Portofino – The Jewel of the Italian Riviera

Portofino harbour

Nicknamed the “Pearl of the World”, Portofino is Absolutely Gorgeous: Once a humble fishing village, Portofino’s picturesque harbour is the most exclusive bay and upmarket resort in Italy. In this town, built around the small harbour, there are plenty of upmarket designer boutiques, luxury yachts and magnificent villas, all indicative of the long association that […]

Montepulciano – Famous for its Vino Nobile

Piazza Grande in Montepulciano

Montepulciano – A Hill Town in Tuscany that’s Famous for its Vino Nobile: One of the pleasures of travelling in Tuscany is visiting its many charming medieval hill towns, Montepulciano being one of them. Set on a ridge of about 605 metres above sea level, Montepulciano is one of the of the highest Tuscan hill towns. […]

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 – Stylish and Stunningly Beautiful

View of Capri

Capri Was Once a Cult Destination for the Rich and Famous: With its swanky shops and legends of aristocrats, film stars and celebrities living lives of luxury and pleasure on the island, Capri is an island with a reputation for glamour and style.  It was a popular destination during the Roman times and is still […]

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 […]

Positano is Picturesque, Romantic and Positively Charming

Amalfi Coast

The Picturesque and Popular Town of Positano is a Gateway to the Amalfi Coast: Positano is one of the gateways to the Amalfi Coast region (Costiera Amalfitana), reputed to be one of the most scenic stretches of coastline in Italy. It also has a reputation as the playground of the rich and famous. With books, films […]

Pienza – The Town that Pope Pius II Built

Pienza Historical Centre

Pienza Was Pope Pius II’s Idea of the Perfect City: From our base in the spa town of Chianciano Terme, we took an excursion to Pienza, a small town in the Val d’Orcia in Tuscany. Pienza was Pope Pius II’s idea of the perfect Renaissance city and it is also famous for its pecorino cheeses. […]

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 […]

Burano: Live from the Island of Technicolor Houses & Lace

Burano's Coloured Houses

Burano’s Brightly Coloured Houses are a Photographer’s – and Dulux’s – Dream Burano’s No.1 tourist attraction is the eye-dazzling, brightly coloured terraced houses lining its canals, but its mask and lace shops, not to mention its restaurants, also draw the visitors in; Tony and Helen Page braved the crowds to see whether it was all […]