Posts Tagged ‘Porlezza’

Spring Run

April 18th, 2018 | By Melanie Pohl in Activities, Parco San Marco, Surroundings, To know more about | No Comments »

Just this morning I came across the post published on one of the most famous app for runners who said “running is like drinking coffee, after you’re better”. In part I fully agree that after each workout releases the determination of a lioness, but on the other hand, this sentiment overlooks the most important part, namely the sensations that you feel during the run. For example, what would be the point of feeling full and satiated if we didn’t enjoy the meal?

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That’s why today I would like to talk about the benefits felt both during and also after a nice open air run.

When the summer arrives, nature shines in its thousand colours, the sun caresses still icy cheeks, and our senses awaken among flowering trees and enchanting scents.  It fills us with enthusiasm and energy, inviting us out of the door to feel the freedom under our feet, the oxygen that fills our lungs and joy – our soul.  Because there is no better antidepressant than physical activity in the open air and especially jogging or running which can free us from our anxieties, develop our creativity and improve our mood.

Thanks to the flood of oxygen that the blood is carrying from the contracted lungs, all our systems and tissues benefit from improved functions: the brain is stimulated to find new ideas and solutions, bones and cartilage are strengthened with the production of vitamin D, the digestion is improved and is able to intake more vitamins and minerals, the immune system is also strengthened, endorphins and serotonin are released into the body, hormones of happiness and then …. we burn “bad” fats such as cholesterol, reducing weight and ‘roundness’. In short: performance, better posture, healthier skin, less body fat and more toned muscles, feeling that we are improving and that we have control of your body and your life, all working miracles on the self-esteem. But let’s see where this miracle takes place and where we can best benefit from all these advantages in the surroundings.

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Parco San Marco, with its magnificent position on the shore of Lake Lugano, offers enchanting scenery to enjoy nature and awaken our lifeblood. The first route for your run that we can take is along the north-west shore of Lake Lugano. Starting from Parco San Marco in little more than 2 km you arrive in Porlezza, skirting the lake and continuing on the old main road outside the tunnel. On this route we take double advantage of the morning sunshine, reflections and water games of ducks and swans that accompany us in our training.

You have a lot of energy to burn, you could venture onto the bike/pedestrian path that connects Porlezza with Bene Lario. This is the route of the former railway, the tracks of which have been removed, transforming it currently into a path immersed in the woods, which crosses the Nature Reserve of Lake Piano, touching the village and the Old Crotto Castle of Carlazzo.  It is almost 6 km long and has a difference in height of almost 300 meters above sea level.

But you know, goals have more meaning when they are shared.  In fact, even in Porlezza, following the now countless running events for amateurs organized throughout our peninsula, this year the first edition of “Vivi Porlezza di Corsa”, a non-competitive 12 km race open to all, will be held on July 7, 2018. It is a great event full of sports, music and firework displayS and the site is already open for registrations.

I can only conclude by inviting you to put on your sports shoes and leave home at the first opportunity. And you’ll see:

Run, run, run … 10 Km in 48:40 … If you give a heart to your legs, they will take you even where your mind does not want to go. Beyond Limits!(Broadcasting, Twitter)

written by Nedelina Martinova

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Coffee

December 14th, 2017 | By Melanie Pohl in Parco San Marco, To know more about | No Comments »

They always told me that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Breakfast is different all over the world, it’s a matter of habit. In Italy the lead character of this ritual is coffee.

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Now coffee is made by most Italians by using the machine. Put the water, insert the capsule and in a few minutes you have the coffee from the bar on your table.

But coffee made in a moka pot is another story. It means pleasure, family, serenity, pause. Above all else, it means home and, when abroad, reminds us of Italy.

For Italians, to say “I’ll make you you a coffee,” is a demonstrantion of our affection and our attention.

The main advantage of using a moka pot is that it allows you to make very hot coffee and allows you to make coffee for more than one person at a time.

So, how do you make the “perfect” coffee?

  1. Choose the right ground of coffee. For coffee made in a moka, it requires a coarser ground than that of coffee machines.
  2. Fill the boiler (the lower section of the moka) with the right amount of water. To get an optimal result you should use bottled water rather than tap. Try not to exceed the level of the valve.
  3. Choose the right amount of coffee. Make sure that the filter is dry and that you do not wet the coffee powder. Add the powder and try to level it either with a spoon or gently tapping the filter a little at a time. Try to make the quantity of coffee in the filter as uniform as possible.
  4. Note to keep in mind: coffee made with Moka should not be pressed at all. You just need to make sure it is dry and leveled well.
  5. Once the moka is prepared, put it on the stove keeping the flame low and continue to monitor it.
  6. It is important to turn off the gas flame or remove the moka from the stove before the coffee has completely come out. The ideal would be to remove the moka from the stove before it gurgles.
  7. Now you can pour the hot coffee into the cup.

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To get the best coffee ever, there are also some tips you could use: one of our partners has told us that, to keep the aroma of the coffee, it’s best to keep the coffee tin in the refrigerator.

An order rather than simply a piece of advice is not to wash the mocha in the dishwasher! To clean the moka, simply rinse it with hot water or, at most, wash it with neutral detergents.

