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Metelkova mesto – Ljubljana’s Alternative Heart

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Metelkova Mesto, in Ljubljana, before Slovenia broke away from the Yugoslavia Republic, was an army barracks. Nowadays it is a thriving alternative culture centre, occupied by artists and bohemians, with some of the Ljubljana’s most interesting bars, clubs and even hotels. Metelkova Mesto, which is often compared to Copenhagen’s Kristiania comune, occupies the space where, […]

Ljubljana’s Dragon Bridge (Zmajski most)

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Ljubljana’s Dragon Bridge (Zmajski most) is one of its most famous landmarks and one of its most photographed monuments. Learn more about the Dragon Bridge here.

Renzi’s Populism Backfires – The Italian Referendum

Monday, December 5th, 2016

The main message of Matteo Renzi’s referendum campaign was a simple slogan ‘it only takes a yes to change Italy’. Repeatedly in television debates the Italian prime minister reduced the complexities of the constitutional changes proposed to a simple soundbite: a yes vote would bring change, while a no vote would leave Italy with its […]

Ljubljana Castle

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Ljubljana Castle (Ljubljanski grad) sits on top of Castle Hill, dominating the Ljubljana skyline. The castle is on the site of a medieval fortress dating back to the 11th century. A number of fortifications existed on this strategic hill, constantly changing hands until the bulk of the current Castle was built from the 15th century […]

Yeats on the 58th American Presidential Election

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

While WB Yeats poem The Second Coming was written in 1919, after the horror of the First World War, and amidst the chaos of the developing Irish war of Independence, it remains fearfully appropriate to modern times. The spirit of democracy demands that we congratulate the winner of an election, and accept the will of […]

Bologna’s Best Airport Hotels

Monday, November 7th, 2016

Looking for Bologna’s best airport hotels? There are various reasons why you may want to stay close to the airport – even though Bologna is a reasonably compact city, and the Marconi Airport is a short car ride from the city centre. Maybe you have business in the industrial hinterland around Bologna, or maybe you […]

15 Contemporary Italian Writers You Should Read (who aren’t Elena Ferrante)

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

Elena Ferrante’s success is more than well-deserved, but don’t forget that there are lots of other great Italian novelists out there. We’ve put together a list of our favourites here.

Ten Things to do In Rimini

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

Rimini has such a large array of great things to do and see, that it’s hard to boil it down to a simple ‘best of’ list, but at the same time Rimini works brilliantly as a short-trip destination so we’ve put on our thinking hats, and narrowed down the choices to what we think are […]

Rimini’s Roman Ruins

Monday, October 17th, 2016

Rimini has some of the best preserved Roman ruins that you’ll find anywhere in Italy, with at least three major monuments that you absolutely must see. It’s no surprise, given that the city was founded by the Romans (under the name Ariminum) as they expanded their empire over the Appenines and into the Po river […]

Rimini, when is the best time to go?

Monday, October 17th, 2016

When is the best time to visit Rimini? That’s a good question, and not as easy to answer as it may sound. Certainly the high tourist season is July/August, and in terms of events that’s when the majority are scheduled. There are plenty of people, though, who will recommend you avoid the city in those […]