Giardino Bardini, located next to the Forte di Belvedere, above the city, is a beautiful and undiscovered escape from the Florence city center. The garden’s origins date back to the mid-1200’s when the Mozzi family took over the territory.Read more
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After a year of renovations and repairs, certain sections of the Domus Aurea, one of the most important archeological sites in Rome, will be reopened this winter according to officials in Rome. The site was closed at the end of…Read more
While a visitor to Florence will likely see Michelangelo’s David, the Duomo, and the Birth of Venus in the Uffizi and thereby understand something of the history of this city, it takes a bit of a wandering eye and…Read more
The covered passages, or arcades, of Paris are a kind of time machine, transporting us back to the bustling streetlife of the nineteenth century. With their maze-like alleys protected from the elements by glass roofs and hemmed in by cafe’s,…Read more
Parisians tend to roll their eyes these days when they hear that the city will be getting a new museum. What with the D’Orsay, the Louvre, and the Pompidou Center (just to name a few), you already have to live…Read more
It’s easy to forget in Florence, while traipsing between the city’s Renaissance palaces–the Uffizi, the Medici-Riccardi, etc.–and gazing at the magnificence of their architecture and artworks what everyday life was like for the middle-class living in the city during the…Read more
Paris is a city of constant evolution: as any return visitor can attest, the face of the Grand Dame never remains quite the same – in the course of mere days, as baguette-bearing Parisians move from one arrondissement to the…Read more
In late 2003, the high-speed train company, TAV Spa, which for the last ten years (and certainly for the next ten as well) has been building a high-speed train network from Milan to Naples, announced that it had selected the…Read more
In 1997, when the transportation authority in Naples announced a tremendous new project to build nine lines of subterranean train tracks that would wind through downtown and connect all the sprawling suburbs of this…Read more