July 24 2015 / Food & Wine

Shrimp and Fruit Salad


The heat wave enveloping Italy during the past weeks has made it too hot for cooking the usual dishes. Here is

March 3 2015 / Places

A Library in the Stables

Roma, Lazio

Art historians and scholars now have a new specialized library for research thanks to ABI, the Associazione Bancaria Italiana (Italian Banks

January 21 2015 / Events

Farewell to Presidente Napolitano

Rome, Italy

This past Wednesday the magnificent presidential residence Palazzo Quirinale was vacated by elderly statesman Giorgio Napolitano after his 9 year

December 9 2014 / Events

Sorrento Off Season

Sorrento, Campania

Traveling off season has many perks, among them unexpected meetings and discoveries such as those enjoyed in Sorrento a few weeks ago. Thanks

July 18 2014 / Food & Wine

Rome’s Best Cappuccino

Rome, Lazio

More than 2,000 satisfied Romans, the majority lawyers working at the nearby legal offices and courts, make a daily stop at

May 20 2014 / Art & Archaeology

Contemporary Art Rescues Ancient Fresco

Viterbo, Lazio

Contemporary artists are helping to restore a 15th century colleague’s fresco in Viterbo’s oldest church, S.Maria Nuova. Instead of depending exclusively on

April 22 2014 / Places

Caprarola’s Eccentric Beauties

Caprarola, Lazio

Perched on a hillside with views extending to Rome 50 kilometres away, the magnificent Palazzo Farnese in Caprarola was the

March 18 2014 / Art & Archaeology

Florentine Facades

Florence, Tuscany

Notice to all readers: Mary Jane Cryan, longtime ItalianNotebook contributor (of today’s note too), would like to invite all ItalianNotebook

February 3 2014 / Local Interest

Vintage Armchair Traveling


For travelers as well as travel writers and historians, there is nothing more interesting than old guides and travel books. Keep some space

January 9 2014 / Events

Bagnaia’s Bonfire of Saint Anthony

Bagniaia, Lazio

The flames leap higher than the village rooftops heating up the piazza and the crowds who come from nearby towns:

November 12 2013 / Art & Archaeology

Hidden Norchia

Norchia, Lazio

After a visit to UNESCO world heritage sites of Tarquinia and Cerveteri north of Rome, one is ready for the rock hewn Etruscan

October 8 2013 / Art & Archaeology

Mastro Cencio’s Masterpiece Reproductions

Civita Castellana

The workshop of Vincenzo Dobboloni sits on a quiet corner between Civita Castellana’s two major sites: the fortress of Pope

May 31 2013 / Local Interest

Garibaldi’s Double


Everyone knows Italy’s Risorgimento hero, Giuseppe Garibaldi, for there is not a village or city in Italy that does not

March 20 2013 / Events

Easter Celebrations in Etruria

Northern Lazio, Italy

Holy Week processions of great intensity are celebrated in many towns of the Etruria/Tuscia region where ancient traditions continue, often

February 5 2013 / Local Interest

Lunch at Castello Ruspoli

Vignanello, Lazio

Vignanello, ancestral home of the Ruspoli-Marescotti family, has always been a special place for good music.  In 1708-10 German musician

January 14 2013 / Food & Wine

Agrumi of all kinds

Vetralla, Lazio

Clementine, Mandarini, Portogalli… When you think of agrumi (citrus fruit) don’t stop with oranges and lemons. Italy has been home

November 12 2012 / Events

Chestnut Festival of San Martino al Cimino

San Martino al Cimino, Lazio

San Martino al Cimino, a quiet hilltop village near Viterbo, is famous for its chestnuts which are honored each October in a

May 31 2012 / Art & Archaeology

The Twin Fountains of Viterbo and.. Rhodes?!

Viterbo, Lazio

Enclosed within 12th century grey stone walls, Viterbo is known as “the city of beautiful fountains and beautiful women”. Although

January 17 2011 / Places

Hot Water People


The January air may be chilly but at the hot water spas in the Viterbo area, there are dozens of

December 9 2010 / Local Interest

All Roads Lead to Rome …?


We all know how famous the Romans were for their fantastic system of roads. The first to be built, Via

October 6 2010 / Local Interest

Fontanella Borghese

Rome, Lazio

Piazza Fontanella Borghese is one of Rome’s elegant living rooms tucked in between the Tiber and via del Corso. A

July 2 2010 / Events

Lavender Festival

Tuscania, Lazio

No need to go to Provence to enjoy the perfume and colors of these lovely purple flowers. Just drive up