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A Journey to Porto Ercole, Caravaggio's “Last Resort”

There is a place in southern Tuscany, just near the border with the Lazio region, to which vacationers, as well as art historians and culture lovers...

Beautiful alternatives ... to beauty: lesser known ltalian locations

One of the cons about traveling to Italy is the country has so many touristic hot spots it’s almost impossible to enjoy some quiet. One of the pros...

Mandello del Lario: iconic Moto Guzzi, Manzoni and lakeside mountains

My dad had a bright red Moto Guzzi that in its day was quite sporty and cool, with its spreading eagle wings on the motorbike logo.  He was dating my...

The many names of Italian cities

N ew York is the Big Apple, Chicago is the Windy City and Los Angeles is, as its very name tells us, the City of Angels. Cross that pond and come to...

Tuscany’s Monte Argentario: ancient, azure and alluring

I came across Monte Argentario few years ago and was mesmerized.  It amazed me with its beauty and variety -- in some places rugged and others...

Italy on the silver screen: famous Italian movie locations

Many readers may have been already to the cinema to watch one of the most anticipated movies of this Summer, the modern take on classic comic and...

Volcanic lakes, tufa badlands and ancient baths: the Roman Tuscia

Ancient and of immense interest is the history of Roman Tuscia, also know as Alto Lazio. Its natural characteristics make of it a very peculiar...

The best “borghi” on Italy’s most beautiful islands

Islands: is there anything concocting more perfectly together thoughts of wilderness, mystery and beauty? An island is a world apart, secluded from...

The Small World of Salento

Whether you choose to drive through the heel of Italy, from Lecce to Otranto, or from the Ionian to the Adriatic coast, the breathtaking town of...

Urbino’s Renaissance legacy

Birthplace of artist Raphael, home to one of the most beautiful high Renaissance palaces in the country, UNESCO World Heritage site: you’d think the...

Italy: Beauty Beyond Postcards

Italy is a country rich in culture and history that should be unveiled to the entire international public: too often tourists only end up visiting...

Be my Cicerone, guide me through Arpino

In so many ways, the Romans are ingrained in our ways of thinking. Many of our fundamental thoughts about life have been shaped and tested by the...
The Bravio delle botti (Bravio of the barrels) is an annual race held in the Italian town of Montepulciano since 1974, replacing an equivalent horserace dating back to 1373. Photo: metina.it

Montepulciano – Tuscany’s Medieval Gem

Where the sunrise lifts swirling rounds of swallows skyward over ancient terra-cotta to announce the day, and cobbled streets host the daily walk of...

The last of the Tuscan cowboys

Maremma, southern Tuscany, is a timeless region with ancient roots. People have thrived here for centuries. From the Etruscans to the Medicis to...

Almonds from Sicily: A delicious taste all their own

California may have a lock on the production of almonds—the state produces more than 80 percent of the world’s supply—but if you have never tasted an...

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