A One Night Stop at the Hotel Regina Elena

Santa Margherita Ligure Hotel

Hotel Review: Best Western Regina Elena Hotel, Santa Margherita Ligure: When our coach shot past the centre of Santa Margherita Ligure and pulled in at the Best Western Regina Elena Hotel further up the road, we were a little disappointed. We were only staying in the Italian Riviera for one night to visit Portofino and […]

How to Get to Portofino

Ferry to Portofino

How to Get to Portofino by Air, Train, Bus and Ferry: Portofino is located about 45km east of Genoa on the eastern stretch of the Italian Riviera. Genoa is the hub for all transportation along the Italian Riviera and from Genoa to Positano travellers have a choice of travel by train or ferry. Portofino is […]

Portofino – The Jewel of the Italian Riviera

Portofino harbour

Nicknamed the “Pearl of the World”, Portofino is Absolutely Gorgeous: Once a humble fishing village, Portofino’s picturesque harbour is the most exclusive bay and upmarket resort in Italy. In this town, built around the small harbour, there are plenty of upmarket designer boutiques, luxury yachts and magnificent villas, all indicative of the long association that […]

A Visit to the Contucci Cellar in Montepulciano

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

Wine Shopping at the Contucci Cellar, One of Montepulciano’s Many Wine Cellars: Montepulciano is a well-known wine-producing area and its Vino Nobile is one of the oldest wines of Italy – there is written mention of this wine as early as 790. If you’re interested in Italian wines, you don’t have to look very far […]

Montepulciano – Famous for its Vino Nobile

Piazza Grande in Montepulciano

Montepulciano – A Hill Town in Tuscany that’s Famous for its Vino Nobile: One of the pleasures of travelling in Tuscany is visiting its many charming medieval hill towns, Montepulciano being one of them. Set on a ridge of about 605 metres above sea level, Montepulciano is one of the of the highest Tuscan hill towns. […]

Villa d’Este: Live from the Water Organ in the Gardens at Tivoli

Villa d'Este Water Organ

The legendary Renaissance gardens of the Villa d’Este, arguably the most important in Italy The famous fountains and gardens of Italy’s Villa d’Este made it a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Water Organ Fountain above the magnificent Fountain of Neptune entranced Villa D’Este’s residents and visitors in the early 17th century, as it does […]

Villa d’Este: live from the Gardens in Tivoli

Villa d'Este, Tivoli

The famous Fountains and Gardens of Italy’s Villa d’Este made it a World Heritage Site The legendary Renaissance gardens of the Villa d’Este are arguably the most important in Italy, and inspired many other gardens all over Europe. The great fountains are particularly striking, and Helen sets the scene for you in front of the […]

Portofino: Live from the luxury Ligurian Resort

Portofino

Portofino has luxury designer shops, big boats and 5 euro coffees – Cinque Terre it’s not! Avoiding the Louis Vuitton, Hermès and Dior shops along the waterfront, and refraining from indulging in 5 euro coffees, Tony Page wanders past million dollar cruisers and climbs up above Portofino to give you an overview of this famed […]

Montepulciano: Live from the Heart of Tuscany’s Wine Country

Montepulciano

Montepulciano is the highest hill town in Tuscany, and renowned for its wine, the Vino Nobile Henry James drank so much Montepulciano wine he couldn’t remember much about this famous Tuscany hill town, but it’s beautifully preserved and well worth a visit, especially to taste the food – and don’t miss the wine cellars! “Well […]

Capri – Stylish and Stunningly Beautiful

View of Capri

Capri Was Once a Cult Destination for the Rich and Famous: With its swanky shops and legends of aristocrats, film stars and celebrities living lives of luxury and pleasure on the island, Capri is an island with a reputation for glamour and style.  It was a popular destination during the Roman times and is still […]