Italy

Country number:
12
Territory number:
14
“You may have the universe if I may have Italy.”
Giuseppe Verdi

Tales from Italy

Slovenia, Small But Beautiful - Europe in the Time of Covid - Part 14

Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, is small, but painstakingly renovated and beautiful. It’s also full of beautiful people, parading round in designer clothes and...
Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, is small, but painstakingly renovated and beautiful. It’s also full of beautiful people, parading round in designer clothes and shopping in all the high-end shops that line the cobbled streets.
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Italy - Milan and the Trikini - Europe in the Time of Covid - Part 3

If I type Milan into Google I get pages of links about football. It’s all A.C. Milan too. Inter Milan isn’t getting a mention.
If I type Milan into Google I get pages of links about football. It’s all A.C. Milan too. Inter Milan isn’t getting a mention.
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Italy - Verona - Stylish Meets Shakespeare - Europe in the Time of Covid - Part 2

Naturally, Verona is capitalising on its Shakespeare connections, though it’s a matter of some debate as to whether Shakespeare even came to Italy. ...
Naturally, Verona is capitalising on its Shakespeare connections, though it’s a matter of some debate as to whether Shakespeare even came to Italy.
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Italy - Venice and Just Me - Europe in the Time of Covid - Part 1

Venice on a Wednesday in the middle of summer Covid-19 is like a sleepy Sunday city. Many of the shops are shuttered.
Venice on a Wednesday in the middle of summer Covid-19 is like a sleepy Sunday city. Many of the shops are shuttered.
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Italy in a Nutshell

The name Italy comes from the word Italia, meaning “calf land,” perhaps because the bull was a symbol of the Southern Italian tribes, though...
The name Italy comes from the word Italia, meaning “calf land,” perhaps because the bull was a symbol of the Southern Italian tribes, though no-one seems sure of its origins
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Italy - Sicily - If Life Brings You Lemons - Albania and Italy 4

What was I expecting from Sicily? Eruptions (Etna has been active for 3500 years and is the largest volcano in Europe), the Mafia (though...
What was I expecting from Sicily? Eruptions (Etna has been active for 3500 years and is the largest volcano in Europe), the Mafia (though not necessarily toting machine guns in violin cases) and huge lemons.
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Italy - Roman Rimini and Beautiful Bologna - Albania and Italy 3

I only came to Bologna because the airline routing to Sicily worked best this way. Wow - it’s amazing. A glorious cornucopia of wonderful...
I only came to Bologna because the airline routing to Sicily worked best this way. Wow - it’s amazing. A glorious cornucopia of wonderful architecture. Why isn’t it on more bucket lists?
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Italy - Sardinia - The Most Expensive Real Estate in Europe

Against all the odds the Costa Smeralda is exactly as I hoped and expected. Our bay near the port of Baja Sardinia is very...
Against all the odds the Costa Smeralda is exactly as I hoped and expected. Our bay near the port of Baja Sardinia is very pretty with views across extraordinary curly rock formations.
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Italy - Rome and the Vatican (Of Course)

Early June is a good time to visit Rome. It’s warm, but not so hot that walking is an effort. The Colosseum, the...
Early June is a good time to visit Rome. It’s warm, but not so hot that walking is an effort. The Colosseum, the Forum and the numerous cupolas are admirably framed against a clear blue sky.
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