Guardians of The Medieval Past: Nine Hill Towns of Central Italy

Aug 30th, 2019 | Dr Jeni Ryde

Perched precariously on rugged hilltops and cliff faces, Italy’s remote medieval towns often sit in splendid isolation, boasting extraordinary views of the pristine surrounding landscape. Generally built for defensive purposes, the stone and masonry walls, sturdy gates and watch towers which typify these towns have survived virtually unchanged since the...

Prague – beyond the Charles Bridge

Oct 19th, 2018 | Christopher Menz

Prague is such an interesting city with abundant architectural, art and historical riches that it warrants several days or multiple visits to do it justice. It is a wonderful place to explore on foot as well as by tram and that is when you find it really rewarding. Although this...

The Alhambra of Granada

Jan 25th, 2018 | Dr Kathleen Olive

Quien no ha visto Granada. No ha visto nada. (He who has not seen Granada, has seen nothing at all.)   Granada is southern Spain’s precious jewel, and for much of the Middle Ages it dangled – like the glowing pomegranate for which it is named – temptingly before the eyes...

A History of Italian Culture: The Layers of Rome

Sep 6th, 2016 | Dr Kathleen Olive

Rome is often compared to a palimpsest, a text made up of older, “invisible” texts scraped off durable parchment so that it could be reused. Thanks to modern research techniques, the older writings underneath can now be deciphered, brought back to the surface – and this is often what has...

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