The Ruined Church, Basilica Di San Benedetto, In The Centre Of Norcia, Umbria
A Visit To Norcia, A Town In Southern Umbria The town of Norcia in southern Umbria is famous for both religious and culinary reasons. On the religious side of the equation, Norcia was the birthplace of St Benedict, founder of the Benedictine monastic order. On the culinaryRead more

A Visit To Assisi

Sermon to the birds, Legend of St Francis
A Day Trip to Assisi in Umbria Last Sunday we decided to spend the day in Assisi. We started our visit with a great lunch at Osteria Piazzetta dell'Erba and then went for a quick wander around the town, our final objective being the huge Basilica ofRead more

The Tempietto del Clitunno

The Tempietto del Clitunno
The Tempietto del Clitunno is about a kilometre from the Fonti del Clitunno, it is a small, early Christian church built from recycled Roman materials. The Tempietto del Clitunno, Umbria, Italy It's appearance led many to believe that it was an original pagan temple described by PlinyRead 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

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


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