Category Italy

Wordless Wednesday – Sundowners, Grand Canal, Venice

The Merchant of Venice

When I was at school our English Literature syllabus had us studying Shakespeare’s play of greed and revenge.  As part of our studies we put on a stage production. I secured the part of Portia’s messenger who announces the arrival of the Prince of Arragon. A whole eleven lines, which to this day I am […]

Friday Photo 35

Having recently been to Bologna and seen their own leaning tower, I was reminded of the original and more famous one in Pisa. I saw it with wife and friends in March 2003 on a beautiful spring day. Things went downhill fast afterwards after we travelled onto Florence….

June 2016 Overseas Train Journeys – Part One, Italy

If you follow my blog regularly, you will know that I love an overseas train journey. Prior to my most recent tour of North East Italy and Switzerland I had completed 191 such trips on foreign rails. It now stands at over 200! Bologna to Venice Santa Lucia After a memorable 36 hours in Bologna […]

Merry Como

There were plenty of ‘magic moments’ in store for us in Como, but first we needed to get there.  Travelling from Verona by train meant we had to change in Milan with just a ten minute gap between arrival and departure. I knew from past experience that Milano Centrale is vast so speed would be […]

Friday Photo 32

Happy July everybody! Having just returned from a fabulous trip to Italy & Switzerland, I have chosen a picture from Venice for today’s photo. Nothing too salubrious here, just a shot of an ordinary part of the canal taken from a floating vaporetto platform. Even then, it speaks so much about the magic of Venice […]

Where For Art Thou?

After two nights in Bologna and the same in Venice, it was time for our next train journey to Verona. We soon concurred that our decision to skip a break in the journey to take in Padua/Padova was a good one as the rain started to fall. Any notion of a relaxing journey however was […]

Venetian Find

You know all about the Grand Canal, the exorbitantly priced but must do gondola ride, St Mark’s Square and its magnificent cathedral, the Doge’s Palace, The Bridge of Sighs, The Ca D’Oro, The Rialto and La Fenice right?    These wonderful experiences have all been blogged to death, so I will leave those be. Venice […]

Thirty-six Hours In Bologna

The starting point for our eleven day mini tour of Italy and Switzerland was the magnificent city of Bologna, the second most important city in Italy during the times of the Roman Empire. What a beauty she is – shades of ochre & saffron abound, the arches & decorated ceilings of the vaulted arcades delight, […]

A-Z April Challenge – Florence

Everybody always said to me that I must go to Florence. It was billed as the absolute diamond on the crown of Europe. I therefore travelled to the capital of Tuscany with high hopes, only to return bitterly disappointed. OK, the cathedral was beautiful and the covered bridge very impressive, but apart from that Firenze […]