Archive for the ‘Culture’ Category

Maddalena Island, Sardinia

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

The island of Maddalena, just off the northern coast of Sardinia, Italy, will witness a huge influx of people when it hosts the G8 summit in July 2009. The Italian Government already earmarked some €150million of investment to improve the island’s infrastructure ahead of the event, which will draw ...

Bosa, Alghero

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

The most scenic route to Bosa, on the north-west coast of Sardinia, Italy, is the 25-mile coastal road that runs from Alghero, hugging the mountains to one side, on the other offering superb views of the often rocky shore hundreds of feet below and of the sea. Bosa lies around two ...

Perugia’s Eurochocolate fair is sweet success

Saturday, October 25th, 2008

Rome and Turin are the more famous tourist hotspots, but their chocolate fairs in February and March next year have a tough ‒ if sweet – act to follow. Perugia’s Eurochocolate 2008, which ends on October 26, has shown why it is arguably the continent’s premier confectionery festival. The ...

Liguria Property: Lavagna

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008

The town of Lavagna on Italy’s Riviera sits on the left of the Entella River, forming a single conurbation with Chiavari on the opposite bank. From Roman times to the present, Lavagna has been noted for the traditional craft of slate-working. But in recent times the area has become ...

Gladiator hero’s tomb found in Rome

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

His story won Oscars when it was brought to life by Russell Crowe as Maximus Decimus Meridius in the Hollywood movie Gladiator. Now Marcus Nonius Macrinus, who inspired the 2000 epic, is winning plaudits all over again, with the discovery of his tomb being hailed as the most important ...