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

Here’s How We Experienced Plagwitz in Leipzig

There are not many things that East Germany (that most joyless country in the annals of the world) and Italy have in common, but here is one: a conservation policy that closely mirrors the principles of “triage”. In analogy to the requirements of battlefield medicine, both Italy and East Germany divided their cities or cultural sites into the lightly injured, the seriously ravaged that would benefit from further treatment and the downright

Here’s How We Experienced Plagwitz in Leipzig

How to Go Easy Hiking in the Italian Riviera Backcountry

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 something

How to Go Easy Hiking in the Italian Riviera Backcountry

Discover the Most Storied Backcountry Village of the French Riviera

Last week, I told you about the bus company Zest and its daily tours from Menton into the arrière pays, the French Riviera’s mountainous back country. Of these altogether ten different day trips, most are going to places that also are, in principle, available on Zest’s ordinary lines.

The problem is that the schedules of these “ordinary lines” (that often run no more than twice day) are mainly arranged for

Discover the Most Storied Backcountry Village of the French Riviera

Go Hiking on the French Riviera Back Country

When you want to go hiking on the French Riviera, there are good reasons for preferring either the coast or the back country, the mountainous arrière pays

One possible reason for going one way or the other is undoubtedly the right psychological “match” between hiker and route.

The coast at its best is friendly and open, but can also be loud, brash and more than a little vulgar. The arriere-pays,

Go Hiking on the French Riviera Back Country

Taking it Easy by the Danube in Bratislava

Movement 4: the Adagio at the Danube in Bratislava … which is just another word for “taking it very, very easy”

On its way from the Black Forest to the Black Sea, the Danube passes through ten countries: there are longer rivers in the world, but none that are more international.

Can you name all ten states that can lay claim to a section of the Danube? (The one country almost

Taking it Easy by the Danube in Bratislava