Villa d’Este: Live from the Water Organ in the Gardens at Tivoli

Villa d'Este Water Organ

The legendary Renaissance gardens of the Villa d’Este, arguably the most important in Italy The famous fountains and gardens of Italy’s Villa d’Este made it a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Water Organ Fountain above the magnificent Fountain of Neptune entranced Villa D’Este’s residents and visitors in the early 17th century, as it does […]

Villa d’Este: live from the Gardens in Tivoli

Villa d'Este, Tivoli

The famous Fountains and Gardens of Italy’s Villa d’Este made it a World Heritage Site The legendary Renaissance gardens of the Villa d’Este are arguably the most important in Italy, and inspired many other gardens all over Europe. The great fountains are particularly striking, and Helen sets the scene for you in front of the […]

Portofino: Live from the luxury Ligurian Resort

Portofino

Portofino has luxury designer shops, big boats and 5 euro coffees – Cinque Terre it’s not! Avoiding the Louis Vuitton, Hermès and Dior shops along the waterfront, and refraining from indulging in 5 euro coffees, Tony Page wanders past million dollar cruisers and climbs up above Portofino to give you an overview of this famed […]

Montepulciano: Live from the Heart of Tuscany’s Wine Country

Montepulciano

Montepulciano is the highest hill town in Tuscany, and renowned for its wine, the Vino Nobile Henry James drank so much Montepulciano wine he couldn’t remember much about this famous Tuscany hill town, but it’s beautifully preserved and well worth a visit, especially to taste the food – and don’t miss the wine cellars! “Well […]

Capri: Live from the Monte Solaro Chair-lift!

Capri Monte Solaro Chairlift

The ride up from Anacapri is open to the elements but it’s a real thrill with great views! The chair-lift up to Monte Solaro from Anacapri is an exciting and exhilarating ride – provided the weather is good! There are great views on the way up (and down) and tremendous panoramas of the Faraglioni Rocks […]

Positano: Live from Spiaggia Grande Beach

Positano Spiaggia Grande

The Amalfi Coast – colourful houses cascading down the cliffs – it has to be Positano Positano on the Amalfi Coast has a great reputation but does it live up to the hype? Tony and Helen Page discover colourful houses cascading down the cliffs, brown bodies lazing on the beach, unexpectedly cheap shopping and plenty […]

The Dolomites: Live from Rifugio Lagazuoi

Rifugio Lagazuoi Cable Car

At 2752m, the Dolomites look stunning from Rifugio Lagazuoi – especially with hot chocolate! Tony and Helen Page take the cable car to Rifugio Lagazuoi, built in 1965 by mountain tour guide Ugo Pompanin (and still managed by his family). From its terrace at 2,752m, you can get a stunning 360-degree panorama over the Dolomites, […]

The Dolomites: Live from Cortina d’Ampezzo

Cortina d'Ampezzo

Winter sports, Apres-ski, James Bond film set – but even in Summer Cortina is not to be missed Cortina d’Ampezzo is the jewel of the Dolomites, the Italian mountain range that’s just a few hours away from Venice. More famous as a winter ski resort and setting for James Bond films, Tony and Helen Page […]

Florence: Live from Piazza Santa Croce

Florence: Piazza Santa Croce

Galileo, Michelangelo and Machiavelli’s tombs, Dante’s statue and Gold and Leather Shops Piazza Santa Croce in Florence has the largest Franciscan church in the world, the tombs of famous Italians from Michelangelo, Galileo and Machiavelli to Rossini, Fermi and Marconi, and gold and leather shops with tourists streaming in and out all day. Tony Page […]

Florence: Live from the Piazza della Signoria

Palazzo Vecchio on Piazza della Signoria

The Palazzo Vecchio, the Uffizi, a David, the Rape of the Sabine Women and great coffee The Piazza della Signoria is Florence’s most famous square, with legendary sculptures in the open Loggia, the Uffizi Gallery on the corner, and Cosimo de’Medici looking a bit askance at the upstart Gucci Museum behind him. Have a quick […]