Cortina d’Ampezzo – Italy’s Most Famous Ski Resort

Cortina d'Ampezzo town centre

Cortina d’Ampezzo – Italy’s Most Fashionable Ski Resort: As the host to the 1956 Winter Olympics, Cortina d’Ampezzo is Italy’s most famous ski resort.  This charming alpine town, located in the heart of the Dolomites, is also a fashionable resort that attracts just as many visitors during the summer months, as we found out during our […]

Porchetta – A Popular Dish of Castel Gandolfo

Roast boneless pork

Castel Gandolfo Is Noted For Its Porchetta: Castel Gandolfo is a town that is best known as the summer residence of Popes, but another thing that this town is noted for is its porchetta. Even before we reached Piazza della Libertà, the main square of the historical centre, we saw a street stall selling porchetta […]

Castel Gandolfo – The Summer Residence of the Pope

Lake Albano

Castel Gandolfo – The Summer Residence of the Popes Since the 17th Century: From Frascati, a town with a reputation for its white wine, we travelled to Castel Gandolfo, a town best known as the summer residence of the Pope. Castel Gandolfo is a small town with a population of less than 9,000 but when […]

Hotel Punta Tragara – A Historic Capri Hotel

Capri Hotel Punta Tragara

Hotel Punta Tragara – A Capri Hotel with WWII History: On our first walk across Capri island, we came by the Hotel Punta Tragara, a hotel with magnificent views of the coast of Capri.  A marble sign on the salmon-coloured wall of the hotel caught my attention. The Punta Tragara is a hotel of historic […]

A Chairlift Ride from Anacapri to Monte Solaro

Seggiovia Chairlift

The Seggiovia Chairlift Links Anacapri to Monte Solaro, The Highest Point on Capri: Our visit to Capri included a trip to the Grotta Azzura, Capri’s famous Blue Grotto known for its brilliant blue water and blue reflection in the cave. But when we arrived at the Marina Grande in Capri, we were told that our […]

Rocca Maggiore – A Medieval Fortress Towering Over Assisi

La Rocca Assisi

Rocca Maggiore, A Medieval Fortress Towering over Assisi, Offers Magnificent Views: Towering over the town of Assisi is the mighty castle of Rocca Maggiore, a medieval fortress that was built almost a thousand years ago for defensive purposes.  To get to the fortress from Assisi town square requires an uphill hike of about 20 minutes […]

In Search of George Clooney on a Lake Como Cruise

Lake Como Boat Trip

A Lake Como Cruise to See the Villas of the Rich and Famous: From Baveno on Lake Maggiore, it was an hour’s drive for us to Lake Como (Lago di Como) to enjoy a cruise on the third largest lake in Italy and the deepest glacial lake in Europe. Mention Lake Como and George Clooney […]

Noventa Designer Outlet – Venice

Veneto Designer Outlet

Veneto Designer Outlet – Inspired by the Palazzi of Venice: The Castel Romano Designer Outlet is a regular shopping stop for us whenever in Rome and it was only on our latest trip to Venice that we managed to find time to visit McArthurGlen’s Noventa Di Piave Designer Outlet situated outside of Venice. The Noventa […]

A Sidetrip to See Frances Mayes’ House Under the Tuscan Sun

Frances Mayes Under the Tuscan Sun

A Side Trip to See Frances Mayes’ House in Cortona: Cortona is a charming Tuscan hill town that was quiet and little known to popular tourism before the movie “Under the Tuscan Sun”. This romantic comedy, based on Frances Mayes‘ memoirs, has brought increased interest by visitors, especially women, keen to see where the recently […]

How to Get to Castel Romano from Termini Station

Castel Romano Shuttle Bus

Castel Romano Shuttle Bus Services: Over the years we have visited the Castel Romano designer outlet in Rome on many occasions and as can be seen from the comments and queries we’ve received, there’s been many questions asked about how to get to Castel Romano from Rome city centre. Castel Romano Shuttle from Rome Termini […]