July 9 2009 / Local Interest

L’Arte Nuova

Città di Castello

While Dante deserves full credit for La Divina Commedia, it only made the top of the best-seller lists much later,

June 12 2009 / Events



Once a year in May or June, in conjunction with the religious feast of Corpus Domini, the festival of L’Infiorata

June 11 2009 / Places

Italian Gothic


Orvieto is a town perched on top of a 600-foot plateau of volcanic rock. It’s fun to park below and

May 15 2009 / Events

Festa dei Ceri


At dawn, drumming softly through quiet streets, Ceraioli arrive to awaken their captains and the Festa dei Ceri begins. Later,

May 7 2009 / Events



In a city best known as the birthplace of St. Francis, where religious pilgrims flock, this spectacular event traces its

April 24 2009 / Art & Archaeology

Rocca Paolina


Can you imagine a foreign ruler tearing down a fourth of your city and building in its place a big

March 11 2009 / Local Interest

Piano, Piano


In Italian this expression means “slowly, slowly, one step at a time.” Having a piano delivered to a third floor

March 10 2009 / Places

Teatro della Concordia

Monte Castello di Vibio

In 1568 Cipriano Piccolopasso, an architect and a painter, said that he had discovered an ideal place to live for

November 26 2008 / Local Interest

The Selciari: Paquale and Alfredo


In this small Umbrian village to the north of Rome looking out over the Tiber river, there is a fine

October 15 2008 / Places

The On Again Off Again Marmore Falls


At 165 meters, the Cascata delle Marmore is one of the tallest waterfalls in Europe and the tallest man-made waterfall

September 23 2008 / Local Interest

Road Sign Aesthetics


You know how it went . . “Giovanni, a new shipment of road signs has come in. You and Franco

September 18 2008 / Art & Archaeology

Temple of Clitunno


In deference to an esteemed colleague who wrote about it .. oh . . a few years back, we’ll leave

September 8 2008 / Places

Carsulae: An Entire Town Unearthed


Now one of the most important archeological sites in Italy, the town of Carsulae was originally a rest stop and

July 28 2008 / Local Interest

The Tree Worldmap


Did you know that there is a spot in Italy where you can see the entire country, including Sardinia and

July 21 2008 / Local Interest

The Etruscan Necropolis


This is one of the most spectacular of rocky Etruscan necropoli in the whole of Etruria. The originally Bronze age

July 1 2008 / Places

Grande Sky Country?

Castelluccio, Umbria

Italy is not commonly associated with the “big sky” look of unlimited vistas, so the Piano Grande (Big Plain) of

May 19 2008 / Places

San Giovenale in Narni


The Umbrian hill town of Narni is a perfect example of a medieval stone city, graced with towers and churches

November 29 2007 / Food & Wine

Saffron Harvest Festival

Cittá della Pieve, Umbria

People are often surprised to learn that Italy is one of the world’s major producers of saffron, after countries such

November 27 2007 / Events

Chestnut Festival


All over Italy local festivities or sagre are held to celebrate harvests, saints, or special foods. Umbria has its fair

November 8 2007 / Art & Archaeology

Otriculum-Ruins in the Fields


It will come as a surprise to those used to perfectly organized archaeological sites that provide guidebooks and postcards, explanatory

October 22 2007 / Local Interest

The Golden Chicken


“Beware of running over a neighbor’s chicken in the road,” we are counselled. Once a contadino finds out you’ve run