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A Disturbing Visit to the Museum of Torture Montepulciano, Italy

Museo del Tortura. Museum of Torture Montepulciano. We chanced upon a sign in a little street just off the main Piazza while walking through the tiny little Tuscan town of Montepulciano. It started pouring, and we popped in for shelter, but to be honest, we were also a little intrigued. If you’re easily disturbed, I would strongly suggest you DON’T read further. (I can’t believe we’re literally telling our readers

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Don’t Just Drive Through Tuscany – Secrets from our experience

If it’s a trip to Italy that’s on your mind, a drive through Tuscany probably ranks pretty high on the list of things you want to do. And sure enough, when we were planning our trip, we were both very sure we wanted to drive through the little hills and villages we’d seen during our research. We later discovered that there’s little that actually matches the experience of discovering these magical hill

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Top 10 Things to do in Florence

It’s tough picking the top 10 things to do in Florence, Italy. There’s so much to do and see/ feel/ experience/ taste, that a short stay in our favourite Italian city can be overwhelming and leave you feeling disappointed. The thing about Florence is, underneath its sophisticated modern-day veneer lies a medieval town full of secrets and a Renaissance epicentre brimming with beauty. Peeling back these layers takes time, and

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The Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Tour by City Wonders, Rome

Driving around Rome, we got a sense of the ancient city that was once the centre of the civilised world almost immediately. Ruins lie exposed within archeological excavations almost everywhere. But the nowhere comes as close as the Roman Forum. This was literally the centre of the centre. The business, political and religious district. The Roman Forum and Palatine Hill Tour Via Sacra, Arch of Titus and Temple of Jupiter To get

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The Most Magical Hill Towns in Tuscany

Tuscany. Cypress trees lining winding driveways that ascend mossy velvet slopes leading to sumptuous wine cellars, where you can sip the wine as you look out on the vineyard it came from. If that’s the only picture you have of Tuscany, you’re in for a surprise! Embedded across the region’s hilly landscape, you’ll find delightful towns that still revel in their medieval splendour. Car-free zones, steep and narrow cobbled lanes, red

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5 Must See Piazzas in Rome

There’s something wonderfully magical about the outdoors in Italy. No wonder then, that each evening brings out the crowds, all dressed up to see and be seen in squares across town. Historically, in Rome it was the forums where people came out to discuss religion, politics and economy but today these squares called Piazzas cater to a more fun environment – hanging out, eating gelato, watching buskers do their thing

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The best souvenirs from Tuscany

Wondering what to bring back from Italy? They don’t call life there La Dolce Vita for nothing, for when it comes to bringing back a piece of it, Tuscany offers up a whole collection of souvenirs, and like us, you’re going to be spoilt for choice. Thankfully, we’ve trawled a whole lot of shops and boutiques, to find the best souvenirs from Tuscany! 1. Alcohol The Wines. We absolutely love

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Residenze d’Epoca Palazzo Coli Bizzarrini, Siena – As Aristocrats Would

Palazzo Coli Bizzarrini was an incredibly enriching stay. The most amazing thing we noticed across Italy was how seamlessly history was thriving across modern day life. From the sculptures in the piazzas to the palazzos around every corner. And this observation really shone through at our hotel in Siena – Residenze d’Epoca Palazzo Coli Bizzarrini. Yes, it is a historical mansion, but it didn’t leave us wanting for any modern conveniences. There’s

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Montechiaro Wine Estate, Siena – Savouring the Tuscan countryside

After Florence, we couldn’t wait to savour rustic Tuscany. From the Chiantis and the Brunellos to the cyprus- lined landscapes of green. Vineyard hopping would be one way to look at it, but we wanted more. We wanted to live in the heart of all of this. And the Montechiaro Wine Estate was the ideal setting. A Tour of the Montechiaro Wine Estate We (Charles, I and a couple of dear

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Palazzo d’Epoca Leone Blu, Florence – Guests of the Baroness

The Palazzo d’Epoca Leone Blu is not a hotel. With its illustrious history, authentic furnishings and gracious host, it is a palace. With its modern fittings, exceptional service and unparalleled location along the Arno, it is the kind of place to call home. Nothing could have prepared us for this most unique stay experience in Florence. We were let in by the palace concierge. We crossed the courtyard and ascended

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How to Avoid Museum Fatigue in Europe

Museum fatigue is that feeling of just walking through a museum, looking but not really seeing, as row after row of sculpture or painting just blurs and everything seems the same. Your legs drag behind you, your mind shuts down, and it becomes about as enjoyable as having a tooth extracted. As travellers who enjoy the cultural aspects of travel, discovering art is such an integral part of every trip we

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