Destinations

The Best Time to Visit Sicily: Autumn

I have been running tours in Sicily for years, and there is no doubt in my mind that September through December are the best months to enjoy a visit that focuses on the abundant archaeological and cultural sites of the southern peninsula. Many of the most impressive attractions are situated outdoors: either in the hectic urban centre of Palermo or out at the excavation sites. If the lure of these attractions is what motivates you …

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VISITING THE PYRAMIDS… OF ROME?

Let’s play a game of word association. We say ‘Gondola’, you would likely say ‘Venice’ . We say ‘Michelangelo’, you may come up with ‘Florence’, ‘David’ or perhaps ‘Sistine Chapel’. But how about ‘Pyramids’? Not many of us would call out ‘Rome’. And yet, Rome was actually the site of two pyramids built as tombs somewhere between 18 and 12 BC. The Pyramid of Cestius (Piramide Cestia or Piramide di Caio Cestio) was built well out of …

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Project Pyramid: the rolling (& pointy) hills of Tuscany

It seems those rolling Tuscan hills aren’t always as undulating as once thought. In the small town of Rosano Fiorentino near Pontassieve, an archaeological project is underway in Tuscany after the discovery of three rather pointy hilltops. It is believed these may be three pyramids, built some 14 kilometres east of Florence. Visible up to one kilometre away, the pyramidal hills seem to be formed in alignment with the Orion constellation just like the famous pyramids …

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The best bookshops in Italy – come in, cool off, warm up, read on….

When travelling in Italy, a great thing to buy is a nice book. In the day of electronic devices allowing you to read, take photos, check your email and what not, there is still nothing like a good ol’ fashioned page-turner…with actual pages. And you never have to worry about the batteries running out. Reading a book certainly helps pass the time on public transport (the best way to travel around Italy). Seeing what someone …

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