6 hours in Burano – Colours of the Venetian Lagoon

Burano shines like an archipelago of sorts – four interconnecting islands where the people of Altino fled to escape a barbarian invasion during the 6th century. Here, the colours of the Venetian Lagoon are surpassed by rainbow-hued houses.

Check out Soham’s guide to spending 6 hours in Burano, and what restaurant really IS worth crossing half the world for…

3 Days in Sicily: Palermo and Beyond

How do you make the most of a 3-day trip to Sicily? There are some tough decisions to be made! Did first-time visitor Soham choose right?

Check out his guide, where he makes the most of his precious time on this wonderful island.

Four Fab Libraries in Sicily

Benedictine and Jesuit fathers were the founders of the libraries we appreciate today in Sicily. Carefully, they amassed historic manuscripts, numismatic collections and texts pertaining the history of Sicily through centuries, and when they were kicked to the curb, their bibliographical heritage remained.

The most beautiful libraries are located in their Renaissance or Baroque cradles: in ornate abbeys, monastic schools and Baroque churches.
And one right in the street!

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…