Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore (il Duomo), Florence

Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore (il Duomo), Florence

Florence is famous throughout the world for both its culture and history, and it is full of amazing buildings. It’s the capital of Tuscany with rail connections to Pisa Bologna, and Rome. Florence was a Roman city which then developed into one of the most important cities in the world in Medieval times. Most historians consider Florence to be the birthplace of the Renaissance movement. Many famous people have lived in Florence including, Michelangelo, Raphael,…

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Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge), Florence

Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge), Florence

Ponte Vecchio which translates as “Old Bridge” in Italian is undoubtedly one of Florence’s most well-known landmarks. It definitely has its photograph taken more than any other bridge in the city. It is quite spectacular when seen from a distance and even more stunning when you walk over it! Built at the narrowest point of the River Arno, the bridge is unique in that it has houses and shops built on it. In fact, it…

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St Peter’s Basilica and St Peter’s Square, Rome

St Peter’s Basilica and St Peter’s Square, Rome

St Peter’s Basilica, located in Vatican City, is an important pilgrimage site. The centre of the Roman Catholic faith, it attracts visitors from all over the world. It is where the Pope presides over many liturgies all year round. I am sure nobody is disappointed when, after queuing for ages, they enter the stunningly decorated Basilica beneath the vast dome designed by Michaelangelo. Of course, the greatest church in Christendom had to be crowned with the greatest dome….

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Centenary Way – 3. Strensall to Sheriff Hutton

Centenary Way – 3. Strensall to Sheriff Hutton

Strensall to Sheriff Hutton This short three-mile section of the walk crosses arable farmland and pastures. The highlight of the walk is undoubtedly the ruins of Sheriff Hutton Castle, visible from as far away as the farm access track running to Lilling Green. Now a Grade II listed structure this 14th-century castle was once one of the grandest in Northern England. The castle boasts 600 years of royal history and was a favourite of both…

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