October 20 2014 / Places

The Gardens of Villa Lante

Bagnaia, Lazio

At the height of the Renaissance, Cardinal Gambara commissioned an elegant garden to be built near Viterbo, inspired by designs


October 31 2012 / Places

The Mummies of Ferentillo

Ferentillo, Umbria

In this little town, under the seemingly innocent church of Santo Stefano, lies a mystery that has never been solved…


November 2 2011 / Events

Sacconi Rossi

Rome, Lazio

An ancient Roman religious tradition continues on the shores of the Tiber to this day, thanks to the Community of


March 24 2011 / Local Interest

Donne in Campo

Rome, Italy

(lit. Women in the Field, but with a double meaning where to be in campo, “in the field”, is a


March 2 2011 / Art & Archaeology

Santuario della Madonna dei Bagni

Casalina, Umbria

Ever since the seventeenth century, devotion to the Madonna dei Bagni has been expressed here in a form of art


February 17 2011 / Food & Wine

Est! Est!! Est!!!

Montefiascone, Lazio

In the year 1110, the German Bishop Johannes Fugger traveled from Augsburg to Rome for the coronation of King Henry


December 20 2010 / Local Interest

Babbo Natale

Mugnano in Teverina, Lazio

All around the world, from Afghanistan, where he is called “Baba Chaghaloo” to Uzbekistan, where he is called “Qor Bobo”


December 15 2010 / Places

Orvieto’s Duomo

Orvieto, Umbria

Orvieto is a town perched on top of a 600-foot plateau of volcanic rock. It’s fun to park below and


December 1 2010 / Uncategorized

Centro Recupero Animali Selvatici

Formichella, Umbria

(cont’d from part I) There are 23 centers like this all over Italy: locally, four in Tuscany, one in Lazio


November 9 2010 / Places

Centro Recupero Animali Selvatici

Formichella, Umbria

We’re here in a Recovery Center for Wild Birds and Animals in Difficulty; where a staff of 21 workers tends


October 22 2010 / Places

Collegiata dell’Assunta

Lugnano in Teverina

Heartbreaking remains of the town’s children’s cemetery bear witness to the town’s emergence during the 5th century as an escape


October 12 2010 / Food & Wine

Angolo del Pescatore

Cervia, Emilia-Romagna

Not on any tourist list, but a high point of our visit to Ravenna and the surrounding seaside, is the


September 27 2010 / Local Interest

Tavola Calda

Italy

Tavole calde, literally “hot tables”, have been around in Italy since the time of the Romans, when they were referred


September 15 2010 / Events

Confraternities and Their Garb

La Quercia, Lazio

Italian Confraternities originate as far back as the tenth century, formed as religious brotherhoods coming together to pursue charitable work.


July 27 2010 / Art & Archaeology

Nemi Ships

Nemi, Lazio

The town of Nemi sits on the northern rim of an ancient lake filled crater, affording a beautiful view of


July 15 2010 / Art & Archaeology

The Colors of Giotto

Assisi, Umbria

If you are nearby this summer, you will have your only chance to view the restoration of the Chapel of


June 7 2010 / Events

La Palombella

Orvieto, Umbria

Celebrated in Piazza del Duomo at noon on the day of Pentecost, the 50th day following Easter, the feast of


May 19 2010 / Local Interest

Pinchi Organ Transplant – II

Todi, Umbria

…cont’d from Pinchi Organ Transplant We’ve seen majestic organs restored and new ones installed by Fratelli Pinchi (pronounced pinky) in


May 11 2010 / Events

The Pugnaloni

Acquapendente, Lazio

The area of “modern” Acquapendente was settled first by Etruscans and then the Romans. We’re told that the name of


May 6 2010 / Local Interest

Pinchi Organ Transplant

Foligno, Umbria

The town of Foligno has been famous for its tradition of organ manufacturing as far back as the late middle


April 21 2010 / Events

Quintana di Foligno

Foligno, Umbria

People who live in Foligno modestly call their city the “center of the world”, and if you attend the spectacular


April 13 2010 / Art & Archaeology

The Fossil Forest

Avigliano, Umbria

In Umbria, besides all the marvelous other things to see, there is a site almost beyond imagination; a fossilized forest


March 12 2010 / Places

San Flaviano

Montefiascone, Lazio

One of our favorite churches in all of Italy is The Basilica of San Flaviano on the outskirts of Montefiascone,