June 15 2015 / Places

Vows and Views, Assisi

Assisi, Umbria

The beautiful town of Assisi in Umbria is utterly identified with a merchant’s son, Giovanni di Pietro di Bernadone, better


June 12 2015 / Local Interest

Sant’Ubaldo: Gubbio’s Favorite Son

Gubbio, Umbria

Gubbio, one of the best preserved medieval hill towns in Umbria, is just 40 km northeast of Perugia. With its


June 4 2015 / Local Interest

Exploring Scheggino

Scheggino, Umbria

Inspired by Anne Robichaud, intrepid guide to all wonders Umbrian, we hopped in the car and travelled to Scheggino. We


June 1 2015 / Events

A Glorious Festa della Repubblica

Gubbio. Umbria

Dear friends, we’re republishing this from last year in case anyone is in central Italy and free tomorrow. This is


April 29 2015 /

StayAssisi – Il Nido Tranquillo

Assisi, Umbria

Experience Italy’s medieval hilltowns in a way you never dreamed possible:  live the hilltown life during your stay in a


April 17 2015 / Events

In Foligno, “a Galileo Universe”

Foligno, Umbria

Where else can you join a Saturday night rapt crowd ranging from teens to the elderly in a 14th-century frescoed


March 20 2015 / Local Interest

The Singing Friar of Assisi

Assisi, Umbria

You’d probably re-think “re-incarnation” if you ever met Frate Alessandro, Assisi’s “singing friar.” Short (St. Francis was about 5’4”) with


March 2 2015 / Food & Wine

Nocera’s “Gourmet Corner”

Nocera Umbra, Umbria

Just peek into the kitchen and you’ll know you’re in a family-run restaurant: high school student Andrea is studying near


February 23 2015 / Local Interest

Il Bar, il Vero Cuore della Città

Assisi, Umbria

The graceful, stately 1st century BC Roman temple to Minerva reigns in the Assisi town center, surveying town life as


February 13 2015 / Local Interest

Heart and Soul of the Farmhouse Kitchen

Umbria

Winter weather predictions warn: “le irruzioni fredde sull’Italia potranno risultare particolarmente intense” (to sum it up, intense cold due). More


January 15 2015 / Places

Due Palazzi Pallavicini: Rome and Piegaro

Piegaro, Umbria

In Roma, the Palazzo Pallavicini-Rospiglosi is one of the largest privately owned palaces. Started in 1613 by Cardinal Scipione Borghese,


December 23 2014 / Events

Presepe Vivente, Still Alive

Umbria and Lazio

The crib scene comes alive – literally – in the mountain villages surrounding Assisi. After all, San Francesco was the


November 25 2014 / Events

Celebrating l’Albero del Pane

San Martino, Umbria

Rural people baptized it l’albero del pane (“the bread tree”) for this tree grew on the mountains where wheat would not grow (and if


November 4 2014 / Art & Archaeology

The Greek Cross church of San Biagio

Montepulciano, Tuscany

Outside of the city walls of Montepulciano, overlooking the surrounding landscape is the church of San Biagio. Built between 1518


October 10 2014 / Local Interest

Lo Scorcio – the Glimpse

Italy

Whenever I look down a narrow lane and see a glimpse of a building in the distance or a view


September 26 2014 / Events

A Day of Memory in Assisi

Assisi, Umbria

At 11:42 a.m. today in Assisi, all the bells will solemnly toll reminding all of the devastating earthquake on September


September 17 2014 / Food & Wine

Scheggino Enticements

Scheggino, Umbria

A five-kilometer-long tunnel now links the Valle Umbra Nord (North Umbrian Valley) pastoral landscapes – sweeps of vineyards, silvery olive


September 4 2014 / Events

Picantissima Pila!

Pila, Umbria

According to some scholars, the late Etruscan life-sized bronze sculptural masterpiece, “the Orator” (now in the Museo Nazionale Arcaelogico di


August 7 2014 / Food & Wine

Make it Peachy!

Italy

Back in our “farming years,” we’d ride our old Gilera motorcycle to nearby Bettona for peach-picking in July. I’d rather


July 22 2014 / Food & Wine

In Search of Umbrian Virgins

Umbria

On a recent journey around central Italy as a guest journalist, I donned a Lt. Colombo trench coat and went


July 2 2014 / Events

Art for Heart’s Sake

Assisi, Umbria

Visitors to Assisi may have been surprised recently to find their stroll through this Medieval city, which has become an