The Rocca, or fortress, was built in 1353It now has only one surviving tower following its dismantling by Cosimo I de’ Medici in the 16th century. It encloses a public garden filled with fig and olive trees, and commands superb views over the vineyards
The statues of the i Four Seasons at each end were added in 1608 for Cosimo II’s marriage to Maria of Austria. The bridge was restored after it was blown up by the Germans in 1944, and the statues were dredged up from the
Historic Florence is fairly compact and the sights described on the following pages are easily reached on foot or by bus. The sights are grouped within the four areas shown on the map below, each of which has its own section within this book.
Stalin era, while the seriously rich commission new Scandinavian-style houses in the outskirts. Yet the churches are open again, cleared of the junk of the Bolsheviks’ childishly spiteful Museums of Atheism. Again, under the captured banners of Napoleon’s regiments in the Kazan Cathedral, the
Sri Lanka’s central mountainous region, known to locals as ‘Up Country’, finishes in great style at its southern edge. It drops 4,500ft to the plains and paddy fields in one swift, heart-stopping descent. From the main street in Haputale, a favourite haunt of the
Besides the chance to gossip, what excited everyone most was the prospect of investigating the Portuguese way with fish. This is a huge part of the nation’s diet, and presents a mounting dilemma for chefs as demand increases and supply rapidly declines. I cannot
Purple prose Michelangelo’s father, so it’s said, considered artists such as his son to be little better than shoemakers. This is one of the many fascinating asides in the new Purple Guide to Tuscany and Assisi – the first in a new series aimed
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Travel To Quebec Among other places of interest in Quebec, the General Hospital should be men-tioned. It is situated at the end of Langelier Bvd. (turn r. off St. Vallier St.; this hospital, which was founded in 1692 by Monseigneur de St. Vallier, 2nd.