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

June 8 2015 / Places

Lipari: Among the Volcanos

Lipari, Sicilia

Nestled amongst the Aeolian Islands, Lipari is the largest island of this volcanic archipelago in the Tyrrhenian Sea north of

June 4 2015 / Local Interest

Exploring Scheggino

Scheggino, Umbria

Inspired by Anne Robichaud, intrepid guide to all wonders Umbrian, we hopped in the car and travelled to Scheggino. We

May 4 2015 / Places

The Grotto Sanctuary of Monte Stella

Pazzano, Calabria

This small village situated between Mount Stella and Mount Consolino overlooking the Stilaro Valley, was founded by miners who worked

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 18 2015 / Places

Height + Wind = Awesome

Mount Etna, Sicily

Awesome! …a word that has become trivialized from overuse. Yet an enthusiast of national parks expects a certain amount of

February 9 2015 / Art & Archaeology

Fiavè: Life on Stilts

Fiavè, Trentino Alto-Adige

Long before Amsterdam, Venice and the Kingdom of Paeonia, but sometime after the Flintstones of Bedrock, a small prehistoric tribe

February 6 2015 / Local Interest


Mount Vesuvius, Campania

From the days when British Ambassador William Hamilton wore through his shoes (and those of his long-suffering servants) upon the

October 20 2014 / Places

The Gardens of Villa Lante

Bagnaia, Lazio

At the height of the Renaissance, Cardinal Gambara commissioned an elegant garden to be built near Viterbo, inspired by designs

October 9 2014 / Places

Ventotene Checklist

Ventotene, Lazio

Before you leave for a few days on paradiso, aka the island of Ventotene, you’ll probably want to jot down a

October 1 2014 / Places

No Parking Picnic Castle

Actually, it’s called Castelluccio (little castle), not that No Parking Picnic Castle is much more original, granted. Yet, that’s the

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 24 2014 / Places

On the Coast of the Gods: Capo Vaticano

Capo Vaticano, Calabria

Are you planning to visit Tropea? Well, you should consider including Capo Vaticano in your itinerary. About 10km from Tropea,

September 17 2014 / Food & Wine

Scheggino Enticements

Scheggino, Umbria

A five-kilometer-long tunnel now links the Valle Umbra Nord (North Umbrian Valley) pastoral landscapes – sweeps of vineyards, silvery olive

September 16 2014 / Places

Secret Torre Flavia

Marina di Cerveteri, Lazio

Granted, summer is coming to an end, but a mile stretch of undeveloped beach, 20 minutes from Rome with two

September 15 2014 / Places

Tellaro and its Mythical Octopus

Tellaro, Liguria

Tiny Tellaro, one of the last villages lining the Ligurian coast before it melts into the region of Tuscany, is

September 10 2014 / Local Interest

Grotta Zinzulusa – The Raggedy Cave

Castro, Puglia

South of Lecce along the Salento coast of Puglia, on your way to the very tip of Puglia’s heel, St.

September 8 2014 / Food & Wine


Oltrepo' Pavese, Lombardia

Walking in the vineyards regularly allows one to see the grapes maturing, from the negligibly small flowers (if you haven’t