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 […]

Murano: Live from the Island of the Glass Makers

Murano Glass Sculpture

Murano Glass is world-famous, but does the island match up to the Chandeliers? Murano’s reputation as a centre for glassmaking dates from 1291, when the Venetian Doge, frightened that the foundries’ fires would destroy the city’s largely wooden buildings, ordered the glassmakers to move to the island. Murano glass is still synonymous with Venetian glass, […]

San Gimignano: Live from its Tallest Tower

San Gimignano Towers

Don’t miss this walled medieval hill town with its famous towers in beautiful Tuscany San Gimignano in Italy is famous for its tower houses, and here, 54 metres up on top of the tallest one, the Torre Grossa, built in 1311, Tony Page gives you a 360 degree panorama of this famous walled medieval hill […]

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.  […]

Castel Gandolfo: Live from the Pope’s Summer Residence

Castel Gandolfo

Overlooking beautiful Lake Albano, Castel Gandolfo has both the Pope and Porchetta He missed seeing the Pope, or sampling the famous “porchetta“, and was nearly trampled underfoot by pilgrim hordes, but Tony Page enjoyed his visit to this friendly little town occupying high ground on the Alban Hills overlooking Lake Albano, site of the rowing […]

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 […]

Orvieto: Live From The Moro Tower

Orvieto: Duomo

A Bird’s Eye View of This Famous Etruscan City in Southwestern Umbria, Italy High above Orvieto atop the Moro Tower, Tony Page gives you a bird’s eye view of this famous mediaeval city in southwestern Umbria, Italy. Populated since Etruscan times, it’s built above almost vertical cliffs and dominates the road from Florence to Rome. […]

San Gimignano – Famous for its Fine Food and Towers

San Gimignano

San Gimingano – Famous for its Towers and Fine Food: San Gimignano is a charming Tuscan hill town that’s famous for its medieval buildings and towers. Situated roughly halfway between Siena and Florence, it was a perfect place for us to stop as we travelled from Siena to Florence. We also heard that San Gimingano […]

Sorrento – A Town with a Southern Charm

Sorrento

Sorrento Has Sun, Sea, Good Food and Everything for La Dolce Vita Sorrento is a well-developed holiday resort town that is popular as a package-holiday destination. Although its history dates back to the times of the Etruscans, the Greeks and the Romans, it’s not history that attracts visitors to Sorrento. With its ideal location on […]