Italy is known for its unparalleled mix of wonderful landscapes, rich cultural history, fabulous food and wine and of course for its friendly and outgoing people. Walkers and trekkers are spoil for choice, with any number of beautiful regions to discover. From the Roman Empire to the Medicis; from Fellini to Rossellini; from Michelangelo to Botticelli; Italy has it all. From the snow-capped peaks of the high Alps in the north to the lava strewn slopes of Vulcan Etna in the south and the rugged, beach-fringed island of Sardinia to the west, there are countless opportunities for walking and trekking holidays in Italy. There are numerous choices in the Italian Alps, including the spectacular, pale silver Dolomites in the north-east, which were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009. Famous for their near vertical cliffs and spires, which make them arguably the most spectacular string of mountain peaks in Europe, the Dolomites attract walkers, trekkers and climbers from all over the world. Download PDF
Visit the historical complex of Plaza de Mayo, surrounded by the Government House, the Cathedral and the historical Cabildo, a beautiful 18th century building. Walk through one of the first avenues the city ever had, the Avenida de Mayo, seeing plenty of architectural samples of the end of the 19th century.
The tour continues south, to the oldest quarters of the city. Arrival to the traditional neighbourhood of San Telmo, with its cobblestone streets and its renowned antique fair, and to the picturesque area of La Boca, a colourful world where local artists show their paintings along the historical Caminito Street.
To the north, the tour visits the lakes in Palermo and its residential area. Finally, in the sophisticated La Recoleta quarter, one of the most exclusive ones, with elegant cafés and restaurants, we visit Our Lady of Pilar Church, said to be the oldest in the city, and the unique Northern Cemetery, to see the grave with Eva Perón's mortal remains.
Art and culture is everywhere: the sculptures in parks, the Latin American masterpieces in galleries and museums, or the tango melodies that soar out of a cafe's window... But to understand and feel it, there is nothing better than meeting the artisans of this creative world. Take time to soak in the Tango culture by visiting a milonga, a dance hall where Porteños will dance tango during their lunch break from work. Or assist to a professional soccer game or polo match, the Argentines are world-beaters at both! Or live and breathe Football attending at the local derby's such as Boca Juniors and River Place. You prefer opera, ballet or classical music concerts? Then attend a performance at the Teatro Colon, ranked by National Geographic as the third best Opera House in the world. If the culinary arts are appealing, consider a cooking workshop while in Buenos Aires.
When we use the term "folklorist" in a broader sense, we are generally referring to the idea of the picturesque, as ascribed to a legend or fact, or even to a human attitude that is rather curious or extravagant. The idea of "color" is also associated with folklore, perhaps because the gaudiest events as historical recreations are resplendent with the showiest hues. Since these are the most appeal events, folklore may rightfully be called the color of tourism. Be inspired by our color of tourism!