Bike Tuscany to see some of the most stunning views in Italy. Here’s why this tour is a must and how to experience it yourself.
“You can do it, you can do it…”
This is my mantra as I peddle up the steep slopes of the Val d’ Orcia, a breathtaking valley within Tuscany that made the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2004. According to UNESCO, this landscape was celebrated by Renaissance painters, who crafted beautiful depictions of locals living in harmony with nature in the Val d’Orcia. Essentially, the iconic works exemplify what today is the model of well-managed Renaissance agricultural landscape that was also insanely beautiful.
Tuscany didn’t become one of the world’s best wine and olive oil regions by sitting on flat ground.
The building was previously exclusive to royalty and politicians.
One of the city’s most famous buildings, the Procuratie Vecchie, will become a center for art, seminars, and activism.
Venice counts a bounty of charming sites among its cobblestone streets and historic canals, but none more famous than the Piazza San Marco. The Procuratie Vecchie palace, which takes up the piazza’s north side, stars in countless vacation photos as a sprawling stone background, but its doors have been long closed to the public. But as Lonely Planet notes, that’s about to change, as the city just recently announced it will reopen the palace to the public after a facelift—a reopening that’s 500 years in the making.
Summer has come to an end, and it’s difficult not to pick up on the general sad feeling in the air as we all have to return to our daily work routine (and the stress that comes with it!) after a beautiful relaxing holiday. However, if you are among those lucky people who have saved their holiday for an October break, or you can reap the benefits of the October half term, here are some fantastic destinations that offer plenty of sunshine and luxurious relaxation and savour the bright colours and sunny days of autumn.
Italy’s Amalfi Coast is the preferred spot for celebrities and the who’s who of jet set society, and offers the perfect opportunity to experience the lifestyle of the rich and glamorous— even without a big budget.
Italy’s Amalfi Coast is sprinkled with stunning seaside towns. T+L’s guide will help you navigate the region like an expert.
The allure of the Amalfi Coast’s natural beauty has been drawing people to the region long before it had a name. Its dramatic charm and idyllic weather enticed ancient Roman nobles to build their villas there, a real estate trend that, overtime, never faded. Today the mountains and sea cliffs are dotted with pastel confections of holiday homes and sumptuous villas, which have elevated the coastline to one of the most fabulous and unique destinations in the world. Its fragile cultural landscape—churches, gardens, vineyards and towns—are divided into thirteen different municipalities, and were listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites in 1997. Positano, Amalfi, and Ravello are the area’s top destinations, attracting thousands of jetsetters each year.
From the recent series of building collapses and tilts, it is clear that Mumbai doesn’t care about its ageing buildings, and ground reality shows that that includes our crumbling heritage structures.
While Flora Fountain, Cama Building and the Mulji Jetha Fountain got a much-needed fresh lease of life in 2016-17 (after how many decades of lying decrepit is a conversation for another time), there are many more in desperate need of restoration of their earlier shining glory. Work on Crawford Market and Town Hall has started, and we can just hope it doesn’t drag on for years.
These two, however, are among the lucky few, as several other dilapidated ones are desperately waiting for attention.
Ravenna is a beautiful city in Italy that’s known for its colourful mosaics and grand buildings. There’s plenty to see and do in Ravenna, including an abundance of basilicas and spectacular sights. Ravenna is famous for its well-preserved architecture as well as a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sights.
1. Basilica San Vitale
The Basilica of San Vitale is one of eight structures in Ravenna that are on the UNESCO World Heritage List. As a result, you can expect that this structure adds an incredible degree of importance and value to the city. In addition to this, it’s a great representation of some of the most beautiful early art and architecture in Europe. The basilica’s grandness will have you admiring its beauty and once inside you can observe its religious inscriptions. For only €9.50, this attraction is well worth the price.