Piazzas and Palazzos: Art of Rome

One of the great things about Rome is, that not only its ancient history is everywhere you look. Its art is as well.

On the piazzas, baroque sculptures crown trickling fountains. Roaring palazzos attest to the potency of their patrons. Galleries show us ancient as well as modern art. Museums display centuries of decorative skills.

Rome is filled to the brim with all this wonderful art. Some are free for everyone to enjoy, others are secured behind ticket counters. But they’re all waiting for you to come admire them.

The Vatican: Rome of the Popes

The Vatican is the smallest country in the world with approximately 1.000 permanent residents on 44 ha and surrounded by Rome. Yet it is home to the largest church in the world and what is probably the finest museums in Italy. And underneath your feet, a hidden Vatican awaits to be explored.

Venice: Its mystery & magic

By Fabiolla Loureiro – www.fabiollaloureiro.com Venice obviously has some magical powers. How else could it have charmed, fascinated and ensnared its visitors for centuries. Many cities have canals. Other cities have baroque architecture. Yet no-one fascinates as Venice does – and continues to do with visit numbers climbing every year. Black and White Photographer Fabiolla Loureiro went…

Why you should NOT skip Bologna

By Fabiolla Loureiro – www.fabiollaloureiro.com Italy is famous for its great cities, exquisite architecture, arts, culture, fantastic food, wine and outstanding landscapes. Venice is my favourite, but I will share with you my impression about a city that surprised me, la belissima Bologna. It’s not easy to pick a city in Italy as a favourite, as many…

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…

Vernaccia di San Gimignano – ancient wine rediscovered

“A white island of wine in a sea of red,” some describe the Vernaccia white wine of San Gimignano, surrounded as it is by red Chianti vineyards. When young, it’s fresh, floral and pleasant – a cool kiss on a warm summer’s day. When older, its mineral notes mature and become more complex without losing…

Ba-Rock-ing Lecce

Lecce is often called “Florence of the South”, but this Baroque pearl is so much more than a southern version of the capital of the Renaissance up north. It’s an attraction in it own right and its wonderful Baroque architecture, bright buildings, airy plazas and relaxed ambiance makes it one of our favourite cities in…