Ca’ Pesaro – A Modern Art Gallery on the Grand Canal

Ca' Pesaro - a Modern Art Gallery..

Of Longhena’s many designs, Ca’ Pesaro is believed to be his  masterpiece Ca’ Pesaro is a Baroque marble palace which was built by the noble and wealthy Pesaro family.  It is yet another design by Baldassarre Longhena in mid-17th century but he died before the building was completed.  It took 58 years before the Baroque […]

Palazzo Barbarigo – Venice Grand Canal

Palazzo Barbarigo, Grand Canal

An Opulent Palazzo on the Grand Canal: One of the most eye-catching palazzi you’ll see on the Grand Canal is Palazzo Barbarigo. Its front facade is decorated with colourful mosaics of Murano glass. Palazzo Barbarigo was originally built in the 16th century. Its architecture follows the Renaissance style and consists of three levels: an open […]

Ca' Rezzonico – Museum of Eighteenth Century Venice

Ca' Rezzonico - Venice

The Museo del Settecento Veneziano is One of Venice’s Finest Museums : On Venice’s Grand Canal is the Museum of Eighteenth Century Venice, one of the finest museums in the city. Housed in the magnificent Ca’ Rezzonico, the museum is dedicated to 18th century Venice and is one of the many museo civico administered by […]

Experience the Passion of Opera in a Venice Palazzo

S.Giovani Evangelista

Venice Palazzi were once the Palatial Homes of aristocrats, city officials and the Rich : Along Venice’s Grand Canal are many grand buildings and palazzi which represent some of the finest architecture of Venice.   Many of these buildings were once the palatial homes of aristocrats, city officials or family homes of rich merchants. Some of […]

Shrouded in Myth and Mystery

Turin Cathedral around the 1870s

The Shroud of Turin – One of the Holiest Christian Relics: Much has been written, studied and speculated about the Shroud of Turin (Sacra Sindone), one of the most famous relics of the Christian world, and it seems that the controversy surrounding its authenticity will go on and on. The Shroud is kept in the […]

Genovese Pesto Recipe – Liguria

Pesto from Cinque Terre

Genoa is the birthplace of Pesto: The Ligurian region is the birthplace of the Pesto sauce.  More precisely, it was in Genoa, on the north Ligurian coast, that Pesto originated. Basil, a main ingredient of pesto sauce, grows well in the Ligurian temperate climate. Travelling around Liguria, you’ll see that this sauce is used extensively […]

Baia Saracena – Vernazza

Baia Saracena Bar - Vernazza

The Location is Fantastic but the Food Quality is Wanting : This bar on the breakwater enjoys a splendid location. For parched, sunbathers this is a convenient place to get a drink. Baia Saracena is the first café/bar that visitors will see when they come off their boat from one of the other villages.  It […]

Trattoria da Sandro – Vernazza

Cozze at Trattoria da Sandro

Even the Slow Food Movement would Baulk at the Slow Service here: Maria, our landlady recommended this place and said that she and the locals would dine here. This trattoria is on the right-hand side of via Roma as you walk towards the train station. There is an inside restaurant, but even without any views, […]

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II – Milan’s Living Room

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Milan

Il Salotto di Milano is Milan’s most Luxurious Shopping Arcade: Milan’s most luxurious shopping arcade is often referred to as “Il Salotto di Milano” or Milan’s Living Room … and wouldn’t we all love to live here. Designed by Giuseppe Mengoni in 1861 and completed in 1877, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is in Corso Vittorio […]