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Understanding the Rules of the Galapagos National Park

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 Desiree Michels (August 23, 2017)  Before leaving for a Galapagos holiday, becoming familiar with the rules of behaviour set in place by the Galapagos National Park Directorate will ensure that visitors are equipped with the necessary knowledge to enjoy an experience that's both respectful and responsible. There are 14 rules set out by the National Park that must be strictly adhered to at all times, which apply to .. (Travel)

Meet the Sally Lightfoot Crabs of the Galapagos Islands

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 Desiree Michels (August 23, 2017)  While not endemic to the Galapagos Islands, the Sally Lightfoot Crabs are one of the most striking species for wildlife lovers to encounter on the archipelago, notable for their vibrant red and blue colouring and lightning-fast agility. Found in abundance around the coastal rocks and sandy beaches, they play a vital role in maintaining the delicate balance of the islands’ .. (Travel)

At Home in the Galapagos: The Wildlife You Won't Find Anywhere Else

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 Desiree Michels (August 23, 2017)  A Galapagos cruise is one of the most incredible wildlife travel experiences on offer around the world. The opportunity to encounter the wildlife of the fascinating archipelago in a relaxed, unhurried way allows participants to make a genuine connection with this most magnificent part of the planet. A Wealth of Unique Wildlife Many of the animals that can be seen during the course of a . (Travel)

Off the Beaten Track at the Venice Biennale 2017

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 Desiree Michels (August 21, 2017)  Get away from the culture vulture crowds at this year’s Venice Biennale and enjoy first-class exhibitions in the city centre’s less touristy venues. Here are a few of my favourite spots, which allow you to take in the art without jostling for viewing space. Avoiding the hordes begins at the airport, so book one of Shuttle Direct’s Venice airport transfers to begin your . (Travel)

Highlights of the Venice Biennale 2017: An Art Review

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 Desiree Michels (August 21, 2017)  Do you plan to take in some of the best that the 2017 Venice Biennale has to offer? This guide outlines some of the unmissable exhibits – as well as the most convenient way to get from Venice airport to Venice – so that you can spend more time meandering through the installations instead of worrying about crowded airport buses or extortionate local taxis. Giardini The .. (Travel)

3 Non-Touristy Tips for a Weekend in Venice

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 Desiree Michels (August 21, 2017)  Although many consider Venice to be a tourist trap, here are some hidden gems that you can enjoy on a weekend break. These will leave you sitting on your Venice airporttransfer home, feeling happy and fulfilled at having experienced an alternative side to this well-known city. Cruising the Grand Canal in a Vaporetto Travelling by vaporetto is arguably the best way to experience the .. (Travel)

Everything You Need to Know About Milan’s Duomo

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 Desiree Michels (August 15, 2017)  At over 100,000 square feet, the Duomo in Milan is the fifth largest Christian church in the world. And of those which boast a larger surface area (including Rome’s St. Peter’s Basilica and New York’s St. John the Divine), it is easily the oldest. Construction on this stunning building actually began in the 14th Century, with the completed nave finally consecrated in .. (Travel)

Get a Slice of the Sicilian Good Life in Catania

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 Desiree Michels (August 15, 2017)  Farm stays – known locally as agriturismo – have become an important part of Italian tourism as visitors get the chance to stay in a room or annex on a working farm in the Italian countryside. Nowhere is this form of tourism more vital to the traditional way of life than in the many farms offering the authentic stays in Sicily. These farms offer travellers a unique .. (Travel)

Volcanic Adventures the Kids will Lava in Sicily

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 Desiree Michels (August 15, 2017)  Mount Etna in Sicily is so much more than just a volcano – it is an outdoor adventure playground for families with an adventurous spirit. If hiking through inactive volcanic craters, jeep safaris through barren landscapes or swinging from trees high above the forest floor appeals, then you should point one of our pre-booked taxis from Catania airport in the direction of Mount .. (Travel)

3 Must-Try Adventures for a Ski Holiday in Val d'Isère

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 Desiree Michels (August 14, 2017)  Although it’s still summer (not that you’d know it with the weather we’ve been having lately!), it’s never too early to start planning your winter skiing getaway. This year, why not supplement your skiing shenanigans with something even more adventurous? Here are some of my favourite winter sports that don’t involve a pair of skis – and that allow you . (Travel)

