafts, that are completely handcraft, natural and free of chemical substances. It held every third Sunday of the month (except August) in Piazza Santo Spirito (Oltrarno).

And if you have time (we suggest you to find it), don't miss:

- THE MARKET OF CURE, Piazza delle Cure, every morning except Sunday and non-working day;

- THE MARKET OF THE PIGGY, in Florentine straw, hand embroidery, leather goods, objects in wood, flowers. Address: Piazza del Mercato Nuovo, every day from 8:00 to 19:00 except sunday and monday morning.

-THE MARKET OF THE STRAW, Piazza del Mercato Nuovo, every day from 9:00 to 18:30 except sunday and non-working day;

- THE MARKET OF RARE BOOKS, Loggia del Grano, from tuesday to saturday, from 10 to 18;

- THE MARKET OF FLOWERS, portico Piazza della Repubblica (via Pellicceria), every tuesday morning, from 10 to 19. (source: www.aboutflorence.com )

 

3) FLORENCE FREE WALKING TOUR

Florence Free Tour is the original walking excursion of the city of Florence. It's free but it's nice to give a tip to the guide for contribute to mantain active this beautiful service to sustain their generosity and motivation.

You can choose between two routes that start both from the Station Santa Maria Novella every day: the route 'Renaissance' or the one of 'Medici's Family'.

To see the map and for other information www.florencefreetour.com

 

4) TUESDAY EVENING INVITATION OF THE PALACE

Palazzo Strozzi represent the perfect example of the ideal noble house of the Renaissence and how in general appear, according to Filippo Strozzi, as a small fortress in the heart of the city. Every tuesday evening from 18 to 22 free entrance for the Contemporary Art Exhibition inside the Palace.

All the details are on: www.palazzostrozzi.org

 

5) THE CAFE OF OBLATE

The space that you were searching for…

Located at the second floor of the library, the cafe of Oblate it's a service open to everyone since may 2009.

Almost every evening there's a 'theme' musical event with free entrance and optional consumation.

 

6) SANTA MARIA NOVELLA AND THE OFFICINA PROFUMO

Florence is rich of church and, for the most part of it, the entance is free. Between these we remember the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, one of the most beautiful church of the city that host Giotto, Masaccio and Ghirlandaio's operas.

Inside the basilica we find an Pharmacy Office founded from the Brothers in the 1221. Here, the fathers used to coltivate in their vegetable gardens medicinal herbes to prepare the medicine, balms and ointments for their small infermary of their convent and today it's used the same artigianal process for the preparation of the spices, liquor, cosmetics and pharmaceutical products.

For all the details of the church: www.chiesasantamarianovella.it

For all the details on Officina Profumo: www.smnovella.it

 

7) THE DUOMO OF FLORENCE

The entrance is free at Santa Maria del Fiore (the Duomo of Florence), third church of the world (after San Pietro in Rome and San Paolo in London) is the biggest in Europe.

 

8) THE CHURCH OF SAN BENEDETTO

The entrance is free even in the beautiful church of San Benedetto, which first news are in the 1002. San Benedetto is the only Church of Florence dedicated to the Saint founder of the western Monasticism, today patron as well of Europe: Benedetto from Norcia (480-547).

 

9)THE SQUARES AND THE GARDENS OF FLORENCE
You don't have time and you want to choose an theme excurtion? Go around the SQUARES OF FLORENCE.

You prefer to relax surrounded by the nature? Then choose from the many PARKS AND GARDENS of the city with free entrance: the Giardino delle Cascine, the Giardino dell’Iris, the Etruscan tomb of the Montagnola, the Giardino Torrigiani, the Giardino delle Rose or Villa Favard.

 

10) ENJOY THE HOSTEL GARDEN AND FREE OPEN AIR CONCERTS

All year long, the Florence Hostel hosts a variety of free initiatives such as drama theatre, concerts etc in summertime they take place in the beautiful garden surrounding the hostel.

 

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CAMPANIA: THE PATH OF THE GOD 

The beautiful Costiera Amalfitana in known most of all for its beach, the sea and the caractheristic localities that rise between its fiords, destination for tourist that came from every parts of the world. However, if instead of 'looking down' (toward sea) we try to 'looking up' (toward the Lattari's Mountains), the view will not be less amazing. In fact, a lot of tourist doesn't know that the coast is dominated by impressive mountains so rich of beautiful and fascinating phats to be called - as a whole - the Path of the Gods.

