Lee Laurino

Lee Laurino, contributing writer, www.hometoitaly.com

Street Art in Florence

April 2021
A compact city known for renowned artists like Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Michelangelo, Florence offers many famous paintings, frescos and sculptures in its countless churches, museums and palaces. However, less notable art also exists...


The Vera da Pozzo in Venice

March 2021
Away from the tourist sites in Venice, one finds the neighborhoods where locals work, shop and raise their families. Roam the calle that lead you to a campi or corti where children play and seniors sit and chat with their neighbors. Often the route...


Italian, Simple, Vegetarian: Easy Recipes with Lots of Healthy Ideas

February 2021
Ylenia Sambatti è una vegetariana e imparò a cucinare da sua nonna. Sopratutto, lei è interessata nella tipica cucina del sud Italia, specialmente Pugliese. Qualche anno fa, aprì una scuola, Cook in Puglia, che insegna agli studenti di seguire un...


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...


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