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 […]

Burano: Live from the Island of Technicolor Houses & Lace

Burano's Coloured Houses

Burano’s Brightly Coloured Houses are a Photographer’s – and Dulux’s – Dream Burano’s No.1 tourist attraction is the eye-dazzling, brightly coloured terraced houses lining its canals, but its mask and lace shops, not to mention its restaurants, also draw the visitors in; Tony and Helen Page braved the crowds to see whether it was all […]

The Siena Duomo is Unique and Stunningly Beautiful

Siena Duomo interior

Siena Duomo or Siena Cathedral is an Art Lover’s Paradise on Earth: Italy has so many beautiful and historic churches and duomos that sometimes visitors do get cathedraled out on their Italian holidays. But no matter how weary you are in Siena, do not miss out on the Siena Duomo because Siena’s medieval cathedral is […]

Murano: Live from the Island of the Glass Makers

Murano Glass Sculpture

Murano Glass is world-famous, but does the island match up to the Chandeliers? Murano’s reputation as a centre for glassmaking dates from 1291, when the Venetian Doge, frightened that the foundries’ fires would destroy the city’s largely wooden buildings, ordered the glassmakers to move to the island. Murano glass is still synonymous with Venetian glass, […]

San Gimignano: Live from its Tallest Tower

San Gimignano Towers

Don’t miss this walled medieval hill town with its famous towers in beautiful Tuscany San Gimignano in Italy is famous for its tower houses, and here, 54 metres up on top of the tallest one, the Torre Grossa, built in 1311, Tony Page gives you a 360 degree panorama of this famous walled medieval hill […]

Siena – Famous for its Medieval Heritage and the Palio

Piazza del Campo, Siena

Siena – Home of the Palio and Panforte Capital of Italy: At the heart of central Tuscany lies Siena, a hill town that is famous the world over for its Palio and the Siena cake or panforte. Siena was built on three ridges which converge into the famous scallop-shaped central square, the Piazza del Campo.  […]