“No pictures, no cameras.” The guards shouted in the the Vatican’s Cistine Chapel where we all took pictures of Michelangelo’s masterpiece
Doing Rome on the Cheap and on the Fly
You can do Rome on the cheap. First, when you take a quick 3-day vacation to see a city, you should have these three goals.
Caravaggio – Bergamo Revisited – Airport Refugees
One of the side effects of the renaissance of budget air and cheap flights is that a number of small regional airports have become major hubs for carriers such as RyanAir and Wizz Airlines.
Bologna, Italy – Pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca
The Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca is a destination for pilgrims from all over the world and while I was in Bologna primarily to worship the food and architecture, I decided to make the trek to the magnificent sanctuary which sits atop the Guardia Hill and serves as the most prominent landmark in the beautiful city of Bologna.
Bergamo – Italian City of Festivals
Bergamo is a trading crossroads for not only Europe but for the world. And, as a bonus – some wonderful festivals come with that.
Ferrara, Italy – From Castello Estense to Cappellacci di Zucca
Ferrara, Italy is well off the beaten path of most visitor’s travel plans when they come to Italy – and that contributes to exactly why you should take the time to stop in this charming cobble-stoned Northern Italian town.
Travelling in Turkey – More Greek and Roman Ruins than Italy and Greece!
Again, not a lot of time to write, but we are having a wonderful time in Turkey. From cruising the Bosporus to marveling at the Iskander Kebap in Bursa, this trip has been filed with adventures stretching across the Black Sea, the Marmara Sea, and soon the Aegean Sea, and of course a bit of…
Lake Como, Italy – A Beautiful Daytrip from Bergamo or Milan
Lake Como – one of the most beautiful lakes in the world and a crown jewel of Italian masterpieces.
Photo Essay: Bird Watching on Italy’s Po River
With more than 350 species of birds having been sighted in the Po River Region, this is a territory that at first glance looks unvaried, but is actually quite surprising richness.
Sheet Music & Toilet Seat Art – 13 of Bologna’s Offbeat Museums
when I began lifting the lids to see the symbols painted under them, a very upset guard began yelling at me in Italian and then followed me the rest of the way through the museum – my contention is that there was art under the seats, so obviously the artist intended it to be seen!