July 18 2016 / Food & Wine

Milan, Seafood Capital of Italy

Milan, Lombardia

There is “luogo comune” (commonplace saying/knowledge) in Milan that holds “il miglior pesce non si mangia al mare, si mangia

May 14 2015 / Art & Archaeology

The Palazzi of Corso Venezia

Milano, Lombardia

The palazzi of Corso Venezia… Each one represents a different architectural period making this a truly majestic road which appears

November 4 2014 / Art & Archaeology

The Greek Cross church of San Biagio

Montepulciano, Tuscany

Outside of the city walls of Montepulciano, overlooking the surrounding landscape is the church of San Biagio. Built between 1518

October 10 2014 / Local Interest

Lo Scorcio – the Glimpse


Whenever I look down a narrow lane and see a glimpse of a building in the distance or a view

September 29 2014 / Places

The Potter of La Rocca

La Rocca, Tuscany

Near La Verna (where St. Francis’s of Assisi founded the Sanctuary of St. Francesco and where he received the stigmata) is

September 12 2014 / Places

Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore

Asciano, Tuscany

Nearby Siena and very well hidden among the hills is the Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore, well known for its

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

July 11 2014 / Art & Archaeology

Marble Floors of Siena Cathedral

Siena, Tuscany

When you go into the Cathedral of Siena, the natural inclination is to look up at the majestic vaulted ceilings.

October 16 2013 / Places

The Sleeping Madonna of Canoscio

Fabbrecce, Umbria

Situated on top of the hill of Canoscio, which in Latin means luogo bianco (white place), is the Basilica Sanctuary of the

July 29 2013 / Places

Arm Strongarms

Montone, Umbria

One can hardly imagine that this quiet hilltop town was once a warfaring medieval fortress belonging to the condottiero (Renaissance mercenary

July 2 2013 / Art & Archaeology

Stone Animals About Town


Announcement: Many thanks to all who are contributing to ItalianNotebook’s ongoing fundraising efforts. It’s heartening to see the reaction of

October 2 2012 / Places

Villa La Pietra – 4 Sides To a Villa

Florence, Tuscany

All of us view villas and their gardens with different perspectives. After visiting Villa La Pietra, a four-sided country villa

July 27 2012 / Places

The Horizontal Watermill

Citta’ di Castello, Umbria

The Serafini family has a watermill that runs through their house. Literally. Unlike vertical watermills, theirs is horizontal… the water

July 18 2012 / Local Interest

The Bee Whisperer

Fabrecce, Umbria

A loud humming noise was coming from around the corner, and sure enough, there was a swarm of thousands… tens

May 7 2012 / Art & Archaeology

The Majolica Man

Deruta, Umbria

Since the early Middle Ages Deruta has been the centre of the production of majolica (maiolica). Majolica is no ordinary

October 19 2011 / Art & Archaeology

Pinacoteca Ambrosiana

Milan, Lombardia

The Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, a public art gallery, was established in 1618 alongside the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, the library. Federico Borromeo, the

July 27 2011 / Food & Wine


Venice, Veneto

Cicchetti, also referred to by the Venetians as cicchetin, comes from the Venetian verb: to cicchettare, which means to snack

July 7 2011 / Art & Archaeology

Museo del Novecento

Milan, Lombardia

Milan’s new Museo del Novecento (Museum of the nine{teen}hundreds, i.e. twentieth century) is an architectural delight, full of contemporary paintings

June 22 2011 / Places

The Rocca Albornoziana

Spoleto, Umbria

Built by Cardinal Albornoz in 1359-1370, the Rocca (Fortress) was built on top of the hill of Sant’Elia above Spoleto.

May 20 2011 / Local Interest

Stromboli Smarts

Stromboli, Sicily

Small roads = no cars Besides its fabulous food and magnificent views, the Strombolani “urban planners” did the island a

May 10 2011 / Local Interest

Marbleized Paper Master

Venice, Veneto

Alberto Valese is a master of the marbleized technique used to decorate paper with colorful motifs that replicate the veins

April 8 2011 / Art & Archaeology

The Fish Columns

Venice, Veneto

Every time I travel to Venice I try to see the beautiful Rialto Fish Market (Campo della Pescheria), but I

March 22 2011 / Food & Wine

Le Civette

Citerna, Umbria

If there was ever a town hidden away between Tuscany and Umbria that would be Citerna. What better place than

February 14 2011 / Art & Archaeology

The Lions of Venice

Venice, Veneto

Legend has it that two Venetian merchants stole the remains of St. Mark the Evangelist from Alexandria in the 9th