Archive for May, 2009

Michelangelo crucifix has experts cross

Monday, May 25th, 2009

It’s nowhere near as well-known as the scenes from Genesis on the ceiling of Rome’s Sistine Chapel or the statue of David in the Accademia Gallery in Florence. But a miniature depiction of Christ is, for the time being at least, Michelangelo’s most-talked about work. The ...

The allure of Abruzzo

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

For hundreds of years the region of Abruzzo has been one of Italy's most isolated – and the signs are there to see. The region couldn't be more different from Rome, despite being less than a couple of hour’s away by car. In Abruzzo, gone is ...

Italy to house G8 leaders in cop barracks

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

Leaders of the world's 20 richest nations may have thought they had it tough when they had to turn up for April's G20 summit at London's ExCeL centre, swamped by a bleak grey sea of concrete in a desolate, windswept corner of the capital's Docklands district. Yet that will ...

Gaiole, Tuscany: The best place in Europe to live

Friday, May 8th, 2009

It's deep in the heart of Chianti but you would be forgiven for never having heard of it, overshadowed as it is by the likes of Siena 28km away and Arezzo and San Gimignano, both 55 km distant. But the small town of Gaiole – or Gaiole in Chianti ...

Volterra: The allure of Tuscany’s hidden gem

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Nearby San Gimignano may be the one to which the foreign tourists flock in their thousands every summer. But there are many astute visitors who have been to this part of Tuscany and will insist Volterra, 12 miles away, is just as appealing, if not more so. ...