March 23 2016 / Places

Oramala

Oramala, Lombardia

Some of the most famous trovatori (troubadours) of the Provence came to visit here and sang their canzone, songs to


June 16 2015 / Local Interest

Ponte della Becca

Pavia, Lombardia

South of Pavia two of the main rivers of the North of Italy, the Ticino and the Po, merge to


March 25 2015 / Local Interest

The Battle of Pavia

Pavia, Lombardia

On February the 24th, 1525, exactly 490 years ago now, the decisive battle that determined the supremacy over Northern Italy


February 11 2015 / Local Interest

Italian Roads

Oltrepo' Pavese, Lombardia

In hilly areas such as ours, the Oltrepò Pavese wine region in Lombardy, the strade provinciali (local roads) suffer a


November 18 2014 / Places

Mary’s Little House

Loreto, Le Marche

Safely hidden on top of a hill, behind the walls of the vescovo‘s (bishop’s) palace, under the cupola of the


October 14 2014 / Places

Mussolinia

Arborea, Sardegna

“Nieddittas” our friendly host told us, “Take the cozze di Arborea, those are the best.” We had asked him which


September 8 2014 / Food & Wine

Vendemmia

Oltrepo' Pavese, Lombardia

Walking in the vineyards regularly allows one to see the grapes maturing, from the negligibly small flowers (if you haven’t


May 5 2014 / Places

Close to Paradise in Bagarello

Bagarello Lombardia

The chickens are roaming around in the garden below the terrace where I am sitting. They must be very happy,


April 9 2014 / Local Interest

The Upupa and the Civetta

Oltrepo' Pavese, Lombardia

When we first came here we used to see a wonderfully colored bird fly away in the front of our


December 9 2013 / Places

The Republic of Noli

Noli, Liguria

For centuries Italy was no more than a collection of independent states, always fighting each other. The expression “è una


October 25 2013 / Food & Wine

Caccia ai Tartufi

Oltrepo' Pavese, Lombardia

“Guarda che cosa ha trovato!”, Alfonso suddenly exclaimed and he showed us a small black truffle his dog Lilla was


July 10 2013 / Local Interest

Grapevines and roses

Oltrepò Pavese, Lombardia

While visiting a wine region like the Oltrepò Pavese south of Milan, you may notice that at some vineyards there


May 22 2013 / Food & Wine

Salt roads

Varzi, Lombardia

Parma, situated in the Po Valley of Northern Italy, is world famous for its food products: the Parmesan cheese and the


April 3 2013 / Art & Archaeology

The Philosopher’s Tomb(s)

Pavia, Lombardia

The church of San Pietro in Ciel d’Oro is one of the major sights of Pavia, and is situated a


February 13 2013 / Local Interest

A Rigoletto of the Countryside

Montecalvo Versiggia, Lombardia

As a child he was chased by those who should be his friends. They tried to pat his back, which


January 23 2013 / Places

The Landmark

Cigognola, Lombardia

Travelling on a day trip south from Milan, you first pass Pavia (worth a visit) and then cross the rickety,


December 4 2012 / Local Interest

The blind brother

Ponte Nizza, Lombardia

The blind brother’s little room is, in all its simplicity, probably even more touching than the beautiful small adjacent church


July 2 2012 / Local Interest

Ballo Liscio

The Oltrepo' Pavese, Lombardia

The elderly, pot-bellied dancers do it best. They seem to float, with pressed shirts and pleated trousers. Sometimes they hopscotch


June 25 2010 / Food & Wine

Le Mani in Pasta

Montecalvo Versiggia, Lombardia

She spent hours learning the English translation of the words she is living with all of her life: aglio –


February 23 2010 / Food & Wine

Abandon all thirst, ye who enter

Calvignano, Lombardia

The entrance, a gate worthy of a castle, was impressive. So impressive in fact that you had not dared to


October 6 2009 / Local Interest

Solo un assaggio

Montecalvo Versiggia, Lombardia

“No, grazie,” you say to the waiter, “non posso più” (I can [eat] no more). He leaves to serve the