Italy

View of the countryside in Siena, Italy

View to the countryside in Siena, Italy

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One of the best things to do in Siena is to climb to the top of the Panorama del Facciatone, an old facade of an unfinished extension of the beautiful cathedral nearby. A very tight spiral staircase leads to the top where you get magnificent views out across Siena. In this photo you can see… Read More

View from our villa in Tuscany

Why renting a villa is the best way to experience Tuscany

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Ah Tuscany….It is the place that so many people dream of visiting, and I was no different. I dreamt of green rolling hills covered in vineyards and olive groves, of centuries old medieval villages and farm houses, and of drinking wine and eating delicious Italian food. In my dreams, it was an almost magical place… Read More

Black and white photo of the Colosseum in Rome, Italy

The Colosseum in Black and White

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It’s been a while since I’ve put up a photo from my beloved Italy, so today I thought that I would share this photo of the Colosseum in Rome. I took this photo in the afternoon after exploring the inside of this world famous landmark on our way back to our hotel. As you can… Read More

San Giovanni Battista Church in Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre, Italy

San Giovanni Battista Church in Riomaggiore, Italy

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As we walked through the village of Riomaggiore in the beautiful Cinque Terre in Italy, we came across this lovely little church. The church of San Giovanni Battista dates back to 1341, and from here you get a great view out over the rooftops of Riomaggiore. From here we made our way to the start… Read More

Church in Castellina in Chianti, Italy

Why driving is the best way to explore Tuscany

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When we travelled to Italy, one of the things that I was set on doing was renting a villa in Tuscany for a week. The villa that I ended up choosing was located near the medieval town of Figline Valdarno, located about 30kms south of Florence. Although there is public transportation to the town, there… Read More

A canal in Castello in Venice, Italy

Getting lost in the Castello district of Venice

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There really is no other place like Venice. It’s unique location built on low islands in a lagoon in Northern Italy, along with it’s old and beautiful architecture, history and culture make it a must see destination for tourists. In fact, sometimes the amount of tourists in Venice can be truly overwhelming. San Marco, the… Read More

View of roof tops in Greve in Chianti in Tuscany, Italy

Roof top view in Greve in Chianti, Italy

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Greve in Chianti was the first town that we visited in the Chianti wine growing region of Tuscany, Italy. We drove our car from our lovely Tuscan villa in search of a nice picnic spot in the countryside, and found just that outside of Greve in Chianti. After lunch we returned to the explore the… Read More

Milan Cathedral Duomo di Milano in Milan, Italy

Milan just wasn’t for us

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By the time that we arrived in Italy we were basically already in love with the country, and as we travelled from Rome to the Amalfi Coast, to Tuscany and then on to Cinque Terre, we just fell in love with Italy even more. The beautiful natural and historical sights were amazing, but what truly… Read More

Piazza della Cisterna in San Gimignano, Italy

Piazza della Cisterna in San Gimignano, Italy

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Tuscany is full of little medieval towns, and one of the greatest examples that we saw during our travels in Italy is San Gimignano. This 13th century town is well known for it’s many towers that were built over the years, many of which are still standing today. The entire town is beautifully preserved as it… Read More

Roman architecture on the Vittorio Emanuele II Monument in Rome, Italy

Columns on Vittorio Emanuele II Monument in Rome, Italy

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Piazza Venezia is one of the busiest intersections in Rome, Italy, and if you’ve explored the main attractions in Rome, you have probably come across it on several occasions. Dominating this busy piazza is the enormous Vittorio Emanuele II Monument, built in the early 20th century and mostly hated by the local Romans. Although this… Read More

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