The Frescoes of Trento, The Painted City

The Frescoes of Trento, The Painted City

Italy is well known for its frescoes, but I’ve never seen so many in one place as in Trento, in the far north of the country. The pictures are everywhere, clinging to the sides of buildings like a kind of Renaissance street art. They are inside the buildings, too,...
Castel Roncolo, Bolzano: A Romantic Hilltop Castle

Castel Roncolo, Bolzano: A Romantic Hilltop Castle

The South Tyrol region of Italy is full of medieval castles – more than 800 of them! Often perched on hilltops, with commanding views of the countryside, they were ideal for defence in the turbulent Middle Ages. But many were really grand country houses, the homes of...
The Gorge of Ponte Alto and its Man-Made Waterfalls

The Gorge of Ponte Alto and its Man-Made Waterfalls

The Gorge of Ponte Alto, near Trento in the far north of Italy, has been a tourist attraction since the 1800s. It is easy to see why: two tall waterfalls cascading noisily through a narrow ravine. The view is spectacular, but it is not entirely a natural phenomenon....
Books to Read Before You Visit Italy

Books to Read Before You Visit Italy

Italy is a major destination for British and American tourists, and there is no shortage of books for the curious traveller. So my problem in compiling this post was not what to put in, but what to leave out. The choice that follows is just a small selection of books...