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Spring travels – Blue Guide Budapest – Troy to Bodrum published this spring – Transylvania and Lombardy in preparation – Popular recent articles


After Easter the crowds begin to muster in Europe’s main tourist centres. To get the best out of a city like Venice, the weeks just before are an excellent time to visit. Alta Macadam has some recommendations. If you are planning an Italian trip this Easter, two annual events we have recently enjoyed are the Good Friday procession of the Holy Thorn in Noto, east Sicily and the re-enactment of the Via Crucis, with singing, in Bologna. Also in Bologna, in the ancient church of San Sepolcro, whose form mimics that of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, a moving re-enactment of the Entombment is performed.


Blue Guide Budapest

Blue Guide Budapest, expanded, redesigned, re-organised and fully rewritten, is the first new edition for many years of our guide to this stunning Danube city. It is currently at the printer and will be available online and on bookshop shelves from next month. For a short taster–a visit to the stunning late Art Nouveau villa of railway magnate Miksa Schiffer–see here.


Blue Guide Turkey: Troy to Bodrum, a digital edition of a fully updated chapter of Blue Guide Turkey, is currently in production and will be available for download via our website early next month. It covers the whole of the Aegean coast of Turkey between the two sites mentioned in the title and includes Ephesus, Izmir, Aphrodisias, Pamukkale, Priene, Didyma, Miletus, Pergamon and Sardes. The beautiful spring poppies on the cover were photographed by the author, Paola Pugsley, at Hierapolis (Pamukkale). For a short taster, an extract from the chapter on Troy, examining the nature of the Trojan Horse, see here.


Work is currently underway on a 2nd edition of Lucy Abel Smith’s delightful Travels in Transylvania: The Greater Târnava Valley. Publication will coincide with the 3rd edition of the Transylvanian Book Festival in September and we will have more news about its progress in our June newsletter.

We have also embarked on a new title: Blue Guide Lombardy, Milan & the Italian Lakes. For some images of our recent research trip to Lake Maggiore, see here.

For a review of the current Dürer exhibition in Milan, see here.


Reviews of books and exhibitions and articles about antiquities, monuments, works of art and beautiful landscapes in places covered by our guides. All are written by our authors, editors and contributors.

Charles I: King and collector

This magnificent display of Old Master paintings from the royal collection amassed by King Charles I, many of them reunited for the first time since the mid-17th century at the Royal Academy in London. Read more »

Fleming and Honour Remembered

John Fleming and Hugh Honour’s A World History of Art (1982 and later editions, the 7th as recently as 2009) was one of those books one had to have on one’s shelves. Read more »

What’s on in Florence

Florence, in these weeks before the arrival of the Easter crowds, is cold but relatively empty and there are two exhibitions well worth seeing: 14th-century fabrics in the Galleria dell’Accademia, and 18th century paintings in Palazzo Pitti. Read more »

Anna: Female destinies in Transylvania

“Anna: Fictitious Female Fates” (Anna: Változatok székely asszonysorsra) is the title of a disarmingly thought-provoking exhibition. It follows the fortunes of the imaginary Anna, a Hungarian-speaking Székely, born in east Transylvania in 1920, the year that Transylvania was awarded to Romania in the dismemberment of Austria-Hungary. Read more »


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