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A Walking Tour of Caravaggio’s Rome

A Walking Tour of Caravaggio’s Rome

He was a rebel at a time when the public bowed at the knee of the Catholic Church. He was a carouser, a brawler and, indeed, a murderer. But Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio was also a genius, a master of shadow and light. And […]

Hiking the Alta Via: Cinque Terre’s Wild Side

Hiking the Alta Via: Cinque Terre’s Wild Side

Spanning 440 km (270 miles), the Alta Via of the Ligurian Mountains is one of the longest trails in Italy. It starts from the western edge of Liguria, near the border with France, and finishes in the southeast corner at the border with Tuscany. […]

The Unique and Majestic Duomo of Amalfi

The Unique and Majestic Duomo of Amalfi

On the second day of our self-guided walking holiday on the Amalfi Coast, you descend on foot from the heights of Ravello into the town of Amalfi and soon find yourself in the central piazza, dominated by the world-renowned Cathedral of Saint Andrea, otherwise […]

Positano, Italy:  Where the Path of the Gods Ends

Positano, Italy: Where the Path of the Gods Ends

Positano, Italy immediately exerts its fascination the first time you see from afar its colorful cascade of houses and villas perched above the crystal blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea.  And the fascination only deepens as you arrive in the town and begin to […]

Ravello, Italy: Loft of the Literati

Ravello, Italy: Loft of the Literati

Dominating the Amalfi Coast from an altitude of 350m, Ravello sits atop a rocky spur dividing two deep valleys. Situated thus, the town serves as a terrace perched high over the sea, from which you can enjoy a stupendous panorama of the entire coastline as far as Calabria in the south and Capri to the north. From early in its history, Ravello became a symbol of the ideal place to live, work, and play, with famous artists, writers, musicians, and the idle rich choosing it as their preferred haunts.

Montepulciano, Tuscany: the Florence of the South

Montepulciano, Tuscany: the Florence of the South

Taking advantage of the rich Tuscan soil and its favorable climate, Etruscans first established a settlement high on a limestone ridge around the third century B.C. as evidenced by the tombs that have been excavated in the region ine which numerous remains of the Etruscans’ typical black […]

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