Do you know Siena? No, not a pretty girl you went to school with, the Italian city of Siena. No? Well it's not entirely surprising as it's one of Italy's beautiful but lesser known locations. But it has not always been so. Siena has been an important city for thousands of years, said to be founded by Senius, the son of one of the brothers who founded Rome (Romulus and Remus).
It has had several names during its occupation by France, Romans and the Lombards but usually in som
Finally, a week off. Now I'm sure some people think that travelling is just a big holiday, in some ways it is in other ways it can be hard work. Whatever your perception a week located in the same city is heaven for the backpacker who needs a break from that heavy pack.
We decided on Florence located in the region of tuscany, not entirely sure why, but we seem to have adopted the phrase ‘why not?’. Florence is located an easy 3 hour jaunt from Venice and it has lots of do a
What do you think of when you think of Italy? Is it wine, the lake district, the colosseum? Or is it that tipsy tower with a lean that is etched into your mind when you think of the land of pasta?
Visiting the Leaning Tower of Pisa had been on my ‘list’ for as long as I could recall yet my reaction when I first saw it was irreverent. I laughed. Not a giggle, a proper laugh. Why? Well, some people had reporter to me that the tower did not look as they expected, in short it w
My third week in Italy began with a short train ride between Castelfranco and Camposampiero, a mere 15 minute journey. After farewelling my host family at the train station I wiped the tears from my eyes and sat down inside the steam box also known as a train carriage.
The weather for the first 2 weeks of my Italian adventure was abominably hot. Temperatures rose above 40 degrees, I was outside running, jumping and singing in the searing heat. My third week however was cool
I arrived in Italy by bus departing from the stunningly beautiful Nice, France. The journey was barely over one hour yet took in a plethora of green scenery and medieval cities. A highlight of the journey was passing the city country of Monaco, an impressively wealthy place. Dean and I had arrived in San Remo, Italy to begin the next phase of our journey - teaching English to Italian children for the summer. We spent a week training for our new position and sweating it out un