Lee Laurino

Lee Laurino, contributing writer, www.hometoitaly.com

The Art of Hard Stones

September 2020
Another adventure off the typical tourist route in Florence is the small museum Museo Opificio delle Pietre Dure which showcases the art of Pietre Dure. Perhaps more familiar are the artistic techniques of mosaic, using small pieces of cut stone or...


Museo Storico della Liberazione

August 2020
Museo storico della Liberazione, the museum recording the liberation of Rome from the Nazi occupation, is housed in a non-descript apartment building not far from the Basilica of St John Laterna in Rome. In it, visitors will find records of the...


"Made in Italy" by Laura Morelli

July 2020
We all may be armchair travelers this year, but we can still travel throughout Italy in the pages of “Made in Italy.” Part Italian history lesson, part insider travel guide, this compact volume takes you inside the towns and villages of Italy where...


Italians Become Creative During the Shut Down

June 2020
Italians have stoically followed the directives of their regional governments to stay at home since early March.  Businesses depending on tourism were critically hurt when the world stopped traveling. However, Italians have become very...


Life in Lockdown

May 2020
We have all followed the horror and terror that has engulfed Italy during the past several weeks. The heartbreaking news updates are hard to read and harder to watch as many people suffer in Italian hospitals. As of March 10, all of Italy was...


The Glittering Interior of the Basilica di Santa Prassede

March 2020
Italy is more than museums and monuments. Exploring off the typical tourist paths can lead to many surprises and opportunities to meet and interact with the people who live in the city or town you are visiting. Rome is no exception. Away from the...


Museum of the Holy Souls in Purgatory

August 2019
Situato nella Chiesa del Sacro Cuore del Suffragio, una piccola chiesa romana appena passato Castel Sant'Angelo, è un museo di una stanza dedicato alle Anime del Purgatorio.  Located in the Chiesa del Sacro Cuore del Suffragio, a small Roman...


Rooftop Views from Venice

July 2019
Quando giriamo tra stradine, scalinate, vicoli, portici e quant’altro caratterizza l’urbanistica delle nostre città italiane, dal piccolo borgo al grande capoluogo, come possiamo avere una visione d’insieme della loro bellezza? Non si può, a meno...


It’s a Bus! It’s a Train! No – it’s a Tram!

May 2019
There are many options for traveling from one part of Rome to another: metro, the extensive bus system, taxis, and walking. Most major cities have the “hop on hop off” bus that stops at the major sites. The bus and metro in Rome travel to the major...


Le Furlane

February 2019
Se siete stati a Venezia vi sarà capitato di vedere ai piedi di qualche gondoliere particolarmente ligio alla tradizione o appese fuori dall’entrata di caratteristici negozietti,  delle pantofole/scarpe di velluto: le furlane. Queste calzature...


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