Pienza Duomo – Built for Pope Pius II’s Renaissance City

Pienza Duomo was one of the Monuments that make up Pius II's Renaissance City: On one side of the Piazza Pio II, the main square in Pienza, sits the Pienza Duomo (or Cattedrale dell'Assunta), one of the Renaissance monuments that make up Pope Pius II's ideal Renaissance city. Architect Bernardo … [Read more...]

Venice: Live aboard a Gondola through the Hidden Canals

Hidden waterways, live music, gondola drag racing, Armani spotting and general mayhem Escaping from the Grand Canal, the gondolas explore the hidden canals running through the back blocks of Venice, winding their way along the narrow waterways towards Piazza San Marco. Inaccessible if the tide is … [Read more...]

Venice: Live from Gondolas on the Grand Canal

Six gondolas, live musical accompaniment, and a lot of "Prosecco" - beware, tourists! Six gondolas abreast down the Grand Canal? Tony and Helen Page brave a slightly out-of-control shared gondola cruise (maybe the prosecco had something to do with it) that starts off at the Rialto Bridge and … [Read more...]

Galleria dell’Accademia – Home to Michelangelo’s David

The Star Attraction at the Galleria dell'Accademia is Michelangelo's David: For most visitors to Florence, the star attraction of the Galleria dell'Accademia is Michelangelo's David, a representation of the Biblical hero who took on Goliath and killed the fearsome giant with his sling. The … [Read more...]

The Dolomites: Live from Rifugio Lagazuoi

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 … [Read more...]

Florence: Live from Piazzale Michelangelo

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 … [Read more...]

Florence: Live from 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 … [Read more...]

Florence: Live from the 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 … [Read more...]

Libreria Piccolomini – A Stunning Room of Renaissance Art

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 … [Read more...]