May 14 2009 / Local Interest

Old World Bookshop

Venice

It is encouraging to find a bookshop that has survived the trinket establishments in this tourist challenged city. The Old


March 23 2009 / Events

Venetian Masks

Venice

Even though Carnevale is long gone by this point, the pageantry and magic of that celebration linger year round. Many


February 18 2009 / Food & Wine

The Rialto Fish Market

Venice

The Rialto food market right by the bridge of the same name has always been the heart of commerce in


January 20 2009 / Food & Wine

Baccala’ alla Vicentina

Vicenza

A fitting recipe for today… it appears that shortly-to-be-sworn-in President Barak Obama ate baccala’ alla Vicentina con polenta on New


December 10 2008 / Places

The Island Cemetery

San Michele, Venice

Venice’s cemetery is, fittingly enough, an island. It seems odd as a tourist destination, but if time allows, a visit


November 26 2008 / Local Interest

The Selciari: Paquale and Alfredo

Otricoli

In this small Umbrian village to the north of Rome looking out over the Tiber river, there is a fine


July 16 2008 / Local Interest

Mask Maker Bottega Mondonovo

Venice

Mondonovo is a small workshop near the Accademia. Mask shops are ubiquitous in Venice due to the wide-spread use of


June 27 2008 / Places

The Annual Regata

San Erasmo, Veneto

San Erasmo is considered the “poor relation”, one of the forgotten Venetian Islands (of which there are many). In reality,


June 19 2008 / Local Interest

Orsoni

Venice

It isn’t easy to find (nothing is in Venice), but it’s worth the effort! After receiving conflicting directions from several


June 12 2008 / Local Interest

The Squero of San Trovaso

Venice

That the gondola is Venice’s most important watercraft is a given . . . there cannot be one without the


May 19 2008 / Places

San Giovenale in Narni

Narni

The Umbrian hill town of Narni is a perfect example of a medieval stone city, graced with towers and churches


February 27 2008 / Local Interest

Venetian Chimneys

Venice

A distinct architectural characteristic of Venice is found in its chimneys. Try walking around Venice with your nose in the


February 6 2008 / Food & Wine

A Story of Success

Conco

Conco is a pretty village in the Venetian alps: Hemmingway spent time nearby during WW1. Both world wars brought great


January 16 2008 / Local Interest

Venetian Glass (Windows?)

Venice

Step off the train and board a vaporetto (water bus), and Venice overwhelms you immediately: the soft, radiant colors, the


December 5 2007 / Art & Archaeology

Buzzi’s “City”

Umbria

It isn’t easy to describe Scarzuola. It’s a garden. But it’s also a 13th century Franciscan monastery. Then again you


November 27 2007 / Events

Chestnut Festival

Collestatte

All over Italy local festivities or sagre are held to celebrate harvests, saints, or special foods. Umbria has its fair


November 13 2007 / Food & Wine

More Than Just Olive Picking

Tuscany

There are some rituals in Italy which are timeless, and have remained virtually unchanged throughout the centuries. Olive picking is


November 8 2007 / Art & Archaeology

Otriculum-Ruins in the Fields

Otricoli

It will come as a surprise to those used to perfectly organized archaeological sites that provide guidebooks and postcards, explanatory