July 16 2015 / Food & Wine

Mozzafiato Lenticchie di Castelluccio

Castelluccio, Umbria

(…cont’d from here.) …and no visit to Castelluccio is complete without a bowl of hearty zuppa di lenticchie, accompanied by

July 10 2015 / Events

Mozzafiato Majesty of il Piano Grande

Piano Grande, Umbria

Only mozzafiato (literally, “cutting off, truncating your breath”; more visceral than the English, “breathless”) can describe your first site of

June 30 2015 / Places

The Italian Dolomites, Summer and Winter

Dolomiti, Trentino Alto-Adige

As a place to visit, the Italian Dolomites have everything to recommend them no matter what season you visit. Located

April 29 2015 / Local Interest

Balcone contro Terrazza


Terrazza – A large usable open space, usually on the top of a building. Glamorous, roof top views, it will

April 16 2015 / Places

Tulipanomania at Parco Giardino Sigurtà

Valeggio Sul Mincio, Veneto

This note was co-authored (and photographed) by Tom Weber AND Orna O’Reilly, both ItalianNotebook contributors. We are unable to assign

March 30 2015 / Local Interest

Venice: Acqua Alta

Venice, Veneto

It was a cold, wet day and I had arrived in Venice quite unprepared for the high waters that greeted

February 19 2015 / Events

Finita la Festa…


That is not snow, but Carnevale detritus. Throughout town every crack in the sidewalks and space between cobblestones have become

January 26 2015 / Food & Wine

So Far So Good

Ponzano Romano, Lazio

…this new year’s resolution is officially alive and well despite a close call. While exploring another corner of the countryside

December 1 2014 / Local Interest

Off-season at the Lake

Lake Bracciano, Lazio

Niente (nothing). Certainly not busy. Not too warm either. Already so much less of a zoo in the summertime than

November 17 2014 / Food & Wine

Fall Flavors – Pappardelle

Palombara Sabina, Lazio

No autumn is complete without at least one trip to the countryside north of Rome to catch some fresh air,

June 10 2014 / Local Interest

Umbrellas in Spring

Passo di Cerventosa, Tuscany

The umbrella: a most necessary item when travelling through Italy at this time of year. Particularly useful when crossing from

June 4 2014 / Food & Wine

Cantine Aperte

Le Marche

Cantine Aperte (Open Cellars) is what a wine lover would describe as heaven on earth. The Movimento Turismo del Vino

May 30 2014 / Places

VideoNote: Windy Walk at Punta Falcone

Salivoli, Tuscany

THIS IS A NEW VIDEONOTE! – SEE BELOW Dear friends, building on the success of the most recent VideoNote, “Pedalling

May 29 2014 / Events

Where Wild Asparagus Reigns

Eggi, Umbria

Eggi (pop. about 400), medieval castle village near Spoleto, is celebrating la Sagra degli Asparagi triumphantly this year: with all the rain,

May 12 2014 / Food & Wine

Spring Vegetables

Monterosso, Liguria

Spring means lots of things here in Italy. Little flowers peeking through damp soil, pink blossoms opening on cherry trees,

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

February 10 2014 / Food & Wine

Color My Winter Blood Orange


I’ve been checking daily at my corner supermarket, running around town knocking on fruit shop doors, and visiting the twice-a-week,

December 18 2013 / Local Interest

Ice Skating in Rome?

Rome, Lazio

While snow is an extremely rare occurrence in Rome, it is guaranteed to get pretty nippy outside during winter, especially

July 30 2010 / Local Interest

Italian Summer Everywhere


… or summertime and the living is easy. The cliché “when in Rome, do as the Romans do” is an

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

October 9 2009 / Food & Wine

Use Your Zucca

Autumn is approaching. The nights are cooling, the leaves are falling, and the zucca (pumpkin) is on the vine. Besides

July 28 2009 / Local Interest

Cool Summer Drinks


Heat wave arriving! What to order at the bar? (meaning, the café) Forget the numerous and appetizing beers which will