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

Zampognari

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

Cremona

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

Rome

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

Rome

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

Rome

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.