  • The path of the Gods is constituted from old mule that, for century, represented the only way to communicate with the local popolation. Even if now there's a paved road (accessible by car) that links the small town of Amlfi with Agerola, a stroll on the path of the Gods is an unforgettable experience and, most of all, adapt for everyone because there're different paths of length and slope.
  • The Path of the Gods: (length 8km) from square of Bomerano until Positano. Along the route we pass under the “biscuit cave” where, beyond the particular geology shape of the rock, it's possible to admire centuries of rocky houses stuck in the cave. Passed the locality of Colle Serra, it opens an unbelivable scenary on the Sorrentina's peninsula.
  • The Path of Sources: (length 5km) from Campora, near the source Acqua Leggia, a path that go along with the river Penise, in a green valley between chestnut trees. Along the path we can encounter ancient rocks shelters and ruins of an old bourbon tinderbox, the sources of Fiubana, San Giuliano, Acqua Fredda and at quota 1000, the Acqua Vracciara one, where we can admire an wonderful landscape on the gulf of Naples and of the Vesuvio.
  • The Path of the Pick of Sparviero: (length 6km) from the little square of San Martino, Capora, entering an century terraced mule, we arrive to the locality Pontechito, with an a fantastic view inside the hollow of Agerola. Continuing between the chestnut wood, we arrive to the peaks of Sparviero and Colle delle Vene, where it opens an beautiful landscape on Amalfi, Ravello and the gulf of Salerno.
  • The Path of Praia: (length 4km) from square of Bomerano we pick the mule in direction of Santa Barbara and after passing through the homonym cave where is possible to admire the ruins of an ancient church of the XI century a.C., we deviate to the right to cross the river bed of the river Praia. The ancient path go through, then, the costal village of Praiano and Vettica Maggiore, to go down, at the end, on the cost. From here, near the church of San Luca, we pick the stairs for cala di Rezzola.
  • The Path of Tre Calli: (length 6km) at the centre of Bomerano we pick the way for the locality Pendola, continuing, then, for Paipo. We go through the Casino of Paipo (of bourboni era) and we continue until the cleft of Capomurano. Here it bends at the south following ridge of Mountain Calabrice to arrive to Mountain Tre Calli where is possible to admire the view of 360 grades on Agerola and the Costiera Amalfitana.
  • The Path of the Giant's Teeths: (length 7km) at the back of the church of San Pietro (suburb of Pianillo) it starts the mule that go up to Lococli and Sughero Hill where we enter on the Height way of Lattari's Mountains. We follow it in the West turning around the rock pyramid of Sant'Angelo's Mountain with three laces, until the Saint Water cave. From here we go upon highest peak of Salerno.
  • The Path of the Horrid Pine: (length 5km) from the square of Bomerano we pick the mule for S. Barbara, we pass through the valley of the homonym cave and we arrive to Furore; continuing through the street we pick the path that leads to the cleft of the river Schiato. The path pass through the river near an ancient mill and then we go up again to S. Lazzaro.
  • The Path of the Dawn: (length 4km) at the centre of S. Lazzaro we pick the drivable way for Radicosa, then the ancient terrace mule for Murillo's Mountain, for turn around it to south-east. Arrived to Vallone Vocito we come back to the south to arrive at the convent of Cospita (medieval era).
  • The Path of the Ancient Republic: (length 4km) from the landscape of S. Lazzaro we pick the ancient stairs that go down to Tovere and then to Vettica Minore. We can end the excursion on the seaside of Santa Croce.
  • The Path of Seafront Village: (length 4km) near the landscape of Fausto Coppi we pick one of the stairs that go down on the coast. Arrived at the deep cleft called Furore's Fiord we encounter an carachteristic and ancient seafront village recently restaured.

Hostels recommended:

AGEROLA (NA), “BEATA SOLITUDO”, one of the first AIG hostels opened in Italy (in 1949) that occupy the entrance of the Castel of the general Avitabile, brave general from Agerola that died in 1850. The hostel is located in San Lazzaro and it has 2 rooms with 5 beds and 1 room with 8 beds. Avaiable for the guest: washing machine, kitchen, private parking for cars and scooters. The structure is located near the local bus stop, restaurants, pizzerias and supermarkets.

