Castel Gandolfo: Live from the Pope’s Summer Residence

Castel Gandolfo

Overlooking beautiful Lake Albano, Castel Gandolfo has both the Pope and Porchetta He missed seeing the Pope, or sampling the famous “porchetta“, and was nearly trampled underfoot by pilgrim hordes, but Tony Page enjoyed his visit to this friendly little town occupying high ground on the Alban Hills overlooking Lake Albano, site of the rowing […]

Cortona, A Medieval Town Under the Tuscan Sun

Piazza della Repubblica, Cortona

Cortona, Frances Mayes’ Town Under the Tuscan Sun Has Very Interesting Etruscan History: Cortona is one of the oldest hill-towns in Tuscany and its history can be traced back to the time of the Etruscans. In the past many writers have written about Cortona, but in more recent times, it was Frances Mayes’ “Under the […]

Orvieto: Live From The Moro Tower

Orvieto: Duomo

A Bird’s Eye View of This Famous Etruscan City in Southwestern Umbria, Italy High above Orvieto atop the Moro Tower, Tony Page gives you a bird’s eye view of this famous mediaeval city in southwestern Umbria, Italy. Populated since Etruscan times, it’s built above almost vertical cliffs and dominates the road from Florence to Rome. […]

Venice Festival – Festa del Redentore 2014

Festa del Redentore

Festa del Redentore: July 19-20, 2014 – A Traditional Venice Festival: Usually held on the third Saturday in July, the already busy lagoons of Venice goes into top drive for the Festa del Redentore.  On this weekend, Venice celebrates the Feast of the Redemption, one of the most treasured historical festivals in the city’s calender […]

Bologna Airport (BLQ) – Bologna Airport Transfers

Bologna Airport Transfers

Bologna Airport Transfers by Bus, Train and Car: Bologna is the largest city in the Emilia-Romagna region and the Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (Aeroporto di Bologna-Guglielmo Marconi) is the main airport servicing this region. Close to 6 million passengers pass through Bologna Airport (BLQ) annually, making it the seventh busiest airport in Italy. The airport […]

Castel Guelfo Outlet in Bologna

Bologna Shopping

Castel Guelfo Outlet – A Bologna Outlet with Some 100 Stores: While on our walking tour of Bologna, our tour guide made an off-the-cuff remark that Milan is the exhibition centre for fashion, but much of the production takes place in Bologna. If she is correct, then there must be some really good designer outlets […]

The Unique Porticos of Bologna

Piazza Maggiore porticos

The Bologna Portico – A World Heritage Site: It was raining when we arrived in Bologna and to say that I was disappointed was an understatement. I was so looking forward to seeing this historical city in all its summer glory, but instead what we have was grey skies and wet grounds. Not that I […]

Bologna Anatomical Theatre at the Archiginnasio

Archiginnasio of Bologna

Archiginnasio of Bologna – Anatomical Theatre of Bologna: Unless you’re a medical type, an anatomical theatre is not quite the kind of place that you would normally plan to visit during the holidays. However, a visit to the Bologna Anatomical Theatre is one that should not be be missed. This historical Bologna theatre in the […]

How to Get to Cortina d’Ampezzo

Cortina d'Ampezzo

How to Get to Cortina d’Ampezzo by Bus and Train: Cortina d’Ampezzo is situated on top of the Valle del Boite in the Dolomites. This very popular ski-resort town is 72 km from the town of Belluno, 162 km from Venice, 432 km from Milan and 692 km from Rome. There is no train station […]