Prettiest Farm in Tuscany?

April 12 It’s always a treat to show our guests a certain postcard displayed in the stores of Pienza or Montepulciano or any of the other small towns located in or around the Val d’Orca, Tuscany. There’s this picture-perfect little farm which sits on the top of a hill, complete with a tiny chapel which […]

Nearly getting arrested at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome

April 12 Travelers know that major tourist sites have a lack of available toilets, especially for women, who seem to always have to stand in a very, very long line in order to use the scarce facilities. So it was at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome recently, when my guest had to go and the […]

The Roman Forum

April 2 (From Wikipedia with photos by European Focus) The Roman Forum (Latin: Forum Romanum, Italian: Foro Romano) is a rectangular forum (plaza) surrounded by the ruins of several important ancient government buildings at the center of the city of Rome. Citizens of the ancient city referred to this space, originally a marketplace, as the […]

Rome The Eternal City

April 1 Our current guests Rick and Linda Skauge from Calgary enjoy their first full day of seeing the sights and experiencing Rome at their own pace during their European Focus tour. Follow along as we travel from Rome to Umbria and on to Tuscany and finally, Venice.

There’s no traffic in Rome these days

March 31 With fuel prices at an astounding $9 per gallon for unleaded, slightly less for diesel, the Romans are leaving their cars parked and taking public transportation. What used to be a white knuckle drive into the heart of Rome from the airport is now a breeze, with very few vehicles on the road […]

Tour Opportunities for October

March 5, 2012 European Focus founder and guide James Derheim is available during the beautiful month of October, a perfect time to explore most of central and southern Europe. October is prime season and is usually booked far in advance. The days are mild and the kids are all back in school with no major […]

Postcard from the Sudtirol

The ancient village was razed to the ground to make way for a large reservoir. All that remains of the 13th century church is the tower, poking up like a ghostly reminder from the waters.

Eating Gelato in the 1600s?

We were stunned the other day when we noticed this relief of what we are certain is a young woman enjoying an ice cream cone on one of the support pillars of the Doges Palace, Venice. We wondered if it was pistachio or cherry?