Myra Robinson

The Gardens of the Villa D’Este at Tivoli: Unmissable Without the Crowds

June 2021
At the end of October, we found ourselves in Rome with a cancelled return flight to England, but it was not difficult to plan how to spend the next few days until we could return home. We were spoiled for choice. All the usual sights were uncrowded...


From Fascism to Tourism: The Foro Italico 

May 2021
After our return flight to England was cancelled, were we upset? On the contrary, an extra three days in Rome before the next available flight, in glorious sunny weather without the crowds was a bonus. We decided to visit places outside the centro...


Italian Bureaucracy: A Comedy of Errors

April 2021
Many La Gazzetta Italiana readers dream of buying property in Italy. It was my dream too, and I have never once regretted my decision to do it. However, with the dream comes legendary Italian bureaucracy, demonstrated in this little, ironic...


Time-Traveling to the 1960s In an Italy Without Tourists

December 2020
In the 1960s, I had my first ever holiday abroad, in Italy. It was thrilling, colorful and completely different from anywhere I had ever been before. I have just experienced a return to that magical time before mass tourism, looking at sights again...


Packs of Wolves in Florence

September 2020
Una cosa sorprendente che ha successo quest’estate a Firenze - due branchi di lupi sono arrivati in centro città. Un branco sta davanti al palazzo Pitti e l'altro sta davanti la Chiesa Santissima Annunziata. Molti turisti sono rimasti scioccati...


Reflections on Italian Lockdown: Will Life Ever Be the Same Again?

July 2020
I am longing to be back at my second home in the Veneto after leaving in a hurry just before lockdown occurred in early March. Now that Italy is gradually returning to a semblance of normality, I’m curious to find out how the virus has affected...


Living La Dolce Vita In Lockdown

June 2020
Quest’articolo spiega come una persona può continuare la dolce vita anche se in quarantena. L’autrice da dei suggerimenti su come possiamo imitare un po' della dolce vita italiana nei nostri giorni. Il primo suggerimento è creare un album delle...


A Positive Side to the Virus Disaster in Venice?

May 2020
Quest’articolo parla di una cosa bella che è successo durante la quarantena per il virus. Giacché non ci sono più i turisti a Venezia, l’acqua nei canali è diventata più pulita. Si vedono dei pesci nell’acqua e non c’è il sedimento e l’acqua è...


The Veneto Canal Museum and the Last Bargeman

April 2020
I often wonder when Ruskin wrote his great work “The Stones of Venice” whether he knew where the stones actually came from and how they were transported there.  In the sleepy faded spa town of Battaglia Terme not far from Padua lies the key...


Japan Comes to the Veneto

November 2019
There's a small town south of Padua and an hour from Venice, off the beaten track but with plenty to attract the adventurous tourist, with its twin leaning towers, art nouveau houses and Renaissance buildings. This is Rovigo, a town in the heart of...


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