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A few more from Sardinia

A few coastal pictures from Sardinia

Coastlines and beaches are Sardinia’s most impressive features. We explored the western coast fairly extensively, going to different beaches, taking scenic drives, and also spending large parts of two separate days on boating expeditions. The first of those took us along the coast between Bosa and Alghero, the subregion known…

Impressions of Cagliari

Impressions of Cagliari

Not without interest. This is my usual polite way to indicate that the town in question may have a few interesting features but in no way rises to the “must-see” category. If you are in the area, you probably should visit, but don’t lose sleep over not being able to…

Murals of San Gavino, Sardinia

Murals of San Gavino, Sardinia

San Gavino Monreale was specifically targeted on our Sardinian itinerary for its murals. It is one of the more frequently recommended mural villages on the island, for us very conveniently located just a few kilometers away from the base in Sardara. Unlike in Tinnura, where all major decorations are clustered…

Oristano, Sardinia

Oristano, Sardinia

As is often the case with larger – if not large in the absolute sense – towns, the provincial capital of Oristano has a relatively lively compact historic center and little of note beyond that. In fact, even in that central area, the small details – from the sundial clock…

Sardara, Sardinia

Sardara, Sardinia

Sardara is almost certain not to feature on Sardinian itineraries – its name did not come up even once in all of my pre-trip research of “things to see and do in Sardinia”. Its location, however, is rather convenient for the hub-and-spokes touring approach in the south of the island,…

Castelsardo, Sardinia

Castelsardo, Sardinia

Castelsardo, like Bosa, is one of the most colorful and attractive towns in Sardinia (and a fellow member of I Borghi più Belli d’Italia). Its relatively isolated location on the northwestern coast did not lend itself to a planned visit in our original itinerary, but the cancellation of Corsica plans…

Murals of Tinnura, Sardinia

Murals of Tinnura, Sardinia

Murals are a veritable feature of Sardinia. A quick online search yields a number of destinations on the island known for their extensive portfolios of wall decorations. We even had one of those villages specifically marked on our itinerary. But although Tinnura does get a mention on a couple of…

Alghero, Sardinia

Alghero, Sardinia

Alghero is among the better-known destinations in Sardinia, a walled town with strong Catalan heritage. Here is the first view of it from the northbound coastal approach. Somewhat curiously, it failed to blow us away. I suspect mostly it was due to the expectation that a larger town needs to…

Bosa, Sardinia

Bosa, Sardinia

I love vivid colors, both in nature and in architecture. While the great cities of the world usually awe us with their amazing edifices (and just an occasional splash of color), the smaller towns are more likely to be called pretty because of the hues in their palette. And I…

Chasing World Heritage: #163 (Padua Frescoes)

Chasing World Heritage: #163 (Padua Frescoes)

On my only past visit to Padua some years ago, I focused on at the time its only World Heritage property, the botanical garden. In 2021, Padua acquired another World Heritage designation, an eight-part site exhibiting 14th-century frescoes that revolutionized the art of mural painting. The town is less than…

Around Venice Lagoon

Around Venice Lagoon

Every guidebook to Venice out there mentions three lagoon islands – usually sequenced as Murano, then Burano, then Torcello – as fairly unmissable targets on a Venetian itinerary. I hold a potentially unpopular opinion that only Burano rises to a must, while the other two are more of a special-interest…

Around Venice (cont. cont.)

Around Venice (cont. cont.)

In a true walkabout manner, let’s start this set with assorted canal views, the majority of which represent sestiero of Dorsoduro. And a few façade close-ups. That last one above is the standout neo-Gothic house known as La Casa dei Tre Oci, the Three-Eyed House, located on Giudecca. The three…

Around Venice (cont.)

Around Venice (cont.)

Let’s continue our wanderings around La Serenissima. Starting with yet another elevated viewpoint – the top landing of Scala Contarini del Bovolo. It is not as high as some of the other platforms we already visited. Nonetheless, it offers excellent perspectives toward major landmarks. Close proximity of rooflines provides a…

Around Venice

Around Venice

I walked a lot in Venice. (And occasionally took the vaporetto.) The map of the city on my phone contained well over a hundred various points of interest – museums, churches, squares, bridges, etc. – and every day I followed a route that loosely led me from one to another.…

Venice: San Marco

Venice: San Marco

Hardly anyone who comes to Venice – be it for the first time or the fifth time – does not make a beeline for Piazza San Marco. I can’t claim any immunity from being awed by that monumental public space, so my first full day in Venice was almost entirely…

Rome, briefly re-visited

Rome, briefly re-visited

I love Rome! Unsurpassed quality of its historic and artistic treasures aside, it is very likely the most satisfying city in relation to my traveling preferences. I like to walk and see what awaits me beyond the next turn, hoping to find something to admire. Central Rome, like practically nowhere…

A few more from Sicily

A few more from Sicily

A few morning hours on our last day in Sicily allowed us to make a couple of brief stops in additional locations. We first drove up to Castelmola, a veritable balcony over Taormina. Here is the view towards Taormina from one of Castelmola’s terraces. Castelmola is the tiniest of villages,…

Mount Etna (WHS #162)

Chasing World Heritage: #162 (Mount Etna)

It is well covered within this space that we rarely prioritize nature over culture on our travels. Especially whenever exploring a natural wonder veers into could be dangerous territory – such as, for instance, going up an active volcano. My focus in the last decade or so on visiting World…