SALERNO “AVE GRATIA PLENA”, the first quality certified AIG hostel from Hostelling International. It's located in an ancient monastery of the XVII century, that has all the modern comfort even if it's located in one of the most ancient street of the city centre. Avaiable for the guest: multilanguage workers, reception open 24h, Wi-fi, electronic keys, Tv rooms and more. The beautiful seaside of Costiera Amalfitana, with gems like Amalfi, Positano and the Island of Capri are only a few minutes of distance. The one who prefers staying in the city, during the day can arrive in the suggestive city centre walking (in the famous Via dei Mercanti) to do some shopping and, at night, be delighted by the night life that Salerno give thanks to the several pub and wine bar (where you can taste delicious plates).

NAPOLI “MERGELLINA”, located, in a panoramic position, at less of 10 minutes by car or bus at the city centre. The hostel has also private rooms and double rooms, all with a private bathroom and wi-fi: it's ideal for groups and families or who travel alone.

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RAVENNA 

The Park of the Po Delta is one of the biggest humid areas and most beautiful in Europe. The majestity of the river, the vast reed beds, the encounter with the sea, the overwhelming amount of birds, of shapes and colors between land and water make the Delta enchanted atmospheres and arouse unique emotions.

Several are the excursion in the area, one of them is Gran Bosco of the Mensola, a rare beauty and full protection, is one of the few examples of forest still exist in the Po Valley. Particular suggestion is the presence of red and fallow deer, and common and marsh turtles. It can be completed (by bike) following the educational panels with information about flora and fauna.

From Goro, for example, in boat you can advance the most secret recesses of the mouth, uncovering the silence of the reeds along the canals, a large and varied bird life, or visit the typical huts of the valley, typical guard homes where they practice ancient systems of fishing and farming.

The Valleys of Comacchio (result of marshy around the eponymous large lagoon) where the extraordinary natural scenery and can discover the trades and activities of the lagoon, of yesterday and today.

Comacchio is the most original and fascinating historical center of the Po Delta. Heir to ancient Spina, founded on islands based exclusively on the water its urban and economic development. Even today it has drawn from water and a dense network of canals and bridges that unite the neighborhoods, terraced houses in pastel shades that hide long aisle leading to inner courtyards. Do not miss the load of the Roman Ship Museum, the Portico dei Cappuccini and the Manufacture of Marinated (old factory manufacturing eel).

Not to be forgotten the dense network of ancient and monumental works and the reclamation buildings.

You can't miss the visit to the Abbey of Pomposa, a remarkable example of Romanesque architecture of the eleventh century, a place of great beauty and where the monaco Guido d'Arezzo invented the seven musical notes.

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PARMA 

Parma is a city of aristocratic cultural traditions (it's called “the Lady of Emilia-Romagna”), rich of monumental building and works of arts: the Cathedral, the Baptistery, the Ducal Palace, the famous Teathre Regio and Farnese.

Giuseppe verdi is one of the son of this land: you can't miss to visit the 'Verdi's places' around this city.

There're several castles and palace scattered throughout the surrounding territory: the splendid Regia of Colorno, the Rocca of Fontanellato, the Bardi's Castles, Gropparello and above all the Torrechiara one.

For the lovers of the nature is possible to do trekking along an significative part of Via Francigena, dotted by the romanesque church of Bardone, of the Romaesque Cathedral of Fornovo Taro and the Romanesque Cathedral (XII century) of Berceto.

For the lovers of cycling, you can find pleasant routes on www.artbike.it, an original way to discover the ducal city.

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PALERMO 

A journey in Palermo is always thrilling, the emotion to enter in the place of the history: walking between the streets that hosted the childhood of Federico II of Svevia, after the dominance of Arabic removed the Normans and that, later, successive Angioni, Aragonesi and Borboni that contribuite at the Italian Unity. It's, so, the monumental city for excellence of Sicily preserves treasures really unique: the Chapelle Palatina and the Cathedral ant at them we can add the Orleans Palace, San Giovanni of Hermits, and so, the fantastic Santa Maria of the Spasimo, recovered from degradation and today offer itself as a place of cultural activities, as it's suspend between earth and sky; we can't miss the visit at the near Montereale with its Duomo (first great Opera wanted by the Normans) and the beautiful cloister.

