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The contrada of Valdimontone (Valley of the Ram) parade through the streets of Siena in preparation for the Palio April 28, 2013 in Siena, Italy. — Photo by _fla

Siena the Time Machine

If you stand in the middle of Piazza de Campo in Siena early in the morning, you’ll have a strange sensation. Empty and quiet, this perfectly...

Gino Bartali: Legendary cyclist and quiet hero of World War 2

The 100th edition of the Giro d’Italia is well underway. A celebration of Italian cycling and one of the most famous tours of its kind in the world...
Internal view of San Galgano abbey in Tuscany, Italy. — Photo by michelecaminati

Italy’s own Sword in the Stone. The legend of San Galgano

We all know the legend of King Arthur and the Sword in the stone. But what you might not know is that Italy has its own version. And you can find it...
Adoration of the Magi by Leonardo da Vinci (1481)

In search of Leonardo da Vinci

This month one of Da Vinci’s celebrated works, The Adoration of the Magi is returning to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence after 6 years of restoration...
Cosimo de' Medici. Portrait by Jacopo Pontormo

Medici: Masters of Fiction

Medici, Masters of Florence has recently made an appearance on television. Like everyone with an interest in Italy I couldn’t wait to see it. And...
Riomaggiore fishing village during evening twilight blue hour, seascape in Five lands, Cinque Terre National Park, Liguria, Italy. — Photo by olgacov

That’s Amore: In search of Italy’s most romantic spots

Italy is the land of love, a romantic destination par excellence. So with Valentines Day fast approaching, it’s time to explore some of the peninsula...
Historic buildings of Certaldo (Florence, Tuscany, Italy)— Photo by clodio

Certaldo Alto: Medieval charm in the heart of Tuscany

A small Medieval town perched on a hill is one of the sights that define the Tuscan landscape. You’ll have heard of San Gimignano and Cortona, but...
San Giovanni in Corte baptistery and Palazzo Pretorio in Pistoia, Italy— Photo by AlKan32

Exploring Pistoia. The Italian Capital of Culture for 2017

Next year promises to be big for Pistoia. This little-known town in the north of Tuscany has just been chosen as the Italian Capital of Culture for...
The cover of Dan Brown's bestselling novel, "Inferno,". (Random House )

Walk the secret passages of Palazzo Vecchio as seen in “Inferno”

Now that Dan Brown’s Inferno has exploded onto the big screen, you may be wondering what you’re in for. Personally I enjoyed it, and for one reason...

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