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Looking for artistic inspiration? Head West!

Feb 22nd, 2022 | Robert Veel

It’s not just wine, food and landscapes. The visual arts scene in the New South Wales Central West region is booming, reports Academy Travel lecturer and tour leader Robert Veel. Over the Blue Mountains from Sydney lies the Central West region of New South Wales. It’s an area with a...

Death in Venice: How has La Serenissima managed infectious diseases through the ages?

Jul 9th, 2020 | Robert Veel

With the unfolding of the COVID-19 pandemic, increased attention has been paid to plagues of the past. Journalists knowingly remind us that the term ‘quarantine’ derives from the Venetian word quarantena, a period of forty (quaranta) days of enforced isolation, and critics claim that not much has changed in terms...

Majolica, The Leopard, fallen women & Caravaggio: The private museums of Palermo and Naples

Oct 24th, 2019 | Robert Veel

One of the great benefits of making an extended stay in a city is that you don’t just visit the ‘must-see’ sites that every tourist knows about. Europe’s capitals are brimming with fascinating small museums, many of them privately owned and operated. Robert Veel, who leads our Palermo and Naples...

How we avoid the crowds…in Venice

Sep 14th, 2018 | Robert Veel

There has been a lot written recently about the alarming numbers of tourists crowding into some of Europe’s most alluring historic cities, including Barcelona, Florence and Prague. Venice in particular has been singled out because of the scourge of large cruise ships. On a bad day, five or six cruise...

Larger than life – a visit to Gibbs Farm

Sep 12th, 2018 | Robert Veel

Academy Travel tour leader Robert Veel takes you on a virtual tour of one of the world’s great art sites. New Zealand entrepreneur Alan Gibbs has always thought big. After an early career in diplomacy and banking he made his first fortune in the 1980s in the nascent telecommunications sector,...

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