March 4 2014 / Art & Archaeology

Painting with Stone

Florence, Tuscany

Take time to visit this tiny jewel in Florence: the Opificio delle Pietre Dure. Literally meaning “Factory of Hard Stones”,


June 25 2013 / Places

San Pietro Infine

There was once a small town called San Pietro Infine. It nestled peacefully on a hilltop overlooking the lovely Liri valley,


October 18 2012 / Food & Wine

Friends’ vendemmia

Otricoli, Terni

Nestled among the rolling hills of southern Umbria is a winery which boasts an intriguing history: it represents a lifelong


June 5 2012 / Local Interest

An Artist’s Venice

Venice, Veneto

You are wandering mapless through the maze of narrow, winding Venetian streets and passages, hopelessly lost but enjoying the adventure.


April 3 2012 / Events

Porta Palazzo

Torino, Piemonte

Turin has many small neighborhood markets, just like any other Italian town. But THE market is called Porta Palazzo, after


March 21 2012 / Places

Museo dei Cuchi

Cesuna, Veneto

There is an engaging little museum nestled in the heart of the Venetian dolomites, ski country. The theme of the


February 22 2012 / Events

Immoveable Feast

Otricoli, Umbria

San Giuseppe was a friar born in the town of Leonessa in the early 1600s, and a member of the


February 10 2012 / Food & Wine

Grappa

Bassano del Grappa, Veneto

Grappa is an acquired taste. A marc based distilled beverage (80 to 90 proof), it was originally made in (or


March 10 2011 / Local Interest

Bologna surprise

Bologna, Emilia Romagna

Bologna is a beautiful, old city, not to be missed, not only because of its great sights, but also because


March 4 2011 / Art & Archaeology

Frilli Gallery

Florence, Tuscany

The Frilli family of Florence has been producing sculptures since 1860, soon becoming the world’s most important supplier of high


February 3 2011 / Events

Cauliflower Fritters

Tuscania, Lazio

SPRINKLED WITH SUGAR?! Well, that‘s the way they do it in this ancient Etruscan town, at their yearly fritter festival.


December 10 2010 / Food & Wine

Celebrating eels!

Comacchio, Emilia Romagna

You either love them, or hate them. Eels are a much maligned fish (for fish they are), even among Italians.


October 26 2010 / Food & Wine

Pastificio DeFilippis

Torino, Piemonte

The Via Lagrange was once known for its high quality food shops and their magnificent displays of produce. You could


July 28 2010 / Places

For Bibliophiles Only..

Torino, Piemonte

After you’ve had your espresso and worked up an appetite contemplating some of the wonderful food shops, take a break


July 8 2010 / Food & Wine

Caffe San Carlo

Torino, Piemonte

Apparently, Henry James claimed that Turin is not a city to make a fuss about. He couldn’t have been more


June 24 2010 / Art & Archaeology

Umbrian Tiles

Castelviscardo, Umbria

“Here we still do everything by hand, placing the pieces in the wood fired kiln one by one. That’s 20,000


June 11 2010 / Food & Wine

Pasticceria Maria Grammatico

Erice, Sicily

Not far from Trapani (Sicily) a lovely, winding road meanders up a mountain that overlooks the sea, and at the


May 28 2010 / Food & Wine

Life Imitates Art

Torino, Piemonte

Redomante Pappi, owner of a magnificent delicatessen, manages to combine gastronomy and art. Together with his wife and daughter, he


March 3 2010 / Food & Wine

A loaf of bread

Torino, Piemonte

An exploration of gastronomic delights in Torino wouldn’t be complete without a visit to a bakery. Everywhere in Italy bread


January 13 2010 / Events

Mercatini

Piazzola sul Brenta, Veneto

Markets are ubiquitous in Italy. Every town has several, and even the tiniest village boasts at least one. They offer


December 2 2009 / Art & Archaeology

Antonio Canova

Possagno, Veneto

Possagno, a small town (p. 2000) in the foothills of the alps near Venice is the birthplace of a sculptor


November 10 2009 / Events

Santa Maria della Salute

Venice, Veneto

The beautiful church of Santa Maria della Salute owes its origin to a dreadful event: the plague of Venice in


July 17 2009 / Places

Castelluccio

Castelluccio

If you happen to be in Umbria between the end of May and into July, head for the hills (or