Guide To the Baptistery of St. John, Florence’s Oldest Monument

Here’s my guide to visiting the remarkable Baptistery of St. John in Florence Italy. The Baptistery sits in front of the main facade of Florence Cathedral. Dating from 1059, the Baptistery is over a thousand years old. Incredibly ancient, especially compared to American standards. The only other structure this old in Florence is the Church … Read more

Visitor’s Guide To Santa Maria Novella in Florence Italy

Here’s my guide to visiting the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, one of Florence’s most important and beautiful churches. I tell you everything you need to see outside and inside the historic church. Santa Maria Novella is Florence’s only Renaissance-style church facade, boasting prefect geometry. Santa Maria Novella is an architectural gem, inspired in part … Read more

Definitive Guide To 25 Of Raphael’s Most Famous Paintings

Obsessed with the sublime Raphael, one of the greatest High Renaissance painters? Welcome to the club. So is much of society, judging from the recent hype over the 500th anniversary of his death. In this Raphael guide, I take you an overview of Raphael’s life and his 25 most important paintings. Raphael was one of … Read more

The Battle of the Battle Frescos: Leonardo vs Michelangelo in Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio

In 1505, an epic battle waged between Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo at Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio. At the beginning of the 16th century, Florence was in its great Golden Age. It was a powerful republic and premier city of the Italian Renaissance. In 1504, Florence found its two greatest artists in the city at the … Read more

Guide To the Exquisite Henry VII Chapel in London’s Westminster Abbey

statue of King George V outside the Henry VII Chapel at Westminster Abbey Planning a trip to London? Here’s my guide to the Henry VII Chapel in Westminster Abbey. London’s Henry VII Lady Chapel is simply stunning. The ancient chapel is a must visit site in London, especially for history and architecture buffs. It’s the … Read more

Guide To Barcelona’s Sagrada Família: Good Art Is Worth The Wait

Here’s my guide to visiting the magnificent, but unfinished, Sagrada Familia in Barcelona Spain. It’s a hugely popular must see site in Barcelona. This guide tells you everything to see at Sagrada. It’s also filled with useful tips, which will help you plan your visit and make the most of your time. Sagrada Família is … Read more

Guide To the Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan, Italy’s Most Underrated Museum

Here’s my guide to visiting the Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan Italy. I give you an overview of the Brera’s must see masterpieces and tips for visiting. The Brera Art Gallery is Milan’s premiere museum. It’s one of Milan’s must see attractions. The Brera museum mesmerizes art lovers, art historians, and art critics. It boasts … Read more

One Week Southern New England Road Trip Itinerary: Connecticut, Rhode Island, & Massachusetts

Southern New England is an ultra charming region rich in history, cultural diversity, and natural beauty. Known for its scenic coastline along the Atlantic Ocean, it boasts a multitude of beaches, quaint coastal towns, and historic lighthouses. There’s literally something for everyone. The area is steeped in colonial history. You can explore museums, historic homes, … Read more

Guide To The Nazi And World War II Sites In Nuremberg Germany

Planning a visit to Nuremberg Germany? Here’s my guide to visiting the historic World War II and Nazi sites in Nuremberg, for history buffs and WWII aficionados. Despite Nuremberg’s storybook looks, the city has a dark past.No other city in Germany is more intertwined with the Nazi legacy than Nuremberg. The Nazis went to great … Read more