November 15 2011 / Local Interest

San Martino, Castagne e Vino


The Chapel dedicated to San Martino and frescoed by Simone Martini in the 14th-century is certainly one of the masterpieces

October 25 2011 / Food & Wine

Along for the Ride in Mugello

Londa, Tuscany

The Moto Gran Premio draws motorcycle buffs – and not only – from all over the world each year to

October 17 2011 / Places

Seaside Treasure of the Marches Region

Sirolo, le Marche,

“Center of the Adriatic, center of Italy, center of the heart,” reads a brochure at the Tourist Office. You’ll agree

October 7 2011 / Local Interest

Our New Italians

Beaches in Italy

Italians relax under umbrellas on sandy beaches in the hot summer months. Under blistering sun, Moroccans, Tunisians, Indians, Pakistanis, Nigerians,

September 23 2011 / Local Interest

Nonno di Ustica

Ustica, Sicily

“A blood relative or not, he’s my relative. Pasquale is everybody’s relative: he’s “il nonno di Ustica.” Nonno Pasquale’s blue

July 29 2011 / Places

Ventotene, Island of Exile

Ventotene, Lazio

Augustus Caesar banished his libertine daughter Giulia to Ventotene, tiny Mediterranean island just south of Rome. The exiled Giulia perhaps

July 22 2011 / Events

Lakeside Miracle Plays

Bolsena, Lazio

Certamente, the brutality of the martyrdom of Bolsena’s Santa Cristina in the fourth century contrasts dramatically with the serene bucolic

July 8 2011 / Events

Passione in Bevagna

Bevagna, Umbria

Located in Umbria’s largest valley, Bevagna can sizzle at the end of June. You can’t even think about dressing in

June 23 2011 / Local Interest

The Sagra


A sagra is an evening village gathering offering the best in local cuisine at minimal prices, dance band music (free!)

June 6 2011 / Local Interest

Auguri Italia!


No, Italians are not flag-fliers. A sense of Italian nationality is missing. Sense of belonging is first and foremost to

May 23 2011 / Food & Wine

Novella’s Last Wild Asparagus

Assisi, Umbria

Farmwoman Novella had a couple tempting bunches of wild asparagus at her vegetable box (to call it a “stand” would

May 13 2011 / Events

Gubbio’s Glorious Mad May Race

Gubbio, Umbria

Dramatically perched on a hill, suspended in the Middle Ages… yet slumbering Gubbio erupts in frenetic euphoria on May 15th

May 6 2011 / Events

An Exhuberant Welcome to Spring

Assisi, Umbria

“Ecco Maggio ch’e’ venuto” chant the Assisani as they feverishly finish up last minute details for the Calendimaggio, wrapping up

April 29 2011 / Events


San Pellegrino, Umbria

A few years ago, a friend told us about his village’s pagan/Christian celebration and we knew it was not to

April 21 2011 / Food & Wine

Torta di Pasqua


(..related to this note) With thanks to my friend Christine Hickman, top chef and cooking teacher (see TORTA DI

April 15 2011 / Local Interest

In Vino Veritas? …maybe


Wine and its sharp-tongued sister, vinegar, are certainly sacred in rural culture, if not harbingers of truth as the old

April 7 2011 / Local Interest

Forte e Gentile

L'Aquila, Abruzzo

Over 20,000 Aquilani gathered together in Piazza Duomo yesterday at 3:32 a.m. in remembrance of the 309 victims of the

March 31 2011 / Food & Wine

Pasta alla Norcina


(related to this note…) Norcia, in the mountains of southeastern Umbria, is noted for its salsicce (sausages), prosciutto, capocollo, salame,

March 28 2011 / Local Interest

From Pig to Prosciutto


The cold weather in January is perfect for pig slaughtering: once the pig is slaughtered and turned into prosciutto, capocollo,

March 11 2011 / Local Interest

Givers of the Greatest Gifts


After living the rural life with them for over thirty-five years, I am still learning from our farm neighbors. Over

February 22 2011 / Events

Mostra Mercato

Valtopina, Umbria

Not “show and tell” but “show and sell” is the theme of the Italian mostra mercato. These markets – generally

February 10 2011 / Food & Wine

Honors to the Mediterranean Diet


What do the Acropolis, Angkor Wat, the Great Wall of China, the Old City of Havana, Dubrovnik, the Great Barrier