Market Day in Piacenza, Duomo piazza

Piacenza – another hidden Italian gem

One of the main things I enjoy about walking pilgrim trails is that often the trails lead me through all manner of remote countryside and many small towns and villages that would not normally be on a tourist’s agenda.

Piacenza, in northern Italy, is one of those gems which reward a curious visitor as well as an exhausted hiker, and truly hum with the energy of local life.

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two large bronze sculptures of women in Lucca

Getting Arty on the Streets of Italy

There really are some clever people in the World.

Unfortunately I am not one of them, especially when it comes to anything remotely artistic or creative. I am strictly a stick figure artist and even then you have to use a fair bit of imagination to see what I am getting at, but I do love to see the magical creations of others.

On a recent stroll through many Italian towns and cities, I was spoilt for creative choice

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The Mudgee Project captures the intersection of Market and Church Streets at night

48 Hours in downtown Mudgee

I know I am terribly biased, but I love my home town of Mudgee. Yes, it is only small and, Yes, it is a solid three and a half or four hour drive from Sydney, but when you get here it is a feast for the senses, especially the tastebuds.

We have around 40 wineries, breweries and distilleries in the countryside surrounding the town, however in this post I am encouraging you to park the car, pocket the keys and explore Mudgee itself. Being small, everything is in easy walking distance.

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