Siena, The Torre del Mangia

The Torre del Mangia in Siena, Tuscany
When you visit Siena you cannot fail to notice the Torre del Mangia, a tall medieval tower that forms part of the Palazzo Civico, Siena's medieval town hall. The Palazzo Civico (and the Torre del Mangia) dominate the Campo, the central piazza. The last time I climbedRead more

Mirabilandia Theme Park

The I-speed roller coaster at Mirabilandia
Mirabilandia is an amusement park on the Adriatic coast near Ravenna. It has roller coasters and other rides that are equal to anywhere in the world and a visit there is a great family day out. I love going there and have become a roller coaster addictRead more

Water Slide At Umbertide Pool

At the top of the Umbertide water slide
In the heat of the summer, we usually spend a lot of time at the public swimming pool in Umbertide, our local Umbrian town. The Umbertide pool has a giant outdoor water slide. To use the slide you take an inflatable ring (single or double) and walk upRead more

A Walk On Monte Ginezzo Near Cortona

A view on the Monte Ginezzo walk near Cortona, Tuscany
These are images taken on my Monte Ginezzo walk, a hike in the hills near Cortona. This is another route from my walking guide book, Circular Walks On The Tuscany Umbria Border, now available from Amazon in its third edition as an ebook. The route starts at Passo della Cerventosa,Read more

Things To Do With Kids In Tuscany & Umbria, Italy

Canoeing on the River Tiber
Activities For Children, Tuscany & Umbria Children's activities in Tuscany and Umbria  (and some in Emilia Romagna, Le Marche and Lazio), many within easy driving of our rental villas, some a little further. Horse riding There are several places to go horse riding on the Tuscany UmbriaRead more