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Città affascinante ed elegante, la Capitale scozzese saprà incantarvi con i suoi panorami, i castelli ed un profumo di storia in ogni stradina… non a caso, è soprannominata “L’Atene del nord”.

Anche nel corso di un solo weekend Edimburgo, avrete il tempo sufficiente per scoprire alcuni dei suoi meravigliosi musei e monumenti. Nel suo splendido centro storico, patrimonio dell’umanità, potrete passeggiare a piedi, ammirando le bellezze che vi circondano.


Edinburgh Castle is the most famous and visited of Scotland; in its architecture, we read the story of the whole nation. The oldest part of the building, dated 1100, is the Chapel of Santa Margherita (St Margaret's Chapel).
Do not miss the rooms with the crown jewels of Scotland, the Stone of Destiny and in the National War Museum of Scotland, the Mons Meg and One O'Clock pistols.

You could take a picture astride a cannon in the hall Argyle Battery; try to find yourself near the Mills Mount Battery at the 13 on the dot, to watch the cannon firing. At one time, the cannon fired to indicate the time to ships in the Strait of Forth, while now it does so only for prose guides the tradition.

Hours: April to October: from 9.30 to 18.00; Last entry 18.00 hours.
From November to March: from 9.30 to 17.00; Last entry 16.15 hours
1 January: from 11.00 to 17.00
Closed: 25-26 December.
Prices: Adults 16-59 years: £ 16.50 - Children 5-15 years: £ 9.90

Kanoa recommends that you visit the official website for detailed info

A few steps from the castle, do not miss a jump to the The Whiskey Experience.

Scotch Whisky Experience is a must for all lovers of Whiskey, or for those who want to learn more about this Scottish specialty.
After a brief description of the production of Scotch, follows a short tasting course with a nice gift consisting of a glass, a small bottle of blended of their production and personalized certificate of participation.

The tours available are:
The Silver Tour-Become a whiskey expert in an hour!
The Gold Tour-Join our club and taste another four whiskeys!
The Platinum Tour-The dream of every whiskey lover!
The Morning Masterclass (in lecture by the experts) -For enthusiasts.

Detailed information on timetables and prices available on the official website

Not far from the area, one must not miss a stop Camera Obscura.

The museum is spread over five floors, the last of which, of course, houses the main attraction: the Camera Obscura. On the other four floors, instead, a wonderful path winds through the world of magic and illusions: deforming mirrors, giant lenses, electric spheres, magic walls, colored kaleidoscopes, labyrinths, holograms and much more! The Museum is located shortly after Edinburgh Castle, and is really interesting.

The structure is open during the months of July and August, every day from 9: 30 to 21;
In September and October, every day from 9: 30 to 19;
From November to March, every day from 10 to 18;
April - June, every day from 9: 30 to 19.
Admission fee is £ 10.95 for Adults and £ 7.95 for Children from 5 to 15.

Kanoa recommends the official website for detailed info

If you still have them, do not hesitate to enter the splendid Cathedral of Sant'Egidio; it is the main place of worship of the Church of Scotland in Edinburgh, located at the center of the Royal Mile.

The Cathedral of St Giles is the historic church of the city of Edinburgh. With its famous crown spire, it stands on the Royal Mile between Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyrioodhouse; in neo-Gothic style, inside you can admire the beautiful and colorful windows. Note quite curious: in order to take pictures, you will have to pay 2 pounds. Alternatively, you can find some tricks to try not to be seen by the employees!

Hours: Monday to Friday 09: 00-19: 00; Saturday 09: 00-17: 00; Sunday 13: 00-17: 00.
Admission is free.
For detailed info Kanoa recommends the official website.

2 Day Weekend Edinburgh

For those who are used to reading our guides for the weekend, the second day, for us, is actually the most exhausting one

Heart of the old city of Edinburgh, is the popular name for a succession of streets that cut through the old city of Edinburgh and connects the Castle to the Holyrood Palace: Royal Mile it is the meeting point for artists and merchants, and we suggest starting from here your tour in the Scottish city. Go through the alleys, the pubs, the very special shops, and the houses in perfect "British style".

After a nice walk, reach the Castle Holyrood Palace.

Founded as a monastery in the 1128, the Palace of Holyroodhousand is the official Scottish residence of the Queen. The royal apartments are a must, with elaborate plaster ceilings, huge tapestries and religious paintings. The palace, a perfect example of Baroque architecture, has a strong link with the rich Scottish history.

Today, i State Apartments (state apartments) are regularly used by the Queen and other members of the Royal Family for state ceremonies and official receptions.
The Castle, in our opinion, certainly deserves to be visited.
The building is open every day from April to October 09: 30-18: 00 (last entry to 16: 30) and from November to March 09: 30-16: 30 (last entry to 15: 15). 25-26, 31 December 2015, 1 January 2016 (The building opens at 11: 00, last entry to 15: 15); 25 March 2016; 17-28 May 2016; 19 June - 11 July 2016.

The cost of the ticket is 11.60 £ for adults.

