Venice and the Tide of Tourism.

Venice and the Tide of Tourism.

The obligatory question: Is it sinking? Venice, as we all know, has been sinking—for many years.  But that is not solely due to the weight of visitor footsteps on its ancient lanes and bridges. Venice floods around 100 times each winter, and is estimated to be...
Away from the Crowds in Rural Tuscany.

Away from the Crowds in Rural Tuscany.

I’m lucky enough to be no stranger to Tuscany.  Over the past few years I’ve been able to enjoy a few visits to the region, mainly to Florence itself. This time, however, I was looking to escape the mad(ding) crowds of Renaissance masterpiece seekers in...