Iceland is a land that teaches. The nature here is strong, omnipresent, mistress, and leads the game. The game of light, for example, that in summer cheats the mind and with the midnight sun invites you to never sleep: it expands the time, multiplies the possibilities.
The first thing is the road.
From Milan, through the tunnel of the Great St. Bernard, as you arrive in Switzerland, on the right there is the artificial lake of Toules: if you are lucky enough to find you there during a sunny day, you should stop in external parking areas and enjoy the color show.
Lecce is exactly on the heel of Italy and from this boundary it wants to become the bridge of Europe over the Mediterranean, the melting and landing point of Balkans, North Africa, Middle East and Mediterranean cultures: this is the ambitious spirit of sharing and fusion that has inspired Lecce2019 candidacy.
“And suddenly there is Cagliari: a naked town rising steep, steep, golden-looking, piled naked to the sky from the plain at the head of the formless hollow bay. It is strange and rather wonderful, not a bit like Italy.”
Matera, one of the six Italian cities candidate to be European Capital of Culture 2019, is the city that speaks with the stars. Its Sassi inflect the light of the sun and moon, creating refraction and glare.
The Tor des Geants, one of the toughest sport events in the world, is a unique race of its kind, not only from the athletic point of view: a titanic challenge among the highest peaks in Europe, a meeting among the giants of the mountain.
“Many years ago, traveling through the French Pyrenees, I discovered some natural reserves where tourists had the chance to get into direct contact with the endemic animals of that area, and I thought it would be nice to have this possibility also in Valle d’Aosta.”