April 11 2014 / Food & Wine

Spritz Campari: Milano’s Passionate Red Aperitivo

Milan, Lombardia

It’s no secret that Venetians, well known or anonymous, cherish their hometown favorite, and purportedly Italy’s signature aperitivo (cocktail), the Spritz Veneziano:


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


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 26 2013 / Events

A Tradition Revived

Grazie di Curtatone, Lombardia

Street painting was first recorded in the 16th century Italy. The Madonnari (lit, Madonna makers) were itinerant artists who would


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


June 19 2013 / Local Interest

Here’s to a Long Life in Limone!

Limone sul Garda, Lombardia

In 1979, a state employee living in Milan, but from Limone sul Garda, was hospitalized and his blood work was


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


November 26 2012 /

Villa I Due Padroni Bed & Breakfast

Montecalvo Versiggia (PV), Lombardy

Villa I Due Padroni is a self-catering holiday apartment / bed & breakfast situated in the hills amidst the vineyards


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 12 2012 / Art & Archaeology

The Rondanini Pieta’

MIlan, Lombardia

Many people use Milano as a hub, seeing only the stunning painting of “The Last Supper” before heading elsewhere. However,


May 11 2012 / Art & Archaeology

La Tosa

Milan, Lombardia

Porta Vittoria (now gone, just a piazza) was so named after the battles that took place there during the Five


October 19 2011 / Art & Archaeology

Pinacoteca Ambrosiana

Milan, Lombardia

The Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, a public art gallery, was established in 1618 alongside the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, the library. Federico Borromeo, the


June 23 2010 / Places

Vigevano

Vigevano, Lombardia

Vigevano is not only considered a rice-growing center, or the home of one of Bramante’s most beautifully designed squares, Piazza


September 16 2009 / Places

The Duomo Roof Top

Milan, Lombardia

Now that the scaffolding is down and the renovation and cleaning are complete, you can once again finally climb the


August 7 2009 / Local Interest

In Their Flying Machines…

Lake Como, Lombardia

One way to get around Italy’s magnificent lakes is to fly in a seaplane. Instead of wheels it’s got floats.


August 6 2009 / Local Interest

The Italian Cypress

People everywhere associate the cypress tree with Italy. The Etruscans, who were present in Italy for at least 500 years,