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


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 1 2015 / Events

A Glorious Festa della Repubblica

Gubbio. Umbria

Dear friends, we’re republishing this from last year in case anyone is in central Italy and free tomorrow. This is


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


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


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


December 11 2014 / Art & Archaeology

Striking Gold in Lucignano

Lucignano, Tuscany

In the small main piazza, stately fortified towers, soaring like stalwart guards, bear witness to Lucignano’s bellicose past. For centuries contested


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


September 17 2014 / Food & Wine

Scheggino Enticements

Scheggino, Umbria

A five-kilometer-long tunnel now links the Valle Umbra Nord (North Umbrian Valley) pastoral landscapes – sweeps of vineyards, silvery olive


August 6 2014 / Places

Lecce: “Florence of the South”

Lecce, Puglia

Today, Lecce is a candidate for Capital of European Culture in 2019. However, her ancient history and origins date back


July 7 2014 / Places

Talla, Town of Uncertainties

Talla, Tuscany

Pino dubbed Talla, tiny town in the Casentino Valley, “il paese delle incertezze.” Yes, “uncertainties” threaded through our visit there. Where


June 27 2014 / Art & Archaeology

The Masterpiece at Your Feet

Spoleto, Umbria

This is the second installment in our mini-series of notes on Church floors! When you enter Spoleto’s majestic Duomo (also


June 25 2014 / Places

The Cerchia dei Navigli

Milan, Lombardia

Another note on Milan, the beautiful city that is the setting of our recently published gastronomic murder mystery, The Revenge


June 20 2014 / Art & Archaeology

Farfa’s floor

Fara in Sabina, Lazio

At its height around the time of Charlemagne, the Farfa Abbey controlled 132 castles, 16 fortresses, 7 ports, 8 mines,


June 18 2014 / Food & Wine

Medieval Cloister / Hospital Café

Rome, Italy

Here’s another case in Rome where an older building has been incorporated into a newer one and where its function


May 13 2014 / Events

La Grande Passione dei Piccoli

Umbria

Missing out on la passione, means missing the full Italian experience. La passione is in the Italian DNA. And that


April 17 2014 / Places

Poppi: Castles and Falcons

Poppi, Tuscany

Medieval churches and hilltop castles crowning gently curving slopes – emerald green in springtime, sprinkled with wildflowers like confetti –


October 8 2009 / Art & Archaeology

Mithraeum

Sutri, Lazio

At yesterday’s Memoria di Pietra Etrusca event (Memories of Etruscan Stone), among many other interesting moments of interaction, the participants


October 7 2009 / Events

THE Chess Match

Marostica, Veneto

In this tiny medieval city near Verona, on the second weekend of September every even numbered year, a human chess


September 10 2009 / Art & Archaeology

Barga’s Pulpit

Barga, Tuscany

Lions, dwarfs, eagles and snakes! Saints, prophets and heretics! Extra extra! All this and more at the pulpit in the


July 13 2009 / Places

Slow Town?

Barga

This northern Tuscan town is one of those places that defies definition of any sort. It is a (beautifuly kept)


June 23 2009 / Places

Monastery of San Girolamo

San Gimignano

A short “City Bus” ride or walk from Porta San Giovani, far away from the packs of international visitors… sleeps