Category Archives: Travel Tips

The Etruscan Necropolises of Cerveteri & Tarquinia

When thinking about Italy’s ancient history, the first name that comes to mind – obviously – is Rome. The former global power, the tremendous imperium, the unique architectural and cultural heritage… but what / who was before the Romans? The … Continue reading

The baroque Royal Palace of Caserta

The charming town of Caserta in northern Campania awaits you around 40 km north of Naples. It is home to a genuine gem that even Hollywood loves. The baroque Royal Palace built in the 18th century is a magnificent architectural … Continue reading

Botanical Garden of Padua

Did you know that there are currently around 1,800 botanical gardens around the world? You find them on all continents – let’s put Antarctica aside for one moment – providing a home to special plants and their unique habitats. The … Continue reading

Medici villas and gardens in Tuscany

Borgia, Este, Sforza, Grimaldi – Italy’s history is also the history of influential families and noble dynasties. They left their marks on cities, even entire areas, and acted as patrons for the fine arts. The Medici most certainly belong on … Continue reading

Aeolian Islands

Volcanos are a big part of Italy, particularly of Sicily. It is home to what are likely the most active fiery craters of the entire continent granting the field of volcanology important insights into the geological processes connected to it. … Continue reading

Mantua and Sabbioneta

Two towns, one noble bloodline and a World Heritage Site: The old towns of Mantua and Sabbioneta were added to the illustrious UNESCO list in 2008. Both show how town planning and urban development worked in the Renaissance, but in … Continue reading

Cathedral of Modena, Ghirlandina and Piazza Grande

A new architectural style made its rounds through Europe in the 11th century. Romanesque architecture with its round arches, thick walls and small windows quickly conquered the entire continent developing many an exciting regional subset. Italy in particularly opened itself … Continue reading

Ancient and primeval beech forests in Italy

Most UNESCO World Heritage Site are restricted to a single place or region rarely crossing borders. However, there are a few quite gigantic exceptions. One of them was summarised under the extensively long name “Ancient and primeval beech forests of … Continue reading

Villa d’Este in Tivoli

When it comes to the Renaissance period, you’re probably thinking of architectural masterpieces, the rediscovery of ancient Greek and Roman ideals mixed with contemporary knowledge of the 15th and 16th century. Actually, the Renaissance revolutionised far more areas including the … Continue reading

The Amalfi Coast

The extraordinary beauty of the region Campania spawns many stunning villages, towns and landscapes – you’re certainly already familiar with Naples, Pompei and Mount Vesuvius, just to name a few. Such a list absolutely must include the Amalfi Coast as … Continue reading