The Hotel Gritti Palance overlooks the Grand Canal. It is set in a palace that was built by a Renaissance doge of Venice. Hemingway stayed here during the 40's and 50's. His preferred suite bears his name to this day and his novel, "Across the River and into the Trees" mentions...more
It's hard to believe, as you lay back in the baking Mediterranean sunshine or plunge into the clear, tepid waters that this peaceful spot witnessed one of the climactic naval battles of world history. During the 3rd Century BC a Roman navy intercepted a Carthaginian squadron off the coast of...more
The Church of San Cataldo is one of the most recognizable sites in Palermo. This 12th century church is recognizable for its three red domes and distinctly Arab style. Much like the neighboring Martorana, it was built by the Normans and represents a fusion of architectural styles....more
The Piazza Bellini is one of the main squares in Palermo. Several historic sites are located on the square, including the Martorana and San Cataldo Churches. From the fountain you can look up and enjoy the vibrant colors of the roofs of the Norma, Arab and baroque buildings....more
The Martorana is one of the more unforgettable sites in Palermo. Built during the 12th century, this small church is a remarkable blend of Arab, Norman and Byzantine. The slender columns are engraved with Arab calligraphy while the frescoes on the walls and ceiling are golden Byzantine....more
This pedestrian bridge over the Tiber has a fine view of the neighboring Vatican as well as much of the rest of the city. Unlike London and Paris, which navigable rivers, very little actually goes down the Tiber but the bridge is nice.
The world's first shopping mall (though extremely upscale by comparison to most American malls) the Galleria is an impressive fusion of stone, steel and glass. Whether you are interested in shopping or not, it's worth a stroll.
This over the top edifice of marble and glass is my favorite example of fascist architecture that was in vogue under Mussolini. However since you can hope a train from here to nearly anywhere in Europe, perhaps it should be overstated.
After the defeat by the Austrians and Germans at the battle of Caporetto in 1917 the Italian army was forced to retreat from the Alps, eventually regrouping along the Piave just north of Venice. It was in the small town of Fossalta on the Piave that Ernest Hemingway was wounded by a shell explosion in...more