Viewpoint: Carlo Colla & Sons

Marionettes in the warehouse of the Carlo Colla and Sons

A troupe of marionettes patiently await their curtain call in the warehouse of Carlo Colla & Sons before a show in Milan last year… Photo by Leonello Bertolucci/Getty Images In May this year, the Carlo Colla & Figli marionette company hosted a special show, La Poesia della Meccanica (The Poetry of Mechanics), in Milan to […]

Viewpoint: Bosa old town

Bosa in Sardinia, Italy

Bosa Marina is the area that is interesting international property buyers right now, but the coloured houses of the old town of Bosa have their charm too… Photo by Getty Images Regular readers will recall that we visited Bosa in our ‘Homes in Sardinia’ feature recently. This is the first coastal town of notable size […]

Viewpoint: The Bridge of Sighs

Bridge of Sighs, Venice, Italy

It may not command the location of the Rialto Bridge, but the Bridge of Sighs is arguably the greater achievement and perhaps Venice’s most beautiful bridge… Photo by Getty Images Steve Marriott crossed “over Bridge of Sighs, to rest [his] eyes in shades of green,” but he was speaking psychedelically. The bridge leads not to […]

Viewpoint: Botanical Gardens at Villa Taranto

PALLANZA, ITALY APRIL, 25, 2018 - Terraced gardens in the botanical garden of Villa Taranto in Pallanza, Verbania, Italy.

The Botanical Gardens at Villa Taranto in Pallanzo on the shore of Lake Maggiore were established in the 1930s by a Scotsman called Neil Boyd Watson McEacharn… Photo by iStock/ Getty Images Captain Neil Boyd Watson McEacharn (1884-1964) was educated at Eton and Oxford and developed his passion for gardening after his father bought Galloway House […]

Viewpoint: Monte Cervino

Sunset over Monte Cervino, Italy

The sun catches the peak of Monte Cervino, aka the Matterhorn, as it sets over the Italian border with Switzerland in Val d’Aosta… Photo by Getty Images It is the region of Dolomites, at the eastern end of Italy’s northern border, that is most famous for the phenomenon of the enrosadira, the ‘pinkening’ of the mountains […]

Viewpoint: Father Christmas in Venice!

Father Christmas, Venice, Italy

Six rowers, all dressed as Father Christmas, cut a steady course across the Venetian lagoon on their mission to deliver presents to children… Photo by Getty In the far north of Italy, the bringer of gifts is St Nicholas, who comes on December the 6th, while children who have not been good may expect a […]

Viewpoint: Path of the Gods

Path of the gods, Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast’s breathtaking ‘Path of the Gods’ stretches from the hilltop town of Bomerano to Nocelle, a frazione of Positano Photo by Getty Images The ‘Path of the Gods’ – Il Sentiero degli Dei – is an eight-mile walk over some of the finest views the Amalfi Coast has to offer. You can walk […]

Viewpoint: Piazza del Popolo

Piazza del Popolo Todi, Italy

The Piazza del Popolo in Todi is one of the best-preserved medieval squares in Italy and very much the focal point of this scenic Umbrian town… This photograph of Todi’s Piazza del Popolo was taken from the steps of the Cathedral, which before the 15th century had stood more centrally in what was then a much […]

Viewpoint: Zingaro National Park

Zingaro Nature Reserve, Sicily

Looking out into the Tyrrhenian Sea from Sicily’s Zingaro National Park… a view that has mesmerised mankind since time immemorial Sicily’s Riserva naturale dello Zingaro is a spectacular place. The park includes land, sea and beaches and is home to many varieties of endemic flora and fauna. Here also is the Grotto dell’Uzzo, one of the […]

Viewpoint: Giardini Esotici Pallanca

Cacti Glasshouse Pallanca Exotic Garden Bordighera

The cactus greenhouse at the Giardini Esotici Pallanca in Bordighera, where just some of the Garden’s 3,000 succulents are kept… Giacomo Pallanca left the olive oil trade in 1861 to work with the German botanist Ludwig Winter. His son Bartolomeo inherited his passion and in 1910 established the Pallanca Exotic Garden at Bordighera, a nursery […]