Mantua, Renaissance Home of the Gonzagas

Mantua, Renaissance Home of the Gonzagas

Coming into Mantua from the north, the first thing you notice is the three artificial lakes that surround the city. Today they are a pleasure ground, with boat trips, lakeside walks and picnic areas. But they were originally constructed for a quite different purpose:...

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Brescia: An Underrated Tourist Destination

Brescia: An Underrated Tourist Destination

According to my guidebook, Brescia is “disappointing”. But we wanted a day out from Verona, and Brescia was an easy trip by train. So, not knowing quite what to expect, we went anyway, and we were not at all disappointed. We found Roman remains, a UNESCO World...

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The Presepi of Italy: Traditional Christmas Cribs

The Presepi of Italy: Traditional Christmas Cribs

If you are in Italy in December you will find presepi (nativity scenes) everywhere. Every church or public space will have its own intricately decorated Christmas crib. And in private homes families will be busy building their own cribs, as common in Italy as...

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How to Eat Well in Athens

How to Eat Well in Athens

I hadn’t expected to eat well in Athens. I had long ago memories of lukewarm food and greasy kebabs with limp pitta bread, and I had experienced the limited repertoires of Greek tavernas at home. But as I sat in a small café on my first night in the city, sipping good...

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Discovering Greek Cuisine on a Food Tour of Athens

Discovering Greek Cuisine on a Food Tour of Athens

Food gives you an insight into a place. However cosmopolitan a city may be, with the English language all pervasive and international brands on the high street, food is one thing that remains stubbornly local. You don’t have to wander far off the beaten track to...

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The Church of the Dead: Purgatorio Ad Arco in Naples

The Church of the Dead: Purgatorio Ad Arco in Naples

You might not expect a grinning bronze skull to be the first thing that greets you as you approach a church. But look more closely at the façade of Purgatorio ad Arco, in the historic centre of Naples, and you will see dozens of stone skulls, and a few crossbones as...

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A Tour Around Literary Athens

A Tour Around Literary Athens

My trip to Athens was a time for discovering new things. And The Literary Walk was no exception. This was a tour of the literary heritage of 20th century Athens, and it was full of discoveries, large and small, things I would never have found for myself.     A Hidden...

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