Italy Travel
Meet our Team: Sophy Downes

Meet our Team: Sophy Downes

In our series of blog posts, we are getting up close and personal with the guides, the staff and other people you may know from Peter Sommer Travels’ website and brochures, and some whom you might never have heard about before. In our third instalment, we would like to introduce you to Sophy Downes. Sophy...
Travel Brochure 2017

Travel Brochure 2017

For the casual visitor: our new travel brochure for 2017 is being posted all over the world. It will start reaching our guests’ letterboxes in the coming days, and is be available for browsing or download on our website – you can also request a printed copy. Below, we offer some impressions, comment and analysis...
Another bite: cacio e pepe - an essential Roman pasta dish

Another bite: cacio e pepe – an essential Roman pasta dish

“Another bite” is a series of occasional posts about food, presenting the delicious local products, tasty dishes and other gastronomic delights we encounter on our tours and cruises. A few weeks from now, our first ever tour of Rome will take place, as always led by extraordinarily well-informed expert guides. The inauguration of Exploring Rome...
Exploring Siracusa - language, history and gastronomy

Exploring Siracusa – language, history and gastronomy

Siracusa is a city of one name and many names: Syrakousai in ancient Greek, Syracusae in Latin, Syracuse in English, Sarausa or Seragusa in the Sicilian dialect and Siracusa in modern Italian. These variations reflect the city’s long and changing history and they are a pointer towards her fascinating character. In Europe, if a city has...
On the Beauty of Cruising by Gulet

On the Beauty of Cruising by Gulet

Tis time to sail – the swallow’s note is heard, Who chattering down the soft west wind is come, The fields are all aflower, the waves are dumb Which erst the winnowing blast of winter stirred. Maybe it’s a little too early in the year for this sentiment? The poem is by a fairly obscure...
Some Early Christian and Byzantine Nativities

Some Early Christian and Byzantine Nativities

Another year has nearly run its course and once again the winter celebrations of various denominations and articulations have begun (or summer ones, for those of you in the Southern Hemisphere). Like every year, I am stealing a little time on (or near) Christmas Day to reflect on some aspect of that context and perhaps...
Another thing: a local triumph? The Pompeii amphitheatre fresco

Another thing: a local triumph? The Pompeii amphitheatre fresco

“Another thing” is a series of occasional posts, each presenting a particularly interesting, beautiful or unusual object on display at one of the museums or sites on our tours. Each post in the “another thing” series so far has been devoted to an item for its inherent interest, as the introduction above promises. Up to...
The Perils of Online Reviews of Archaeological Sites and Museums, Part 2: more peril

The Perils of Online Reviews of Archaeological Sites and Museums, Part 2: more peril

Last year, I posted on the Perils of Online Site Reviews for the first time. The post was triggered by my then-recent discovery that the website used globally by more or less all of us to assess hotels and restaurants at the places we travel to also covers “attractions”. My – admittedly somewhat morbid –...
Travel Brochure 2016

Travel Brochure 2016

Is it already November? It is indeed – at Peter Sommer Travels, we are looking back upon a very busy 2015 season, and forward to what 2016 will bring to us. The brochure for next year has left the printers two weeks ago already (earlier than ever) and is now in the process of reaching...
How we gain from ancient loss - 7 examples from our tours

How we gain from ancient loss – 7 examples from our tours

On our tours and cruises in Turkey, Greece and Italy, we tell you many stories about the past. Based on rocks and walls and artefacts, these stories are nevertheless always about people. That’s the essence of archaeology: it is the study of past societies and people on the basis of their physical remains, namely the...
Flora: a gallery of trees and flowers

Flora: a gallery of trees and flowers

It’s time for a gallery of beautiful and relaxing images – of trees and flowers. With the 2015 travel season just over and the new brochure for 2016 just having gone to be printed and posted (this will be the subject of another post), I’ve been sorting through photographs from this year’s trips. Of course,...
Another thing: art prêt-à-porter – an oil lamp from Agrigento

Another thing: art prêt-à-porter – an oil lamp from Agrigento

“Another thing” is a series of occasional posts, each presenting a particularly interesting, beautiful or unusual object on display at one of the museums or sites on our tours. You’ve probably already recognised what type of object I’m showing you today. It’s an oil lamp, dated to between AD 150 and 200, and found at...