susan nelson

My love for Italy stems from 2 week whirlwind trip I took to Europe 12 years ago that left me smitten. I am an American writer living in Oregon where I write for my website, timelessitaly.me  I am working on my first book and you may find me on Facebook and Twitter.

Monteleone d’Orvieto: A Little Village with a Lot of Pride

Monteleone d’Orvieto: A Little Village with a Lot of Pride

One of the attributes of the many medieval hamlets of Umbria and Tuscany that I especially love are the old traditions that have been passionately...
Piazzale Michelangelo ~ Florence’s Renaissance Cityscape from Above

Piazzale Michelangelo ~ Florence’s Renaissance Cityscape from Above

“Tonight the sun has died like an Emperor…great scarlet arcs of silk…saffron…green…crimson…and the blaze of Venus to remind one of the absolute and...
How Much Do You Know About the 5 Triumphal Arches of the Roman Forum?

How Much Do You Know About the 5 Triumphal Arches of the Roman Forum?

When I had my first visit to Rome, I bought a little book from a vendor called “Rome Past & Present.” It has photos of each ruin in the Roman...
Naples: Santa Chiara has a “Secret Garden” of Majolica Tiles

Naples: Santa Chiara has a “Secret Garden” of Majolica Tiles

Susan takes us to Naples, where she explores a special place related to Santa Chiara. The old looming Church of Santa Chiara in the heart of Naples...
Geometric Mosaics of Ancient Rome

Geometric Mosaics of Ancient Rome

One of my Italian passions is the study of the ancient Romans. I especially love the artwork, like the excavated wall frescoes in Pompeii and Ostia,...
Step Inside a Trullo in Puglia

Step Inside a Trullo in Puglia

I felt like I had just stepped into the Hobbit’s Shire when I arrived in the small whitewashed village of Alberobello. Little people scampering in...
The Giant of Monterosso

The Wounded Giant of Monterosso

Allied bombs and rough seas have reduced the once mighty turn of the century giant into an armless ruin. Il Gigante continues to shoulder the weight...
Puglia’s Tranquil Masseria Provenzani (Part 2)

Puglia’s Tranquil Masseria Provenzani (Part 2)

The second part of Susan's story about Masseria Provenzani. Mamma Giulia, the chef imperial at the masseria, is never far from the kitchen. She sure...
Ventotene is one of the Ponziane islands

Italy’s Ventotene Island ~ This Tiny Package Holds Big Surprises (Part Two)

Susan's trip to Ventotene goes on and she helps us learn more about local traditions and foods. The next day for lunch, we were greeted with big...
Puglia’s Tranquil Masseria Provenzani

Puglia’s Tranquil Masseria Provenzani (Part 1)

My first authentic taste of Puglia was at Masseria Provenzani, located north of Lecce in Casalabate. A masseria is a fortified farmhouse in the...

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