Stylish Skiing – and More – in Scuol

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 Desiree Michels (August 14, 2017)  The summer sun may still be shining, but it’s never too early to start planning your winter ski holiday! If you’re in search of something a little more special this year, Scuol in the Swiss Alps has plenty of luxury experiences in store for you. Pampering at the BognEngiadina If you’re travelling with (or trying to impress!) a significant other or just want to treat .. (Travel)

Putt above Par: Glorious Golfing in Cancún

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 Desiree Michels (August 14, 2017)  Golf on some of the most scenic and luxurious courses on the planet in Cancún, Mexico for a truly decadent holiday this summer. These are three of my all-time favourites, and all boast outstanding vistas, on-site restaurants… and incredible golfing, of course! Playa Mujeres Golf Club Located only 20 minutes north of Cancún, this 18-hole par 72 course was designed by . (Travel)

Discover 5 Romantic Spots in Catania

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 Desiree Michels (August 02, 2017)  The first thing you’ll notice as you approach Sicily’s second largest city on your Catania airport transfer is its dramatic, mysterious neighbour. The volcano Mount Etna looms over the historic city – the perfect theatrical back drop for this gritty, romantic town. The next thing you’ll notice are the domes and towers of Catania’s historic centre, creating . (Travel)

Discover Navigli, Milan's Most Charming District

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 Desiree Michels (August 02, 2017)  The beautiful, fascinating Italian city of Milan has much more to offer than its elegant, high-end boutiques and luxury shopping. So once you’ve had your fill of designer clothing and refined retail, discover Milan’s bustling, beating heart in the historic Navigli district with its hip bars, excellent restaurants and authentic Milanese atmosphere. The Oldest Part of the .. (Travel)

Truffle Out Tuscany’s Gastronomic Treasures

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 Desiree Michels (July 27, 2017)  It’s found in oil, pasta, sauces, and even vodka: of course, I’m talking about the truffle, one of the world’s most exquisite, versatile, and expensive culinary delights. Although truffles are extremely sought-after and their distinctive smell and taste are immediately recognisable among gastronomy connoisseurs and amateurs alike, few people actually know how this .. (Travel)

Making Memories in Murano: A Romantic Trip to the Island of Glass

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 Desiree Michels (July 27, 2017)  Ah, Venice: the city of dreamy streets, glistening canals, and spectacular architecture. What could be more romantic than taking your one and only on a honeymoon to The Floating City? After all, there’s plenty of enchanting activities to keep you entertained in Venice. Walking tours will keep you active; lavish, candlelit dinners will appeal to your inner romantic; and gondola .. (Travel)

Discovering the Doge’s Palace

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 Desiree Michels (July 27, 2017)  How about a lovely Venice walking tour? With its extensive history, intricate architectural miracles, and plenty of opportunities for romance, spending a few days in the City of Canals is perhaps as close as you’ll ever get to a holiday of absolute perfection. Of course, a trip to Venice wouldn’t be complete without a visit to its most iconic cultural attraction: the .. (Travel)

Taste the Culinary Wonders of the Canaries

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 Desiree Michels (July 26, 2017)  No longer are the Canary Islands simply a place for sunbathing – over the past few years a thriving culinary scene has emerged that has turned this part of the world into an incredible gastronomic experience. We’ve picked out what we consider to be the most impressive restaurants you can find in resorts in Tenerife, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria. Be Greedy in Gran Canaria In .. (Travel)

Reach the Peak of Hiking Holidays in Tenerife

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 Desiree Michels (July 26, 2017)  Hiking may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a holiday in sunny Tenerife, but if incredible scenery, beautiful wildlife and a bit of adventure appeals to you, then there’s no better place to test your legs. We’ve sourced the three most breathtaking trails and the best resorts in Tenerife to let you immerse yourself in this natural paradise. Give .. (Travel)

The Geological History of the Galapagos Islands

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 Desiree Michels (July 24, 2017)  The volcanic archipelago we know as the Galapagos Islands is situated almost 1,000kms off the coast of Ecuador, in South America, distributed over both sides of the Equator. With a landscape of extreme diversity and great beauty, the geology and natural history of this fascinating region are of enduring interest. For those who come to the islands on a Galapagos holiday, along with the .. (Travel)

