Travel

Basilica San Piero a Grado

July 2023 |
Just four miles west of Pisa, an 11th century Romanesque Basilica stands solitary and solemn in an open field. The medieval basilica San Piero a Grado (also known as the Basilica di San Pietro Apostolo) is fascinatingly unique for many...

"A Guide to Italy: Cultural Insights and Tips to Maximize Your Trip"

July 2023 |
While most travel guidebooks and forums provide you with lists of what to do, “A Guide to Italy, Cultural Insights and Tips to Maximize Your Trip” tells you how to do it. Covering topics such as eating, shopping, social norms, traveling, the...

The Aeolian Islands: Volcanic Phenomena

May 2023 |
About 15 miles from the northeast coast of Sicily, the Aeolian archipelago forms the basis for a cluster of small volcanic islands in the Tyrrhenian Sea. Each offers breathtaking views of its surrounding islands, coastal boat trips, hidden coves,...

The Abbey of Farfa

May 2023 |
Named for the Farfa River, a tributary of the Tiber flowing nearby, Farfa is the site of one of the most significant monuments of the late Middle Ages in central Italy, the Abbey of Farfa. The first edifice of the Benedictine Abbey of Farfa...

Italian Painter Maceo Angeli

April 2023 |
L'articolo parla dell'arte di Maceo Angeli, che è morto quasi 32 anni fa. L'autrice dell'articolo ha avuto l'opportunità di fare un tour delle opere di Maceo con la figlia Ginevra. Durante il tour, Ginevra ha spiegato le opere, i dettagli e la vita...

Grandiose Villas of Palermo

March 2023 |
Many a grandiose villa rises in the borgate (small suburbs) encircling Palermo. The majestic summer residences desired by the Palermo aristocracy for their location closer to the seaside than that of their imposing in-town palazzi are noble...

An Umbria January

January 2023 |
Prosciutto, pancetta, salami, salsicce, coppa, barbozza. The names unite in an enticing rhythm, so appealing to your ear. Even if you are a vegetarian.  Recently, I dropped in at the house of my Umbrian rural neighbors Peppe and Gentile. I...

What do Penelope Cruz, Ferrari and the Oldest Hotel in Italy Have in Common?

December 2022 |
It often happens in Italy. You stop in a little, seemingly unremarkable town, and you discover somewhere charming and fascinating. So it was with my recent stay in Reggio Emilia. For a start, you wouldn’t ever think that the oldest hotel in Italy...

A Piero della Francesca Masterpiece in Monterchi

November 2022 |
A Monterchi, cittadina del sud della Toscana, le donne incinte possono entrare gratuitamente nei musei. In questa città si trova il capolavoro di Piero della Francesca: "Madonna del Parto". L'affresco raffigura la Madonna nelle ultime settimane di...
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