January 27 2016 / Places

Risiera di San Sabba

Trieste, Friuli Venezia-Giulia

This Italian city is known for Illy Caffé (a high-end coffee company), Austrian style palaces and piazzas, and the beautiful

November 11 2015 / Places

Todi, a Jewel in Umbria

Todi, Umbria

In reverse chronological order Garibaldi and the Red Shirts, the Goths, Romans, the Etruscans, and originally the Umbri were just

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

August 3 2015 / Art & Archaeology

Fufluna’s Perch

Populonia, Tuscany

Not much left after being taken over (and built up) by the Romans, after falling into disrepair around the fall

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

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

May 26 2015 / Places


Catania, Sicily

Close to Catania’s railway sidings and the main station is an unused brick factory called ‘Le Ciminiere’ which has been

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

April 13 2015 / Places

Città del Gattopardo

Santa Margherita di Belice, Sicily

Santa Margherita di Belice, Sicily – Readers of the Sicilian classic Il Gattopardo will recognize the name of the palace

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 25 2015 / Local Interest

The Battle of Pavia

Pavia, Lombardia

On February the 24th, 1525, exactly 490 years ago now, the decisive battle that determined the supremacy over Northern Italy

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

March 9 2015 / Places

Framing Palladio: Villa Cornaro

Piombino Dese, Veneto

During its heyday, the Doges and aristocrats of Venice built like crazy more than 4,300 sprawling, warm-weather estates in the

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 9 2015 / Art & Archaeology

Fiavè: Life on Stilts

Fiavè, Trentino Alto-Adige

Long before Amsterdam, Venice and the Kingdom of Paeonia, but sometime after the Flintstones of Bedrock, a small prehistoric tribe

February 6 2015 / Local Interest


Mount Vesuvius, Campania

From the days when British Ambassador William Hamilton wore through his shoes (and those of his long-suffering servants) upon the

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 14 2014 / Places


Arborea, Sardegna

“Nieddittas” our friendly host told us, “Take the cozze di Arborea, those are the best.” We had asked him which