Florence: Live from Piazzale Michelangelo

Michelangelo Square

Piazzale Michelangelo Offers Magnificent and Sweeping Views of Florence: For a magnificent panoramic view of Florence, most tourists head to Piazzale Michelangelo, a square that’s dedicated to the great Renaissance sculptor. Piazzale Michelangelo is on a hill in the Oltrarno district, south of the Arno. Michelangelo Square Piazzale Michelangelo is a popular tourist destination and […]

Libreria Piccolomini – A Stunning Room of Renaissance Art

Piccolomini Library

Pinturicchio’s Paintings in the Libreria Piccolomini are Simply Stunning: Connected to the Siena Duomo is the Libreria Piccolomini (Piccolomini Library), a small room with the most stunning frescoes and a magnificent collection of hymn books. If you’re visiting  Siena and its beautiful cathedral, do not miss seeing this outstanding library whose artwork and colours are […]

Getting Advice on Brunello di Montalcino Wines in Siena

Tuscan Wines in Siena

At Cantina del Brunello in Siena We Got Great Advice on Brunello Wines: On our walk back to Piazza San Domenico, where our coach was waiting, we came across a wine cellar that had a large selection of what looked like quality wines. It was the ‘Brunello’ in name of the shop – Cantina del […]

Siena Shopping: What to Buy in Siena

Siena Pottery

Shopping in Siena is Surprisingly Good: Siena may not be known as a shopping destination, however those who want to shop will be surprised at what this medieval hill town has to offer. Not only are there souvenir shops, arts and crafts, food and wine, but there are also small trendy boutiques selling anything from […]

The Siena Duomo is Unique and Stunningly Beautiful

Siena Duomo interior

Siena Duomo or Siena Cathedral is an Art Lover’s Paradise on Earth: Italy has so many beautiful and historic churches and duomos that sometimes visitors do get cathedraled out on their Italian holidays. But no matter how weary you are in Siena, do not miss out on the Siena Duomo because Siena’s medieval cathedral is […]

Siena – Famous for its Medieval Heritage and the Palio

Piazza del Campo, Siena

Siena – Home of the Palio and Panforte Capital of Italy: At the heart of central Tuscany lies Siena, a hill town that is famous the world over for its Palio and the Siena cake or panforte. Siena was built on three ridges which converge into the famous scallop-shaped central square, the Piazza del Campo.  […]

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 […]

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 […]