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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Venice Festival – Festa del Redentore 2013

Festa del Redentore

Festa del Redentore: July 20-21, 2013 – 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 […]

The Unique Porticos of Bologna

Piazza Maggiore porticos

The Bologna Portico – A World Heritage Site: It was raining when we arrived in Bologna and to say that I was disappointed was an understatement. I was so looking forward to seeing this historical city in all its summer glory, but instead what we have was grey skies and wet grounds. Not that I […]

Bologna Anatomical Theatre at the Archiginnasio

Archiginnasio of Bologna

Archiginnasio of Bologna – Anatomical Theatre of Bologna: Unless you’re a medical type, an anatomical theatre is not quite the kind of place that you would normally plan to visit during the holidays. However, a visit to the Bologna Anatomical Theatre is one that should not be be missed. This historical Bologna theatre in the […]

San Gimignano’s Towers of Wealth and Power

San Gimignano Towers

The San Gimignano Towers are Famous All Over the World: San Gimignano is famous for the medieval towers that dominate its skyline. Known as the Town of Fine Towers, there were once an amazing 72 lofty houses towering above this small Tuscan hill-town. These days only 13 of the San Gimignano towers remain. They are […]

Romeo and Juliet – The lovers die but their romance lives on!

Casa di Giulietta

Casa di Giulietta – Romeo and Juliet – An Immortal Love Story: Centuries after Shakespeare wrote his famous tragic romance Romeo and Juliet, more than half a million people still pack into the courtyard of Casa di Giulietta each year to see the famous Juliet balcony.  It was from this balcony that Juliet was supposed […]