June 23 2015 / Places

Cosmopoli?

Portoferraio, Tuscany

History has no shortage of towns being named after their founders… Alexandria in Egypt, Constantinople, Washington, etc. There’s another one


April 1 2015 / Places

The Stone Ship of Santa Severina

Santa Severina, Calabria

Located 30 minutes inland from Crotone, Santa Severina is a little-known borgo dating back to the 5th Century BC and


March 26 2015 / Art & Archaeology

Mantegna’s Camera degli Sposi

Mantova, Lombardia

The Palazzo Ducale of Mantova is one of those places that we could write notes about for a year and


March 13 2015 / Places

Scandal in Posillipo

Naples, Campania

Queen Joanna II (1373 – 1435) lived in troubled times. Her series of court favourites and lovers was embroidered in


January 20 2015 / Art & Archaeology

Castel del Monte: “The Crown of Stone”

Andria, Puglia

Built in 1240 by Swabian Frederick II Hohenstaufen, the impressive Castel del Monte has views stretching in every direction including


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,


November 20 2014 / Places

Trani: A Saintly Seaside Treasure

Trani, Puglia

Like so many picturesque seaside towns in Puglia, Trani continues to be influenced by its proximity to the rugged Adriatic


October 21 2014 / Places

A Photo Tour of Elba

Isola d'Elba, Tuscany

The island of Elba, positioned about 20kms off the Tuscan coast, is easily accessible by ferry from Piombino, south of


October 1 2014 / Places

No Parking Picnic Castle

Actually, it’s called Castelluccio (little castle), not that No Parking Picnic Castle is much more original, granted. Yet, that’s the


June 5 2014 / Local Interest

Milan’s Coolest Shortcut

Milano, Lombardia

Here’s another note on Milan, the beautiful city that is the setting of our recently published gastronomic murder mystery, The


April 29 2014 / Places

Gangi, il Borgo dei Borghi

Gangi, Sicily

Every year in Italy there is a competition between towns and villages to decide which one is the Borgo Più


July 5 2010 / Places

Not Cinderella’s Castle

Fumone, Lazio

An hour south of Rome, up winding roads through bucolic villages of the Ciociaria area, past monasteries where enterprising monks


November 19 2009 / Food & Wine

Lunch at the Castle

Castel Roncolo, Alto Adige

Who’d have thought that one of the best places in Bolzano/Bozen for a South Tyrolean lunch would wind up being