Tag: UNESCO sites

Fountains at the Villa d'Este, Tivoli

The Historic Villas of Tivoli

Since classical times Tivoli has been a favoured summer retreat for people wishing to escape the heat of the city. Nestling in the Tiburtine hills, around 30 km from Rome, this was where many prominent Roman citizens, including the Emperor Hadrian and the poet Horace, chose to build their villas. The

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Mosaic in Ravenna

Byzantine Mosaics of Ravenna

The Byzantine mosaics of Ravenna, in northern Italy, are a major tourist attraction. Spread across eight buildings from the early Christian period, these magnificent artworks are now part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Early Christianity in Ravenna Ravenna played a crucial part in western civilisation during the 5th and

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A Hidden Corner of Naples: The Cloister of Santa Chiara

Tucked away behind a 14th century convent church in the historic heart of Naples, the Cloister of Santa Chiara is a magnet for visitors, and reputedly the most photographed spot in Naples. The church itself dates back to 1310, but the cloister was built in its present form in the 18th

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Old houses in San Marino

San Marino: The Oldest Republic in Europe

It has its own government, a seat at the United Nations, and produces its own stamps and coins. Yet San Marino, the oldest republic in Europe, covers an area of only 61 sq km, and its borders are wholly contained within northern Italy. The Last City-State in Italy San Marino

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Giant's Causeway

The Giant’s Causeway and the Legend of Finn McCool

Ireland is a land of myths and legends, and nowhere more so than the mysterious Giant’s Causeway. 40,000 tall basalt columns, formed in perfect interlocking hexagonals. Surely this couldn’t be the work of nature, there must be some other explanation? So runs the legend of Finn McCool: only a giant

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Blue Souk, Sharjah

Visiting Sharjah, Dubai’s Lesser Known Neighbour

It is stylish and modern, a former UNESCO designated Capital of Arabic Culture, and only a stone’s throw from Dubai. So why did it feel as if we were the only tourists visiting Sharjah? Most people will tell you the reason is very simple: Sharjah is dry. Not in the

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