August 6 2015 / Places

Ortigia, Sicily: Syracuse’s Island

Isola di Ortigia, Sicilia

Driving away from Trapani under a cloudless late spring sky, my rental Cinquecento and I began our four hour drive


July 23 2015 / Local Interest

Reflection on the Hill of Hell

Assisi, Umbria

At the base of a mountain upon which is perched the ancient city of Assisi one sees what in olden


July 3 2015 / Places

Framing Palladio: Ponte degli Alpini

Bassano del Grappa, Veneto

Normally, my satnav directs me to the front gate of a UNESCO World Heritage villa that bears the imprint of


July 2 2015 / Art & Archaeology

Sculpting Space

Rome, italy

You happen to be in the area with a few minutes to spare… Borromini’s San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane calls!


June 23 2015 / Places

Cosmopoli?

Portoferraio, Tuscany

History has no shortage of towns being named after their founders… Alexandria in Egypt, Constantinople, Washington, etc. There’s another one


June 16 2015 / Local Interest

Ponte della Becca

Pavia, Lombardia

South of Pavia two of the main rivers of the North of Italy, the Ticino and the Po, merge to


June 9 2015 / Art & Archaeology

Leonardo Extravaganza

Milano, Lombardia

Ok, granted, Pietro Marani and Maria Teresa Fiorio ARE considered the world’s foremost da Vinci experts… but how do you


June 3 2015 / Places

Framing Palladio: Villa La Rotonda

Vicenza, Veneto

Of all the iconic buildings, churches and monuments spread across the Veneto region of northeastern Italy that bear the imprint


May 27 2015 / Art & Archaeology

Maraini’s FisherPutti Fish Again

Rome, Lazio

Dear friends, Roberto (of the Caligula statue restoration note) has done it again! So happy to have him contributing… Grazie


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


April 29 2015 / Local Interest

Balcone contro Terrazza

Italy

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


April 14 2015 / Art & Archaeology

Teodolinda’s Chapel

Great news, another masterpiece is restored! In this case saved, actually. The fresco was detaching in multiple points from the


April 13 2015 / Places

Città del Gattopardo

Santa Margherita di Belice, Sicily

Santa Margherita di Belice, Sicily – Readers of the Sicilian classic Il Gattopardo will recognize the name of the palace


April 1 2015 / Places

The Stone Ship of Santa Severina

Santa Severina, Calabria

Located 30 minutes inland from Crotone, Santa Severina is a little-known borgo dating back to the 5th Century BC and


March 19 2015 / Places

The Great Roof

Milano, Lombardia

Forget for a second that the train hurtling you across the country at upwards of 200 miles per hour is


March 13 2015 / Places

Scandal in Posillipo

Naples, Campania

Queen Joanna II (1373 – 1435) lived in troubled times. Her series of court favourites and lovers was embroidered in


March 9 2015 / Places

Framing Palladio: Villa Cornaro

Piombino Dese, Veneto

During its heyday, the Doges and aristocrats of Venice built like crazy more than 4,300 sprawling, warm-weather estates in the


March 3 2015 / Places

A Library in the Stables

Roma, Lazio

Art historians and scholars now have a new specialized library for research thanks to ABI, the Associazione Bancaria Italiana (Italian Banks


February 25 2015 / Art & Archaeology

Bs and Bees

Saint Peter's basilica, Vatican City State

It’s a… actually, what is it?! Scholars have a hard time deciding how to categorize Gianlorenzo Bernini’s giant, 66ft.-tall bronze


February 3 2015 / Art & Archaeology

Scolacium Ruins in Roccelletta

Roccelletta di Borgia, Calabria

As you travel along the SS 106 from Catanzaro to Soverato, you can’t help but be drawn to the 12th


January 23 2015 / Places

Massa Marittima, a Tuscan Secret

Massa Marittima, Toscana

Massa Marittima is not on the tourist trail, but it should be. We were captivated when we entered the town


January 21 2015 / Events

Farewell to Presidente Napolitano

Rome, Italy

This past Wednesday the magnificent presidential residence Palazzo Quirinale was vacated by elderly statesman Giorgio Napolitano after his 9 year