Impossible to enumarete the monuments and the majestic historical houses, that are located in the right size the richness and the value of the treasures of the museums, gallerys, librarys and gardens. Palermo is a city to live in the thousand facets and contradictions that characterize it, in its folklore accompanied by the kindness of its inhabitants; discover it among the markets of "Vucciria" on day or summer evenings covered by stars among the monuments of the center.

The hostel, in the locality of Sferracavallo, a pretty fishing village, overlooking the sea, surrounded by a Mediterranean garden; its location is ideal for excursions to nearby archaeological sites (Solunto, Monte Jato) nature reserves among which the regional marine reserve of Ustica, an island of volcanic origin.

Not to be missed: a day at Segesta, place of inestimable charm, almost supernatural: his Greek theater seems to see Phoenician and Roman ships approaching to land for new conquests and in his temple Kronos is absent (time stops); from here the itinerary continuing through the "Via del Sale" takes us to the Phoenicia "Motya", admirable work of nature and human together; The enchantment continues southward: Mazara del Vallo and the museum of the "Dancing Satyr"; few kilometers and you reach Selinunte, archaeological beauty of the Mediterranean, intact between sky and sea, remains at the heart of the visitors. On request it is also possible to arrange an excursion to Erice, famous medieval town in front of the Egadi and Cefalu tourist center overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea, rich in art treasures and unforgettable views.

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CALABRIA ALL THE SEASONS 

Calabria is one of the most beautiful and oldest sites of Mediterranean area: according to the Greek mithology, Calabria first inhabitants indeed named our beautiful peninsula, in honor of their King Italo. Many populations came to the 'tip of the boot' from the whole Mediterranean area and left many different evidences that nowadays lend Calabria its charm unique of its kind.

At the same time Calabria has been able to open up to the most modern tendencies, and become a top destination for many young people.

Although Calabrian sea is one of the most beautiful in our country, even in winter this fascinating land is able to offers majestic and impressive winter landscapes and ski resorts equipped like the best-known of northern Italy. Not to mention the beauty of Calabria natural parks and the amazing “cultural Calabria”.

Here follow some tips about wonderful places (not too much known, unfortunately) that are worth a visit and the indication about our hostels located in the area, which provide the perfect base to immerse yourself in the history, culture and nature in … the tip of the boot !

In winter, Camigliatello Silano is completely covered by snow and turns itself into a center for winter sports, hiking in the woods and walkings by the lake.
Camigliatello Silano is an area of pure mountain (at 1300 height on the Sila plateau) and boasts an ideal location: even if it is nestled in the high mountains, the city of Cosenza and the sea are less than half an hour away.
What better time to visit Cosenza, called the “Athens of Calabria” for its historical and cultural heritage that in 2008 was declared “City of art of Calabria”. Moreover, in 2011 its cathedral was declared by UNESCO as "witness of culture of peace", the first award given by UNESCO in Calabria. And while you're there ... what about an escape to the amazing coastal villages just in time to see the sunset? On the Tyrrhenian coast you can visit Diamante, Belvedere, Cetraro and Falerna Marina. On the ionic coast you can stop in Amendolara Marina (where you find Hotel Enotria, belonging to our network).
Other locations in the area that are worth a visit are:

  • Acri (CS)
  • Longobucco (Sila Greca, CS)
  • Pollino National Park
  • Lorica and the Sila National Park (whose perimeter extends to the districts of Catanzaro and Crotone)
  • S. Giovanni in Fiore (and Joachim da Fiore Abbey)
  • Giants of Fallistro Natural Reserve (Spezzano - CS)

Continuing south, you will reach Catanzaro the "city of the two seas", Capital city and important business, commercial and cultural center.
The city lies on Marcellinara isthmus and in Summer its 8 km of beach become a top destination for youth tourism. However, also in winter these fishing villages can be extremely attractive (sometimes more than in summer). Before leaving Catanzaro, we recommend a visit to Scolacium Archaeological Park, rich in natural beauty and hosting significant archaeological finds.

