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Where to go in summer in Italy? Enjoyment and relaxation awaits. Sunny beaches, or silent nature reserves, summer in Italy is more than a season, it is a lifestyle. Enjoy deserted cities at 2pm and sunsets by the sea. Listen to the sound of holiday goes sitting at restaurants tables and chatting happily while getting lost on long evening walks. The summer season in Italy is a harbinger of infinite joy, whether you love the high mountains or taking long swims in some of the clearest waters in the world. It will be unforgettable.

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Zoomarine

Zoomarine: the animal show The spectacular movements of dolphins, the funny displays of seals and sea lions, the leaps of lemurs, the darting of flying squirrels. All this and more can be found at Zoomarine in Torvaianica, along the Latium coast south of Rome. A unique space where there are not only exotic animals. Indeed, Zoomarine's mission is to teach young and old alike to respect pets first and foremost. With swimming pools, slides and funfair, Zoomarine in Torvaianica is the ideal place to spend a fun-filled day. What to see at Zoomarine In the dolphin stadium, an exciting show of jumps and dives is staged every day with three talented performers. To find out more and observe the animals up close, it is also possible to take part in a poolside activity to talk to the trainers and learn from them the gestures that guide the dolphins in their performances. The same can be done in the pinniped bay, where seals and sea lions perform, meeting experts who are in contact with the animals every day for 30 minutes. In the parrot forest you discover macaws, cockatoos, amazon parrots, and toucans with their wonderful colours; in the turtle oasis you get to know the placid tortoises; with lemurs you can take a selfie; in the flamingos' nest you come face to face with the birds in an interactive aviary; walking through a forest with three ponds, you can see Australian pelicans, lesser flamingos, black-necked swans, wood ducks, sun conures and other animals together with instructors. Learning to love pets Not only exotic or unusual animals at Zoomarine: passion and love for animals can be developed by learning to take care of the animals we have closest to us, our dogs and cats. In the company of a Border collieof a Maremma Shepherd and a Bergamo Shepherdyou learn the importance of playing and empathy in the upbringing of pets and their everyday management. Water park & funfair A day at Zoomarine is pure adrenaline between the exciting animal encounters, the irresistible attraction of the water slides, the amusement park, the swimming pools, the tropical beach and the diving shows. Also worth trying are the fitgames, which combine sport and technology, and the 4D cinema. For the youngest children there are rides on the farm train, a visit to King Arthur's castle, a carousel ride and a zoo-guide.

