One of the most reliably surprising experiences of any trip to the Riviera usually happens right at the start, even before you have fully arrived.
When you come by plane from northern Europe, you will be flying over the snow-capped peaks of the High Alps one moment, then you blink, and the next time you look out of the window you are already looking at the vast blue expanse of
… Take a Lovely Spring Hike in the Italian Riviera
As far as most tourists are concerned, the Riviera mainly consists of mountains and beaches. But that does not mean that mountains and beaches are all there is.
In many places, admittedly, the transition from one to the other is rather sudden and immediate.
On the French side of the Riviera (in particular), the mountains can descend fairly steeply into the sea, so one minute on your trip you may hear
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More Riviera gardens to discover!
Read the first collection of Riviera gardens here!
Last week, we surveyed the area east of Monaco and strolled deep into Italy, concentrating on the coast’s “classic” garden country. But the less climatically blessed western part of the Riviera – where the mountains are often further away from the coast and give the cold Alpine winds more room to wreak their winterly havoc – also has its little
… Here are Five More Riviera Gardens to Discover
The Riviera is famous for … well, many things in fact – speed boats, card sharps, minor royals – so it never ceases to surprise me how many of the visitors we meet have explicitly come to see one of the gardens of the Riviera.
I am – to be honest – not a natural garden enthusiast, but have over the years developed an understanding of why many people seem to be so
… How and Where to Discover the Gardens of the Riviera
Finally, to wrap up our short winter holiday to Campania, a few words about Naples.
Naples, after all, is not only the regional capital, but also, with its international airport, the “Gateway to the South” and the obligatory first destination for many international visitors of Italy’s mezzogiorno.
But even for those who travel around by car or by train, there are many opportunities of visiting Naples. The question is: should you?
… A Short Winter Holiday Made Us Ask: Is Naples for You?
… and even squeeze a walk into your schedule
The Amalfi Coast is one of Europe’s most scenic and famous. It is certainly more dramatic than the Riviera, perhaps its only serious rival in the Champions League of European coastlines, but suffers in comparison by its relative lack of “grand names” and famous resorts. This reflects the fact that the Amalfi Coast has only a small number of beaches.
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The island of Capri – just off the Italian coast near the southern city of Naples – is a truly dazzling spectacle.
You could be forgiven for thinking that a theme park operator had carefully assembled all the familiar Mediterranean motives – azure skies and the turquoise sea, rocks, trees, hills, a marina, caves – to create a fanciful paradise landscape.
On our travels, we have seen many parts
… Take this Easy Hike to See the Best of Capri
The architecture of fascism is everywhere in Italy. If you have ever visited the country, chances are you will have seen loads of it – unknowingly, perhaps, because these buildings blend in well with the rest of Italy’s street furniture, baroque churches and Renaissance palazzi included.
The architecture of Italian fascism itself is not “fascist”: most buildings from the period between the world wars, including many modernist post offices
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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.
The art historian and TV
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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