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  • Beside the Seaside Italian Style in Viareggio, Tuscany

    Beside the Seaside Italian Style in Viareggio, Tuscany

    Elegant and once exclusive resort for the rich, Viareggio, on the Tuscan Riviera quickly became a favourite destination for the inhabitants of Florence, Lucca and Prato when the railway came to the town. By then its bathing culture was firmly established and survives to this day. The lovely beaches and vibrant night life attract visitors from all over the world.

  • Exploring Rome with TravelEyes: Three Day Trips in the Eternal City

    Exploring Rome with TravelEyes: Three Day Trips in the Eternal City

    After making our way into the Basilica of Saint Peter from the museums we had a chance to admire the original Pietà sculpted and signed by Michelangelo. This is the only piece of work he ever signed and he did so some years after it was completed when he overheard his masterpiece being credited to another sculptor ...

  • Exploring Rome with TravelEyes: Piazza Barberini to Piazza Navona

    Exploring Rome with TravelEyes: Piazza Barberini to Piazza Navona

    I never tire of my first glimpse of the "Pantheon":http://www.pantheon-rome.com as I enter Piazza della Rotonda and trying to find the right words to describe this mammoth building topped by an enormous gravity-defying dome made me appreciate it even more. This dome, enhanced by a halo of sunlight, is the largest unreinforced concrete dome in the world and the Pantheon is one of the best preserved of all the buildings bequeathed to us by the Ancient Romans ...

  • Easter on Parade in Sorrento – an Exceptional Experience

    Easter on Parade in Sorrento – an Exceptional Experience

    Outside the hooded figures wait in silence, there is no breaking of ranks and not a word is spoken – just a street full of robed figures waiting and hoping. The whole experience was surreal and the next morning, while strolling through the crowded streets of Sorrento, I wondered if it really happened or if I dreamt it. Burnt out candles still littering walls and pavements confirm it really did happen ...

  • Four Resorts, One SkiArea in the Italian Dolomites

    Four Resorts, One SkiArea in the Italian Dolomites

    This very chic Italian resort, huddles inside a towering crescent of the spectacular Brenta Dolomites in Trentino. During the day the snow on its craggy peaks sparkles in the sun. As the sun goes down nature’s cathedral spires glow a rosy pink ...

  • My Favourite Walks in Madonna di Campiglio

    My Favourite Walks in Madonna di Campiglio

    I have been walking in Madonna di Campiglio for more than twenty summers as, for me, walking is the best way to enjoy the spectacular Dolomites that encircle this little resort. I also enjoy skiing there and my walks are often a combination of a marked path and part of a piste. They all feature coffee and lunch stops ...

  • The Excellent Hotel Lorenzetti in Madonna id Campiglio

    The Excellent Hotel Lorenzetti in Madonna id Campiglio

    Hotel Lorenzetti, an Italian family-run four-star hotel in Madonna di Campiglio a mountain resort in the region of Trentino can only be described as excellent. It has maintained a reputation for great hospitality and superb cuisine for nearly thirty years ...

  • Where to Stay in the Italian resort of Pescasseroli in Abruzzo

    Where to Stay in the Italian resort of Pescasseroli in Abruzzo

    In the heart of the Parco Nazionale d’Abruzzo, Lazio e Molise and close to the Apennine Mountains Pescasseroli in the Italian region of Abruzzo is ideally situated for both summer and winter holidays. The accommodation available is as varied as the activities visitors will find in the surrounding area Walking and horse-riding are very popular in the summer and, of course, skiing is top of the list in the winter. Of the fifty-three hotels in and around Pescasseroli sixteen of them are currently part of the Associazione Albergatori e Operatori turistici del PNALM …

  • Barrea on Lake Barrea – a Unique Italian Medieval Settlement

    Barrea on Lake Barrea – a Unique Italian Medieval Settlement

    Barrea, a unique historic settlement, straddles a rocky ledge above Lake Barrea in Abruzzo a region of Southern Italy. This region encompasses the beautiful beaches that fringe the Adriatic Coast, the mighty Apennine mountains and the fertile plains between the two. It is home to over three-quarters of the Parco Nazionale d’Abruzzo. Lazio e Molise generally shortened to PNALM. I visited Barrea, part of this park, while staying in Pescasseroli the capital of the park, a short distance away ...

  • Sport Hotel Daniel in Pescasseroli, Abruzzo in Italy

    Sport Hotel Daniel in Pescasseroli, Abruzzo in Italy

    Sometimes it is not the splendour of the place or the attractions around it but one small act of kindness that is the dominant memory of a visit. And so it was regarding my stay at Hotel Sport Daniel. The breakfast buffet here featured a good variety of fresh fruit including my favourite, cherries. On my last morning there were no cherries and when I asked the waiter he explained that as the previous day had been Sunday and no deliveries there were none left. It was not a problem as there was plenty of other fruit to choose from. I forgot all about and went out for the morning. When I returned for a light lunch prior to leaving for the airport I was presented with a plate piled high with cherries. They had remembered my request that morning. I was so impressed ...

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