Travel

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...

The Marsican Brown Bear

March 2020 |
Last summer I tracked down a Marsican Brown Bear, one of the rarest species of bears in the world. They are located only in the Abruzzo National Park (Parco Nazionale d'Abruzzo, Italy) and there are around 40-60 of them left. It took a long time...

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...

FUNK OFF Rocks Orvieto

February 2020 |
For more than 15 years, the Umbria Jazz Winter Festival has been entertaining jazz lovers of all ages. For five days, Orvieto is filled with hundreds of musical events in various venues. Locals and tourists alike fill the city from morning until...

Peppe’s Pig

February 2020 |
When Peppe told me the December date for the transformation of his butchered pig into prosciutto, capocollo, sausages, salami, coppa, and lard, I knew I would be there. At 84-years-old, Peppe is the oldest of our rural neighbors to continue this...

Via Francigena and European Freedom of Movement

February 2020 |
After seemingly endless debates and changes in leadership, the UK was scheduled to formally withdraw from the EU on January 31, 2020 [at press time], triggering a transition period that will last until December 31, 2020, during which time certain...

A Taste of Italy, Los Angeles Style

December 2019 |
Taste of Italy Los Angeles, L.A.’s premiere Italian food and wine event, was held this year on Oct. 12 and featured award-winning restaurants, world-class wineries, celebrity chefs, and live entertainment. Held in the historic Pico House and Los...

Christmas is Alive in Assisi

December 2019 |
Last-minute shopping forays, hours of cooking up a feast, gift-wrapping marathons, and a furious flurry of holiday party preparations are important elements of Christmastime for many. However, in some tiny mountain villages of Umbria, the locals...

The Goldsmith Art in Abruzzo

December 2019 |
One of the interesting and ancient traditions that the Abruzzo region boasts is certainly the art of goldsmithing. The most used materials are coral and gold. The latter is worked with a particular technique called filigree workmanship. The Abruzzo...
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