June 11 2014 / Places

Piazza Mercanti

Milan, Lombardia

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


June 3 2014 / Places

The OTHER Coastal Trails

Monterosso, Liguria

Hiking the mountainside trails that run along the vast, turquoise Ligurian sea in the Cinque Terre National Park is a


May 7 2014 / Places

Milan’s Secret (Urban Jungle) Garden

Milano, Lombardia

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


May 5 2014 / Places

Close to Paradise in Bagarello

Bagarello Lombardia

The chickens are roaming around in the garden below the terrace where I am sitting. They must be very happy,


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 –


April 9 2014 / Local Interest

The Upupa and the Civetta

Oltrepo' Pavese, Lombardia

When we first came here we used to see a wonderfully colored bird fly away in the front of our


March 28 2014 / Places

The Hillside Villas of Lucca

Capannori, Tuscany

We were on retreat in Lucca. A friend suggested we travel to the hillsides surrounding Lucca to see a couple


September 13 2010 / Art & Archaeology

Costa Smeralda, but not as you know it (Part I)

Arzachena, Sardegna

The North-Eastern corner of Sardegna is justifiably famous for it’s azure waters and ruggedly beautiful coastline, but just 19km inland


July 21 2010 / Local Interest

Sant’Emiliano’s Olive Tree

Bovara, Umbria

An olive tree somewhere in Umbria purported to be 1,700 hundred years old? The oldest olive tree in the region?


June 18 2010 / Uncategorized

The Invisible Visitors

Rome, Lazio

Every summer tourists descend upon Rome without fail, but perhaps the true sign of summer is the arrival of another


June 14 2010 / Local Interest

June in Senigallia

Senigallia, Le Marche

If only one had a Euro for every time someone has exclaimed, “How wonderful it must be to live in


June 3 2010 / Places

Populonia, an Etruscan rebirth

Populonia, Tuscany

Populonia, the only Etruscan city built on the sea, is safe from developers as well as released from its past


December 18 2009 / Places

Portovenere

Portovenere, Liguria

There are places in Italy that are simply magic. Portovenere is certainly one of these. The colorful facades of the


December 1 2009 / Places

San Liberato Church and Gardens

Lago Bracciano, Lazio

Why visit a famous garden at this time of year? Well, if it’s beautiful now, just think how glorious it


November 6 2009 / Places

Villa Taranto

Verbania, Piemonte

Although Villa Taranto is impressive in April, when 40,000 tulips are in bloom, it is at the end of the


November 3 2009 / Art & Archaeology

VIP Vatican City

Vatican City

Among other things, the pope is a celebrity like any other, with paparazzi and the press hounding his every move.


September 24 2009 / Places

The Mighty Giant

Etna, Sicily

On the north east coast of Sicily, Etna’s presence is ubiquitous. A black smoking giant, the locals believe it alive,


September 22 2009 / Art & Archaeology

Grotto of Tiberius

Sperlonga, Lazio

In 1957, an Italian engineer and amateur archaeologist named Erno Bellante was working on a road in the resort town


August 6 2009 / Local Interest

The Italian Cypress

People everywhere associate the cypress tree with Italy. The Etruscans, who were present in Italy for at least 500 years,


August 4 2009 / Events

Rafting Beneath Waterfalls

Marmore Falls, Umbria

Lovers of central Italy usually flock to Assisi (St. Francis), Orvieto (great white wine) or Perugia (chocolate, among other treasures).


July 30 2009 / Food & Wine

Forteto Vineyard

Loazzolo, Piemonte

“Well, you know, every farm needs a tractor. And Amadeus is ours,” said Giovanni Scaglione as he walked us around


July 27 2009 / Places

Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi

Genoa, Liguria

Genoa may be one-third of Italy’s “industrial triangle”, however its location on the Italian Riviera is not wasted.The Nervi quartiere


July 23 2009 / Places

Gardens of Augustus

Capri, Campania

Built upon ancient Roman ruins, the Gardens of Augustus were situated high atop a southerly facing cliff with a sheer


July 17 2009 / Places

Castelluccio

Castelluccio

If you happen to be in Umbria between the end of May and into July, head for the hills (or