The Blue-Footed Booby of the Galapagos Islands

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 Desiree Michels (July 24, 2017)  The wildlife-rich archipelago of the Galapagos Islands is home to a huge number of endemic and breeding avian species. For birdwatchers, the very best way to explore this fascinating region is on a Galapagos cruise. Visiting the smaller, less-accessible islands as well as the more high profile ones affords the opportunity to observe a vast and diverse range of birdlife. The Blue-Footed . (Travel)

Explore the Hang Son Doong River Caves of Vietnam

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 Desiree Michels (July 21, 2017)  Picture it: you’re walking through a cool, dark space, cautiously following the dim shine of your torch. The reverberation of your steps is mixed with the soft gurgle of water and the melodic chatter of swifts and bats, fluttering past above your head. Suddenly, you stumble across a dome-like grotto, and boom: turquoise waters, white sands, and rugged rocks come together to form a . (Travel)

Super Surfing Safari: Discover Australia’s Best Surfing Beaches

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 Desiree Michels (July 21, 2017)  So, you’re looking for summer, sun, and adventure? If you’re ready to say goodbye to the grind of everyday life for a little while, why not wave hello to Australia’s balmy ocean waters this summer? Grab your sun screen, bathing suits, and your Australia travel insurance: it’s time for a scenic surfing safari. Let me tell you about some of my favourite spots to .. (Travel)

3 Of the Best Courses to Tee Off in Portugal

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 Desiree Michels (July 21, 2017)  For true golf devotees, Portugal is usually at the top of the game bucket-list. One of Europe’s most popular golfing destinations, the country with its warm sunny climate plays host to over 40 courses in the Algarve region alone. Golfing opportunities in Portugal attend to all skill levels ensuring time to hone your skills and even possibly lower your handicap. So be sure to .. (Travel)

A Taste of Sicily’s Food and Wine | A Gourmet Guide

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 Desiree Michels (July 12, 2017)  Nothing says ‘Sicilian holiday’ like filling up on the island’s most exquisite food and drink. With its position at the crossroads of the Mediterranean, you can experience the delicious influences of the island’s Ancient Greek, Arabic and Spanish history. Parts of Sicily are on the same latitude as the coast of North Africa, meaning the island experiences .. (Travel)

Zadar: the Most Relaxed Beach Break in Croatia

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 Desiree Michels (July 12, 2017)  If you’re looking for somewhere to escape the crowds this summer, look no further than Zadar. Beach breaks have never been so relaxing or easy to organise with this north Croatian well-kept secret. With cultural and historical attractions that live up to those of Dubrovnik (and none of the price tags!), it’s the perfect summer holiday destination. Sun Seekers What better to . (Travel)

5 More Superb Sites in Sicily’s Catania

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 Desiree Michels (July 12, 2017)  When you think of Mount Etna in Sicily, you picture vast swathes of beautiful, natural land and not much else. But, sitting at the foot of the giant volcano is the enchanting city of Catania, the second largest city on the Mediterranean island. It’s a wonderful place to explore for food and history lovers alike, or those who just enjoy admiring beautiful sights. We’ve picked . (Travel)

A Perfect Morning in Tuscany

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 Desiree Michels (June 28, 2017)  For a unique and memorable experience that will stick with you for years to come, look no further than a Tuscany tour. From medieval hilltop towns, fabulous Renaissance era villas and mouthwatering food and drink, Tuscany offers everything you could need for that special once in a lifetime trip. A Perfect Walk Start the morning of your Tuscany tour with an energising and inspiring hike . (Travel)

Teen Surfing Trip in Croatia: Surf’s Up in Nin!

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 Desiree Michels (June 28, 2017)  Nin is a beautiful location for a beach holiday. The area lays claim to a stunning natural heritage including being the home for rare and endemic plants, a variety of birds and wildlife, salt pans, sandy beaches and medicinal mud. In the town centre the world’s smallest cathedral can be found along with many sites regaling Nin’s historical significance as Croatia’s .. (Travel)

Visit the Museum of Illusions in Zadar

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 Desiree Michels (June 28, 2017)  Zadar is one of Croatia’s most beautiful cities. After a speedy airport transfer to your accommodation, set out to explore Zadar’s beauty and cultural curiosities. Situated on the Dalmatian coast, it boasts medieval churches, Roman ruins, chic hotels and cafes, and a number of intriguing museums. After absorbing as much history and culture as you can you might enjoy giving .. (Travel)

