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The Italian Riviera, heart of the Grand Tour

Come to the beach where the sea is blue, and little white waves come running at you. A wave comes splashing, over your toes; you just stand still,...

Giudizio Universale: Michelangelo and the Secrets of the Sistine Chapel

It might well be the next “Greatest Show on Earth,” even if the monkeys and clowns are missing. It’s no circus, however. The first “artainment” of...

Passover in Italy: a beautiful blending of cultures

Jewish populations have called Italy home since Judas Maccabee sent a contingent to Rome in 161 B.C. Although their history is wrought with strife,...

Petroio – the Tuscan Town of Terracotta

Part of the intrigue of Tuscany is the abundance of small hamlets and villages. Scattered across the rural landscape like precious gems awaiting...

The art of Italian aperitivo

“Salute!” — the clink-clink of glasses resounds like church bells throughout Italy as the late afternoon begins to dissolve towards evening. It’s...

Land of many faces: the Crete Senesi

She lies just south of Siena, this stark yet soft and wizened land. Her sensuously rolling landscape is ever-changing — breathtakingly alluring when...

Prosciutto done right: process, quality and passion

Ah, prosciutto - that lovely, pink hued, paper-thin sliced meat that has delighted Italy’s residents for at least 3,000 years. Perhaps not as...

There's more than one leaning tower in Italy

I taly’s towers are an integral part of her appeal, yet comparatively few remain. At the height of its development, Lucca boasted 250 towers; today...

Christmas in Italy: unique traditions and destinations

String some lights, hang a wreath, decorate the tree, and deck the halls with every form of green and red imaginable – Christmas is nigh! But have...

Cycling in Ferrara - Emilia Romagna’s city of bicycles

Ferrara: oh, the tragedy of having overlooked this beauty of an Italian city for so many years! But we’re in the good company of a whole lot of other...