the Kingdom of Santa Claus

in VETRALLA one hour driving from Rome

The Kingdom of Santa Claus is the project that comes from Love and the Passion for CHRISTMAS of the Aquilani family, known for over 50 years in the wood processing industry (www.aquilani.it). The Kingdom of Santa Claus in Vetralla is dedicated to children from 0 to 1000 years who are not content to live the magical Christmas atmosphere for only one month a year, but instead take it to heart every day transmitting its magic. The Kingdom of Santa Claus gives this dream for a much longer period of time. Over 1000 m2 of Ambient Shop, Magic Atmosphere and Events where to find the most beautiful and unique Christmas decorations from all over the world. Every week the Kingdom of Santa Claus welcomes Christmas enthusiasts and enthusiasts from all over Italy and Europe, becoming the little time among the most popular destinations in the sector. Trees, Lights, Cribs, Gift Ideas and Collectibles, LEMAX Villages and lots of news for young and old! Entry is ABSOLUTELY FREE !! The Kingdom of Santa Claus is open EVERY DAY of the week while stocks last. From Monday to Friday: 9:30 am / 13: 00 - 16: 00/19: 30 Saturday and Sunday: CONTINUED TIME 9.30 am - 7.30 pm

MONTE SANT'ANGELO

spur of the Gargano, in the cave of the devil

Monte Sant'Angelo (also known simply as "Mònde", according to the local dialect) is an Italian town in the Puglia region that has just under 13,000 inhabitants spread over an area of 245.13 square kilometers. It is located in the province of Foggia, more precisely on a spur of the Gargano in a wooded area, at an average altitude of 796 meters above sea level and within an area known for the spectacular alternation of mountainous terrain and flat terrain: the latter is also directly wet from the sea (think of the fraction of Marina di Monte Santangelo) The history of Monte Sant'Angelo is directly linked to that of the cave of the Archangel Michael, which, according to local tradition, appeared in vision to the bishop of Spionto san Lorenzo Maiorano on May 8, 490, ordering him to dedicate the place to Christian worship . The cave of the archangel Michael was known to the Lombards, who during the seventh century after Christ raised it to their national shrine and also to the Saracens, who sacked it in the year 871. The place became a must for the Crusaders heading to the Holy Land already starting from the tenth century and between the year 1000 and the year 1100 just in its neighborhood began to develop the urban settlement that would become the municipality that we know today. Monte Sant'Angelo obtained the title of city directly from Pope Boniface IX in the year 1401 and was subsequently granted to Giorgio Castriota, also known as Scanderberg: a noble Albanian leader and patriot, distinguished during the resistance against the Ottomans. During the seventeenth century the municipality would have joined the Kingdom of Naples and would have overcome a very severe epidemic of plague, while during the following century it would have started to grow from an urban point of view. At the same time, the history of the Sanctuary mentioned above has continued to welcome dozens and dozens of saints, popes and very important religious figures: starting from St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Catherine of Siena and St. Francis of Assisi, arriving to Pope John Palo II (in 1974, when he was still a cardinal of Krakow).

  

GRADARA

The fortress of Paolo and Francesca

Six kilometers from Gabicce Mare and Cattolica, 18 from Pesaro, 20 from Rimini and 35 from Urbino: close distances to reach the village of magic and love called Gradara, in the province of Pesaro-Urbino. Love, above all, because this is the scenario of the historical myth of Dante's memory between Paolo and Francesca. Between sea and hills, the town is one of the main tourist destinations of Italy, in the Riviera Marche-Romagna. The fortified village of Gradara, with its castle and its two walls that protect the whole fortress, represents a medieval complex among the best preserved throughout the Belpaese: it rises on the entire valley in a hill of 142 meters above sea level, a strategic and dominant position over the surrounding territory, kissed by a mild climate, generous with sweetness in every season of the year, mitigated by the inland hills and by the humidity of the sea in front of it. So, a privileged place, to build a fortress and have control of men and businesses, between 'fights' of various kinds between the houses of the Marches and Romagna and the Papal States. It all began in 1150: it is when the noble and powerful De Griffo family builds the keep that is fortified with a couple of mighty walls between 1200 and 1300, by the Malatesta family who, in spite of the fact that the town then moves from hand to hand, they left their massive footprint, so much so that Gradara is often referred to as Rocca Malatestiana. The domain of this family lasted until the middle of 1400, exactly in 1463, when the Pope's soldiers, led by Federico da Montefeltro, took possession of it. It is the historical moment of the Sforza of Pesaro, faithful to the papacy: in particular we remember Giovanni, the (almost) anonymous husband of the decidedly more famous Lucrezia. Among the families that later take care of the Fortress are also included Della Rovere and the Medici, in a real swirl of infighting and not that for many centuries has characterized these territories between Marche and Emilia Romagna. This did not do much good for the whole so much so that at the beginning of the twentieth century its state of conservation was not the best: luckily the last owner of this enchanted place intervenes, the engineer Umberto Zanvettori who, around the twenties, brings it back to its ancient beauty for our ecstatic eyes.  The area is famous for certain craftsmanship, such as ceramics and majolica, important both in the building sector and in the craft sector, as well as for the presence of vineyards and olive groves. But the Gradara site literally calamita for its medieval atmosphere, 'bristling with stories, weapons and passions ... And there is to be considered a certain congressional tourism, through the company Gradara Innova which has several facilities in the historic center , a few steps from the famous Rocca, ideal for meetings, events, conventions, conferences, presentations, seminars.

               

GRADARA