The magical and nebulous charm of a city where time seems to have stopped. This is Edinburgh, the proud and welcoming capital of Scotland, one of the most visited cities in the United Kingdom.
Built on seven hills, Edinburgh offers a breathtaking view with its Castle, which stands on an ancient rock of volcanic origin and from which every day at 13:00 o'clock, except on Sundays, echoes the "one o'clock gun”, the canon shot fired to signal the time to ships that dock at the port, a tradition that has continued since 1846. This is the heart of the Old Town, with its dizzying and narrow Medieval streets that come out on courtyards, the so-called "closes", often made shiny from the rain which accentuates their Gothic character.
Take a stroll along Royal Mile, the main street of the Old Town, full of beautiful ancient buildings, souvenir shops and lively pubs. Nearby you can visit the Cathedral of St. Giles' and Gladstone's Land, a typical seventeenth-century house restored and decorated with original furniture and objects.
Also worth seeing is the Palace of Holyroodhouse, founded as a monastery in 1128 and later become the Queen’s official Scottish residence. Then there is The Hub, an imposing black stone church converted into an exhibition space, cafe and theatre, whose beautiful spire is the tallest of Edinburgh.
Leaving the Old Town, you can continue your visit by going to the New Town, built in the late eighteenth century, a fine example of Georgian architecture, which earned the title of UNESCO World Heritage Site along with the Old Town.
A great time to visit the home of whisky and tartan is in August, when the weather is milder and the city comes alive for its Edinburgh International Festival, a series of cultural events ranging from theatre to music and cinema.