666 arches to the Madonna di San Luca, Bologna

By | July 12th, 2013|Italy|

The Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca or Basilica di San Luca, sits plum atop of Monte della Guardia (aka Guardia hill), just south west of Bologna.  Staring out across the Emilia Romagna region, the Basillica is a popular spot for tourists and locals alike, looking to catch a view epic views on a sunny day. [...]

The Two Towers of Bologna

By | July 3rd, 2013|Italy|

The Two Towers (Le Due Torri) located in the heart of Bologna have nothing to do with Frodo and the LOTR trilogy as the name might suggest, but they are a treasure at the heart of Bologna and the traditional symbol of the Red City. [mappress mapid="17"] Once connected by a small wooden footbridge which [...]

Real time instagrams from Bologna

By | June 28th, 2013|Italy, Photography, Real Time Blogging|

Its 4am on a Friday morning and I am awake. There can be only two reasons for this ... 1) I am still yet to go to bed after a late Thursday night 2) I am catching an early flight ... it probably isn't difficult to guess which is the correct scenario. In 5 short [...]

The Palazzo Rosso rooftop and its 360 views of Genoa

By | May 1st, 2013|360 Photographs, Italy, Photography|

The Palazzo Rosso sits nestled in the centre of the Via Garibaldi, a well know street within Genoa, famous for its many historically important palaces and galleries.  Hard to miss due to its distinctly coloured red exterior, the gallery was designed by the architech Pietro Antonio Corradi and constructed between 1671 and 1677. [mappress mapid="3"] I was [...]

All aboard the MSC Preziosa with TravMonkey.com

By | March 19th, 2013|Italy|

March 14th 2013:   The magnificent MSC Preziosa is officially delivered to MSC Cruises at the STX France Shipyard.  The General Manager of STX France, Laurent Castaing, formally hands the ship over to MSC Cruises’ owner Gianluigi Aponte during the traditional flag ceremony.  The Shipyard pennant and French flag are lowered and both the MSC and Italian flags are raised in [...]