Month: February 2017

Pet friendly hotel: a holiday with your dog

If you live in a city and you have a little time to take out the dog, it is the moment to go on vacation together! Even your furry friends suffer from the fast pace of everyday life, and they are affected by your absence while you are at work all day long. Sharing the holiday with your dog is good for you and the pet as well, and you will attend together new places as a new experience.

Booking at a pet friendly hotel like La Pieve Marsina your will have everything you need for a holiday with your dog. The hotel is located in a little town near to Siena, from which you can contemplate the typical landscape of Tuscany made of nice hills.

La Pieve Marsina is formed by different medieval buildings surrounded by a lovely garden. The breakfast is served every morning in the spacious terrace and in summer you can enjoy the wonderful pool. The hotel offer five flats with panoramic view, wooden roofs and country style furniture. In the living room you will enjoy the fireplace and take a chat with other guests and the nice owner.

In a few minutes form your hotel you can visit the amazing city of Siena. Its old town center is Unesco World Heritage for being one of the best preserved historic centers. Go for a walk on Piazza del Campo, with Palazzo Comunale and Torre del Mangia. Every year the square is the teather of the Palio, the famous horse ride, however every day you will enjoy these beautiful ancient palaces and the stunning landscape of the city.

Marche is other region in the center of Italy that shows all its beauty in the countryside. Il Casale del Duca is a pet friendly hotel near to Urbino.

The hotel has five rooms with elegant furniture and decorations. All the rooms of the building are bright, spacious and airy, some of them have a fireplace. The owner will prepare your breakfast every day with local healthy ingredients.

This is a perfect pet friendly hotel because you will have many trails to walk around with your dog, while admiring the landscape and breathing clean and fresh air. The hotel is always open all year round so you can enjoy your holiday in every season.

If you visit Urbino you will discover the heart of the Italian Renaissance, and Unesco World Heritage. Palazzo Ducale is an example of Renaissance architecture. Now houses the National Gallery of Marche, musical events, and exhibitions. Here you can see some paintings masterpieces of Raffaello and Piero della Francesca. Moreover you can visit the Cathedral of Saint Mary, the medieval walls of Urbino with their gates, the monument of Raffaello.

You don’t need to leave at home your loved pets. Choose a pet friendly hotel that is available in many areas in Italy. Ask to the owners any detail or need you can have and book your holiday in an easy way!

Visitors’ Guide The Tower of London

The Tower of London is one of the most iconic landmarks of the English capital, making it a must-see stop for any tourist looking to absorb the rich history of London’s past. The Tower still stands on the bank of the River Thames, and is open to visitors for much of the year, allowing you can experience the exact place that so many events took place. Here, we’ve compiled a complete guide for anyone looking to visit the Tower of London.

You can read our guide to the history of the Tower of London here.


The Tower of London is situated on the bank of the River Thames, near to Tower Bridge.

By London Underground: The nearest station to the Tower is “Tower Hill” Underground station, on the District or Circle Lines. The Tower is roughly a five minute walk from the station, and is signposted.

By Train: The nearest stations are Fenchurch Street or London Bridge. It is roughly a 20 minute walk from these stations; a guide book or map will help, but you may also be able to see the Tower in the distance (if you’re familiar with it) and just follow along.

By Boat: The nearest river access is Tower Pier, and riverboats going there depart from Charing Cross, Westminster and Greenwich.

Opening Times

Summer Opening Times (1st March – 31st October each year)

Tuesday – Saturday: 9am – 5.30pm

Sunday – Monday: 10am – 5.30pm

Last admission: 5pm.

Winter Opening Times (1st November – 28/29th February)

Tuesday – Saturday: 9am – 4.30pm

Sunday – Monday: 10am – 4.30pm

Last admission: 4pm.

Tips: The entrance to the Tower can become rather busy around lunchtime, and you may have to queue. This is particularly true on weekends. The best time to arrive is as close to the 9am opening time as possible.

Entrance Fee

Individual Rate, Adult: £19.80

Individual Rate, Child: £10.45

Concession (students, 60+) Rate: £17.05

Family (up to two adults and six children): £55

You can also book online, which costs £17 per adult and £9 per child.

Annual Membership (unlimited entry to five palaces): £41.00

Visitor Access

Due to the nature of the Tower and its place in history, it is not particularly accessible to those with mobility problems or wheelchair users. While visiting the inner wall area, courtyard, Tower Green etcetera are not a problem, wheelchair uses may struggle in the narrow corridors and steep steps if they wish to visit inside some of the towers.

However, the Jewel House (where it is possible to view the Crown jewels of England) is accessible to all visitors, including wheelchair users.

Eating & Dining Options

There are several cafes within the grounds of the Tower, serving a variety of food such as:

  • Salads
  • Sandwiches
  • Morning tea and cakes
  • Tea, coffee and soft drinks
  • Suitable children’s menu.

Drinks cost £1.30 and upwards; hot food costs £6.50 upwards and sandwiches are around £2.50.

Things To Do & See:

  • Yeoman Warder Tours
  • The famous ravens of the Tower of London
  • Tower Green
  • St. Peter ad Vincula
  • Traitor’s Gate

The Tower of London is also family-friendly, with plenty of activities for children to enjoy.