A LETTER FROM VERONA

Beautiful beautiful little Verona! The wide Piazza Bra holding the famous 1st Century Roman Arena, where concerts and opera performances are still held in an acoustically perfect amphitheatre.  Cosy Piazza delle Erbe, from the word for herb, where markets have been held for centuries watched over by the tall Lamberti Tower and prettily painted houses … Continue reading

A CHANGE OF TEMPO AT LAKE GARDA

After visiting the historic towns of Turin, Pavia, Cremona, and Mantua and totally filling up my mind’s cultural capacity on grandiose churches, cathedrals, palaces, frescoes and other art, Lake Garda was a complete contrast.  It was time to slow down. I found a cheap little studio which had a fabulous view of the lake from … Continue reading

MAGNIFICENCE IN MANTUA

After travelling through Turin, Pavia, Cremona and now Mantua I have come to the conclusion that to follow this itinerary you have just GOT to adore frescoes. The ancient churches of these towns, and not just the Duomos, are coated with them – and not just the walls, but the ceilings, galleries, arches and columns … Continue reading

THE CHARACTERS OF CREMONA

As gorgeous as it is, Cremona will always be more about people than places to me. Characters from the past and the present. This city is famous for its violinmakers, and one more than any other – Antonio Stradivari, who was born somewhere around 1645 and died aged about 90 in 1737. No one is … Continue reading

THE PATH TO PAVIA

Pavia – ancient and historic city where one wanders the cobbled streets enjoying the prettiness of its retained past. It was curious. On Journey One through France, Spain and Portugal I was drawn again and again onto St James’ Way – Le Chemin de Saint Jacques de Compostelle.  Granted, there are many routes, but even … Continue reading

TURIN : A CITY SHROUDED IN MYSTERY

There are a number of themes that could have shaped this post. I could have enthused, for example, about the architectural beauty of Turin and its spacious piazzas framed by tall classical buildings, palaces and magnificent churches. For here the Dukes of Savoy decided to construct a city that would be the envy of Europe … Continue reading