Tuscany travel guide for opera lovers

Lake Massaciuccoli, Tuscany, Italy

If you love opera, where better to hear it than in Tuscany? All summer long, you can enjoy beautiful music in lovely Tuscan locales. From great accommodation to top spots for food and drink, Adrian Mourby’s guide is your perfect travel companion Photos by Kate Tadman-Mourby Where to stay Nido D’Amore Butterfly Hotel The Love Nest […]

Puccini: the sound of Tuscan music

Puccini festival Lucca, Italy

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 Puccini Photos by Kate Tadman-Mourby   Towards the end of his life, Giacomo Puccini admitted that one day he’d like to hear […]

Santa Teresa Gallura

We take a look at the beautiful home of Gallura Buskers Festival, the International Festival of Street Artists and Contemporary Circus which featured amazing entertainment and fantasy in the magical nights of Santa Teresa Gallura. The 5th edition of the Gallura Buskers Festival was held from 17th to 23rd July and was a long anticipated event of […]

Don’t miss the International Nora Jazz Festival!

The International Nora Jazz Festival is back for it’s 8th Edition, “Women in Jazz”. This summer the International Nora Jazz Festival travels around the world. Now in its 8th year, the “queen” of Pula’s summer season will feature four international artists: from Italy, the pianistic inspiration of Rita Marcotulli; from Argentina, the sensual voice of Karen […]

The Sound Of The Dolmites

Chris Allsop attends the Sound of the Dolomites festival for world-class music in a breath-taking natural setting, and then discovers the unspoiled gem known as ‘Little Venice’… The hills are alive with the sound of music. Except this is northeast Italy, not Austria, and it might be a tad rude – if not inaccurate – […]

Val Rendena

The Val Rendena is the valley of the Sarca River in Trentino, and forms part of the Brenta, or ‘Western’, Dolomites. Today, it is alive with the sound of music… The Brenta Dolomites, though west of the River Adige, and therefore often considered not to really be part of the Dolomites, are in fact very […]

Music of Italy: Friar Alessandro

Hailed as the next Italian tenor by producer Mike Hedges, Friar Alessandro?s debut has shot to number one in the Classic FM charts. Rachel Beckwith uncovers the remarkable story of the first friar to be signed by a major label The headquarters of Decca Records is a large, contemporary building with a labyrinth of corridors […]