How Graffiti is Celebrated in City of Arts Dozza

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I don’t know about you, but whenever we come across a town that has been labeled a City of the Arts, I get a queasy feeling in my stomach. From experience I know that all too often, this means grim medieval palazzi and stuffy churches that have been packed with dark, baffling and impenetrable paintings of minor biblical anecdotes or scenes from the life of the local saint.

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How Graffiti is Celebrated in City of Arts Dozza

Our Second Set of Walks in Emilia-Romagna

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Today, we will start our second set of walks in Emilia-Romagna. In contrast to the first group of hikes that we posted a few weeks ago – which were full day trips – the shorter walks from this second group require less of a commitment and take a much smaller chunk out of your holiday schedule. The principal objectives, however, remain the same: our walks in Emilia-Romagna are meant to provide some diversion, to drag

Our Second Set of Walks in Emilia-Romagna

Why Genoa is Like Audrey Hepburn to Me

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MEDVIEDENKO Of all the cities you visited when you were abroad, Doctor, which one did you like the best?

DORN Genoa.

TREPLIEFF Why Genoa?

DORN Because there is such a splendid crowd in its streets. When you leave the hotel in the evening, and throw yourself into the heart of that throng, and move with it without aim or object, swept along, hither

Why Genoa is Like Audrey Hepburn to Me

We Took a Wondrous Easy Hike in Noli Italy

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Hiking in Italy, like so much else in this sweet and lovely country, is by turns an exasperating and wonderful experience.

Whether you are getting one or the other is largely determined by the kind of people who are in charge of the town or municipal district you are visiting.

Some towns could clearly not care less about hiking, to the extent where one can almost physically feel the

We Took a Wondrous Easy Hike in Noli Italy

Amarcord: I Remember the Rimini of Fellini

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Where to Find Fellini in Rimini For most of its history, Rimini – established by the Romans more than 2000 years ago – was a sleepy provincial town on the Adriatic coast.

Within 20 years after the end of WWII, however, two dramatic changes occurred: first came the arrival of mass tourism. And then a local boy, the scion of a respected middle-class family, became the most famous movie director on

Amarcord: I Remember the Rimini of Fellini

The Valli di Comacchio Sophia Loren Made Famous

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Of all the major European countries, Italy has always appeared to me the most culturally uniform. There is little that connects the baroque splendours of Catholic Bavaria with the Protestant restraint of Germany’s Hanseatic North and little common ground between Strasbourg and Nice, but there is an “Italianate-ness” of streets and buildings that is immediately recognizable.

Buildings from the Riviera to Sicily use the same colour schemes of ochre and terracotta, they move

The Valli di Comacchio Sophia Loren Made Famous

A Walk in Ferrara During a Car Journey Through Emilia Romagna

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For our recent journey through Emilia Romagna, a region in northern and central Italy, we decided to hire a car – something we had not done for several years, generally preferring to make our way on public transport and, of course, on foot. After so many years of not using a car for our journeys, I had forgotten how profound the difference between driving and walking trips can be. When you walk, you see little

A Walk in Ferrara During a Car Journey Through Emilia Romagna

Recommended Brief Visit to Italy From the French Riviera

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I must have advised you several times already that, if you take a trip to the French Riviera, you should combine this with a brief visit to Italy. On my list of suggestions, this is one of the top “Things To Do on the French Riviera” (right behind gate-crashing Brad Pitt’s yacht-warming party at the film festival in Cannes and bankrupting the Monte Carlo Casino).

Ideally, you would go

Recommended Brief Visit to Italy From the French Riviera

How to Go Easy Hiking in the Italian Riviera Backcountry

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Organized bus trips, for all their benefits, have one major drawback: they are not purpose-made for hiking, and any opportunity they may offer for a walk is purely coincidental At best, you can find the space for a brief excursion, but at worst, you are virtually stuck in the bus for the whole day.

You will see a lot, but mainly through the windows of your vehicle. This is

How to Go Easy Hiking in the Italian Riviera Backcountry

Get to the Greatest of All Riviera Gardens

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Riviera gardens are, in a number of ways, like London City churches: there are so many of them that only the truly obsessive can name them all There are enough differences between them for you to visit more than just a single one, while, on the other hand, they are sufficiently similar to invite informed comparisons. And just as the power and the majestic glory of St Paul’s tower above all of the other post-Great-Fire

Get to the Greatest of All Riviera Gardens