Archive for the ‘Culture’ Category

Just what are Italians doing to English?

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

One of my many duties at www.homesandvillasabroad.com involves translating into English the property descriptions we receive from Italian estate agents. One issue that crops up frequently and – initially at least – puzzled me no end (apart from the apparent punctuation shortage in Berlusconi's Italy)? Box. As ...

Padua (Padova), Veneto

Monday, November 24th, 2008

Too often it is overlooked by the tens of thousands of tourists who flock to Venice, some 25 miles east. But the stunning medieval city of Padua (Padova to Italians), famed for its art, university and architecture, boasts countless attractions in its own right. Padua is an ancient ...

Property in Tuscany: Pontremoli, Lunigiana

Saturday, November 15th, 2008

Tuscany is Italy’s most visited region and draws tens of thousands of visitors each year to meccas such as Florence, Pisa, Siena, Chianti and Cortona. But there are numerous parts of the region neglected by visitors and investors looking to buy property in Tuscany. One such area is Lunigiana, stretching from ...

Leivi, Liguria

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

The picturesque town of Leivi, on Italy’s Liguria coast, lies in the Rupinaro valley – itself wedged between the coastal town of Chiavari and the Fontanabuona Valley. From a distance Leivi appears carpeted in olive groves and it is little surprise the area is famed for its ...

Asinara Island, Sardinia

Monday, November 10th, 2008

Such is its rare beauty that it is sometimes hard to believe that up until 10 years ago the Island of Asinara was little more than a penal colony and before that a quarantine reserve for diseased seamen. Now this isle, barely 20sq miles in area and lying off ...