View from the dome of St.Paul's Cathedral

The City of London and Covent Garden

The City of London, is also known as the Square Mile as it occupies an area of just over one square mile. A busy financial center during the week, it is almost deserted at the weekend, probably the best time to visit without the crowd of office workers running around. There are many buildings to…

View of a red carriage and Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace and Gardens

Hampton Court Palace, located in the county of Surrey, can be reached by train from Waterloo Station in Central London in just over half an hour; in summer boats travel to Hampton Court all the way from Westminster Pier but depending on the tide, the trip can take up to 4 hours so maybe not…

View of the front entrance to Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle: the loveliest castle in the world

Leeds Castle is not as the name would suggest anywhere near the city of Leeds but it is in fact in Kent not far from Maidstone. Advertised as “the loveliest castle in the world” it makes for a perfect day trip from London. Connected by train from London Victoria, it takes just over an hour…

View of a row of colorful houses in Burano

Murano and Burano, a tale of two islands

Murano and Burano are two islands of the Venetian Lagoon and can be easily included on the itinerary on a trip to Venice. Many tourists spend just one day in the city as part of a tour of Italy or as one of the stops on a cruise around the Med but, people who have…

Panoramic view of London's Sky Garden

London’s Sky Garden

The Sky Garden opened in 2015 at the top of the building at 20 Fenchurch Street (commonly referred to as the Walkie Talkie for its curious shape) in the City of London. Although access to the garden is free, tickets need to be booked in advance online. After going through airport-style security checks (including photo ID…

View of Berlin's Brandenburg Gate

A few days in Berlin and a day trip to Potsdam

A few days in Berlin will probably not be enough to get to know this fascinating city but, it will give enough time to see all the main sights and maybe take a short trip out of town. A visit to Berlin should start at its most famous landmark: the Brandenburg Gate. The focal point of…

Looking up at Villa Borghese-Cavazza

A guided tour of Isola del Garda

Isola del Garda, also known as Isola Borghese, is the largest island on Lake Garda near the village of San Felice del Benaco in Italy. Although it is privately owned, access is allowed to the public during the summer season (from April until October).Tours of the island are conducted by members of the Cavazza family who…