Lake Bolsena

Lake Bolsena, land of popes' choice. The body of water of Bolsena is the largest volcanic lake in Europe. Surrounded by a crown of hills, its shores are dominated by magnificent medieval villages, rich in important works of art, a legacy of the Farnese seigniory and the many popes who loved this area. Two islands of lush nature, Bisentina and Martana, rise out of the lake. Its crystal-clear waters are an invitation to enjoy various water sports, including swimming. Scenery and great food. The area around Lake Bolsena is one of the most fascinating in Lazio, the ideal place to spend a weekend, or even a whole week, enjoying nature, art, beautiful landscapes and great food. The lakeside village of Bolsena is dominated by the Rocca Monaldeschi della Cervara, which houses a regional museum, and is rich in palaces, squares and churches, including the Baroque Cappella del Miracolo, and restaurants, where you can try dishes based on the lake's fish, eel and whitefish. Going on with the tour, clockwise, on a promontory rises Montefiascone, another beautiful Renaissance town, dominated by the imposing Rocca dei Papi (12th century), where the best view of the lake is a must. Here we drink white wine, the famous Est Est Est! Back on the shore, you go through Marta, a fishing village with colourful boats moored on the banks, arriving at the Capodimonte promontory, dominated by the Rocca Farnese (the work of Antonio da Sangallo the Younger), with a beautiful little harbour from where you can sail to the islands, and beaches to relax. Valentano is another must-see promontory. It is a village where the Farnese family settled, embellished with a majestic fortress, monumental gates (Magenta and San Martino) and many palaces. Also in Gradoli, a pretty centre rising on a spur of tufa rock, is a Farnese palace, built by Pope Paul III, who had elected the village as his summer residence. Down the Brigands Trail The western shore of Lake Bolsena, from Gradoli to San Magno, the greenest and most wooded, is bordered by a section of the Sentiero dei Briganti, a 100-km itinerary that can be travelled on foot, by bicycle or on horseback. The trail runs from the Monte Rufeno Nature Reserve, on the border between Lazio, Tuscany and Umbria, to the village of Vulci in the Latium Maremma. This is a route that today has great naturalistic value, but at the end of the 19th century was among the most marginal and isolated areas of the country, where Brigandage, the phenomenon that spread among armed gangs and dedicated to robbery and murder, had fertile ground. Modern brigands travel through it to discover an unspoilt Italy, where there is still so much to discover. The island of Bisentina, a sweet spot Bisentina Island, the largest (17 hectares) of Lake Bolsena, is part of the municipal territory of Capodimonte: its name comes from a nearby hill, Mount Bisenzio. Inhabited since time immemorial, the island was a place of refuge for the coastal populations during the barbarian invasions, and later became a sweet spot when it was acquired by the Farnese family around the 15th century. There are records of numerous popes who spent their holidays here. That explains the presence of various chapels and religious buildings dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries, the most important of which is the Church of Saints James and Christopher, built around 1500 with a dome by Vignola, one of the greatest architects of the time. The island is still private and not open for visits, except during FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italiano) days. The Mystery of the Martana Island The island of Martana, with its characteristic half-moon shape, measures about 10 hectares and takes its name from the nearest coastal town, the village of Marta, about 2 km away. The history of this island is linked to two tragic events: the martyrdom of St. Christine and the murder of Amalasunta, a queen of the Goths, daughter of Theodoric, are said to have taken place here. Over the centuries, the island was inhabited by various monastic communities and disputed between the Holy See, Orvieto and Viterbo, then owned by the Farnese family, who preferred the Bisentina for their leisure activities, and gradually abandoned. Martana Island is also private today and mooring is not possible, but it can be seen externally thanks to the public lake navigation service, which offers excursions from the port of Bolsena, circumnavigating both islands and the promontory of Capodimonte.
Leisure

Cinecittà World

Cinecittà World: a picture of cinematic fun! If you think theme parks are only for kids, then you should definitely pay a visit to Cinecittà World, the fantastic amusement park on the outskirts of Rome that captivates its visitors by catapulting them into the world of film and television. This entertainment paradise, which has the same vibes as Universal Studios in the United States, was opened in Castel Romano in 2014 by the entrepreneurs Luigi Abete, Aurelio De Laurentiis and Diego Della Valle. Ready to dive into the world of the seventh art? A day in Ancient Rome If you’re ready for unbelievable experiences, how about a step back in time? In the Roma World area, you can experience life as an ancient Roman, wearing Roman togas, enjoying lavish banquets and learning how to be real-life gladiators. As you stroll through sets that reproduce Roman streets, markets and environments, you won’t be surprised when you find yourself transported into the world of Ben Hur. You can explore the set of this colossal film starring Charlton Heston that made film history in 1959 and discover all its secrets. A sleepover at a Roman Legion encampment If you’re planning to spend the night at Cinecittà World, there could be no better way to end the day than at a Roman encampment in the middle of the forest: dressed as a Roman legionary, you can eat a delicious meal before hitting the sack, waking up safe and sound in the morning with breakfast on the table, which is always a bonus! Aqua World and the Ice Kingdom As well as original film sets, you can while away the hours in areas of the park that are certainly more traditional but just as entertaining. From the Ice Kingdom, the first indoor snow park in Italy, to the Aqua World water park; from the futuristic-themed theatre screening movies filmed in cities across Italy, to the permanent exhibition featuring over 300 sculptures from 30 films, adverts and television programmes. There is sure to be something for everyone among the 40 attractions, 7 themed areas and 6 staged shows. Born from the ashes of the old studios Cinecittà World is built in an area that shares similarly strong connections with the history of cinema: the Dinocittà film studios previously stood on the same ground, built in the 1960s by Dino De Laurentiis. Theatres and several buildings from the old film studios still stand today, converted to host indoor shows and attractions.
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