Summer Fun with the Family at Lake Annecy

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 Desiree Michels (June 23, 2017)  For a good-value, family-friendly holiday, summer in La Tania is always a good option. The resort was built for the 1992 Winter Olympics, its buildings scattered across a picturesque woodland scene. The village itself is fairly small but has everything you need – and for me, that’s part of its charm. But what really makes summer in La Tania so special is the range of .. (Travel)

Family Ticket to Summer Fun: The Les Menuires Multi-Activity Card

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 Desiree Michels (June 23, 2017)  Summer in Les Menuires is the perfect time for a fun-fuelled family holiday. Located in the Savoy region, in the Three Valleys domain, Les Menuires is ideally located to explore this special part of France. Although primarily known for its great skiing, when summer in Les Menuires gets into full flow the mountains shake off their winter chill and begin to cater for a whole host of .. (Travel)

The Pit Stop’s Drive to Keep Hauliers Healthy

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 Desiree Michels (June 22, 2017)  Truck driving is sometimes seen as an isolated occupation, but is not the case at The Chippenham Pit Stop. Here truck drivers and management worked together to raise money for the installation of a life-saving defibrillator. I look at what motivated their actions and share a few tips on health whilst driving haulage. A Life-Saving Installation Chippenham Pit Stop, in Wiltshire just .. (Travel)

Are You a Scania Driver? Head for Convoy in the Park!

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 Desiree Michels (June 22, 2017)  If over 400 trucks paired with a chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Sweden sounds up your street, make sure join Scania GB with your Scania at Convoy in the Park on the 22-23 July. Scania GB is planning to break the world record for the largest gathering of a single make of trucks this July and needs your help to do it. Aiming for over 400 vehicles, the manufacturers are .. (Travel)

Breakdown Peace of Mind for FTA Recovery Members

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 Desiree Michels (June 22, 2017)  I come bearing fantastic news this month – the Freight Transport Association’s 2,000 Recovery members and their 86,000 mixed vehicle fleets will continue to benefit from the AA’s breakdown services. The FTA has renewed its contract with the AA fleet and SME division for another five years. With this fully comprehensive contract, the UK’s leader in breakdown and .. (Travel)

Salute the Sun and Sea: The Iconic Art Installations of Zadar

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 Desiree Michels (June 20, 2017)  Zadar is located on the Dalmatian coast of Croatia, one of Europe’s best destinations. The city is steeped in natural and cultural history, but it’s also known for its highly interesting art installations that are inspired by nature. These two installations, The Sea Organ and The Sun Salutation can be found on Zadar’s waterfront. The Sea Organ The Sea Organ is an .. (Travel)

Nin: The Most Romantic City in Europe

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 Desiree Michels (June 20, 2017)  The Dalmatian city of Nin in Croatia is known as the ‘most romantic city in Europe’, and not without good reason! People visit here for fun and rejuvenation, and you can’t help but feel amorous when you’re so relaxed! Even as you come in to land at Zadar Airport you’ll start to realise just why it’s so easy to fall in love in Nin. The History Nin is . (Travel)

Explore the City's Gorgeous Green Spaces on Your Rome Tour

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 Desiree Michels (June 19, 2017)  For first-time visitors to Rome, the temptation to try and see and do everything is almost irresistible. Italy's capital is spilling over with more than 3,000 years of history, and from the priceless art of the Vatican City to the Pantheon and the mammoth ruins of the Colosseum and Forum, the city provides a truly mind-blowing cultural experience. But even the most admirable attempts .. (Travel)

Why Choose a Rome Tour?

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 Desiree Michels (June 19, 2017)  In order to really travel and not merely ‘pass through’ a destination, discovering the authentic spirit of a place is a vital part of the experience. One way to achieve this is to seek out some of the lesser-known nuggets of history and culture and not simply rely on the rote narratives that are inevitably rolled out. When in Rome, yes, you guessed it, you should indeed do .. (Travel)

Our Favourite Spots in Rome

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 Desiree Michels (June 19, 2017)  For anyone with a passion for archaeology, history and art, all roads must inevitably lead to Rome. The Eternal City is eternally fascinating to those with a desire to come face to face with the 3,000-year span of history that has shaped the world. The sheer size and scope of the culture of the Italian capital is best consumed in easily digestible chunks to reduce the risk of becoming .. (Travel)

