Exploring Villa Giulia and its Etruscan treasures

With so many ancient Roman sites to see in Lazio, it is fairly easy to miss the treasures remaining from the region’s even older Etruscan civilisation. But these underrated gems are well worth hunting out if you want a deeper understanding of the area’s fascinating past. The Etruscans inhabited the modern-day regions of Tuscany, Umbria and … More Exploring Villa Giulia and its Etruscan treasures

A secret wander around Rome’s Verano cemetery

I have always appreciated the peaceful atmosphere of cemeteries. When I was very young I remember wandering around the graves at Layston in Buntingford, England. Then during my time at university in Edinburgh I had plenty of opportunities to explore the spooky cemeteries of the Scottish capital, Greyfriars Kirkyard and Old Calton Cemetery being among my … More A secret wander around Rome’s Verano cemetery

The walled city of Cittadella: a well-preserved medieval treasure

If you are interested in medieval history, and want to see a well-preserved example of fortifications from the period, Cittadella in the Veneto region of Italy is a great place to spend an afternoon. Built as a military outpost to protect Padua in the 13th century, the ring of walls that runs around its outskirts … More The walled city of Cittadella: a well-preserved medieval treasure