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...

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more

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...

read more

Discovering the Early Byzantine Churches of Athens

I’ve always associated Athens with Greek history. Classical Greek history, that is, the sort that took place more than two thousand years ago. But as we stood in Monastiraki Square, Vassilios pointed out the layers of history around us. Ancient Athens was there, in...

read more

Villa Valmanara ai Nani and the Legend of the Dwarves

High on the slopes of Monte Berico, just outside Vicenza, stands the 17th century Villa Valmanara ai Nani. The first thing you will notice when you approach the villa is the stone dwarves (nani) lined up on the walls outside. And of course there is a legend associated...

read more

Follow me on:

Want a regular dose of inspiration and information from WorldWideWriter?

Sign up to our mailing list now!



Booking.com