All Around Italy

A summer out of the ordinary by Italy's favorite seaside spots

Summer is on its way, or so we all hope here in Italy. The weather remains unstable, albeit temperatures are pleasant and I happily enjoyed my first...

Nola’s towering festival of lilies

For a little town just off the A16 autostrada, east of Naples, Nola has some big claims to fame. Spartacus once conquered it, Hadrian tried and the...

Naso: the roots of Lady Gaga

Born Joanne Stefani Germanotta, Lady Gaga was raised in Manhattan, but her melodramatic excess and sense of the theatrical baroque might spring from...

Tuscany, Umbria and Sicily! But don’t forget about Emilia Romagna

Italy is all beautiful, but it’s undeniable that outside national borders some regions are more popular than others: topping the world’s preferences...

Sardinia’s Carloforte: meeting with remarkable men

There is a remote island of resilient men in southwestern Sardinia. It is called San Pietro and legend has it that St. Peter visited in 46 AD. The...

Rome’s Pantheon – from paganism to Christianity

As your eyes acclimatize to the soft ambient light, sacred statues begin to peek out from shaded alcoves. A single shaft of dazzling sunlight hits...

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,...

Castelbuono: the miracle of manna and the holy skull

Pinned like a medieval brooch on the slopes of Mount Milocca, Castelbuono is the leading producer of manna in all the Mediterranean region. In this...

Roman stories... by the street

Nevermind how long you have lived in Rome, you’ll always find something new to discover, or so do its lucky residents say. Of course, Rome is art,...

Ferla, treasure trove of the Hyblaean Mountains

The road into the Hyblaean Mountains snakes left and right, hugging the hillsides as the flora turns from spartan scrubland to holm-oak forest. It's...

Good Friday, history and Faith hold hands in Procida

Easter is a very important moment for the people of Italy: for those still actively practicing, it is a time of meditation and prayer, steeped in...

Venetian wells, lifeblood of the city

Living on an island presents a number of challenges. The first priorities are food, shelter and a reliable source of drinking water. The earliest...

Vibrant life, volcanic tales and viticulture at Zafferana Etnea

Springtime is on the way in Zafferana Etnea, the pearl of Etna. Buds on the cherry trees are plumping up and soon the first will burst, starting a...

Bologna’s “Little Venice,” a window into the city’s past

Although the city of Bologna is located almost a hundred kilometers from the nearest sea, one of its most recognizable symbols, namely Neptune with...

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...