A Visit to Oltrarno, Beyond the Arno

Piazza Santo Spirito

Oltrarno is Located on the South Side of the River Arno: The historic centre of Florence has plenty to keep visitors occupied. Just in the main squares such as Piazza del Duomo, the Piazza della Repubblica, Piazza della Signoria and Piazza di Santa Croce there are art galleries, palaces, churches, museums and shops that would […]

Teatro Sociale – The Centre of Como’s Cultural Life

Como-Teatro-Sociale

TEATRO SOCIALE – THE CENTRE OF ARTISTIC LIFE IN COMO: Just behind Como’s cathedral is the neo-classical structure of the Teatro Sociale, Como’s opera theatre. Como prides itself as a city of the arts and Teatro Sociale is home to the city’s operas and classical concerts and its busy calendar of events include drama, theatre […]

Como Town – The Gateway to Lake Como

Como Duomo Square

Como, The Largest of the Lake Como Towns, Has Plenty to Offer Visitors: After a pleasurable cruise on Lake Como we returned to Como town which lies on the southern tip of the left arm of the wishbone-shaped lake. Como is a lakeside town and leisure boats and hydrofoils land conveniently just in front of […]

Hotel Ancora – Right in the Centre of Cortina d’Ampezzo

Hotel Ancora, Cortina Hotel

Hotel Ancora Enjoys An Ideal Location in the Centre of Cortina d’Ampezzo: Hotel Anchora is a family-run hotel right in the centre of the ski resort town of Cortina d’Ampezzo. We stayed here during our September visit and were pleased to find the hotel right on Corso Italia, the main pedestrian street of town. Our […]

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 […]