August 11 2015 / Food & Wine

Tips from the “Virgil” of Sperlonga

Sperlonga, Lazio

(…cont’d from here.) …and Rocco, my “Sperlonga Virgil,” was right about Il Bistrot (and not only). After my first dinner

June 9 2015 / Art & Archaeology

Leonardo Extravaganza

Milano, Lombardia

Ok, granted, Pietro Marani and Maria Teresa Fiorio ARE considered the world’s foremost da Vinci experts… but how do you

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

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 21 2014 / Art & Archaeology

A Ladies’ Get-together

Milan, Lombardia

You are invited to a get-together with four ladies in Milan. Straightforward? Yes. But there’s subtext too. This being Milan,

November 7 2014 / Art & Archaeology

Long Lost Mary Magdalene?

Rome, Italy

Just recently a 1610 letter was found in the Vatican archives in which a Bishop in Naples notifies Cardinal Borghese

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

June 30 2014 / Art & Archaeology

(Re)-Discovering Caligula

Genzano, Lazio

Dear friends, I’m so happy to introduce a good friend and new ItalianNotebook contributor, Roberto Civetta. Roberto does some incredible

May 22 2014 / Art & Archaeology

The Pinacoteca di Brera

Milan, Lombardia

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

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 6 2014 / Art & Archaeology

Martedi’ pesce..

Piombino, Tuscany

Once upon a time, all classic art and archaeological finds throughout Italy would pour into Rome. Whether because of wealthy

April 1 2014 / Local Interest

Living Heritage – Colosseum Condos

Rome, Italy

While the “Living Heritage” school of archaeology is a recent development within academia, the idea itself is nothing new. The

May 30 2013 / Local Interest

Sant’Anatolia’s new museum

Sant'Anatolia di Narco, Umbria

As you come out of the 5-kilometer tunnel linking the Umbrian Valley to the Valnernina, you enter another world: poppies

March 24 2010 / Local Interest

Marco´s Museum

Trento, Trentino Alto-Adige

Urban Trekking is very popular in Trento. A barn-like structure with a hand painted sign “Museo Marco” sounds like a

March 31 2009 / Places

Royal Silk Factory

San Leucio

In 1750, Bourbon King Charles VII and his son Ferdinand I, builders of Caserta’s Reggia (Royal Palace), chose to turn

March 6 2009 / Local Interest

Traditional Hemp


The use of canapa (hemp) goes back thousands of years; in Italy it was a major source for clothing, burlap

May 22 2008 / Local Interest

Museo della Marineria


A small seaside town on the Adriatic coast of Italy, Cesenatico hosts quite a unique museum. In 1502 Leonardo da

October 31 2007 / Art & Archaeology

Opera Bosco an Unconventional Pleasure


A visit to OperaBosco, a team-building sculpture workshop, is an unconventional pleasure. This living museum in northern Lazio advocates use

October 10 2007 / Art & Archaeology

Pluto and Proserpina


It makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up every time you see it. Be still and