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The Perils of Online Site Reviews

The Perils of Online Site Reviews

What should you go to see on your Mediterranean holiday? It depends on whom you ask! This blog, for example, serves a company specialised in cultural, especially archaeological, tours. Thus, it offers impressions of the sites, museums, landscapes, etc. we visit on our voyages, and which we know our guests to be interested in. And...
Living on the Edge - Ancient Morgantina on Sicily

Living on the Edge – Ancient Morgantina on Sicily

In recent posts, I have written about two ancient Greek cities, each of them special and fascinating for its own reasons. The first was Lato in Greece, namely on the island of Crete, notable for its clear reflection of the basic structures and characteristics of an “Archaic” Cretan state. The second was Priene, near the...
Another thing: Recovered loss – altar from the Morgantina Treasure

Another thing: Recovered loss – altar from the Morgantina Treasure

“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. Dazzling, isn’t it? Also, you are not likely to have seen one of these before. Virtually no objects of its kind are currently known to have...
Another thing: Two in One - the Euaion/Perseus Krater

Another thing: Two in One – the Euaion/Perseus Krater

“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. Look at him: A young man standing in a thoughtful pose, his left foot placed on a rock, the knee supporting his left arm, on which,...
Impressions of Sicily: The Dazzling Beauty of Monreale

Impressions of Sicily: The Dazzling Beauty of Monreale

As I recently reported, in February I had the opportunity to visit Sicily, helping Michael in preparing his Exploring Sicily tour. Most of the many astonishing sites we saw will make an appearance on this blog before long. Two weeks ago, we posted a first “Impressions of Sicily”, focusing on the site of Agrigento, ancient...
Impressions of Sicily: Stupendous Agrigento (Akragas)

Impressions of Sicily: Stupendous Agrigento (Akragas)

Sicily in February? Not the obvious season for an Italian holiday – and yet, I have just returned from a 6-day stint on the largest island in the Mediterranean. But then, it was not a vacation. In April, our new 14-day Exploring Sicily tour will run for the first time. Thus, our expert guides, Michael...
The Great Temples of Sicily

The Great Temples of Sicily

There are at least a thousand reasons to visit Sicily, the great island – indeed the largest in the Mediterranean – that forms the triangular football to the boot that is the Italian peninsula. They are all very good reasons, including amazing landscapes, a uniquely complex and delicious cuisine, a history that is diverse and...
Presepe - Neapolitan Nativities

Presepe – Neapolitan Nativities

It’s Christmas Eve, and as this post is being written, many of our former and future guests all over the world are celebrating, or preparing to, while others may simply be looking forward to a few peaceful days, hopefully surrounded by their loved ones. Santa Claus ought to be quite busy right now, doing deliveries....
Travel Brochure 2014

Travel Brochure 2014

The lively 2013 season’s end is a good six weeks behind us, and we at Peter Sommer Travels have been busy with a lot of things. Most importantly, we have finalised our plans for next year, culminating in the production of our 2014 travel brochure. As always, much thought and effort have gone into that...
The Last Days of Pompeii

The Last Days of Pompeii

One of our trusted tour experts, Cathie Draycott, has recently visited the “Life and Death – Pompeii and Herculaneum” exhibition at London’s British Museum, which is still open until September 29th, 2013. Clearly, she was impressed. Here’s what she’s written about it. One hears and reads a lot about the death of Pompeii, the ancient...
Just back from... the Amalfi Coast

Just back from… the Amalfi Coast

  Michael Metcalfe, a core member of the Peter Sommer Travels team, has recently written a guest post for the colleagues at two travel blog sites, Travelspinner (now defunct) and TravelDailyNews (where the link has passed away). It encapsulates his experience of preparing and guiding our Cruise along the Amalfi Coast around the Bay of...
Travel brochure 2013

Travel brochure 2013

It’s that time of the year again – our new travel brochure (2013) has just been printed and is being posted all over the world as I am writing this. As every year, it is attractive, informative and full of enticing images. Likewise as every year, there has been a lot of work in it...