January 20 2014 / Places

Er Core de Roma: Pigneto

Rome, Lazio

Paintings of Pigneto by Kelly Medford. Just as the ancient ruins of Rome paint a picture of what life was


May 3 2013 / Local Interest

A Sweet Life

Orvieto, Umbria

In this era of modern Italian coffee bars with free Wi-Fi, blasting music videos and blindingly bright florescent lighting, Scarponi


April 17 2013 / Events

Giornata FAI di Primavera

Orvieto, Umbria

Since 1992, the first weekend of spring is marked by Giornata FAI (Fondo Ambiente Italiano) Di Primavera (Day of Spring);


January 9 2013 / Events

Diving Into the New Year

Rome, Italy

“Polar bears do it, penguins do it, even crazy Roman residents do it…” It was 1946 when Rick De Sonay,


January 7 2013 / Events

La Festa Della Vecchiarella

Monterubiaglio, Umbria

… old woman with candy! Very similar to the more well-known Italian holiday tradition of La Befana, on the eve


November 29 2012 / Art & Archaeology

The Etruscan Next Door: Part II

Umbria

(…continued from here) Women’s Liberation, B.C. In Etruscan society, women were respected and fully engaged in their community.  You might


November 19 2012 / Art & Archaeology

The Etruscan Next Door

The Etruscans are in the news again!  Claudio Bizzarri of the Parco Archeologico Ambientale dell’Orvietano has uncovered the first of


May 15 2012 / Art & Archaeology

Carta Marmorizzata

Orvieto, Umbria

(…cont’d from here) Evidence of marbled paper has never been found in China, but authentication of the oldest known method


May 14 2012 / Local Interest

The Story of Paper

Orvieto, Umbria

Lamberto Bernardini’s papermaking studio sits very near where Orvieto’s commanding cathedral casts its afternoon shadow. I came to meet with


March 26 2012 / Local Interest

Little Shop of Miracles

Orvieto, Umbria

In Italian, terracotta artisan Alberto Bellini’s cognome (family name) can be loosely translated to mean “little beauties”. It’s really the


November 8 2011 / Local Interest

Most Interesting “Man” in Town

Orvieto, Umbria

He has kept company with movie stars, famous athletes, powerful politicians and royalty. Children adore him but dogs are a


October 4 2011 / Local Interest

Piazza Navona Artists

Rome, Lazio

“A picture is a poem without words.” -Horace A revolution has been brewing for almost a decade on the Piazza


July 26 2011 / Local Interest

La Palombella

Orvieto, Umbria

Each Pentecost Sunday for centuries, a large crowd gathers in the courtyard of the Duomo d’Orvieto to celebrate the Festa


July 5 2011 / Places

Ring around the Rock

Orvieto, Umbria

Machu Picchu, Stonehenge, the Pyramids of Giza, Mecca. All mystical and sacred places where one can find peace in their


June 15 2011 / Events

The Corteo Storico of Corpus Domini

Orvieto, Umbria

Each June, the city is buzzing with excitement and anticipation. Everyone is out in full force, enthusiastically preparing for this