Category Italy

A-Z April Challenge – Duomo in Milano

I have been to many wonderful cathedrals in Europe with the ones in Chartres, Reims, Segovia and Troyes amongst my favourites. What makes the fine cathedral in Milan unique in my experience is the fact that you can walk around the roof area to get a great perspective of the colossal building and fine views […]

Easter Sunday Photo – View From St Peter’s, Vatican City

Wordless Wednesday – View From St Peter’s, Vatican City

The Bridges of Europe – Part Two, Southern Europe

Korinth (Corinth) The Corinth Canal in Greece is an incredible feat of engineering and was once an important navigational route which allowed ships to enter the Aegean Sea. Carved through the isthmus at sea level, the canal is 6.4 km long with a width of only 25 metres. Impossible for modern ships to go through, the […]

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 […]