Santa Croce, Florence

The facade of Santa Croce in Florence
On our visit to Florence last week we visited the huge Franciscan church of Santa Croce, a short walk to the east from the centre. Several famous Tuscans are buried here, including Michelangelo, Galileo and Dante. The facade of Santa Croce in Florence Giotto and his followers decoratedRead more

Around The Duomo in Florence

The dome of Florence's Duomo
When you visit Florence as we did this week, you cannot avoid seeing the Duomo and you will almost certainly walk past it, even if it is not on your list of things to do. Cathedrals took hundreds of years to build and when the Duomo in FlorenceRead more

Lunch at Trattoria Gozzi

Dining at Trattoria Gozzi, San Lorenzo, Florence
Trattoria Gozzi, San Lorenzo, Florence Yesterday we went to Florence to meet up with some friends. The time we could spend in this beautiful city was limited, so we didn't do very much other than eat lunch at Trattori Gozzi in Piazza San Lorenzo and visit theRead more


The facade of Spoleto Duomo in Umbria. Italy
Spoleto is a town in southern Umbria that dates back to Roman times and became the capital of an independent Lombard duchy in the middle ages. Today it is also famous for the Spoleto Festival, an arts festival held every summer with many events taking place inRead more

Monte Tezio Walk

A view from Monte Tezio
Monte Tezio is a mountain just to the north of Perugia, the top of the mountain is very wide and rounded, once you are at the top it is relatively easy and you can enjoy views from several places. Walking on Monte Tezio in Umbria You canRead more

Rafting In Umbria

Rafting near the Cascata dei Marmore, Umbria
There are two places where you can go rafting in Umbria, the Cascate della Marmore and a rafting centre on a tributary of the River Nera between Spoleto and Norcera. If you are a client of Gorgacce Rentals and would like us to book you a raftingRead more

The Spa At Rapolano Terme

The warmest outdoor pool at, Antica Querciolaia Spa in Rapolano Terme, Tuscany
Rapolano Terme is just off the super strada that runs between Lake Trasimeno and Siena. There are two spas there that use the water from hot springs. If you are going out for the day towards Siena from pretty much all of our rental properties you willRead more

Chianti Sculpture Park

Sculpture at the Chianti Sculpture Park, Tuscany
I love going to sculpture gardens and the Chianti Sculpture Park near Siena in Tuscany is one of my favourites. Set in 7 hectares of woodland and, positioned along a path through the woods, the sculptures are made by different sculptors who each had the opportunity toRead more

Perugino’s Tomb In Fontignano

Inside the church of the Annunciation in Fontignano, Umbria
Last week I was passing through the village of Fontignano, just south east of Lake Trasimeno when I saw signs for the paintings and tomb of Perugino outside a small church in the village. The church of the annunciation in Fontignano, Umbria Born in nearby Città dellaRead more