Ca’ Pesaro – A Modern Art Gallery on the Grand Canal

Ca' Pesaro - a Modern Art Gallery..

Of Longhena’s many designs, Ca’ Pesaro is believed to be his  masterpiece Ca’ Pesaro is a Baroque marble palace which was built by the noble and wealthy Pesaro family.  It is yet another design by Baldassarre Longhena in mid-17th century but he died before the building was completed.  It took 58 years before the Baroque […]

Palazzo Barbarigo – Venice Grand Canal

Palazzo Barbarigo, Grand Canal

An Opulent Palazzo on the Grand Canal: One of the most eye-catching palazzi you’ll see on the Grand Canal is Palazzo Barbarigo. Its front facade is decorated with colourful mosaics of Murano glass. Palazzo Barbarigo was originally built in the 16th century. Its architecture follows the Renaissance style and consists of three levels: an open […]

Ca' Rezzonico – Museum of Eighteenth Century Venice

Ca' Rezzonico - Venice

The Museo del Settecento Veneziano is One of Venice’s Finest Museums : On Venice’s Grand Canal is the Museum of Eighteenth Century Venice, one of the finest museums in the city. Housed in the magnificent Ca’ Rezzonico, the museum is dedicated to 18th century Venice and is one of the many museo civico administered by […]

Experience the Passion of Opera in a Venice Palazzo

S.Giovani Evangelista

Venice Palazzi were once the Palatial Homes of aristocrats, city officials and the Rich : Along Venice’s Grand Canal are many grand buildings and palazzi which represent some of the finest architecture of Venice.   Many of these buildings were once the palatial homes of aristocrats, city officials or family homes of rich merchants. Some of […]

Shrouded in Myth and Mystery

Turin Cathedral around the 1870s

The Shroud of Turin – One of the Holiest Christian Relics: Much has been written, studied and speculated about the Shroud of Turin (Sacra Sindone), one of the most famous relics of the Christian world, and it seems that the controversy surrounding its authenticity will go on and on. The Shroud is kept in the […]

Via dell’Amore – Cinque Terre’s Pathway of Love

Via dell'Amore - Cinque Terre

Seal your Love with a Padlock at Via dell’Amore: Via dell’Amore is Cinque Terre’s most famous walk and one that most visitors to Cinque Terre are capable of doing. Apart from some steps up to the trail, it’s an easy 25 minutes walk on flat, paved walkway that stretches for some 850 metres. You would […]

In Search of Montalbano – Ragusa, Sicily

Police Commissioner's Office - Inspector Montalbano

Tracing the footsteps of “Il Commissario Montalbano” – A Sicilian Adventure: A repeat of the Inspector Montalbano drama series brings back lots of great memories of our holiday in Sicily. After the first series of Inspector Montalbano, we became huge fans of this Sicilian detective drama as it is so different to NYPD Blue or […]

Catacombs of Rome

Catacombs of San Sebastiano

ROME’S CATACOMBS TELL OF LIFE AND MARTYRDOM: The catacombs of Rome are a very important part of the history of the early Christians and the Roman church in Ancient Rome.  These ancient underground burial places provide clues of the life of saints, martyrs, ordinary Christians and the Roman church during the early centuries. In Italy, […]

Sagra dell'uva – Marino's Grape Festival, Rome

Vineyards

Will another miracle happen at the Festa dell Uva: The little hill-top medieval castle town of Marino is just forty-minutes from the centre of Rome and is one of the towns which make up the Castelli Romani region, Frascati being probably the best known of them.  This wine-growing region was famous for supplying Roman Emperors […]