An art history weekend in Tuscany

01/01/2014

Pisa is home to much more just the Leaning Tower

Whether you've studied art history or just appreciate the finer things in life, you'll probably be aware that Tuscany is the epicentre of classical art. The driving force behind the Renaissance, this stunning region of northern Italy is full of fascinating cities like Pisa and Florence, both of which have were once home to some of the most famous painters, sculptors, architects and thinkers that have ever lived.


Many of Bavaria's top attractions are located in the countryside

Why it helps to hire a car on a mini break

If you're planning on heading off on a mini break to one of Europe's many fascinating cities then you may think that hiring a car sounds a little unnecessary, as most urban centres have pretty well developed public transport networks. However, the reality is that having your own set of wheels could not only save you money, but can also make accessing top attractions much easier.

Alternative Christmas markets

Top five alternative Christmas markets

Forget the likes of Germany and Eastern European favourites, Budapest, Krakow and Prague this year and why not head to some alternative Christmas market destinations for something a little different this festive season?

Spend the weekend exploring Malaga

A weekend break in Malaga

The great thing about modern transport and low-cost airfares is that a weekend break doesn't have to mean a rainy B&B in the UK. If you've set your sights on the sun, you can't go wrong with a trip to Malaga - find out more about weekend breaks here below.

Barcelona is a top choice for a weekend away

Top suggestions for a weekend getaway

Unfortunately, you don’t always have time to take a week off work and getting away for two or three days over a weekend is all you can manage. However, in Europe we’re incredibly lucky as there are so many amazing places within easy reach.

Climbing the Leaning Tower is a must

A guide to visiting the Leaning Tower of Pisa

The Leaning Tower is, without a doubt, the most famous landmark in Pisa. Its distinctive tilt and intricate medieval architecture have really made it stand out, although it's just one of several important monuments in the Piazza dei Miracoli.

Toulouse is lovely to explore on foot

Top ways to spend a romantic weekend in Toulouse

Toulouse is a wonderful choice if you're looking for somewhere for a romantic weekend away. The French city has a wealth of attractions that are ideal for loved-up couples to discover together, as well as excellent restaurants and beautiful parks.

Dublin is a great short break destination

Best cities in Ireland and Northern Ireland for a weekend break

Take your pick from one of these amazing Irish cities for a great weekend away.

WOW air announces new flights to Boston

WOW air to launch transatlantic flights to Boston

WOW air, Iceland's low-cost airline, is to add transatlantic flights to its schedule with the launch of new routes to Boston in spring 2014.

Haunted Dublin

As the summer comes to an end and the nights start to close in, the mind is automatically drawn to the next event in the calendar - Halloween. And there is no better way to mark the occasion than to explore the ghostly establishments of somewhere new.

Newcastle: the perfect destination for a short romantic getaway

City breaks can be perfect for romance, provided you choose the right destination - but you don't have to cast your eyes overseas to find it. With its cultural attractions, excellent walks and tempting restaurants, Newcastle has something for every couple.

Great day trips from Munich

When most people think of Germany they tend to imagine Bavaria, with this region of the country being famous for its beerhalls, castles and sporting prowess. However, the truth is that Bavaria is in fact atypical of Germany and has more in common with its alpine neighbours Austria and Switzerland (with the exception of the sporting success!). To really get the most out of your time here, it's a good idea to get out of Munich and enjoy the stunning mountainous scenery.

A weekend in Rozzano

A weekend in Rozzano

If you're tempted by the thought of rich culture, fantastic cuisine and grand, sweeping architecture as far as the eye can see, have you considered booking a short getaway to Italy?

The Old Waverley Hotel, Edinburgh

Stay at Edinburgh's Old Waverley Hotel for £1

This winter season, The Old Waverley Hotel is bringing back one of its most popular deals. So if you're after a short break in Edinburgh, then look no further. When you book a three course dinner and full Scottish breakfast for two people, you pay just £1 per person for your room.

Munich has some great bars

Top bars to visit on a short break in Munich

Everyone knows that Munich is home to some of the world's best beer halls and beer gardens, but this is far from the extent of the city's nightlife scene. There are numerous bars and clubs where you can enjoy a cosmopolitan evening out.

Prague is a popular winter city break

Winter city breaks are becoming increasingly popular

One in five (19 percent) people are planning to take a winter holiday this year with with four in ten (39 percent) taking a city break, according to new research from ABTA – The Travel Association.

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