now, you can start going down to the Ionian coast and stopping in its pretty villages, until you get in Reggio Calabria. Monasterace is one of the most scenic locations of the area: in its seaside there are the remains of Kaulon, thriving colony of Ancient Greece; in the upper part of the village - instead - you can admire its small medieval town, where you can find some of the most important Calabria architectural works.
What about a coast to coast, now? In fact, Catanzaro is located in the narrowest point of Italy, where only 35 kilometers separate the Ionian Sea from the Tyrrhenian Sea. You can cross it, reach the picturesque Violet Coast (so called for the characteristic color given to the sea by the vegetation) and visit Scilla, Favazzina, Bagnara, Palmi seaside (Marinella) and tuna fishery, up to Reggio Calabria, where you can have a walk on Falcomatà boardwalk, considered the "most beautiful kilometer of Italy ".
Reggio Calabria is the most populous city of Calabria, nestled between the Tyrrhenian Sea by one side and the Aspromonte Mountains on the other.
A walk on the famous promenade and a visit to the Archaeological Museum of Reggio Calabria to admire the majesty of the Riace Bronzes, will make you trip unforgettable.

Our hostels will be happy to accommodate you!
During your journey in Calabria you can stay in our hostels, which meet everybody’s tastes.

In Cosenza district Altomonte YH will be glad to host you: immersed in an enchanting landscape, away from the hectic urban rhythms, wrapped by scents and colors of nature.
In Amendolara Marina you find Hotel Enotria, overlooking the Gulf of Taranto, surrounded by picturesque natural and historical scenery.

Furthermore, another youth hostel in Rossano Calabro has just joined our network and is going to open in the next days.

On Catanzaro Ionian coast you can stop at Sila Grand Hotel, San Domenico Hotel in Soverato, St. Andrew Village or Guardavalle Marina or Falerna Marina (this one on the Tyrrhenian coast).

Ready to be fascinated by the charm of this beautiful and wild area? Run to discover it, then!!

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AMALFI 

The Amalfi Coast is a stretch of Italian coastline worldwide known for its natural beauty and declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

The Amalfi Coast can be reached in different ways, maybe making some stops in archaeological or touristic areas.

For example, you can get to Naples by plane and stay in our Mergellina YH: you can visit the city and take the opportunity to draw up a "travel plan" to reach Salerno through the Amalfi Coast.

The Youth Hostel Mergellina is located in the colorful neighborhood of Mergellina (from which it takes its name) and can provide various types of ensuite rooms, suitable for individual travelers, couples, groups of friends and families.

In Naples you can rent a car and spend a few hours in Pompeii or Sorrento (reachable in less than half an hour) and then go on to the Amalfi Coast: the stretch of road that leads from the Sorrento Peninsula to the Amalfi Coast is characterized by sloping cliffs overlooking the sea. The landscape changes at every turn, showing suggestive views that take your breath away.

Otherwise you can take a bus from the airport to Sorrento and then visit the Coast moving by SITA bus or ferry and hydrofoil.

Midway between Naples and Salerno, in the heart of Lattari Mountains, you can find our Agerola Youth Hostel ( Beata Solitudo), the right place to spend a stay under the sign of nature and relaxation: from here you can discover the picturesque Path of Gods and arrange quick trips to the beautiful villages of the Amalfi Coast.

The hostel is located in San Lazzaro and provides various types of rooms. It offers its guests various services (including private parking and self-catering kitchen) and it is located just a few meters from the bus stop, restaurants, pizzerias and supermarkets.

Heading south you reach the charming Salerno, a modern city that preserves its historic atmosphere thanks to the medieval area, the nineteenth-century buildings overlooking the Riviera, the municipal park. The district of Salerno is the hugest of Campania and includes - among others - the Amalfi Coast, the archaeological area of Paestum and Cilento promontory.

Here you can stay in Ave Gratia Plena youth hostel, a former convent dating back to 1600, finely renovated and equipped with all modern comforts. The hostel is located in one of the oldest streets of the town and was the first in Italy to receive the Quality Certification issued by Hostelling International.

Other villages of the Amalfi Coast that worth a visit (easily reachable from Naples, Salerno and Agerola) are the following:

  • Positano, the pearl of the Amalfi Coast;
  • Amalfi with its imposing Cathedral
  • Atrani;
  • Cetara, well known for the anchovy sauce (perfect to dress pasta);
  • Conca dei Marini and the Emerald Grotto, a stunning location;
  • Furore and its small fjord;
  • Maiori and the beautiful promenade;
  • Ravello (a must-see): the city of music with its Cathedral and the prestigious Villa Cimbrone, Villa Rufolo, and Oscar Niemeyer Auditorium;
  • Vietri sul Mare, famous all over the world for its ancient tradition of pottery.


