All Around Italy

Venice Glass Week: breaking the mould in Murano

Wander the back streets of Murano and you can hear the roar of furnaces behind blind factory walls. The air trembles and there’s a perpetual orange...

A Journey to Porto Ercole, Caravaggio's “Last Resort”

There is a place in southern Tuscany, just near the border with the Lazio region, to which vacationers, as well as art historians and culture lovers...

Partinico and Alcamo, Sicily: poetic path to Via Frank Zappa

Ironically enough, musical genius Frank Zappa and a 13th century poet, Cielo d’Alcamo, had some important things in common. These artists so vastly...

Beautiful alternatives ... to beauty: lesser known ltalian locations

One of the cons about traveling to Italy is the country has so many touristic hot spots it’s almost impossible to enjoy some quiet. One of the pros...

Trieste's Strategy for Global Trade

Nearly three hundred years after its proclamation — 1719, in the Austro-Hungarian Empire's heyday — the Free Port of Trieste was re-launched by a...

Mandello del Lario: iconic Moto Guzzi, Manzoni and lakeside mountains

My dad had a bright red Moto Guzzi that in its day was quite sporty and cool, with its spreading eagle wings on the motorbike logo.  He was dating my...

The many names of Italian cities

N ew York is the Big Apple, Chicago is the Windy City and Los Angeles is, as its very name tells us, the City of Angels. Cross that pond and come to...

Savor a section of the Via Francigena: Abbadia di Isola to Monteriggioni “a piedi”

All roads lead to Rome as the old saying goes – all 1,243 miles of road when we’re talking about the Via Francigena, the ancient byway connecting...

Tuscany’s Monte Argentario: ancient, azure and alluring

I came across Monte Argentario few years ago and was mesmerized.  It amazed me with its beauty and variety -- in some places rugged and others...

The secret geometry of Florence: a scientific tour of the renaissance city

Michelangelo, Raffaello, Leonardo... and then again Leonardo, Galileo, and many more famed artists and scientists: there is no doubt that Firenze –...

Words are Stone: Impressions of Sicily by Carlo Levi

Carlo Levi’s Words Are Stone is an unrecognized classic in the travel book genre. However, this is not a travel book for the sightseeing tourist...

The many reasons why the British Sun got it all wrong about Naples

I was having dinner a couple of weeks ago, when my attention was caught by the news blabbing on tv: The Sun, one of Britain best-selling tabloids,...

Italy on the silver screen: famous Italian movie locations

Many readers may have been already to the cinema to watch one of the most anticipated movies of this Summer, the modern take on classic comic and...

The last days of Pompeii: what really happened?

Pompeii is without a doubt one of the most exceptional archaeological sites in the world, probably the most relevant, for the wealth of findings and...

Volcanic lakes, tufa badlands and ancient baths: the Roman Tuscia

Ancient and of immense interest is the history of Roman Tuscia, also know as Alto Lazio. Its natural characteristics make of it a very peculiar...

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