August 6 2015 / Places

Ortigia, Sicily: Syracuse’s Island

Isola di Ortigia, Sicilia

Driving away from Trapani under a cloudless late spring sky, my rental Cinquecento and I began our four hour drive


July 23 2015 / Local Interest

Reflection on the Hill of Hell

Assisi, Umbria

At the base of a mountain upon which is perched the ancient city of Assisi one sees what in olden


July 2 2015 / Art & Archaeology

Sculpting Space

Rome, italy

You happen to be in the area with a few minutes to spare… Borromini’s San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane calls!


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


April 14 2015 / Art & Archaeology

Teodolinda’s Chapel

Great news, another masterpiece is restored! In this case saved, actually. The fresco was detaching in multiple points from the


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


February 25 2015 / Art & Archaeology

Bs and Bees

Saint Peter's basilica, Vatican City State

It’s a… actually, what is it?! Scholars have a hard time deciding how to categorize Gianlorenzo Bernini’s giant, 66ft.-tall bronze


February 3 2015 / Art & Archaeology

Scolacium Ruins in Roccelletta

Roccelletta di Borgia, Calabria

As you travel along the SS 106 from Catanzaro to Soverato, you can’t help but be drawn to the 12th


January 29 2015 / Events

Blessing of the Pets

Rome, Lazio

As per tradition, the Festa di Sant’Antonio Abate was celebrated in Rome this year on January the 18th and 19th


January 23 2015 / Places

Massa Marittima, a Tuscan Secret

Massa Marittima, Toscana

Massa Marittima is not on the tourist trail, but it should be. We were captivated when we entered the town


December 17 2014 / Places

Santa Margherita di Belice

Santa Margherita di Belice, Sicily

In 1968, an earthquake in the Belice Valley of western Sicily caused many devastated villages to relocate and start over.


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


November 18 2014 / Places

Mary’s Little House

Loreto, Le Marche

Safely hidden on top of a hill, behind the walls of the vescovo‘s (bishop’s) palace, under the cupola of the


November 11 2014 / Places

il Duomo di Vicenza

Vicenza, Veneto

Sometimes I don’t have to travel at all to find material to write about and photograph. And, this is one


November 6 2014 / Local Interest

Le Tre Sorelle

Abruzzo

From L’Aquila, we drove east towards majestic Gran Sasso, mountain behemoth, passing medieval hill towns – clinging like lichen to


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 23 2014 / Art & Archaeology

Byzantine Surprise

Ravenna, Emilia-Romagna

Take this image of Emperor Justinian. Don’t know about you, but to me the guy looks like he’s either horribly


October 2 2014 / Places

The Gems of Padova

Padova, Veneto

Only a 30 minute train ride from Venice, Padova is a pleasant day trip and often overlooked in favor of


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 12 2014 / Places

Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore

Asciano, Tuscany

Nearby Siena and very well hidden among the hills is the Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore, well known for its


July 29 2014 / Art & Archaeology

An Art-Filled Room

Siena, Tuscany

To the left of the main apse of the Cathedral of Siena is a tiny door where you can find