SANTA CLARA 1728
With so much visual stimulation in Lisbon - a beautiful chaos of sorts - stepping into Santa Clara transports you somewhere else entirely.
THREE DAYS IN ROME
Day one of my three day journey began in the heart of Rome. Landing early in the morning, I hit the ground running and made my way from the Leonardo DaVinci Airport all the way to the city center - roughly 30 minutes from the airport by bus. The shuttle bus transportation isn't a bad option if you are on a budget.
LA POSTA VECCHIA
After a beautiful day in the heart of Rome I was off to La Posta Vecchia (the Old Post House), This special Roman villa is situated just thirty minutes by car from the Leonardo Da Vinci Airport, on the shores of the Tyrrhenian Sea. The property was built in the 17th century and used to be part of ancient Alsium, a port city which was originally Etruscan but later Roman.
THE ITALIAN COUNTRYSIDE & VILLA TIRRENA
A visit to Villa Tirrena was on the itinerary for my last day in Italy. Just a short two hour drive ;) from where I was staying, but I thought what better than a road trip through the Italian countryside? Situated between Florence and Rome, in front of Civita di Bagnoregio, UNESCO patrimony, the estate is surrounded by thirty one hectares of vineyards, a beautiful sculpture garden, and breathtaking views of the Calanchi Valley.
Situated in the Ticino region of Switzerland, Lugano is a little slice of Italy nestled within Swiss values. When in need of some sunshine, slightly warmer temperatures and a more relaxed atmosphere, Lugano is a three hour train ride from Zurich, making this a great weekend getaway spot - or even a day trip option.
Zurich, known for its chocolate, banks, and swans, is a city, that when studied closely, has much more to offer. The impression Zurich has made on me is that of having two personalities. Often characterized by a grey and cloudy moodiness, which gives way occasionally to days filled with sunshine and warmth (even on a cold day).
Cartagena - A major port, this small beach town has a contagious energy and spirit. Characterized by its vibrant colors, textured and worn colonial facades, and its undeniable charm of the old woven discreetly in with the new and modern.