Remember that you have to wait for coffee, it’s a slow process to follow step by step. Making coffee is an art and it takes time and patience for art.

The former Porlezza-Menaggio railway

August 9th, 2017 | By Valentina Guerranti in Parco San Marco, Surroundings, To know more about | No Comments »

The town of Porlezza has always been known as a tourist resort.

In fact, we can find the first tourist information as far back as the beginning of 1800.

Between 1815 and 1915, the municipalities of the Porlezza were ruled by the Austrians. They brought great benefits to the area, building important public infrastructures such as schools, sewers, aqueducts, roads and public transport.

The latter made the area accessible to the arrival of the first tourists of the day.

Among the most important works we can find:

• Today’s road Porlezza-Menaggio (1839)

• The Porlezza-Menaggio railway (1885-1966)

• Ceresio’s boats

The second half of the 1800s corresponds with the period of rapid development of rail transport.

During this era, speed of progress saw the pathways open between regions in Central Europe with the the great Lombard lakes, exploiting the Gotthard tunnel and replacing travel on horseback with the fast-paced cars.

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In 1881, the Canton of Ticino inaugurated the Gotthard Railroad and from this point began to create all the Ticino links that also led to the development of line connecting Italy and Switzerland.

It was in 1872 that the project was launched to connect Lario, Ceresio and Verbano with railway lines so that the important towns of Menaggio and Luino could be connected to the city of Lugano in Italian Switzerland.

The initial project consisted of an extraordinary circular link:

Lugano – Porlezza – Como – Milan – Porto Ceresio – Lugano: for the purpose of tourism and facilitation in the exchange of goods. Unfortunately, the project was only partially implemented. The actual connections were Luino-Lugano via railway line, Lugano-Porlezza by boat and from Porlezza to Menaggio by railway.

The railroad Porlezza-Menaggio was inaugurated on Wednesday 8 October 1884 and opened for public service on Monday 17 November of the same year. This railway line was perhaps the only one in Europe because of its narrow gauge. The length of the voyage was 12 km. This was considered an extraordinary distance at the time given the distance between the two lakes. Unfortunately, a few years later, with the outbreak of World War I, the golden age of the railroad ended. In addition, with the introduction of the first buses, it was felt that these cost far less and were faster – posing serious competition to the railways. This eventually led to ministerial authorization on 31 October 1939 that ended the project on the Menaggio-Porlezza railway. After World War II, there was an attempt to revive it but it was unsuccessful.

By 2014, only a few traces of the railway survived as it has been turned into cycling tracks or exploited for the construction of some buildings. In Menaggio, the station building has been restored, while the Tavordo (Porlezza) stop is the only one remaining intact. By contrast, the Porlezza station building was demolished on March 9, 2015. Now the route of this railway has become an interesting pedestrian path for a beautiful walk between the blue lakes and the green of the mountains.

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written by Sara Camozzi

The Festival of San Rocco

August 10th, 2015 | By Valentina Guerranti in Parco San Marco | No Comments »

Coming up soon this year as well on 16th August in Porlezza, it´s the well-known Festival of San Rocco which celebrates the town´s patron Saint. The schedule includes many appointments not to be missed: official kick off will be in the morning with the beginning of the “Palo della Cuccagna” challenge at 10am.

foto san rocco It will take place on   the town´s lakeside promenade and it will involve a 10-metres-long pole, set horizontally parallel to the water surface with a little flag perched at its very end. Anyone who feels particularly brave will be able to venture on it with one common purpose: gather all their balance skills to walk the length of the pole without falling into the water and finally grab the flag. This will be available all day long and does require participants to subscribe at the near tourist office.

Finally at about 10pm, the event that we were all waiting for: the spectacular pyrotechnical display, fireworks of all sorts and forms will be shot above the lake amazing people of all ages. There is also the chance to enjoy the show from a different perspective, aboard of the chartered cruise organized by Navigazione del Lago di Lugano, it will depart from Lugano at 8pm and during the journey to Porlezza the passengers can enjoy a meal (hot and cold available on board) and the live musical entertainment. ith little flag perched at its very end. Anyone who feels particularly brave will be able to venture on it with one common purpose: gather all their balance skills to walk the length of the pole without falling into the water and finally grab the flag. This will be available all day long and does require participants to subscribe at the near tourist office. Celebrations will then continue in the evening with an unforgettable under-the-stars dinner at Porto Letizia from 7pm. To follow at 9pm, the lakeside promenade will be filled with the blues and jazz sound of the live band “Frank d´Amico”.

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But this festival is not just purely about entertainment, it also represents culture and tradition. This sort of commemorations are in fact well known among the “Bel Paese” as every town, from the smallest to biggest city, have originally been associated to a catholic Saint and proudly celebrates them on the day of their passing, which in this particular case is of course 16th August. San Rocco was a confessor who was particularly invoked when fighting against plague, he is also considered the Saint protector of dogs and falsely accused people. For the more religious ones of us, or just simply out of curiosity, in the morning at 7pm a pilgrimage to the little San Rocco chapel is scheduled to take place.

Written by Sara Marconi, Reception