Cutting Edges: Gardens in Florence, Tuscany

Santa Croce...in bloom?!

The term ‘guerrilla’ comes from the Spanish for ‘little war’. Historically it has been utilised to refer to partisan warfare, however new and much more pleasant uses have been blooming around the world, and Florence is no exception. There is Guerrilla Filmmaking and the colourful Guerrilla Knitting* (also known as ‘yarn bombing’) for instance. However, perhaps […]

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St Mark’s, Venice: hip to be square

St Mark's Basilica, Venice

After meandering through the labyrinth of narrow streets and winding canals of Venice, stepping into the vast space of St Mark’s Square (Piazza San Marco) is truly breathtaking. A large open area beautifully framed by splendid buildings, a palace and even a tower or two, this is one area of Venice you truly must see. […]

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Com’era, dov’era – the rise and fall (and rise again) of St Mark’s Bell Tower

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  The Campanile (bell tower) of St Mark’s Piazza in Venice is one of the city’s most iconic symbols. Towering over the stunning façade of St Mark’s Basilica, the bell tower was originally built in the 800’s to serve as a lookout over a nearby dock. Taking some 3 centuries to complete, it stood only […]

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