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Belvedere Quarter | Grandiose Vienna

When sightseeing in Vienna you would not want to miss out on visiting the Belvedere quarter with it’s vast palaces, gardens and parkland, including the Karlsplatz gardens where you can see the famous Karlskirche. It is the area that got developed after the Turkish invasion retreated for good in the 17th century. Therefore, it is…

Hofburg Quarter | Sightseeing Imperial Vienna

If you are planning on sightseeing Imperial Vienna you need to head to the Hofburg Quarter. This area holds the Hofburg Palace with the Imperial Apartments, it’s gardens and streets are filled with palaces of the nobility. Some of these buildings are now splendid museums. Today it is still the most fashionable area of Vienna…

Best places to eat cake in old Vienna

Eight of the best places to eat cake in old Vienna. Baking cakes is a long held tradition of Austria and Vienna has become famous for particular tortes and the coffeehouses and cafés they are served in. This grand and elegant city is devoted to all things sweet. I’ll teach you the traditional cakes of…

Things to do in Bagno Vignoni Tuscany – the spa town

There are many things to do in Bagno Vignoni when day-tripping to this tiny Tuscan town perched on a hill above the picturesque Val d’Orcia (part of a Natural Park and now a UNESCO World Heritage site). This village is different from the other Tuscany hill towns: rather than a main square, in Bagno Vignoni there is a thermal…

Driving Alpha Romeos through Southern Tuscany

As a special 50th birthday treat my husband booked 3 vintage cars on our trip to Montepulciano. Driving Alpha Romeos through Southern Tuscany might just be the most wonderful thing I dreaded doing. I know it’s an experience of a lifetime and a romantic thing to do, but I’m a girl with a midlife preference…

Monticchiello Tuscany – The arts and crafts hill town.

Monticchiello Tuscany is an art and crafts hill town in the stunning South Tuscan countryside near Pienza and other more famous hill-towns. Yet, Monticchiello is a quiet gem, not yet on the radar of many tourists. It has some fascinating history, views to rival the best of them and it is an exceptionally pretty and…

Dinner at La Grotta, Montepulciano

Heading for dinner at La Grotta, Montepulciano we passed through the avenue of cypresses which leads directly to the Temple of San Biagio. The stylish restaurant La Grotta (the cave) is opposite this sixteenth century masterpiece. If you are looking for a Tuscan dining experience this romantic and elegant restaurant is balance between traditional foods…

Medieval hill town of Montepulciano, Tuscany

Montepulciano is a medieval and Renaissance hill town and commune in the Italian province of Siena in southern Tuscany. There are pretty towns dotted all around the rolling hills but the hill town of Montepulciano is less crowded than many of it’s rivals despite the filming of the vampire saga Twilight sequel New Moon here…