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

March 27 2015 / Food & Wine

Dopolavoro – Let’s gather after work!

La Foce, Tuscany

Just 15 minutes west of Chianciano Terme is one of our favorite restaurants, Dopolavoro, at the beautiful La Foce Estate.

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

January 20 2015 / Art & Archaeology

Castel del Monte: “The Crown of Stone”

Andria, Puglia

Built in 1240 by Swabian Frederick II Hohenstaufen, the impressive Castel del Monte has views stretching in every direction including

December 17 2014 / Places

Santa Margherita di Belice

Santa Margherita di Belice, Sicily

In 1968, an earthquake in the Belice Valley of western Sicily caused many devastated villages to relocate and start over.

September 26 2014 / Events

A Day of Memory in Assisi

Assisi, Umbria

At 11:42 a.m. today in Assisi, all the bells will solemnly toll reminding all of the devastating earthquake on September

June 30 2014 / Art & Archaeology

(Re)-Discovering Caligula

Genzano, Lazio

Dear friends, I’m so happy to introduce a good friend and new ItalianNotebook contributor, Roberto Civetta. Roberto does some incredible

May 20 2014 / Art & Archaeology

Contemporary Art Rescues Ancient Fresco

Viterbo, Lazio

Contemporary artists are helping to restore a 15th century colleague’s fresco in Viterbo’s oldest church, S.Maria Nuova. Instead of depending exclusively on

April 4 2014 / Local Interest

L’Aquila Must Soar again

L'Aquila, Abruzzo

L’Aquila (“the eagle”) must once again take flight: now, its wings are fractured. Graced with medieval churches and elegant Renaissance and

April 1 2014 / Local Interest

Living Heritage – Colosseum Condos

Rome, Italy

While the “Living Heritage” school of archaeology is a recent development within academia, the idea itself is nothing new. The

March 4 2014 / Art & Archaeology

Painting with Stone

Florence, Tuscany

Take time to visit this tiny jewel in Florence: the Opificio delle Pietre Dure. Literally meaning “Factory of Hard Stones”,

February 27 2014 / Places

Framing Palladio: Villa Saraceno

Finale di Agugliaro, Veneto

In Italy, unlike many other places around the world, old buildings don’t die and make way for parking lots and shopping

November 11 2013 / Local Interest

Castiglione del Lago: It’s for the Birds

Castiglion del Lago, Umbria

“It’s for the birds”. Well, it was almost “for the birds”, that medieval guard tower of Castiglione del Lago overlooking Lake

January 17 2012 / Art & Archaeology



You don’t mess with perfection, right? There’s a reason they’re called “masters”, no? As in, the be-alls end-alls of Renaissance

May 19 2010 / Local Interest

Pinchi Organ Transplant – II

Todi, Umbria

…cont’d from Pinchi Organ Transplant We’ve seen majestic organs restored and new ones installed by Fratelli Pinchi (pronounced pinky) in

May 6 2010 / Local Interest

Pinchi Organ Transplant

Foligno, Umbria

The town of Foligno has been famous for its tradition of organ manufacturing as far back as the late middle

April 24 2009 / Art & Archaeology

Rocca Paolina


Can you imagine a foreign ruler tearing down a fourth of your city and building in its place a big

April 16 2009 / Art & Archaeology

San Lorenzo – Antico

Civita di Grote di Castro

As far back as 770 AD, this medieval hamlet was home to inhabitants of the nearby Roman-Etruscan city, Tiro, who

April 1 2009 / Uncategorized

Dome Refurbished


While it might be unfortunate for the visitors who will be coming to see it over the next few months,

February 29 2008 / Local Interest

San Pietrini


Workmen contracted for the ongoing maintenance of St.Peter’s have always been called sanpietrini (literally, “those of St.Peter”). Given that St.Peter’s