Shopping in Pienza was a Pleasant Surprise

Pienza Shopping

There’s More to Pienza Shopping than Just Pecorino Cheese: Pienza, we were told, is famous for its pecorino cheese, but apart from this cheesy bit of intelligence, we had no expectations of doing any shopping when we paid a visit to this Tuscan hill town. We arrived at 9:30 in the morning and the place […]

Pienza – The Town that Pope Pius II Built

Pienza Historical Centre

Pienza Was Pope Pius II’s Idea of the Perfect City: From our base in the spa town of Chianciano Terme, we took an excursion to Pienza, a small town in the Val d’Orcia in Tuscany. Pienza was Pope Pius II’s idea of the perfect Renaissance city and it is also famous for its pecorino cheeses. […]

Galleria dell’Accademia – Home to Michelangelo’s David

Florence Accademia

The Star Attraction at the Galleria dell’Accademia is Michelangelo’s David: For most visitors to Florence, the star attraction of the Galleria dell’Accademia is Michelangelo’s David, a representation of the Biblical hero who took on Goliath and killed the fearsome giant with his sling. The Galleria dell’Accademia is a part of the Accademia di Belle Arti […]

The Dolomites: Live from Rifugio Lagazuoi

Rifugio Lagazuoi Cable Car

At 2752m, the Dolomites look stunning from Rifugio Lagazuoi – especially with hot chocolate! Tony and Helen Page take the cable car to Rifugio Lagazuoi, built in 1965 by mountain tour guide Ugo Pompanin (and still managed by his family). From its terrace at 2,752m, you can get a stunning 360-degree panorama over the Dolomites, […]

How to Get to Siena

How to go to Siena

How to Get to Siena by Air, Bus, Train and Car: Being in the centre of Tuscany, and surrounded by Pisa, Florence, Arezzzo and Grosseto, Siena is easily reachable from any of these Tuscan towns. By Air If you’re flying into Italy, the closest international airports to Siena are the Aeroporto di Firenze (Florence Airport) […]

The Dolomites: Live from Cortina d’Ampezzo

Cortina d'Ampezzo

Winter sports, Apres-ski, James Bond film set – but even in Summer Cortina is not to be missed Cortina d’Ampezzo is the jewel of the Dolomites, the Italian mountain range that’s just a few hours away from Venice. More famous as a winter ski resort and setting for James Bond films, Tony and Helen Page […]

Florence: Live from Piazzale Michelangelo

Michelangelo Square

Piazzale Michelangelo Offers Magnificent and Sweeping Views of Florence: For a magnificent panoramic view of Florence, most tourists head to Piazzale Michelangelo, a square that’s dedicated to the great Renaissance sculptor. Piazzale Michelangelo is on a hill in the Oltrarno district, south of the Arno. Michelangelo Square Piazzale Michelangelo is a popular tourist destination and […]

Florence: Live from Piazza Santa Croce

Florence: Piazza Santa Croce

Galileo, Michelangelo and Machiavelli’s tombs, Dante’s statue and Gold and Leather Shops Piazza Santa Croce in Florence has the largest Franciscan church in the world, the tombs of famous Italians from Michelangelo, Galileo and Machiavelli to Rossini, Fermi and Marconi, and gold and leather shops with tourists streaming in and out all day. Tony Page […]

Florence: Live from the Piazza della Signoria

Palazzo Vecchio on Piazza della Signoria

The Palazzo Vecchio, the Uffizi, a David, the Rape of the Sabine Women and great coffee The Piazza della Signoria is Florence’s most famous square, with legendary sculptures in the open Loggia, the Uffizi Gallery on the corner, and Cosimo de’Medici looking a bit askance at the upstart Gucci Museum behind him. Have a quick […]