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

July 5 2013 / Events

Jazz Passione Takes Over Perugia

Perugia, Umbria

As he hobbled across the stage, head of fluffy white hair bobbing, clutching his sax, he brought the delirious crowds

May 6 2010 / Local Interest

Pinchi Organ Transplant

Foligno, Umbria

The town of Foligno has been famous for its tradition of organ manufacturing as far back as the late middle

January 15 2010 / Food & Wine

Caffe’ al bacio

Naples, Campania

Neapolitan baristi (bartenders, as in at a cafe’) have an infinite number of twists on your traditional caffé. In Piazza

December 23 2009 / Local Interest


Rome, Italy

Every year, like clockwork, the Zampognari come down from the hills to Rome and other big cities along the coasts.

October 22 2008 / Local Interest

Home to Violins and Cellos


In Cremona, Stradavari is known to have made the finest violins in history. Italian violinmakers of the 17th and 18th

July 15 2008 / Events

Tuscia in Jazz

Soriano nel Cimino

It’s summertime, and in Italia . . . that means Jazz Concerts! Last year we found a little gem –

June 18 2008 / Local Interest

Oratorio del Gonfalone


The Oratorio del Gonfalone is a rarely visited, off the beaten path secret of Rome. Literally the “Oratory of the

December 7 2007 / Local Interest

Bottega Eggimann – Maestro Liutaio


Michel Eggiman, Maestro Liutiao (a title meaning “Master Lutist”), and his bottega fall into neither the traditional nor the contemporary

October 26 2007 / Food & Wine

Tram Belcanto: Not Your Usual Ride


Well . . . Rome’s public transportation system is not exactly known for its . . ahem, strict adherence to

October 9 2007 / Events

Ravello Festival

Ravello, Campania

You really wonder whether someone has it out for you. Seems impossible that they could have made it more evocative.