Book Review: Topographies by Stephen Benz

Book Review: Topographies by Stephen Benz

Topographies is a collection of essays by the American travel writer Stephen Benz. He takes us on journeys across North America, on a quest to unearth the culture and the history. This is not a “wish you were here” style of travel journalism: on occasion we are...

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Exploring Tridentum, the Roman City of Trento, Italy

Exploring Tridentum, the Roman City of Trento, Italy

Trento, in northern Italy, is best known as a Renaissance city. However, the area has been settled since ancient times, most notably by the Romans, who arrived in the 1st century BC.  They founded a city which they named Tridentum and, if you look hard enough,...

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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,...

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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...

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