5 Must-Sees in Catania

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 Desiree Michels (June 16, 2017)  As soon as you touch down in this east coast city you will want to jump in one of the taxis from Catania airport and get straight in to the heart of Sicily’s second largest city. And we don’t blame you! There is so much character and history to admire in this beautiful city – we’ve picked just a few of our favourites things. Taxis from Catania airport cease being . (Travel)

Views, Vaporettos and Venetian Masks: A Teen Guide to Venice

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 Desiree Michels (June 16, 2017)  Venice is famed as one of the world’s most romantic destinations, but that’s not to say it’s only for couples. The city is a place for everyone; it makes for fantastic family break, particularly for those bringing teenage children in tow. Almost like visiting a living, breathing theme park, its unique qualities are sure to entrance even the surliest of teens. .. (Travel)

Cultural Venice: Inside the Doge’s Palace

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 Desiree Michels (June 16, 2017)  Throughout history, Venice has been a seat of power, wealth and art, and nowhere embodies this more than the magnificent Palazzo Ducale, or Doge’s Palace, in St Mark’s Square. The richness of its sumptuous architecture and ornately painted halls could take days to pore over. Not everyone has such luxury of time, but even if you’re on a short stopover in the city, make .. (Travel)

Three Museums in Munich the Teens Will Love

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 Desiree Michels (June 15, 2017)  Munich is a city bursting with culture. With historic buildings, multiple theatres and opera houses and of course all of that incredible food, it’s the perfect destination for your family holiday. What really sets it apart though is its diverse and fascinating museums. Even the surliest of teenagers will not be able to resist enjoying themselves in one of these incredible .. (Travel)

Experience the Authentic Food, Glorious Food of Catania!

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 Desiree Michels (June 15, 2017)  Catania, Sicily’s second largest city, is a breathtaking wonder of culture and history. Settled on the Ionian Sea and looked upon proudly by Mount Etna, it is a beauty of Roman and Baroque architecture, with its buildings made from the lava that has tried and failed to stop the city from growing. What really sets this Italian jewel apart though is the food. As a thriving port .. (Travel)

Ciao Catania! A Family Beach Holiday in Sicily

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 Desiree Michels (June 15, 2017)  It might not be your first thought for a family beach holiday, but Catania in eastern Sicily is an ideal destination if you want some activity and adventure that keeps everyone happy. The port city boasts mouth-watering food, beautiful architecture and of course the majestic Mount Etna. However it’s the beaches that really make Catania a favourite with families. With a number of .. (Travel)

Discover Tuscany on Foot: Our Favourite Hikes

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 Desiree Michels (June 14, 2017)  The sunburnt terrain of Tuscany lends itself perfectly to gentle, leisurely hiking and there are countless well-maintained routes that weave and wend their way across the rolling landscape that defines the region. Few places in the world are more iconic to put foot to soil, and there's no better way of gaining an authentic connection to this captivating land. Explore on Foot For .. (Travel)

A Cycling Tour in Tuscany

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 Desiree Michels (June 14, 2017)  For those who like to get a little energetic while on holiday, there are few places in the world more rewarding to explore on two wheels than Tuscany. Tour the rolling countryside in the saddle of a comfortable bike and you'll experience first-hand the exhilaration and freedom only cycling can bring. Travelling at a slower pace enables you to see, do and enjoy so much more than you .. (Travel)

Florence and the Birth of the Renaissance

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 Desiree Michels (June 14, 2017)  The Tuscan city of Florence is renowned as the birthplace of the Renaissance. It was from this beautiful city on the banks of the River Arno that many of the 15th century Early Italian Renaissance artists rose to prominence. For anyone who wants to gain a deeper insight into this historical artistic rebirth, a Florence walking tour with ArtViva takes in a host of important sites and .. (Travel)

5 of the Best Contemporary Art Spaces in Milan

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 Desiree Michels (June 13, 2017)  From Rome to Naples, Italy’s great cities continue to impress travellers who want to delve into its cultural past. If, however, you’re interested in the contemporary scene, Milan is the place to be. While many tourists will be drawn to the classics – da Vinci’s The Last Supper and numerous works of Caravaggio come to mind – it’s definitely worth .. (Travel)




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