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Valtellina: The SPA resort of Bormio

Valtellina: The SPA resort of Bormio

The SPA resort of Bormio, Bagni Vecchi, attests man's ability to create something of such beauty on top of a wondrous nature. This place was...
XIX century Dante Alighieri statue and Santa Croce cathedral in Florence, Italy — Photo by AlKan32

Stendhal’s Syndrome: The disease you can only catch in Florence

When I first heard about Stendhal’s Syndrome I thought it was a joke. It is not. This illness has been scientifically researched and documented; it...
Famous Ponte Vecchio with river Arno - photo by pandionhiatus3

Ponte Vecchio : Florence Oldest Bridge

There’s been a bridge at the site of Florence’s legendary Ponte Vecchio since the days of the ancient Romans. Today it’s a focus for Florence’s...
Portrait Of Lorenzo The Magnificent, Agnolo Bronzino, 1560, Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy

Inside the Medici Chapels, the “Masters of Florence”‘s Mausoleum

It has been just a few weeks since the Italian media coverage began to be monopolized by the success of the new TV series Medici: Masters of Florence...
Display at Florence’s Museum of Zoology and Natural History (La Specola)

The weird and wonderful collection of La Specola, Florence’s strangest museum

The influence of the powerful Medici dynasty can be seen everywhere in Florence. Palazzo Vecchio was once the home of the Medici; the Uffizi Gallery...
Christmas market in Bolzano with lights and decorations— Photo by AntonioGravante

Finding the Christmas spirit in markets around Italy

Christmas time. Children love it: as the days go by and the 25th approaches they can hardly wait to see what Santa is going to leave underneath the...

Bracciano: Where Modern Meets Medieval

Close your eyes. Imagine walking down winding, cobbled lanes that slope increasingly downward, wandering away from the cream and mustard colored...
Fiat 500

Fiat 500 Restoration: You, Me and Sicily

Fiat 500 Restoration: You, Me and Sicily
Hadrian's Villa - Photo by alessandro0770

Walking in the emperor’s footsteps: Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli

Most Roman emperors liked to get out of Rome every now and then. Julius Caesar, Nero and Caligula favoured Baiae in Campania, enjoying its mild...
Swiss Guards at the Vatican— Photo by LuckyTD

The Swiss Guards: Pope's Private Army since 1506

After seeing La Guardia Svizzera , or in English, the Swiss Guard, standing at attention at the gates of the Holy City, donned with their halberds,...
The Greek Theatre is without question the most important feature for sight-seers in Taormina — Photo by samot

Where Greece and Rome once met: Taormina

If you’re an ancient history buff, or if you took Classics in college, you may remember that on one faithful day, sometimes between the 7th and the...
Piedmont Gavi Cortese: Between the Mountains and the Sea

Piedmont Gavi Cortese: Between the Mountains and the Sea

Piedmont Gavi Cortese: Between the Mountains and the Sea
Excavation under the open sky of white marble from Carrara Italy— Photo by Fotografiche

Modern expressions of Italy’s sublime stone

Since my Italian-American Italy has long been renowned for its miracles in stone. From Roman amphitheaters and aqueducts to Michelangelo’s David, the...
As Founder and CEO, Cassandra bills herself as a “personal trip planner and expert in slow-travel and authentic experiences throughout Italy. Photo by Maria Riazanova

Entrepreneurship Opens The Door To Heritage and a Dual Life

Is New York the most Italian city in the United States? For over one hundred years her harbors and airports have accepted (though not always welcomed...
Piazza Navona in Rome, Italy.— Photo by aallm

Confessions of a Piazzalina

"What do you miss most about Italy?” I asked my first Italian teacher in San Francisco many years ago. “ La piazza ,” she said so wistfully that I...

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