Take advantage of our 3 hostels in Campania to visit this part of Italy that the whole world envies us!

 

Contacts:

Naples, Mergellina YH

Salita Della Grotta 23

80122 Napoli

Tel. +39 081 7612346

Fax. +39 081 7612391

napoli@aighostels.it

 

Agerola, Beata Solitudo YH

Piazza Gen. Avitabile 10

Agerola (NA)

Tel. + 39 081 8025048

cell. + 39 333 8372959

beatasol@gmail.com

 

Salerno, Ave Gratia Plena YH

Via Canali snc, c/o Ave Gratia Plena

84100 Salerno

Tel. + 39 089 234776

info@ostellodisalerno.it

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ON FRANCES' FOOTSTEPS

We need to know Assisi and all Umbria to understand well San Francesco. In the youth of the “poor of God” are liked the devious and suggestive streets and the square that surround his house while, at the centre of Assisi, are located the Cathedral of San Rufino (where was baptize) and the Basilica of S. Maria Maggiore (where he renunced at his father eredity, disroping himself in front of all the city and proclaiming to see only the paternity of God and the sky eredity). Out the city there is the Church of San Damiano, where the Crucified indicated to the Saint the mission of “Restaurator of the Churchs” and where blossomed the “Cantico di frate Sole”.

Not far away, on the Sunbasio mountain and immerce in the nature, it rise the Eremo delle Carceri: here legend and history blend together to sing the devotion of Francesco for the Virgin Mary, which the small chapel was dedicated. An autentic memorial of the italian art is, than, the triple Basilica of San Francesco, where the most famouse artist, for centuries, gathered.

The main festival: the Festa del Perdono of Assisi (31 july-2 august); the Festa of Santa Chiara (12 august); the Festa of San Francesco (3-4 october); the Celebrazioni del Natale and the ri-evocation of the ancient times with the Festa del Calendimaggio (30 april-10 may).

In the 1205 San Francesco arrived in Foligno, on saddle of a horse full of precious fabric after the Crucify – at San Damiano – he order him to «restaur the church». Foligno did one of the most generous act from Francesco because, here, the Poor of God sold fabrics and horse, he returned walking to Assisi, he presented himself to the preach that custodized San Damiano and gave him the money that he acquired. In francescana company Foligno is particulary important because here was borned brother Paoluccio Trinci that – in the 1368 – start the renovation of the Francesco's Order with the movement of Osservanza, that had its first site in the Folignano mountain (at Brogliano of Colfiorito). At the apostolic journey conduct by the Saint in the south of Umbria in the 1212 – 1213, are liked with francesani's memories of Amelia, one of the most ancient abitant of Italy: city that, according to the tradition, was built from Amiro, King of the “Aborigeni”, 383 years before Rome. The village of Amelia rise castled on a rocky hill, which slopes unfold expanses of oaks and olive trees, interrupted only by the river Tiber. Today Amelia is a dynamic and modern city, which has been able to profit from the favorable geographical location to establish itself as agro-food center as well as archeological and artistic site. In 1213 brother Francesco went to Terni and, after a few days of stay reached the village of Collescipoli. Just in Terni, the site of the oratory of San Cassiano (donated to Francesco in 1218 by the bishop Rainerio). Today you can visit the Monastery of San Francesco, with the Church built between 1265 and 1288 that still preserves evidence of the original building.

Built as a Franciscano Sanctuary in 2004, the Church is in the current historic center of Terni.

(Source: www.sanfrancesco.com)

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LAGO TRASIMENO 

The lake, with its islands, the reeds and wildlife that inside of it find refuge, the human, the ancient villages and the activites that from always are link to the body of water… This are the elements of a landscape that it's the same from a thousand years even if in continue transformation.

The first propose in programme provide 3 days and 2 night of staying.

In the first day it's forsee the arrive at the AIG Hostel “The House on the Lake” of Torricella (PG), in the late morning, the accomodation in the rooms and the lunch.