As always, our invitation is to consult the official website for info and updates.

For all art and museum lovers, the Scottish National Gallery, it can certainly be a valid idea. The building is located at 5 minutes walk from Princes Street su Queen Street (around the corner from Harvey Nichols).

Beautiful paintings by Monet, Van Gogh, Raphael and Titian, the spectacular sculpture of Canova "The Three Graces" and many Scottish masterpieces, you will find in the National Gallery and great Scotsmen of the past and present, in the Portrait Gallery. Art of the twentieth century and contemporary art, in addition to the sculptures of the English gardens in the chic serenity of the Gallery of Modern Art.

Modern Art Galleries: la National Gallery of Modern Art houses the most important national modern and contemporary art collection in Scotland, the complex includes the Dean Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art.
The Portrait Gallery: la Scottish National Portrait Gallery offers a unique visual history of Scotland, told through the portraits of those who formed it. Explore the lives of great Scots from the past and the present, which have inspired and changed the world: real and rebels, poets and philosophers, heroes and villains.

The structure is open every day with 10.00 - 17.00 timetable.
Opening hours are extended during the Edinburgh Festival (August); Closed the 25-26 December.
Admission is free !!
Kanoa recommends the official website for detailed info

Kanoa will now take you to one of Edinburgh's most picturesque views: Arthur's Seat!!

Starting from Royal Park of Holyrood, arm yourself with an anti-wind jacket and umbrella: the advice is to climb only when the weather is nice or almost, because with clouds and rain it is unlikely to be able to see in the distance; Arthur's Seat it is a way to escape from the chaos of the city but, above all, to walk on what was once a volcano.

Today, from its 251 meters, it overlooks the city; to access the hill and its 4 ponds you can start the climb to the path from the well of Santa Margherita which forks at the beginning of the valley of Hunter's Bog (the two roads lead both to the top).

The Scottish National Museum is another stop on your grueling day. Our advice is to take everything calmly: it is still a holiday. If you like to relax, stay and enjoy the fresh air of Arthur's Seat, otherwise take the train to Edinburgh Waverley and after about 10 minutes walk you will arrive at the Museum.

Spectacular and innovative; for this reason it is worth visiting the structure, even just to shelter from the cold Scottish. You will be surprised at how much the Museum can reserve for your sight.
The National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh is an important and articulated historical and scientific museum. The museum was born from the fusion of two different institutions: the Museum of Scotland, mainly dedicated to Scottish history, and the Royal Museum, dedicated instead to ethnography, science and natural history. As a consequence, the museum complex is quite complex and we are sure you will spend a few hours in a very interesting place, besides the museum organizes temporary exhibitions and educational activities for children and adults.
Inside the museum, there are a library, a shop and two café-restaurants. The National Museum of Scotland is wheelchair accessible

It is open every day from 10: 00 to 17: 00. Closed at Christmas
Entry to the National Museum of Scotland is free, however, a fee may be required for entry to some special exhibits.
For detailed info we advise you to consult the official website:

It's time to have dinner. Long last. After a tiring day between visits and walks in the hills, warm up in the Pub most loved by locals: the Royal Oak. In this pub perform musicians who play the best music in the city; just two steps from the Royal Mile, find this ancient pub where you will listen to the real phenomena of "folk music"(Photo)

The pub is on two floors: in the upper one, you can drink beer at the tables and listen to artists who will perhaps accept some offers; on the lower floor, however, you will find a room for small live concerts by well-known artists: in this case the cost is 5 pounds.
Go to the Royal Oak to immerse yourself in the Scottish culture that, even on a musical level, has nothing to envy to other emblazoned cities.

3 Day Weekend Edinburgh

Hoping that you still have time to spend in the city (always try to book flights that make you take full advantage of the days), Kanoa recommends a visit to Real Mary King's Close.

All intent on touring the Royal Mile (Museum Mile) among museums, shops, restaurants and pubs ... when under their feet many do not know another Edinburgh exists ...

The best way to understand this mysterious side of Edinburgh is to visit the Mary Kings Close, an itinerary in the bowels of the city, at 25 meters below street level, with guides in medieval costume. And under the road surface, a maze of shops, houses and illegal whiskey distilleries is expanding, transferred to the basement, to escape the huge government taxes. Not only illegal activities, but also smugglers' dens, housing for homeless illegal immigrants and prostitutes alcoves
According to us at Kanoa, this is an absolutely recommended visit to discover an unexpected Edinburgh catapulted in the 17 'years.

The tour starts from the back of the church of St. Giles.
Timetables: from 1 November 2015 to 27 March 2016, from Sunday to Thursday: 10: 00-17: 00; Friday and Saturday: 10: 00-21: 00
The cost for adults is £ 13.95, for kids from 5 to 15 8.25 £. Senior (60 +) and Students with valid ID, pay 12.50 £.
Kanoa recommends the official website for detailed information on schedules and prices at the site

Kanoa as always invites you to follow your tastes and interests, if you then decide to follow us we are sure you will not regret.

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