This picture from @NationalGeoPix is simply ridiculous.   Hat tip @cinque_terre for seeing and posting it.  If Manarola isn’t on your list of places to visit, it should be now.


It’s like Burano on a cliffside.  We’ll be doing some events in Cinque Terre this fall and possibly sooner as demand dictates.  Don’t hesitate to ask.

Gallery: The Churches of Ravenna, Italy

Ravenna–a jewel of the Veneto often overlooked. Worth seeing!

International Bellhop Travel Magazine

Churches of Ravenna Photo Gallery

Ravenna, Italy sits at the literal crossroads between the old world and the new, between Western Culture and Eastern, between Europe and Asia Minor — it is a city that has seen much change in the past several thousand years, and this change is cataloged in its many churches and epochal architecture. While the City of Ravenna has much more to offer travelers than just its holy sanctuaries, today we will be giving our readers an insight into these buildings that — regardless of your faith or denomination — are beautiful living pages out of history.

Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy

Basilica of San Vitale

This Byzantine-era church is fairly simple in its architecture, but marks the beginning of Byzantine expansion into Europe around 526 AD. The church was originally begun by Bishop Ecclesius at a time of much change for Greece, Italy, and especially Ravenna which was…

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