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View of the promenade in the downtown of Alghero, Sardinia. Photo by AlKan32

Alghero, a small Barcelona in Italy

Barcellonetta, an Italian term meaning small and pretty Barcelona, is the nickname for the city of Alghero, on the Northern coast of Sardinia dating...
Vista panoramica di Trani. Photo by milla74

Southern Italy’s Diverse Heritage (part III)

We made a brief stop at Grassano, one of the two small southern villages where Mussolini exiled Carlo Levi to silence him during the fascist’s...

Emilia-Romagna, Land of Filmmakers (Part I): Fellini and Rimini

I n the summer of 2015, the city of Bologna hosted in its town hall a successful exhibition titled Emilia-Romagna, terra di cineasti (Emilia-Romagna...

The Malaspina Castle of Fosdinovo, a Place Shrouded in Mystery

During the early Rena-issance, the noble Malaspina family became so powerful that it managed to rule over the border region between Tuscany, Liguria...

Famed for ’dying’, Civita di Bagnoregio instead reborn

The pristine medieval village Civita di Bagnoregio has paradoxically found a boom in tourism due to its slow, steady collapse down a jagged cliff of...

Discovering Siena’s underground aqueducts

Perched atop three Tuscan hills, the ancient walled city of Siena is famous for many things. Its medieval streets and architecture have barely...
Tricarico is the birthplace of poet and writer Rocco Scotellaro  and was also the home, for more than a decade,  of the American anthropologist and writer, Ann Cornelisen. Tricarico. Photo by PasBel

Southern Italy’s Diverse Heritage (part II)

After three eventful days in Naples, we rented a car and drove over the mountain pass to the Amalfi Coast, the iconic site of southern affluence and...
Even a brief stroll in Venice can take you under buildings and over water. Photo by anatoliycherkas

Venice on Foot (Venezia a piedi)

Without cars, buses or other vehicles, Venice is a pedestrian paradise—until you get lost. As I discovered on a recent visit, you need more than a...
Internal view of San Galgano abbey in Tuscany, Italy. — Photo by michelecaminati

Italy’s own Sword in the Stone. The legend of San Galgano

We all know the legend of King Arthur and the Sword in the stone. But what you might not know is that Italy has its own version. And you can find it...

The Old Charm of Vogogna

A visit to quaint Vogogna, the ancient capital of the Ossola Valley, should start outside the village center, at the Oratorio di San Pietro, an...

The windmills of Borghetto

Borghetto sul Mincio is a gorgeous little town, famous for its old windmills on the river Mincio and for its rich history and architecture. Watching...
A view of Gubbio city, a town and comune in the far northeastern part of the Italian province of Perugia (Umbria). It is located on the lowest slope of Mt. Ingino, a small mountain of the Apennines. — Photo by mauriziobiso_1

Umbria, Land of Saints and Traditions (Part III): Gubbio

After Cascia and Todi, the journey to re-discover the customs and traditions of Umbria and its local saints stops in another astonishing medieval...
Many see a ride along the Grand Canal in gondola as the epitome of romance.  Photo by lachris77

Decoding Venice’s iconic gondolas

For centuries they were the only way to travel, criss-crossing the shallow lagoon and navigating the city’s iconic canals. Today, whilst Venice’s...
View to fishermanns village on the Island Procida near Naples, italy — Photo by silverjohn

Southern Italy’s Diverse Heritage (part I)

After completing our annual month of Italian language study in Rome, my wife Carole and I headed south for yet another tour of Southern Italy’s many...

Is Milan the real capital of Italy?

Let me put things straight: there’s no place like Rome. Cradle of culture and art, archetype of beauty, favored destination for history buffs and...

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