July 29 2015 / Places

The Primeval Beauty of Basilicata


Ed.’s note – We published a number of great notes by Valerie when she lived in La Marche, and are

July 20 2015 / Local Interest

Puglia + Olive Oil = An Ancient Relationship!

Squinzano, Puglia

60 Million Olive Trees… One for Each of Italy’s 60 Million People… But Who’s Counting? Puglia’s relationship with olive trees

July 10 2015 / Events

Mozzafiato Majesty of il Piano Grande

Piano Grande, Umbria

Only mozzafiato (literally, “cutting off, truncating your breath”; more visceral than the English, “breathless”) can describe your first site of

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 3 2015 / Places

Framing Palladio: Villa La Rotonda

Vicenza, Veneto

Of all the iconic buildings, churches and monuments spread across the Veneto region of northeastern Italy that bear the imprint

March 27 2015 / Food & Wine

Dopolavoro – Let’s gather after work!

La Foce, Tuscany

Just 15 minutes west of Chianciano Terme is one of our favorite restaurants, Dopolavoro, at the beautiful La Foce Estate.

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 11 2015 / Local Interest

Italian Roads

Oltrepo' Pavese, Lombardia

In hilly areas such as ours, the Oltrepò Pavese wine region in Lombardy, the strade provinciali (local roads) suffer a

January 26 2015 / Food & Wine

So Far So Good

Ponzano Romano, Lazio

…this new year’s resolution is officially alive and well despite a close call. While exploring another corner of the countryside

October 24 2014 / Food & Wine

Gorga – Milking Time!

Gorga, Lazio

A bandana on his head to hold back dripping sweat, Giulio sat on the steps just outside the family caseificio

October 13 2014 / Local Interest

Ottobrata Romana

Rome, Italy

To this day people refer to the ottobrata romana (Roman October) when speaking of a mild, still warm autumn day.

October 6 2014 / Places

Bagni di Lucca

Bagni di Lucca, Tuscany

The collection of villages called Bagni di Lucca has been around for centuries. Some of the mountain villages were settled

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

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

September 8 2014 / Food & Wine


Oltrepo' Pavese, Lombardia

Walking in the vineyards regularly allows one to see the grapes maturing, from the negligibly small flowers (if you haven’t

June 19 2014 / Local Interest

Tracking Down Tuscany’s Last Mill

Loro Ciuffenna, Tuscany

The colorful stuccoed houses of Loro Ciuffenna seem stacked like multi-colored children’s blocks along the gorge flanking the Ciuffenna River

May 30 2014 / Places

VideoNote: Windy Walk at Punta Falcone

Salivoli, Tuscany

THIS IS A NEW VIDEONOTE! – SEE BELOW Dear friends, building on the success of the most recent VideoNote, “Pedalling

May 29 2014 / Events

Where Wild Asparagus Reigns

Eggi, Umbria

Eggi (pop. about 400), medieval castle village near Spoleto, is celebrating la Sagra degli Asparagi triumphantly this year: with all the rain,

May 9 2014 / Local Interest

VideoNote: Pedaling to the Past

Piedimonte Matese, Campania

THIS IS A NEW VIDEONOTE! – SEE BELOW Dear friends, following your great feedback upon publishing the latest of five

May 5 2014 / Places

Close to Paradise in Bagarello

Bagarello Lombardia

The chickens are roaming around in the garden below the terrace where I am sitting. They must be very happy,

March 28 2014 / Places

The Hillside Villas of Lucca

Capannori, Tuscany

We were on retreat in Lucca. A friend suggested we travel to the hillsides surrounding Lucca to see a couple