An insider's resource for visiting the world's cultural capitals from our local experts. Go to Context Travel.

City Life

You're browsing our City Life category. News, tips, and observations on life in the Context cities.

26 January 2016

How To Stay Cool in Melbourne

As the northern hemisphere lies in the midst of chilly and dark days, our distant neighbours in the South, or…

READ

Lara Budge  |  No Comments

101_0986

21 January 2016

The Stories Behind Berlin’s Boulevards

What’s in a name? We look at the history behind the naming of Berlin’s biggest squares and boulevards.

READ

Stephanie Taralson  |  No Comments

6979317409_b640b353be_z

6 December 2015

The Jubilee: What to Expect in Rome

December 8 begins a Jubilee Year in Rome. We take you through the history and what to expect.

READ

Luisa Grigoletto  |  No Comments

St. Peter's basilica

3 December 2015

Festive December in Milan and the Celebration of St. Ambrose

Some insider tips on what makes Milan special during the month of December.

READ

Sarah Branduardi  |  No Comments

A traditional Panettone from Cova pastry shop. 
Photo by Sarah Branduardi for Context Travel

1 December 2015

Vienna’s Winter Festivities

From Christmas Markets to ice rinks, museums to comfort food, there are so many reasons to visit Vienna this winter.

READ

Lisa Regan  |  3 Comments

Wien, Christkindlmarkt, Rathausplatz, Copyright www.peterrigaud.com

12 November 2015

What Not to Miss in Naples, from the locals’ perspective

Our docents in Naples give their advice on the best places to visit while in the city.

READ

Luisa Grigoletto  |  No Comments

Bay of Naples, photo by  Luigi Scuderi for Context Travel

7 October 2015

Hong Kong: Yesterday and Today

We look at the rapid urbanization of Hong Kong over the past 30 years.

READ

Lara Budge  |  No Comments

Hong Kong Now and Then

Photo credits: (top) China Mike / (bottom) Lily Heise

15 July 2015

Courting Controversy in London Architecture

Docent Kevin Childs navigates us through the thrilling and controversial architecture of London.

READ

Emily Knight  |  No Comments

20 Fenchurch Street (Walkie Talkie Building)

30 June 2015

Murano Glass, Forgery, and Karma

We share some insight into the rise and potential fall of authentic Murano glass in Venice.

READ

Luisa Grigoletto  |  1 Comment

Millefiori Plaque, 
Venice, Giovanni Battista Franchini, 1846, Courtesy of Glass Museum of Murano

12 June 2015

Why Gardens Matter

From Kyoto to Boston, we talk with docents around the network about the importance of gardens in their cities.

READ

Lindsay Poulin  |  2 Comments

7451655760_0eca8eefba_o

3 June 2015

Five Reasons to Visit Milan

We give you five good reasons to visit our newest city in Italy – Milan.

READ

Petulia  |  2 Comments

The never-ending Duomo

1 June 2015

Exploring Fener and Balat

Historically home to the city’s Greeks and Jews, Fener and Balat are two of Istanbul’s most beautiful and cultural neighborhoods.

READ

Katie Nadworny  |  2 Comments

The steep streets of Fener and Balat are often used for film shoots, since they still feel like "Old Istanbul."

6 May 2015

5 Reasons to Skip the Tower of London

We share a few oasis’s in the city to help you forget the crowds inside popular London sites.

READ

Emily Knight  |  No Comments

Chelsea Physic Garden
Photo: Chuck b

28 April 2015

Athens Beyond the Acropolis

Don’t limited yourself to the Acropolis in Athens. We give you a few good reasons to go out and explore other areas of the city.

READ

Katie Nadworny  |  No Comments

Athens Beyond The Acropolis

2 April 2015

Alternative Rio Vistas

A slideshow depicting some hills in Rio which provide alternative viewpoints to Sugar Loaf Mountain and the Christ Redeemer.

READ

Lily Heise  |  2 Comments

Dois Irmaos

16 March 2015

Practical Facts: Using Shanghai’s Metro

Scared of the metro in Shanghai? Don’t be. We have a quick guide to make things easy on you.

READ

Sophie  |  3 Comments

1319190
'