Aug 27 2014

September in Venice

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Venice is always a magical place to spend some amazing days. Traveling to the city of canals in September is not just extra special because of the amazing weather but also because of the great events.

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71 st Venice International Film Festival: The 71st Venice International Film Festival, organized by La Biennale di Venezia, will run on Venice Lido from 27th August to 6th September 2014. It is the oldest international film festival in the world. Founded by Count Giuseppe Volpi in 1932 as the "Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica", the festival has since taken place every year in late August or early September on the island of the Lido, Venice, Italy.

This year the Festival has begun with a screening of "Birdman”, directed by Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu, the first Mexican director to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director and by the Directors Guild of America for Best Director.

Find more information about the 71 st Venice International Film Festival Screening Theatres

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Regata Storica: Sunday 7th September The Regata Storica is the main event in the annual "Voga alla Veneta" and the unique sport has been practised in the Venetian lagoon for thousands of years. Originally the Venetian regata has always consisted of various races with different kinds of boat, today, the most popular race is the gondolini regatta.

On the day of the “Regata Storica”, St Mark’s Bay and the Grand Canal are packed with boats of every shape and size, filled with loudly cheering, local supporters. You can attend the Regata Storica comfortably seated on the uncovered floating stalls set up along the Grand Canal near Campo San Vio. The floating platform is set in one of the most beautiful and spectacular points along the route, and allows to attend the historical water pageant and all the regattas.

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Visit Piazza San Marco: This is a meeting place for Venetian citizens. It is located between the Doge's Palace and the Jacopo Sansovino's library and holds several buildings and important monuments as the Basilica San Marco, which is located at the east of the square.

As a remark to Napoleon, the square is famously named as the "drawing room of Europe". This square is the only square which officially is called "Piazza". All other squares in Venice are called "Campi".

Don´t miss the opportunity and see the major sights in one square.

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Aug 27 2014

September in Florence

The Tuscany is really a great destination to travel to in late summer. Temperatures are already nice and warm and the landscape convinces with all of the beauty it has to offer. Check out what’s on the schedule and plan a perfect program for your own summer trip to the Tuscany!

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La Rificolona: The Festival of the Paper Lanterns is  one of our favorite nights of the year here in Florence is the "Festa della Rificolona", an evening parade through the streets of the city. Rificolona is a traditional event celebrated since Middle Age in Florence on September 7th. The lovely ‘Festival of the Lanterns’ is said to be one of Florence’s oldest tradition.

Nowadays la Rificolona is a funny festival, mainly dedicated to children. You will see Florence lighted up by hundreds of paper lanterns, that will parade along the historical centre.

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Markets in Florence: Most authentic way to discover the taste of the city. Markets in Florence offer the visitor an authentic view over the city, the opportunity to buy traditional products and a pleasant stroll around most beautiful places and spots. Please take note:

*MERCATO CENTRALE
(Central Market) is an imposing iron-and-glasses building where you can find any kind of fresh products and all delicious Tuscan most typical ones.

*MERCATO DI SAN LORENZO
Most important market in Florence, opened almost every day. You can find clothes, jewelry, leather products (one of the pride of Florence), souvenirs… Always a pleasure walk around there.

*MERCATO DEL PORCELLINO
This market is a complete tourist spot, with crazy prices. You can find the same products for example in San Lorenzo Market or in some shops in the city centre with a notable price difference.

*MERCATO DELLE CASCINE
The biggest and cheapest market in Florence: it takes place in the Cascine Park every Tuesday morning (from 7 to 14). It’s a lovely location, along the river Arno and immersed into the green of the park. You can find almost everything: clothing, houseware stands, antiquities, beauty products and also general grocery and whatever you can need.

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Segway tour through beautiful Florence: Discover Florence in a comfortable way!
Segway tours become more and more popular. It is possible to discover most of Florence in 3 hours for only 67,50€. It is a beautiful, modern and funny way of exploring the city very comfortable!  Don’t miss the opportunity to live this experience of Segway Tours through this charming city.

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Aug 27 2014

September in Amsterdam

Be prepared to experience last days of summer in Amsterdam. The city is definitely a magnificent place with varied events throughout the whole year, but the Dutch capital seems “walk the extra mile” during the warmer months. Get some help deciding and read through our recommendations.

