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Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey

Hagia Sophia is a beautiful but sad museum. It went through a series of transformations which you can read about in David Lansing's article about the history of Hagia Sophia.

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Sforza Castle, Milan, Italy

Sforza Castle, Milan, Italy

Did you know Northern Italy was home to some beautiful castles? You may have heard about Museo Castelvecchio in Verona, Castello Sabbionara in Avio, or Castel Ronco in Bolzano. These are only a few examples of amazing ancient Italian architecture. A list of these...

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Art on Cows in Brussels

Art on Cows in Brussels

In my weekend getaway to Brussels, I witnessed an unusual art exhibition: Art on Cows. The happy cows were spread across the entire city, with a bigger concentration in the Atomium area. I took several photos, because I thought the idea was cool. It seems many people...

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Golf Courses in Romania: Lac de Verde

Golf Courses in Romania: Lac de Verde

Do you play golf? Do you want to learn how to play it? This is a spot in Romania you may like: Lac de Verde. Lac de Verde is a golf club located in Breaza, less than 100 km from Bucharest. It is also very close to Sinaia, so if you decide to stay here, go to see Peles...

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Castel Sant’ Angelo in Rome – Hadrian’s Tomb, Repurposed

Do you remember my article about the coffin that tells stories (The Ludovisi Battle sarcophagus)? Here's now a full tomb that also tells stories, Hadrian's Mausoleum, better known as Castel Sant' Angelo or Museo Nazionale di Castel Sant Angelo.. Back in the year 135...

Ludovisi Battle Sarcophagus – How To Find This Roman Battle Scene and Why Visit?

The Ludovisi Battle sarcophagus can be found in Rome in Palazzo Altemps, which is part of Museo National Romano (The National Museum of Rome). Named after Ludovico Ludovisi, the sarcophagus depicts a battle of Romans and barbarians. It is a memorial of this Rome...

Ostia Antica, Best Day Trip from Rome – Why Visit & How To Do It

There are so many things to do and see in Rome, that you could easily spend two weeks without getting out of the city. However, should you want to take a day trip from Rome, consider visiting Ostia Antica. There are many good reasons why Ostia Antica is the perfect...

Why Visit the Church of San Luigi dei Francesi in Rome

The church of San Luigi dei Francesi (Saint Louis of the French) is not only one of the most beautiful churches in Rome, but also home to three paintings by Caravaggio. The beauty of Rome is that you don't have to pay a fortune to visit museums, if you don't want to....

Baths of Diocletian in Rome – Finest Ancient Roman Architecture

Built by Emperor Diocletian in 305 AD, on the Viminal Hill, the Baths of Diocletian were the biggest thermal complex in the Ancient Rome, meant to surpass the Baths of Caracalla by being able to accommodate twice as many people at once. Public baths were common during...

6 Best Day Trips from Milan

Of course you can shop until you drop. Milano is the perfect destination in Lombardy, northern Italy, for this. There are clothes, shoes and bags for all budgets and tastes. There are hundreds of cathedrals, ruins, monuments and museums. You can spend a full week in...

Rome Walking Tours Self Guided – Sightseeing without the Crowds

Rome has a well-deserved reputation of being overpacked with tourists. While this is true for most tourist objectives such as Fontana di Trevi, The Pantheon and The Vatican, there are lots of places to see in Rome that are off the beaten tourist track. I can give you...

How to Plan Your Next Romantic Getaway in Italy

There's a reason Italy is such a popular destination for honeymoons. Of course, everyone knows that the food is incredible and that it's rich with history and full of culture. But after arguably the most romantic day of their life, it's no surprise newlyweds would...

Crypta Balbi – A Glimpse into the Layered Urban Evolution of Rome

Crypta Balbi is part of Museo Nationale Romano, together with Palazzo Altemps,The Baths of Diocletian and Palazzo Massimo alle Terme. When you buy your ticket to Crypta Balbi or to any other of these four buildings, you get access to all of them. If this is your first...

One Day in Milan – A Self Guided Milan Walking Tour

In this article, I share the perfect Milan in one day walking tour I took during one of my trips to Italy. It is the perfect step-by-step Milan travel guide that covers all major tourist landmarks in the city and also allows you to do some shopping by the end of your...

The Roman Baths of Caracalla – Location, Tickets & Reasons To Visit

Baths of Caracalla are the best preserved public bath complexes of ancient Rome. The construction of Baths of Caracalla, then known as Antonine Baths (Thermae Antonianae) was started under the emperor Septimius Severus, in AD 206. The construction of the baths took 10...

Where to Stay in Rome

If you've ever visited the charming capital city of Italy before, you probably know by now that seeing the best of Rome involves a lot of walking. Public transport isn't the most reliable of all, so you can easily end up wasting a lot of your precious time waiting for...

Why Bergamo, Italy, Is Worth More Than A Short Layover

Bergamo, Italy, is home to Orio al Serio, one of the two Milan airports. Known mainly because of being an important flight connection node in Europe, Bergamo deserves a proper visit. It is one of the most beautiful cities in Lombardy. Although chocked-full of...

Ostia Beach (Lido di Ostia) – A Beach as Close to Rome as You’ll Ever Find

If you are in Rome during summer and you want to visit Ostia Antica, consider taking your bathing suit and your flip flops with you. After you finish with the archeological park, go back to the train station and take the train to Ostia Lido Centro to go to the Ostia...

The Last Supper Tickets – How To Choose the Best Milan Tour To See Leonardo Da Vinci’s The Last Supper Painting

Most cities in northern Italy are full of historical and cultural landmarks. Unfortunately, when you are on a very short trips such as a weekend city break or a long layover, choosing your activities is hard. This is what happened to me in Milan, when I wanted to see...

Churches in Rome with Caravaggio Paintings – A Self-Guided Walking Tour for Art Lovers

The three churches in Rome where you can find Caravaggio paintings are Sant' Agostino, San Luigi dei Francesi and Santa Maria Di Popolo. Find out how to visit all three churches in a self-guided tour of historic Rome. The entrance is free, but lighting up the artworks...

A Scenic Northern Italy Itinerary with a Swiss Twist (Four Lakes, Five Towns, Two Countries)

My trips took me to Northern Italy more than once, sometimes for business, other times for leisure. I fell in love with the lakes at first sight, so I've been keen on returning ever since. My first encounter with this area took place in Lugano, Switzerland. Although...

Sforza Castle, Milan, Italy

Did you know Northern Italy was home to some beautiful castles? You may have heard about Museo Castelvecchio in Verona, Castello Sabbionara in Avio, or Castel Ronco in Bolzano. These are only a few examples of amazing ancient Italian architecture. A list of these...

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