January 24 2014 / Places

Framing Palladio: Villa Poiana

Poiana Maggiore, Veneto

Twenty-four historic villas, each one a stepping stone through the High Renaissance, dot the landscape across the Veneto region of


January 10 2014 / Events

Venezia: Splashed by Acqua Alta

Venezia, Veneto

The late Robert Benchley, a 20th century American humorist and Hollywood actor, was sent packing to Europe one summer by


December 3 2013 / Places

Deggia: A Llama and the Virgin Mary

Deggia, Trentino Alto-Adige

One of the benefits of undergoing therapy at a spa-wellness center in the Giudicarie area of the Trentino is the


November 8 2013 / Places

Molveno: A Pearl in the Brenta Dolomites

Molveno, Trentino-Alto Adige

No matter the language you speak, Molveno — the camera-ready, picture-postcard perfect, lakeside village at the foot of the Brenta


October 24 2013 / Places

Palladio’s 192-Step Program

Vicenza, Veneto

In the Borgo Berga neighborhood of Vicenza’s centro storico (Historic Center) stands an architectural project that was commissioned centuries ago by the


October 7 2013 / Places

Senigallia’s Rotonda a Mare

Senigallia, Le Marche

A unique piece of architecture sits majestically out at sea worthy of a nod and a wink from Renaissance master


July 12 2013 / Food & Wine

Sgroppino: Venice Untied

Venice, Veneto

Ever heard of a Sgroppino? Well, it’s a lemon-flavored, creamy-smooth, frothy alcoholic beverage. More a digestivo (digestive) or liquid dessert than an aperitivo (cocktail),


June 11 2013 / Places

An Archway to the Madonna

Vicenza, Veneto

I’ve got the perfect destination for this latest edition of Vicenza Walks.  If you’ll simply put one foot in front


May 20 2013 / Events

The most beautiful race in the world

Vicenza, Veneto

With headlamps pointing the way, an army of classic sports cars rumbled in, crisscrossed Vicenza’s Centro Storico, then, in an instant,


April 22 2013 / Local Interest

Rome wasn’t built in a Day

Italy

The great masters of the Renaissance — da Vinci, Michelangelo, et al. — if asked by the House of Medici,


April 10 2013 / Places

Ischia: Eat, Drink and Whistle

Ischia, Campania

The largest island in the Phelgrean Archipelago — just at the northern end of the Bay of Naples out in


March 18 2013 / Food & Wine

A Splash of Venice in every Glass

Venice, Veneto

When you think of Venice, what immediately comes to mind? A gondolier navigating his craft? The Rialto Bridge? The bustling


February 25 2013 / Local Interest

Do as the Romans do… says who?

Italy

Ever heard the expression, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do”? Of course you have. Do you know the


February 1 2013 / Food & Wine

Chicken Wings!

Sesto, Trentino Alto-Adige

Some of the tastiest ali di pollo grigliate (barbecued chicken wings) you’ll ever find outside of North America are prepared


January 10 2013 / Places

A Canterbury Trail

Sutri, Lazio

Rising above Via Cassia — an important consular road back in the days of the Roman Empire — just about


December 11 2012 / Places

Living on the Edge

Civita di Bagnoregio, Italy

Looking over your shoulder for the better part of two-and-a-half millennium is probably not the best way to cope with


November 27 2012 / Local Interest

Al fresco

I’m sure you’ve heard, and used on occasion, the popular Italian expression al fresco. It gets written in all sorts of


November 13 2012 / Places

The Postman’s Island

Procida, Campania

Adored for its simplicity, panoramic views and natural beauty, Isola di Procida — one of a group of islands that


October 30 2012 / Art & Archaeology

La Basilica Palladiana

Vicenza, Veneto

Widely considered to be the most influential individual in the history of Western architecture, Renaissance master builder Andrea Palladio created


October 15 2012 / Food & Wine

Regina Rossa of Tropea

Tropea, Calabria

Ever heard of Regina Rossa of Tropea? No? Well, in most, if not all Italian kitchens, Regina Rossa (red queen) who


September 24 2012 / Art & Archaeology

While the master sleeps..

Vicenza, Veneto

The Villa Almerico Capra – La Rotonda – master Renaissance builder Andrea Palladio’s crown jewel to the world, is the benchmark


June 28 2012 / Local Interest

Il Sopranome: The Folksy DNA

Piovene Rochette, Veneto

Did you know that your soprannome (nickname) tells almost as much about you as the genetic instructions found in your