Tags: Travel for history lovers

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…

Chelsea Market and the High Line, New York

Exploring districts of New York is great fun. Chelsea market and the High Line are in the Chelsea/Meatpacking district. Both are hugely popular tourist destinations and rank high in the top things to do in New York. Chelsea Market is a famous food hall with historical connections to food production. The High Line is a…

Must see parks and gardens of Madrid

As much as we adore the bustling charm of a city, we are also pulled towards the peace and air of the city green spaces. Especially in countries like Spain where they provide cool shade, whilst still being very much still part of the local culture. So, for your sustenance here are our must see…

A stop off in Martinborough, New Zealand

We’ve been traveling from the top to the tip of North Island and therefore needed to find somewhere to stay nearish Wellington for our flight the next day. The boys wanted to fit in a wine experience. Not exactly a wine tasting, rather a bit of wine culture. Martinborough produces some of New Zealand’s best…

Escaping the crowds in the parks of Sydney

In the heat of the day, when the city is getting crowded, there’s nothing better than hitting the parks of Sydney for some calm (ish – you’ll see!) escapism. We started off at the rather smart Hyde Park, with the campest statue we’ve ever seen (and we’ve seen a few), then the wonderful Royal Botanic…