San Gimignano

Medieval towers in San Gimignano, Tuscany
The town of San Gimignano in Tuscany is famous for its medieval towers and, despite its small size it is on many people's "must see" list when visiting the region. Medieval towers in San Gimignano, Tuscany In the middle ages Italian towns could be dangerous places, aristocraticRead more

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


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

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


View down onto the Piazza Grande in Arezzo
Today we went on a day trip to the Tuscan city of Arezzo. We had booked ahead to see the frescoes by Piero della Francesco in the church of San Francesco. Do not forget to do this if you want to see the frescoes as you haveRead more