Bahia Palace, Marrakech, Morocco

Bahia Palace is a palace of century XIXᵉ of eight hectares in Marrakech, Morocco. It is a masterpiece of Moroccan architecture, one of the major monuments of cultural heritage. It was built southeast of the medina of Marrakech between 1866 and 1867. It was built for Si Moussa, chamberlain of Sultan Hassan 1st of Morocco, at his death, his son, Ahmed Ben Moussa, had enlarged the southern part his father’s palace by the successive acquisition and glitzy development of large sets of neighboring houses. The palace takes its name from his favorite mistress, Bahia. From 1912, General Lyautey, Marshal of France, used it as his personal residence as well as the residence of French officers by adding chimneys, heating and electricity. It has about 150 lavishly decorated rooms. There are marble, wood paintings, stained glass windows, many patios and gardens with orange trees, banana trees, cypresses, hibiscus and jasmine. The Moroccan royal family of King Mohammed VI sometimes stay there in a large private party not open to the public.

Tips

The palace is open to visitors, at your visit ask for information because you can also attend concerts of Arab-Andalusian music and art exhibitions.
You can also ask for a guide to accompany you and tell the whole story which is very interesting.

The arena of Verona, Verona, Italy

The arena of Verona is a Roman amphitheatre in the historic centre of Verona. Built in 30 AC, they could accommodate 30,000 spectators at that time. The amphitheatre is 152 metres long, 128 meters wide and 32 metres high. It is often considered the third Roman amphitheatre for its dimensions, after the Colosseum (Flavian Amphitheatre) in Rome and Capua amphitheatre. It is also the best preserved, especially the internal structures of the building. The bleachers can accommodate today 22,000 seated spectators. Since 1913, the arena hosts performances of opera in the Festival of Verona and its acoustics is truly remarkable. There are also other shows and concerts presented in the arena.

Tips

If you want to buy tickets to attend to an evening opera or buy a subscription for the festival, you will find the program of the festival and the price on the site of the arena several months in advance.
It would be also advisable to book your stay in advance. Remember that spectators from all over the world arrive at the festival and closer hotels fill up easily.
If you go just for a show, enjoy your stay being 2 or 3 days more in the city; you won’t regret it.

The Breakers, Newport, Vermont, United States

The Breakers is the grandest of Newport’s summer cottages and a symbol of the Vanderbilt family’s social and financial preeminence. Cornelius Vanderbilt II bought a wooden house called The Breakers in Newport in 1885, some years later he asked architect Richard Morris Hunt to design a villa and replace the framed house which had been destoyed by fire a year before. He built a 70 room house, in Renaissance Italian style inspired in 16th century palaces of Genoa and Turin. He had important collaborators from different countries. Gladys, the youngest daughter of the family inherited the house. She opened the house to the public in 1948 to raise funds for The Preservation Society of Newport County, in 1972 the association bought the house and designed it as a National Historic Landmark. We also found a stable and carriage house about half a mile from the house.
Tips
You can buy the tickets on line before your visit; you’ll find different combinations to save many if you take more than a visit for different houses.
You can have an audio guided visit too.
There’s also a shop to buy souvenirs.