Arena di Verona – World Famous for its Spectacular Operas

Verona Arena

Verona Arena – the Third Largest Roman Amphitheatre is Famous for its Opera Festivals: Although many tourists are drawn to Verona by the love story of Romeo and Juliet, one other Verona attraction that has had visitors flocking to it since Roman times is the Arena di Verona (Verona Arena). As you can see from […]

Verona Arena Celebrates 100 Years of Opera with Aida

Verona Arena

Arena di Verona Celebrates 100 Years of Opera with an Anniversary Production of Aida: 2013 marks the 100th anniversary of opera at the Arena di Verona. When operatic production was first staged at the Arena in 1913, Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpiece Aida was staged to mark the 100th birthday anniversary of this master composer. Up to […]

Roman Nights at the Teatro di Marcello – Summer 2013

Teatro di Marcello

Classical Concerts at the Teatro di Marcello or Theatre of Marcellus in Rome: Teatro di Marcello is an ancient theatre in Rome that was the work of Julius Caesar who planned the theatre and Emperor Augustus who completed it in 13BC. This magnificent ancient edifice is the venue of “Notti Romane al Teatro di Marcello” […]

Chiesa Evangelica Valdese – Classical Concert

Chiesa Evangelica Valdese

Chiesa Evangelica Valdese – A Venue for Classical Music: Singing is an important part of the Waldensian church service, so it is natural that Chiesa Evangelica Valdese is a venue for classical music in Rome. At the Great Opera meets Ballet in Rome you can enjoy wonderful lyrical singers, a couple of classical dancers and […]

Portofino – A Shopper’s Paradise?

Portofino Shopping

Shopping in Portofino – Portofino Has Plenty of Designer Shops: Most tourists don’t go to Portofino to shop, for the simple reason that this picturesque harbour resort town has a reputation for being expensive. Yet, around the small crowded harbour, there are so many Italian and international luxury brand names and other shops that you […]

A One Night Stop at the Hotel Regina Elena

Santa Margherita Ligure Hotel

Hotel Review: Best Western Regina Elena Hotel, Santa Margherita Ligure: When our coach shot past the centre of Santa Margherita Ligure and pulled in at the Best Western Regina Elena Hotel further up the road, we were a little disappointed. We were only staying in the Italian Riviera for one night to visit Portofino and […]

How to Get to Portofino

Ferry to Portofino

How to Get to Portofino by Air, Train, Bus and Ferry: Portofino is located about 45km east of Genoa on the eastern stretch of the Italian Riviera. Genoa is the hub for all transportation along the Italian Riviera and from Genoa to Positano travellers have a choice of travel by train or ferry. Portofino is […]

Portofino – The Jewel of the Italian Riviera

Portofino harbour

Nicknamed the “Pearl of the World”, Portofino is Absolutely Gorgeous: Once a humble fishing village, Portofino’s picturesque harbour is the most exclusive bay and upmarket resort in Italy. In this town, built around the small harbour, there are plenty of upmarket designer boutiques, luxury yachts and magnificent villas, all indicative of the long association that […]

A Visit to the Contucci Cellar in Montepulciano

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano

Wine Shopping at the Contucci Cellar, One of Montepulciano’s Many Wine Cellars: Montepulciano is a well-known wine-producing area and its Vino Nobile is one of the oldest wines of Italy – there is written mention of this wine as early as 790. If you’re interested in Italian wines, you don’t have to look very far […]

Montepulciano – Famous for its Vino Nobile

Piazza Grande in Montepulciano

Montepulciano – A Hill Town in Tuscany that’s Famous for its Vino Nobile: One of the pleasures of travelling in Tuscany is visiting its many charming medieval hill towns, Montepulciano being one of them. Set on a ridge of about 605 metres above sea level, Montepulciano is one of the of the highest Tuscan hill towns. […]