In the afternoon there's an meeting with the worker of the Oasis 'La Valle', with the presentation of all the naturalistic path and the pianification of the three days.

Then we move to San Feliciano (distance between the Youth Hostel 3km), where we're going to visit the Fishing Museum: the fish of Trasimeno's Lake, the ancient system of fishing on the lake, the actual fishing system, illustration - from a professional fishman - of the technique to fish with “giacchio”.

We come back to the hostel, dinner and overnight.

The morning of the second day we go for the jetty of Tuoro on Trasimeno (distant 25km from the Oasis La Valle) and it starts the Treasure Hunt on the Major Island, course of enviroment education to discover the original name Trasimeno and the history of the three island of the lake; we will identify the ancient structure located on the island and we are going to visit the medieval village (still today popolated) of Major Island. The route is about 4 km with a difference in height of 60 meters.

Lunch in the hostel and free afternoon, reentry in hostel for dinner and overnight.

The morning of the third day we'll go to San Savino (distant from the Youth Hostel 5km)

We continue to visit the Oasis La Valle with the presentation of the Oasis and its naturalistic peculiarity, the visit at the modern and medieval emissaries, bird-watching (with binoculars and monoculars supplied from the Oasis) from the jetty and the observatory; partecipation at the scientific activity of bejewelly of the birds.

The route it's about 3km, easy, totally flat and equipped for person with disabilities.

Lunch at the hostel and free afternoon.

The second propose of stay is the same to the first until lunch of the third day, that is going to be packed lunch, give from the Hostel to be eaten in the Oasis La Valle.

The afternoon is going to be in the Oasis, studying in the laboratory 'the life in a drop of water'.

We'll divide ourself in 2 groups to practice gathering water and vegetal materials, finding out the microorganism that lives in the water of the Trasimeno. The laboratory, like the Hostel and the naturalistic path, that is without architectural barrers and is usable by everyone.

NOTE:  To arrive in the area which were propose visits and excurtions it's necessary the transport with own vehicles.

OPERATORS

The Naturalistic Oasis “La Valle” has a qualified group of ambiental educator that take care of the planning, the oraganization of the educations and animations on the territory activities.

Each of them has specific expertise in addition to a degree in Biological Sciences and Natural Sciences and the license for the Scientific Bird Ringing.

The group of operators, also, constantly partecipate at formations and update course for operators of environment educations.

THE HOSTEL “LA CASA SUL LAGO” This beautiful stucture, that has three floors without architectural barrers, has 60 beds distribute in rooms from 4/6 bunk beds an with double bathroom inside the room. And has, also, a room in the ground floor equipped for people with motories difficulties and 6 double rooms – thas has all the comforts – for the carers.

The common spaces are constituted of a dining-room and multi-purpose hall, a library, living room, big open spaces fenced, football and basket fields and big panoramic terraces.

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CULTURE AND RELIGION IN MARCHE 

Tip for an itinerary of three days with stay at the Hostel of Ancona

1° Day: hour 10:00 arrive at Frasassi and visit at the Caves, that represent one of the most great and fascinating underground path of the world. The turistic itinerary, is equipped and easily accessible, and has a duration of 70 minutes, for an lenght of 1,5 km.

After the lunch, we depart for Ancona.

2° Day: after the first breakfast, departure for Loreto and guided visit for the Basilica, mondial destination for faithful and peligrims, called from the presence of Santa Casa of Nazareth and from the wood staue of the black Virgin Mary.

A visit to the Apostolic Palace, site of the art gallery, that, otherwise, you can admire paintings of Lorenzo Lotto and precious collection of pharmacy ceramic, a real work of art donated from Duke of Urbino. In the afternoon we do an excurtion along the Riviera del Corneo, an stage of real beauty set along the Adriatic coast. Arrived again to Ancona, visit of the historic centre and the cathedral of San Ciriaco, with remains of the Saint.

3° Day: brekfast and departure for Urbino. The visit at the historic centre include the Ducal Palace with the visit of the surrounding places of the residence, like the Rampa of Martini, the facade of the 'Torricini' and Piazza del Rinascimento. After the visit of the Palace and the major interest operas of the National Gallery of Marche, we continue with the visit of Duomo, of Piazza della Repubblica and of the panoramic Point. In the afternoon we visit the house where Raffaello was born and Orators of San Giovanni and San Giuseppe.

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