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, sacred atmosphere of cemeteries. When I was very young I remember wandering around the graves at Layston in Buntingford, England, asking my mother about the different family names and looking at the pretty flower arrangements. Then during my time at university in Edinburgh I had plenty of opportunities to explore … 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 … More The walled city of Cittadella: a well-preserved medieval treasure

Padua’s botanical garden: an emerald in the heart of the city

At the beginning of July I travelled to Padua in the Veneto region. It was a trip down memory lane for me, as I lived in this northern Italian town for a year when I was a child. I came for the wedding of an elementary school classmate, but I also took the opportunity to … More Padua’s botanical garden: an emerald in the heart of the city