La Pigna in Sanremo - From Bottom to Top
Stepping through Porta di Santo Stefano is like following Alice down the rabbit hole. The visitor is immediately immersed in a tangle of narrow, enclosed alleyways that is La Pigna the old town of Sanremo on the Italian Riviera. Once through the thickness of the old city walls the local grocery shop emerges out of the gloom. This old city gate is one of the main entrances into La Pigna, the original medieval town of Sanremo and now a district of the thriving modern town ...
A Memorable Encounter in Bordighera on the Italian Riviera
I was perplexed. The signs I had been following had petered out for a third time. As I stood on the hill above the Porta Sottana inside the old town of Bordighera two distinguished gentleman entered the old town. For a split second they were perfectly framed by the old gate. Without thinking I raised my camera and pressed the shutter. After a brief conversation the two men parted and the one pushing an antiquated bicycle walked towards me. As he drew level with me he asked if I had taken a photo ...
Villa Borghese, a Cardinal Experience in Rome
Rome is the densely populated and intensely popular capital city of Italy. But, right in the middle of its extensive urbanisation is the large and extraordinary public park, Villa Borghese. It is thanks to the cardinals and popes of long ago that this area has survived as an oasis of tranquillity ...
Sirmione, a Pretty Peninsula Town on Lake Garda
My first visit to Sirmione was on a lovely sunny, December day. This little town is situated on a promontory in the middle of the southern end of Lake Garda. This promontory is four kilometres long and as narrow as 109 metres in places. Visitors have to park outside the town and walk across a drawbridge and through a medieval gateway to enter the town itself ...
Viterbo - An Italian Medieval Masterpiece
When I arrived in Piazza Martiri d'Ungheria in Viterbo the sun was shining. It illuminated the splendid old buildings marching along the ridge above me. All around me the landscape was spiked with domes and spires. Which way to go? I chose the middle road and headed for Piazza del Plebiscito …
Foundations of Verona - Austrian Verona
Austrian Verona could also also be described as the Hidden Verona. The period when Verona was part of the Austro-Hapsburg Empire was not a happy time for the Veronese ...
Foundations of Verona - Venetian Verona
Verona, in Italy is a UNESCO World Heritage site and deservedly so. It is the only place I know where you can peel away its history layer by layer. I have already explored Roman and Medieval Verona today I was exploring the Venetian influence ..
Limone sul Garda - The Garden of Lake Garda
Approaching Limone from the Lake Garda the visitor is immediately struck by an abundance of lemon groves and olive trees. The buildings along the shore-line are festooned with the brilliant blooms of bougainvillea and its long promenade is lined with oleander trees. Even its name suggests a plant and reflects its horticultural history ...
Malcesine - Captain of Lake Garda
I love to visit Malcesine on Lake Garda because it is home to one of my favourite restaurants – La Pace. As soon as I get off the ferry I push through the crowds lingering on the quay wondering what to do and where to go. I know exactly where I am going ...
Riva del Garda - Guardian of Lake Garda
Riva del Garda occupies pole position at the Northern end of Lake Garda in Italy. As you approach through the Valley of the Lakes colourful oleander bushes and silvery olive trees line the route. Beyond these field upon field of vines interspersed with patches of Kiwi fruits stretch as far as the eye can see ...