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Zip-Wire Adventure when in Italy

Zip-Wire Adventure when in Italy

In the mountains of remote Basilicata, the world’s highest and fastest zip wire gives fearless travellers the ride of their lives. Forget lazing by the pool reading novels. And, if nosing around museums, strolling the seafront or relaxing at sunny cafés isn’t your thing, then maybe your adventurous side would like being trussed up and...

The Sweetest Side of Turin

The Sweetest Side of Turin

Bordered by France and Switzerland, Piedmont is the birthplace of Slow Food. The regional capital, Turin, exudes charm, elegance and culture, yet it is often overlooked by tourists. Italy’s first capital in 1861, home to the royal House of Savoy and the headquarters of FIAT, it boasts outstanding Italian cafès, expansive boulevards, Baroque and Neo-classic...

Venetian Magic – An art lovers discovery in Venice

Venetian Magic – An art lovers discovery in Venice

Food, canals, gondolas, water, water, water and many footsloggers wandering the narrow passageways provides our guest blogger, Louis Gravelet the perfect landscape to search for another dimension. With limited time and wishing for something different a decision was made to follow a recommendation and visit the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. It displays masterpieces of Cubism, Futerism,...

Milan –  5 things to do in 5 Hours

Milan – 5 things to do in 5 Hours

As the nature of times change travelling to the worlds iconic sites opens the eyes to new sights not usually experienced in our so called safe havens. Making the most of limited time Louis Gravelet shares his thoughts after a brief stopover in Milan:   Arriving late in the evening, I only had five hours in...

Travelling the Ligurian Coast

Travelling the Ligurian Coast

Liguria’s famous coastline is both beautiful and diverse. The Italian Riviera and mountainous hinterland are a stark contrast to the historical port city of Genoa – yet each has its own unique attractions. Bordering Tuscany, Emilia Romagna, Piedmont and France; Liguria is Italy’s third smallest region. Here, the mountains meet the Ligurian Sea to produce...

Sardinia – The Mysterious Nuraghi

Sardinia – The Mysterious Nuraghi

Sardinia is the home of “Nuraghi”. There are thousands of prehistoric stone towers that only exist on Sardinia. No one knows who built them or what they were for. They look like giant bucket-sandcastles with their tops kicked off. Much of the nuraghi’s appeal surely comes down to how neatly they reflect Sardinia itself –...

Bologna – The Red City

Bologna – The Red City

On entering Bologna for the first time you can be forgiven for thinking you are seeing red. This most vibrant of colours is everywhere – the roofs, buildings and wonderful porticos are vivid and eye-catching, thanks to the distinctive brick used in much of the construction. However, there is one stunning special feature about this...

Parma: A City of Hidden Gems

Parma: A City of Hidden Gems

PARMA, WITH ITS POPULATION of around 184,000, is a compact city about 40 kilometres north-west of Bologna. The beautiful, productive countryside leading to it invites a self-drive approach, given the castles and rich farmlands that pre-empt arrival in the urban area. As you approach from this direction, the initial view may seem uninspiring, with the...

Abruzzo – Mountains and Snow Beside the Coast

Abruzzo – Mountains and Snow Beside the Coast

LOCATED IN CENTRAL ITALY, Abruzzo is a land between mountains and sea, where nature reigns supreme and the production of typical food products and wines – such as the revered Montepulciano d’Abruzzo – thrives. Ski towns offer guests an enticing winter wonderland. While seaside resorts beckon visitors to come and bask under the Mediterranean sun....

Tuscany’s Emerging Wine Region

Tuscany’s Emerging Wine Region

What happens when an estate in the Chianti Classico region of Tuscany is of a mind to expand, but runs into a lack of suitable land and restrictive planning rules? Instead of giving up, the owner of Domini Castellare di Castellina, Paolo Panerai, set off on a quest to find new territory towards the coast...