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Tumbledown cottages held up by colorful bougainvillea. Market stalls in an ancient piazza enlivened by the shouts of the stall keepers and where the laughter of children is ever present.  

Light sparkling off Venetian canals, while boats of every shape and hue jostle for space. How your eyes dance about, so much to see...impossible to absorb it all. These are but a few of the sights that make up the sensual joy of Italy, there is so much more.

I long to be able to take you to my Italy, share those simple things that bring me such pleasure. 

Sometimes I'll wander down a cobbled lane, through dappled sunlight, and feel my heart soar.  I feel I've discovered some great secret to life. Then it'll dawn on me that this same lane has been here for a thousand years and has inspired joy in a thousand hearts.

Now obviously I can't take you to "my Italy" in person but I'm happy to be able to do the next best thing; sharing a visual journey through some of the loveliest Italian places I know and love.

Make yourself a cup of coffee, find a quiet spot and switch off your phone... now linger long over these photos.  Italy is not about rushing so spend your time here, you'll soon start feeling you're in that little lane or exploring a forgotten Venetian canal.

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Sirmeone, ItalySirmione

Sirmione (click for more) is full of wonderful little shops like this one and it has a Roman villa and a medieval castle too. Best way to get here is by boat.



Piovene Italy

Piovene Rocchette (more details here) is my family's home. This little lane meanders up the hillside and past the old drinking fountain where the water is about the best you'll ever taste.



Piazza Verona

Verona (more stunning photos here) is one of the greatest of all Italian towns. Spending a day in a piazza is included at number eight on the Italian Bucket List and you won't find a much better piazza to spend time in than this one.



Cannaregio Venice

A little before entering the Ghetto of Venice I discovered this shop and fell instantly in love! More of the ghetto area here.



View of Venetian Canal

Bright early June sunshine, sparkling canals and and an overwhelming feeling of joy. That's pretty much what you can expect out of a summer's day in Venice. Here is our list of the must see attractions.



Three Boats in Venice

Early morning sunlight in Venice. This is the best time to be up and around in Venice; you'll have the city pretty much to yourself with only a few street cleaners about.



Window Boxes in Italy

Crumbling walls, wooden shutters and window boxes are so typically Italian. Here is my list of some typically Italian things you really have to experience.



Peschiera del Garda

Peschiera del Garda and Lazise are the towns we always visit when we are looking for one of those fun-filled family vacations. In and around both towns you'll find more than enough to keep even the most demanding happy... be they three or eighty three.



Ancient Aquarium

William (my son) and I were walking through the magnificent gardens of an old villa near our home when we stumbled upon a doorway that seemed to lead underground. With trepidation we took the steps into the darkness and were greated by this unforgettable site...an ancient and seemingly forgotten aquarium.



Park in Vicenza Italy

Vicenza  is a charming town which seems to be off the itineraries of most tourists. It's a shame really because there is so much to see. It was the home of Palladio - one of the world's greatest architects and is full of wonderful buildings and squares. The park in the photo is one of my favourite spots  - I spend hours sitting quietly here with a good book.



Padova by Nicholas BaumgartnerPadua by Nicholas Baumgartner

I've often thought that Padua (Padova in Italian) has to be one of the best cities in Italy to live. If I had to choose a city to live in between Rome, Florence, Venice and Padua; my choice would be Padua.



Pink House Burano

When I think of Italy I always think of color and if you love color too you'll love Burano.



Orvieto

Two regions we love a lot are Umbria and le Marche. This photo was taken by Susan Papazian, a lady who has a real knack for capturing the heart and soul of Italy - have a look at her album here.



Bridge of Sighs in Venice

The Bridge of Sighs where eternal love is assured... if you do one simple thing. What is it? Click here for the answer.

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