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Archive for September, 2008

  • San Fruttuoso, Liguria

    30th September, 2008

    Posted in Liguria

    The coast of Liguria (Italian Riviera) has many serene, undiscovered gems to visit. Few are more serene and lovely than the small village of San Fruttuoso, midway between Portofino and Camogli and on the edge of the sprawling park to which Portofin...

  • Captivating Catania

    26th September, 2008

    Posted in Italy andSicily

    Catania, like so many of the enchanting towns and cities on the west coast of Sicily in Italy, is gloriously overlooked by the 3350m Mount Etna, while it in turn looks out onto the Ionian Sea. Sicily's second city, it is an irresistible mixture of v...

  • Alassio's fine idea

    24th September, 2008

    Posted in Italy,News from Italy andLiguria

    Of all the ways to boost flagging tourism over summer it was arguably one of the most innovative. In the Italian Riviera resort of Alassio – a few miles north of Imperia along Liguria's coast – tourists and other motorists who parked illegally go...

  • Italian property remains a buyers’ market

    20th September, 2008

    Posted in Italy andProperty

    For Italian property bargain hunters the market has seldom been more affordable. Prices of property in Italy in the first half of 2008 were seven per cent down compared with the same period in 2007, a report reveals. In Milan, Naples and Palermo the...

  • Italian: The English language invasion

    9th September, 2008

    Posted in Italy andCulture

    Surely it’s English that’s the real hotchpotch of a language. Everything from aardvark (South African Dutch) to zymurgy (Greek) and large helpings of Old English, Latin, French, German, Swahili, Danish and Old Mother Hubbard’s gobbledygook in-between...

  • The Obelisk of Axum

    7th September, 2008

    Posted in Italy andNews from Italy

    It’s been a 71-year-long odyssey, but the Obelisk of Axum, which for decades stood proudly in Rome, has pride of place once more in its ancestral African home. The 1,700-year-old monument, looted when Italy’s Fascist troops occupied the-then Abyssini...

  • Chieti's coastal cycle path

    2nd September, 2008

    Posted in Italy andAbruzzo

    This part of the Abruzzo coast, set in the province of Chieti and facing the Adriatic Sea, is truly something of a jewel, set firmly between the sea on the one side and the hills, vineyards and orange groves on the other. Unblemished nature, unmatch...