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On the Roof Film Festival: Would you like to see the latest films from the world cinema? Listening to special interviews with scientists and guest speakers at a unique location? If your answer is affirmative, you should go to the On the Roof Film Festival on the roof of the VU University Amsterdam, with spectacular views over the city. From September 1st to 5th. ‘Inspiring Confidence’ is the theme of this year's festival. Each film begins at 21:00 and is preceded by an introductory talk (in Dutch). For more information visit On the Roof Film Festivla site.

bike amsterdam

Cycling in Amsterdam: If you are planning a trip to Amsterdam it is definitely a good idea to rent a bike to discover the city the best and most authentic way possible. Amsterdam is a wonderfully walkable city with most major sites located in or near the city center. Public transportation is excellent and driving is strongly discouraged within the canal ring. Of course biking is the preferred Dutch way to travel and some would say the only way to truly experience the city.

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Waterloopleinmarkt flea market: Huge daily flea market in the city centre with 300 stands where you can find anything you are looking for: from new clothes to second hand and vintage clothes, from books to videos and from souvenirs to old secrets.

Opening Hours
Monday – Saturday: 09:00 -18:00, Sunday & on public holidays: closed
Address:
Waterlooplein 2
1011 NZ – Amsterdam
020-5524074

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Aug 27 2014

September in Rome

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If you like to spend last days of your summer holidays in a great metropolis combining history, sights, flair and hot temperatures, Rome should be your destination of choice! Enjoy all of the great possibilities Italy’s capital provides when it comes to active and exciting holidays.
 

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Alexanderplatz Jazz Club: If you love jazz then the Alexanderplatz is definitely one of the best spots to enjoy an evening of jazz in Rome. It is just what you would expect of a European Jazz club. They have top notch acts that come from all over the world. Every famous jazz player has played there. It is situated in the historic Centre of Rome, and it is the oldest Jazz club of the Capital.

Eating Italy food tour

Eating Italy Food Tour: What can be better than an ‘Eating Italy Food Tour’ in Rome to discover and taste many Italian specialities?. This is what you must do! You will go with a small group (12 people) and a guide in some of the best places in Rome to taste wine, gelato, cheese, pastas, etc. Take a break from being a tourist! More info about Rome Food Tours.

vivaldi four seasons Rome

Vivaldi's The Four Seasons in Rome: Take a musical journey back to the 18th century at this performance in Rome. The “Opera in Roma” Baroque Orchestra and internationally renowned soloists create a special atmosphere in the Waldensian Evangelical Church in Trevi of Rome. This event takes place: September 7th, 14th and 18th.
 

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Aug 26 2014

September in Madrid

September in Madrid is not just awesome because of the pleasant weather, but also a great month for travellers to enjoy a lot of different and great events all over town. If you are a person who likes to enjoy a wide range of activities, September would be the perfect month to visit the Spanish capital and benefit from its amazing leisure time activities.
 

Zoo Aquarium in Madrid an awesome idea for children holidays: In the Madrid zoo-aquarium you will find all kinds of mammals, marine animals, reptiles, birds and amphibians. Besides enjoying various displays and places to relax and eat. It is the perfect place to go with family and enjoy like a child. Also you can enjoy various exhibitions as: flight of the raptor, sea lions  and dolphins
And to have a good end of the day nothing better than a relaxing lunch time in one of their restaurants, Hamburgers Virunga, Kiosko Australia, Kibanda and Bagaray.

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Dcode Festival: This is a festival that goes beyond the limits of musical event. It is an event in which, besides offering a poster with groups of national and international renown, also is a demonstration of visual art vanguard, where exhibitions, video art and new trends come together in a single concept of culture and leisure. The event takes place on September 13th in Universidad Complutense campus.
The 2014 edition of the festival Dcode Madrid promises to be one of the best festivals in Europe. For this year edition, the presence of Beck will be an exceptional musical moment. For more info please visit the official site: DCODE 2014.

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Arnold Classic Europe from September 26th to 28th at Ferial Casa de Campo.
Arnold Schwarzenegger returns to Madrid to present his most important event in Europe, in terms of number of athletes and public in general.The MultiSport program will feature more than thirty different sports  as  the  Athletic  Fitness,  Strongman,  Pole  Dance, Cheerleaders, weightlifting, gymnastics, Kempo,  Taekwondo,  Kickboxing,  Powerlifting,  MTB, Triathlon,  Capoeira,  Barbarrio,  Cross  Fit,  Karate  and  Aikido,  this  year  also incorporates  new activities such as Firemen exhibition. For more info go to Arnold Classic Europe

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