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 […]

Libreria Piccolomini – A Stunning Room of Renaissance Art

Piccolomini Library

Pinturicchio’s Paintings in the Libreria Piccolomini are Simply Stunning: Connected to the Siena Duomo is the Libreria Piccolomini (Piccolomini Library), a small room with the most stunning frescoes and a magnificent collection of hymn books. If you’re visiting  Siena and its beautiful cathedral, do not miss seeing this outstanding library whose artwork and colours are […]

Getting Advice on Brunello di Montalcino Wines in Siena

Tuscan Wines in Siena

At Cantina del Brunello in Siena We Got Great Advice on Brunello Wines: On our walk back to Piazza San Domenico, where our coach was waiting, we came across a wine cellar that had a large selection of what looked like quality wines. It was the ‘Brunello’ in name of the shop – Cantina del […]

Siena Shopping: What to Buy in Siena

Siena Pottery

Shopping in Siena is Surprisingly Good: Siena may not be known as a shopping destination, however those who want to shop will be surprised at what this medieval hill town has to offer. Not only are there souvenir shops, arts and crafts, food and wine, but there are also small trendy boutiques selling anything from […]