Among Angels and Demons in Rome

Following in the footsteps of Robert Langdon in Dan Brown’s bestseller Angels & Demons takes you past some of the most beautiful sites in the Eternal City and lets you breathe the air of intrigue, mystery and revelation. While enjoying a leisurely stroll through Rome’s picturesque cobblestone alleyways, you’ll walk past some of the most beautiful…

The Concealed Castle

By Dennis Rettke, Traveling Donkeys For our road trip through Europe, there was no doubt in our mind that we wanted to drive as to fully immerse ourselves in our European encounter, and it didn’t take long before we drove the car away from the highway and into adventure. It was a sunny day and…

Corridoio Vasariano – The secret corridor in Florence

As the sun rises on Florence, the riverside houses, clutched up against each other facing the River Arno, become shades of the rising sun. Turned yellow as if jealous, they look upon the opposite houses and at the bridge between them. The bridge, equipped with its own houses, hovering over the river as it has…

The 1700-year old Italian girls in bikini

In this last month of summer, lots of us are craving some bikini-time before autumn weather sets in and the small clothing items are put away for next summertime. And while the fashion industry this year celebrates the bikini’s 70 year birthday – supposedly invented by Louis Réard in 1946 – it’s actually close to 1700 years…

Cheese up your life

If you think cheese – and of course you do now – the first country that pops into mind is France. Few of us know that Italy also is one of the countries in the world with the largest variation of cheese as they produce more than 400 different kinds of cheese. From pizza to pasta,…

The Medicis: partner manager, part mafia

The Medici family is inevitable, utterly and eternally linked to the Renaissance and Florence. No other European non-royal family has ever so clearly defined an era in history as them. And over a time-span of just 150 years – a drop in the ocean of time – they supported some of the greatest artists the…

European Travel Magazine loves St. Moritz

Top 5 Classic Ski Resorts

Although skiing might have originated from Sweden and Norway, it’s the southern ski destinations, that have gone over in history. From Ernest Hemingway in the 1920’s and James Bond in the 1980’s to the snowboarders of today, the mighty Alps provide both framework and backdrop for skiing in France, Italy, Austria and Switzerland. Here’s our pick…

Halloween in Europe

Although Halloween might have come from Ireland, originally the celebration of the celtic Samhain with candles inside carved beet-roots instead of pumpkins, it’s definitely an American celebration, which the Europeans slowly are warming up to. So if you’re in Europe in this murky time of year, despair not – we have some horrifying Halloween happenings…

We love Garda in the springtime. We love Garda in the fall.

We’ve just returned from some great September days in Northern Italy at the Lago di Garda. The climate is very agreeable most time of year. Of course it’s hot in July and August, but not compared to Tuscany. Conversely, the climate feels warmer in springtime and autumn with >20 °C temperatures as early as April.…

Introduction to Tuscany

Beaches and life-giving sun. Rustic properties with stone pine and cypress framed roads. Smiling sunflowers and crooked vines. Tuscany is with good reason among the most popular holiday destinations in the world. Everyone knows that Tuscany equals sun and beautiful beaches. Everyone knows that Tuscany implies architecture from the renaissance and art. Everyone knows that…