Region of italy

Blessed Easter Abundance in Umbria

April 2017 |
Driving through the Umbrian countryside during the week prior to Easter, you’d note whiffs of smoke drifting up from the outdoor, stone bread ovens fired up by the farmwomen. Holy Week for the Umbrian farmwomen is a busy one, an exhausting...

The "other" Pisa

January 2017 |
“The trouble with Italy,” an Australian tourist said to me recently, “is that there are too many museums and churches.” Of course, she was right, in a way, but can you have too much of a good thing? Certainly, if you travel...

The Christmas Market of Rome's Piazza Navona

December 2016 |
Come ogni anno, con il Natale alle porte la capitale si veste di addobbi natalizi e colora di artisti di strada, saltimbanchi, giocolieri, artigiani e commercianti radunati nella suggestiva cornice di piazza Navona, uno dei luoghi più noti...

The grand tour exhibition at the Villa Pisani

December 2016 |
Dr. Johnson was of the opinion that a man who had not seen Italy was is some way lacking culture. Certainly, in his day anyone with a classical education did “The Grand Tour” and a recent exhibition at the Villa Pisani demonstrates...

The Bridge That Didn't come Tumbling Down

December 2016 |
Il pittoresco Ponte Vecchio è il più famoso dei sei ponti di Firenze ed una delle immagini più riconoscibili al mondo. La struttura a tre valichi che si vede oggi, fu opera di Taddeo Gaddi nel 1345, dopo che una violenta...

Vatican Christmas Tree

December 2016 |
In 1982, under the pontificate of Pope John Paul II, the first Christmas tree was erected in Saint Peter’s Square initiating a new tradition in Vatican City. The tradition of putting up a tree during the Christmas season was historically...

The Biggest Christmas Tree in the World, Gubbio, Umbria

December 2016 |
This year marks the 36th anniversary of the Gubbio Christmas tree lighting. Since 1981, this wonderful Tree on Mount Ingino revives the small Umbrian town. In the province of Perugia, Gubbio is a small town situated in the heart of Umbria. The...

Must-See Art in the Vatican

November 2016 |
Non è un segreto che i Musei Vaticani ospitano la più ampia raccolta di arte di tutto il mondo ed il cui valore è stimato in oltre 15 miliardi di euro. Sette chilometri di sale e corridoi che proteggono capolavori raccolti dai...

In San Pellegrino di Norcia, the Earthquake’s “New Homeless”

October 2016 |
On the last Sunday in August, Pino and I put on helmets, mounted his moto Guzzi and headed southeast into the mountainous Valnerina (Nera River Valley) towards Norcia, only about 16 kms. from Accumoli (the epicenter of the August 24...
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