Siena’s Palio: the thrill of the race

Siena Palio, Tuscany Siena

Having failed on previous occasions to see the actual races, Jane Keightley finally experiences all the pride and pageantry of Palio week in Siena… Photos by Jane Keightley This was far from the first time I had visited Siena, but never before had I actually been there to experience the Palio. On one occasion I had arrived in town the day after, More...

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Trevi Fountain, Rome, Italy
By Italia Travel & Life On Tuesday, July 17th, 2018
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Insider’s Rome: The Trevi Fountain

You can go and see the Trevi Fountain for free, it’s just there, but it will cost you money if you ever want to see it again… Words and image by Jon Palmer There are actually lots of things you can do for free More...

The church of Saint Peter on the promontory if Porto Venere in Liguria, Italy
By Italia Travel & Life On Tuesday, July 17th, 2018
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Past Italia: La Chiesa di San Pietro

St Peter‘s (La Chiesa di San Pietro)  in Portovenere stands on a promontory overlooking the Gulf of Poets Saint Peter’s at Portovenere is built on the site of a 5th-century church, and before that an earlier, More...

Puccini festival Lucca, Italy
By Italia Travel & Life On Thursday, June 28th, 2018
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Puccini: the sound of Tuscan music

Travel to Tuscany during the summer months and you can enjoy thrilling operatic performances in the region’s historic towns and villages. Adrian Mourby visits Lucca as it comes alive with the music of Giacomo More...

Castello di Santa Severa, Lazio italy
By Italia Travel & Life On Monday, June 18th, 2018
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Past Italia: Il Castello di Santa Severa

The medieval castle of Santa Severa faces out to sea on the Lazio coast, just 40 minutes north of Rome The Castle of Saint Severa is named after a young girl whose entire family was martyred. Her father was a More...

Pantheon, Rome, Italy
By Italia Travel & Life On Friday, June 15th, 2018
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Insider’s Rome: The Pantheon

Proposals to charge entry to the Pantheon remain controversial, after plans were announced to start charging visitors from May this year… Words by Jon Palmer. Image by iStock Up until now, entry to the Pantheon More...

Cortona, Tuscany, Italy
By Italia Travel & Life On Thursday, June 14th, 2018
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Cortona: the genius of a place

Rachael Martin visits Cortona to meet Sarah Marder, a film-maker whose documentary explores the changed life of this Tuscan hilltop town Photos by iStock unless otherwise stated When Sarah Marder first started More...

Nora and tower Sardinia
By Italia Travel & Life On Sunday, June 10th, 2018
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Nora Archaeological Park

Mary Novakovich shares her experience of this important and beautiful archaeological site in southwest Sardinia… Photos by Adam Batterbee View of Nora from the top of the tower   Founded by the Phoenicians More...

Arezzo Cathedral, Tuscany, Italy
By Italia Travel & Life On Friday, May 18th, 2018
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Past Italia: Arezzo Cathedral

The Cathedral of Saints Peter and Donatus in Arezzo, Tuscany, boasts a long history and some eye-catching architecture Arezzo Cathedral (iStock) La Cattedrale dei Santi Pietro e Donato is the city cathedral of More...

Constantine Capitoline Museums Rome Italy
By Italia Travel & Life On Friday, May 18th, 2018
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Insider’s Rome: The Capitoline Museums

If it’s ancient statues you want, this is the place to be, but don’t ignore the works on the piazza outside the museum either… Words & image by Jon Palmer Recognised as the world’s first public museum More...