Francesca Mignosa

contributing writer

Dolce Far Niente in San Gimignano

October 2018
I particularly love Tuscany. It is, without a doubt, one of the most romantic and picturesque regions of our beloved land. I most certainly love it for the same reasons as those who pass through it and those who live there: the serenity of the...


Portovenere and the Gulf of Poets

September 2018
È tra i più spettacolari anfiteatri d’acqua della nostra penisola. Il borgo di Portovenere e quello di Lerici ne sono rispettivamente l’estremità occidentale e orientale, La Spezia ne occupa invece la parte centrale. Conosciuto come il golfo dei...


Unveiling the Jewels of Casa Rocca Piccola

July 2018
The Maltese Islands, an archipelago in the central Mediterranean between Sicily and the North African coast, are comprised of three islands; Malta, Gozo and Comino. Malta’s capital city, Valletta, boasts a unique attraction: Casa Rocca Piccola. The...


In Valletta, Malta: Where European Baroque Meets Northern Africa

June 2018
My first impression as the airplane door opened wide and revealed the ancient city of Valletta was that I had reached Northern Africa. The heat was intense and gave the illusion that a city existed and did not exist at the same time. I was also in...


Spring in Assisi, Umbria

May 2018
It is considered one of the most spiritual destinations of Italy. If you wish to embark on a journey of the soul and to immerse yourself in the lives of San Francesco and Santa Chiara, then you must visit the idyllic jewel town of Assisi in the...


AMO: Opera Museum in Verona

April 2018
If you have an appreciation for Opera Music in Italy; backstage, sketches, letters, notes, costumes, scripts, and its history as it unfolded in the idyllic and tranquil city of Verona, you will certainly enjoy a visit to AMO: Opera Museum. The...


Pasqua in Sicily

April 2018
The soulful week of Easter celebrations in my hometown of Augusta, Sicily is one of my favorite times of the year. Easter/Pasqua is really felt and lived by all Sicilians – whether you are Catholic or not – I invite you to travel to our island at...


Botero: Latin American Paintbrushes Color Italy

March 2018
A very special exhibit of Fernando Botero, Colombian-born painter, sculptor and artist, is traveling through Italy. Fifty of his almost human-sized works are showcased. His paintings with luminous colors undoubtedly exude his Latin American origins...


"Nijao," Italians!

February 2018
Quella cinese rappresenta una delle comunità di immigrati più numerose in Italia e, probabilmente, la meno conosciuta. Per quanto riguarda la distribuzione territoriale, le province con più cittadini cinesi sono Milano, Firenze, Roma e Prato anche...


Matera: Light and Serendipity

January 2018
The blinding white of the complex contrasted the deep brown of wet earth all around upon our arrival. It seemed almost like a mirage, but it was all true. Before us an expanse of whiteness and homes almost glued to each other. We were all aware...


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