Italy has a long history of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Vesuvius erupted in AD 79 and engulfed the towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum
Venice was a port city – a cosmopolitan city, known for tolerance, every winter in the days leading up to Lent, the Venetians held a series of parties and balls. These events became grander and grander with every passing year. Costumes were elaborate and masks were essential. The idea of a ‘masked ball’ originated in Venice, a city known for spectacle, ceremony and drama. In the days of ‘Carnevale’ you could be whoever you wanted to be.
Venice – the story of Tobias and the Angel, by artist Antonio Guardi – a popular bible story in the 15th century.
Paolo Pelosin – paper maker in Venice – Paolo Pelosin runs Il Pavone – high quality hand made paper products in historic Venice. Next time you are passing pop in and make a purchase.
Maps are a rich source of information including history, geography and landscape. To study a map carefully is to learn about a region or an area before setting foot in it.
The Fiat 500 is part of Italy’s motoring heritage, small, practical and affordable. The Fiat 500 is an Italian icon.
Cefalu, a charming, historic seaside town in Sicily. Houses tumble down the hillside to the sea. Authentic and delightful Sicily.
May morning in Oxford, choristers sing from the top of Magdalen Tower to welcome in springtime and a new season. The painting by William Holman Hunt is typical of the 19th century pre-Raphaelite style of exuberant and highly symbolic art.
Venice Carnival 2020 – a fabulous celebration of creativity and sartorial elegance. A feast for the eyes and a tribute to the city of Venice, La Serenissima, Queen of the Adriatic….
The Grand Tour – a journey through Italy designed to educate and inspire young, wealthy travellers from the 18th century onwards.