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The largest maze in the world

Among the places in our current wish list there is one that has fascinated us right away and that we discovered to be very close to our hometown, Bologna, and that, for this reason we could not miss it. We are talking about the Labyrinth of the Mason, the largest labyrinth in the world, which is found in our region, the Emilia-Romagna region, precisely in Fontanellato, in the province of Parma.

How was born the largest labyrinth in the world “della Masone”

10 years (from 2005 to 2015). This is the time that has been used by Franco Maria Ricci to realize his project for which he had been looking for a long time: to create the biggest labyrinth in the world. The Labyrinth of the Masone was born in fact from the strong passion of Ricci for the labyrinths already starting from the 80s.

A passion that, after years of design and planning, has given life to the largest labyrinth in the world, thanks also to the collaboration with the architect Pier Carlo Bontempi .

Info and costs to access the maze

The Labyrinth of the Mason presents a very particular star plant, which develops for almost 7 hectares of land, with a total length of the path of about 3 km.

Although this may be surprising, the length is not the only amazing feature of the labyrinth. The real peculiarity of this attraction lies in the vegetation of which the labyrinth is composed

You must know that the Labyrinth of the Mason is made up entirely of over 200 thousand bamboo plants , as many as 20 different species. This is because Franco Maria Ricci had a real obsession with these plants and being an unusual plant for a labyrinth he wanted his creature to be full of it

Keeping this maze in good condition all year round is not a trivial matter, which is why the cost of entry is not too cheap. € 18 for adults and € 12 for children between 6 and 12. Under 6 instead can enter for free.

Moreover, the Labyrinth of the Masone is open every day from 10.30 to 19.00, except on Tuesday which is the closing day.

Weekend in Castellaneta, between the beach and the ancient village

The beach is a long, uninterrupted strip of fine white sand bathed in transparent water ( Blue Flag 2018 ). Equipped beaches alternate with wild stretches, with fossil dunes covered with arbutus and juniper bushes. Behind it, an expanse of Aleppo pines and Mediterranean scrub that spreads scents of myrtle, thyme, rosemary. Welcome to Castellaneta Marina, the other Puglia . That of those who flee the crowds and excesses of Salento, and seeks more secluded, less traveled, in which it is still possible to combine fun and relaxation , having available quality facilities and services. In the shade of the pine forest that stretches along the coast overlooking the west coast of the Gulf of Taranto, there are many good hotels where you can enjoy a comfortable stay at prices, moreover, more than accessible even in high season.

If you really do not want to give up luxury, you can book at Kalidria , a 5-star hotel and resort with thalassotherapy center (where Vasco Rossi has elected his retreat). Immersed in the vegetation, the structure reopened at the beginning of the summer, after the modernization works carried out by Emilio Ambasz, guru of natural architecture, which made it an oasis of quiet and tranquility , perfectly integrated into the landscape. 
Aligned on the promenade, the beaches have terraces overlooking the water with bars and restaurants, which in the evening become lively places to sip an aperitifadmiring the sunset or getting late after dinner accompanied by DJ sets and live music concerts. 
During the day, swimming in the sea alternates with walks in nature, on foot or by bike, within the Bioenergetic Reserve of Stornara , a protected area of ​​over 1,500 hectares that surrounds the village, up to the mouth of the river Lato, a refuge for many species of birds , from the heron to the white stork, on which the remains of an ancient Norman watchtower stand watch.

Last sea in Sardinia: 20 perfect beaches even in autumn


A kaleidoscope of turquoise, light blue, cobalt blue overlooked by white sanded coves, coves of smooth pebbles, capricious inlets, myrtle bushes and strawberry trees, pink granites. They are the , to be enjoyed without crowds, to take a last dip or, if it is too cold, a romantic walk.

It is then broken into the blue, with full sails in the archipelago of La Maddalena , sailing in the company of humpback whales and cetaceans to discover baiette with Caribbean colors or the famous pink beach of Budelli , one of the most beautiful beaches of Sardinia. Staying on the north coast, from Stintino to Santa Teresa di Gallura, the choice is not lacking and you relax by boat in the most hidden coves, you dive between the polished rocks of Cala Capriccioli or you move in search of the most mundane beaches of the Costa Smeralda, furnished as living rooms.

By bike, on the other hand, explore the Sinis peninsula , as far as Capo San Marco , where there are wild beaches, set between Mediterranean maquis and archaeological remains. Sports enthusiasts head south, towards Buggerru , the surfers’ beach, or Su Giudeu , where the stand up paddle can be tested.

But the Sardinian coast is a whole parade of spectacular bays bathed by a crystal sea. We have selected 20, a little taste, to inspire an autumn getaway.

Where to go in 2017: the Best in Travel guide by Lonely Planet

Travel Tips? Much more. An updated map of the planet. Where are the places where something new is being born? The most spectacular natural, archaeological, artistic cities but so far ignored by the great flows of tourism? The cities reborn or refounded, the closed borders that collapse and open up to the world? Here they are. The Canada, Wonder of the premier superstar Justin Trudeau, countries that want to win on a difficult past such as Colombia or Myanmar . The last frontiers of adventure such as Mongolia , Nepal , Polynesia or the Peruvian Andes .

And Italy ? We find it in the section dedicated to the cities not to be missed – between confirmations like Bordeaux and new entry as Ohrid (How? Do not know where it is?) – with a Tuscan town that is about to become our main cultural laboratory. Find out which … But Italy reappears, surprisingly, also in the section of low cost destinations, with Venice, the most obvious and cartolinata of our icon-cities, but in a new “sharing” look.

Best in Travel 2017 by Lonely Planet – today the Italian presentation of the book – classifies the10 countries, the 10 regions, the 10 cities and the 10 most convenient trips of the coming year and reminds us, on time, at each end of October world is more varied, large, unexplored and capable of surprises than we think. A concept to be kept in mind in what the UN has declared as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism . The ethical journey, respectful of Man and Nature, as an exercise to improve ourselves, and slowly, even the planet that hosts us. To find out more, just scroll through our gallery.