Accademia di Santa Cecilia – Auditorium Parco Della Musica

Sala Santa Cecilia © LPLT/Wikipedia

An Evening with the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in the Auditorium Parco Della Musica: For lovers of classical music, a concert with the orchestra and choir of the  Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (National Academy of St. Cecilia) is the icing on the cake on any Rome holiday.  For, the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia […]

The Unsung Heroes of the Cinque Terre

Riomaggiore Mural

A Homage to the Unsung Heroes of Cinque Terre: In the centre of the Riomaggiore village, in front of the very modern Tourist Information Office, is a huge colourful mural by Silvio Benedetto. The mural tells the story of the men and women who over several generations and thousands of years built and maintained more […]

Uffizi Gallery – Florence

Uffizi by Night - Florence

Uffizi has the Unusual Problem of Having too Many Masterpieces: There are plenty of world-class art galleries in Italy but the Uffizi Gallery in Florence (Galleria degli Uffizi) has one of the finest treasure troves of art anywhere in the world. For art lovers, the Uffizi alone is a good enough reason to visit Florence. […]

Tintoretto Art at the Scuola Grande Di San Rocco – Venice

Scuola di San Rocco and Chiesa di San Rocco..

Scuola Grande Di San Rocco – The Best Place to See Tintoretto Paintings in Venice: Next door to the San Rocco Church in Campo San Rocco, the Scuola Grande di San Rocco is a highlight of the Venetian Renaissance. It was founded in honour of San Rocco (the protector against plague) and funded by wealthy […]

Gallerie dell'Accademia – Venice Fine Art Gallery

Canaletto's Return of the Bucintoro to the Molo

The Gallery of Fine Arts has some of Venice’s Finest Artistic Treasures: One of Venice’s foremost institutions of art, L’Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia was founded in 1750 by the Venetian Senate. It contains some of the city’s finest artistic treasures and out of it evolved the gallery established by Napoleon in 1807 during […]

Teatro La Fenice – The Rise and Rise of the Phoenix

Teatro La Fenice in 1837

Teatro La Fenice – Venice’s World Famous Opera House: First constructed in the late 18th century, the Teatro La Fenice (“The Phoenix”) was so named because for the opera company responsible for its construction there was a sense of having “risen from the ashes” . Fire had destroyed the original Venice opera house and legal […]

Orsanmichele – A Chapel for Florence’s Powerful Guilds

Orsanmichele

Orsanmichele – A Chapel for Florence’s Powerful Craft and Trade Guilds: In its former life, Orsanmichele was a grain market (Loggia de Mercato del Grano) on the main road that linked Piazza del Duomo and Piazza della Signoria. Commissioned by the Signoria, the building was converted into a church and used as the chapel for […]

Spanish Steps – Scalinata di Spagna

Spanish Steps, Rome..

These Landmark Rome Steps are a Favourite Destination for Many Visitors: Though the name may not be entirely accurate (they were built by the French), the Spanish Steps (Scalinata di Spagna) in Rome deliver true delight to visitors of any nationality. ‘Ah,’ some will say, ‘they are just stairs’. A way to get from the […]

Sistine Chapel – Michelangelo’s Ceiling Masterpiece

Sistine Chapel Ceiling - Creation of Adam © Travel Signposts

Michelangelos’ Sistine Chapel Ceiling is a Masterpiece: Though named after Pope Sixtus IV, who commissioned the Chapel’s construction, the Sistine Chapel was given everlasting fame by Pope Julius II.  For, in 1508, it was he who commissioned Michelangelo to paint frescoes to cover the 10,000 square foot Sistine Chapel ceiling. But on the way to […]

St. Peter's Basilica – A Most Sacred Shrine

St. Peter's Square, Rome

Rome’s Foremost Attraction for Pilgrims and Tourists: Formally known by the name Basilica di San Pietro, St. Peter’s Basilica is one of Rome’s foremost tourist attractions. This one site alone has enough to see to occupy an entire day or more. St. Peter’s is among the most well-known and frequently visited buildings inside Vatican City. […]