Why Genoa is Like Audrey Hepburn to Me

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

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 contempt

We Took a Wondrous Easy Hike in Noli Italy

In Nice? Take the Train des Pignes to Entrevaux!

Two scenic train rides from Nice into its alpine back country are on the itinerary of most Riviera visits: the Train des Merveilles (to Tende near the Italian frontier) and the Train des Pignes (to Digne-les-Bains in the northwest). Ticking off the Train des Merveilles from our own travel schedule was one of the first things we did on the Riviera – we had not even moved for good in the area yet and

In Nice? Take the Train des Pignes to Entrevaux!

Where is the Serre de La Madone Garden?

Gardens are to nature what fictional stories are to real life. They are carefully plotted, laid out to amuse and to entertain, and they do not try to conceal that everything you see has been put there for a reason. Gardens are highly artificial, but holding that against them is like going to the theatre and complaining that everything was, well, a bit stagey.

This does not mean that all gardens are

Where is the Serre de La Madone Garden?

Where and How to See Modern Sculptures in Muenster

Earlier in the year, we took you on a “sculp-tour” through the city of Münster (in northwest Germany), which hosts an internationally famous sculpture exhibition every ten years and which – since 1977 – has become one of Europe’s hot spots for urban modern art. The city, one of Germany’s finest, is equally well-known for its historic town centre and for its large number of urban beauty spots. Having concentrated on the first for part

Where and How to See Modern Sculptures in Muenster

Amarcord: I Remember the Rimini of Fellini

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 earth.

Amarcord: I Remember the Rimini of Fellini

The Valli di Comacchio Sophia Loren Made Famous

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

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

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 further

Recommended Brief Visit to Italy From the French Riviera

How to See the Historical Old Town of Leipzig

Leipzig, of course, is more than “Hypezig”, as the scene quarter of Plagwitz is sometimes known So in today’s post, I will first tell you what we did to explore this interesting and historical old town in the heart of Germany, and then what we should have done.

We started our walk to see the historical old town of Leipzig from its central station, straight into Nikolaistraße, the main shopping street that is

How to See the Historical Old Town of Leipzig