Spoleto – Crown of Umbria

Perugia may be the regional capital of Umbria, Assisi its spiritual centre but after one month of roaming the region, we must conclude that Spoleto is its crowning piece. As it sits enthroned above the Umbrian valley with its back to the hills of the south, it looks to the north, to the beautiful towns…

Sicily is an opera

Sicily is the essence of Italy, in the sense that everything Italian is intensified here. All that you either love or hate about Italy, you’ll find in its purest form here, on this island shaped by a still active volcano, once a kingdom, now one of the poorest areas of Italy. Take visual trip together…

Walking The Devil’s Valley

Dante found inspiration in this foul-smelling, sulphur-coloured, steaming landscape for his “Hell” in the Divine Comedy. I find it more extraterrestrial in appearance, as if Mars and the Moon had a lovechild. The lunar-like surface is full of fumaroles from which steam is hissing or water is boiling. Le Biancane Nature Park is a unique geological…

2-4 Hours Le Mans

Fancy a quick trip to Le Mans? It doesn’t take 24 hours to do Le Mans, the city. Here’s a guide to spend between 2 and 4 hours in this lovely old city, that has more to offer than just a racing track close by. History Let’s start with the fact, that the city is very…

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…

Trier – Roman heritage in Germanys oldest city

Trier: Germany’s oldest city with lots of Roman ruins and buildings, since it was the Roman stronghold in the north of Germany from around 100 BC to around 400 AD. Named Treuorum by the Celts, that funded the city back in 400 BC, renamed Augusta Treverorum by the Roman conquerors and called Treves by the French, today’s…