The Beauty of Lake Como

The Beauty of Lake Como

Lake Como, one of the world's finest locations.  Located in Italy it is one of the most popular sites to visit.  Lake Como, also known as Lario meaning lake in Latin is a lake located in Lombardy Italy.  With an area of 146 square kilometers  it is one of the largest lakes in all of Italy.  The Shape of the lake resembles the letter "Y".  Three towns sit at the intersection of the lake named, Bellagio, Menaggio and Varenna.  The intersection resembles branches of a tree and can bring you to many locations,…Read more
Florence, the City of Flowers

Florence, the City of Flowers

A brief history of Florence The Romans were the founders of Florence. Realizing the importance of a thoroughfare towards the Po plain, Ceasar in 59 B.C. ordered the establishment of a colony on the north bank of the Arno. The foundation is thought to have taken place in the spring, during the Floral Games, or Ludi Florales: hence the name Florentia, which was given to the city. Flora was the goddess of flowers and gardens, and the mother of spring in Roman mythology. Tuscan dialect turned the Latin Florentia into Fiorenza — a name which is to be found on Renaissance frescoes, and…Read more
Hidden Gems Worth Visiting in Italy

Hidden Gems Worth Visiting in Italy

Every country has its famous cities and landmarks that tourists visit. However, sometimes we don't want the hustle and bustle of over-crowded tourist spots. Sometimes it's better to find those hidden gems which offer a more authentic view of the country's culture. Italy has many hidden gems, and here we look at just a few of those places that are well worth a visit on your trip to Italy. Cremona – city of art Cremona is an ancient Roman city with one of the most beautiful squares in Italy that can be seen with the Cathedral, Baptistery,…Read more
An Italian Adventure

An Italian Adventure

Having seen the Eternal City Rome, and perhaps some of the other famous places in Italy, such as Florence, Venice and Naples, you have a golden opportunity to visit other places in this lovely country which are less renowned but nonetheless interesting and beautiful. You might like to see the largest valley in Italy, AOSTA VALLEY, where alpine crests, many with permanent glaciers, provide a background to picturesque villages, castles, clear mountain lakes, chestnut groves, pine forests and green meadows; for the tourist who wishes to get away from the city, the incomparable beauty of this valley has much to…Read more
When in Rome

When in Rome

The enchantment of the Eternal City is sure to capture the heart of every visitor and leave them spell-bound at the contrast and yet perfect blending of a modern city side by side with the enduring monuments of its ancient counterpart. For here surely, is the cradle of Western civilisation, founded about 743 BC, which has seen the rule of many kings, emperors and Popes up to the signing of the Treaty of Conciliation in 1929 - which harmonised Church and State — and to the establishment of the new Republic of Italy in 1946. We may gaze at…Read more
Siena – History, Art and Saints

Siena – History, Art and Saints

At the time of the Ghibellines, Siena was the rival of Florence. And it might still be, despite the fact that, in 1555, history attached it to the grand duchy of Tuscany, after a memorable siege! It certainly deserves to be thought of as a rival, by virtue of the wealth of its patrimony, the beauty of its monuments, and the charm of its old streets, where so many houses are in fact palaces!  “Burnt Siena”, the color on the painter’s palette, is named after the hills on which Siena is built, and…Read more
The Splendour of Lucca

The Splendour of Lucca

Lucca is a very special town in Tuscany, essentially split amongst two very different areas. Surrounding the old town is a busy, modern place that's full of cars, noise and people. Yet as soon as you venture through one of the gates, going through the huge stone wall that surrounds it, you enter a place of utter delight. It's like stepping back in time to a quieter place, much like San Gimignano. The ramparts built around the city in the 16th and 17th centuries are now a splendid promenade, with many vantage points…Read more