Category Archives: Travel

Best way to see Lucca

Cycling around the Mura storiche, the historic medieval walls of the city of Lucca in Tuscany, is absolutely the most fun way to view the city for all the family – €18 rental charge per hour for the small size family bike. Kids sit in front pretending to steer the bike 🙂




View of Vinci

Walking from  the town of Vinci in Tuscany on the path to Anchiano, following the “Strada Verde”, through olive groves where the trees are still flowering, and the land is on the cusp of summer, you are rewarded with this view . There is an abundance of wildflowers and a redstart is singing from his perch on the top of a post. Through the olive trees we can hear the purring of a turtle dove. At our destination in Anchiano, 3 km from Vinci, is the ‘Casa natale’ of Leonardo Da Vinci, his family home, now a museum.  This walk is the perfect antidote after touring around cities with overheated kids!!

Storie di due statue

He weighs five tons, he lives in the Galleria dell’Accademia di Firenze and he’s – probably – the most famous statue in the world. Yep you guessed it Michelangelo’s David was the first Italian statue I read about in the news this week. Since 2014 there have been fears for David after a series of tiny fractures were discovered in his legs. The concerns about his caviglie fragili mean that in the event of an earthquake (terremoto) he could be at risk of toppling over. Architects and government ministers were reportedly in discussion recently about the possibility of building an “anti-seismic museum” where some of Italy’s greatest art works could live safely including David with his muscoli di marmo (muscles of marble)

The second statue in my newspaper was Nettuno, the sea god Neptune, inhabitant of Bologna’s Piazza Maggiore, who was recently caught up in a scandal on Facebook, being accused of violating their rules of decency. His picture posted on the page Storie, curiositae scorci di Bologna (Stories, Curiosities and Views of Bologna)  has since been reinstated after Facebook eventually admitted their error. I like the word scorcio which was a new word for me – although the quick translation was given as’view’, more precisely it translates as a ‘glimpse’ or ‘partial view’ (visuale ristretta di una vista piu’ ampia) or also a ‘perspective’.

On a personal note, the most exciting thing about both these statues is that I hope to visit both of them and see them with my very own eyes during our trip to Italy in May!!! 😊 I have been obsessed with Bologna for at least three years,despite never having been there, so it is about time to finally change that….

Buon Anno 2017 a tutti!!!