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Naples and its surrounding territory are a land of contradictions where the thirst for wonder and magic, the unknown and the curious blend with the seductive sun-religion of the pagans. Photo from "One Day in Naples" Exhibit by Flavia Loreto

Rites, magic and mysteries of Naples: the miracle of its millennial charm

Magic, mystery, a thirst for wonders and for the unknown, and a pagan sun-religion. Naples metabolizes three thousand years of culture and...
The stunning works of Villa Romana del Casale also include the famed "Bikini Girls", a depiction of a group of young women wearing bandeau tops, bikini bottoms and even anklets that would look perfectly at home on beaches of Southern California today.

The Bikini girls, archeological gems of Piazza Armerina

When modern bikini hit the shelves in Paris in the summer of 1946, Mediterranean women quickly snatched up it. One year later the world’s smallest...
If you know how to read a Venice map you'll unearth the hidden history of the city

Decoding Venice’s hidden history right under your feet

The streets of Venice cast their spells on thousands of visitors every year. From the day-trippers ticking St Mark’s off their bucket list to summer...
Hermitage of San Colombano, Trambileno. Photo by freeteo

Seclusion, solitude and scenic settings: Italy’s hidden monasteries

Ever since Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness, Christians have sought solitude as an act of devotion and dedication to peaceful prayer. Devout and...

Emilia-Romagna, Land of Filmmakers (Part II): Antonioni and Ferrara

After visiting Fellini’s hometown of Rimini, our journey through the cinematic roots of the Emilia-Romagna region leads us to the city of Ferrara...

Bustling Bagheria, town of villas, eccentricity and art

Bagheria is a curiosity, a literary space in the most exotic place in Europe: Sicily at the crossroads of the Mediterranean, part of Europe and...
View of the promenade in the downtown of Alghero, Sardinia. Photo by AlKan32

Alghero, a small Barcelona in Italy

Barcellonetta, an Italian term meaning small and pretty Barcelona, is the nickname for the city of Alghero, on the Northern coast of Sardinia dating...
Vista panoramica di Trani. Photo by milla74

Southern Italy’s Diverse Heritage (part III)

We made a brief stop at Grassano, one of the two small southern villages where Mussolini exiled Carlo Levi to silence him during the fascist’s...

Emilia-Romagna, Land of Filmmakers (Part I): Fellini and Rimini

I n the summer of 2015, the city of Bologna hosted in its town hall a successful exhibition titled Emilia-Romagna, terra di cineasti (Emilia-Romagna...

The Malaspina Castle of Fosdinovo, a Place Shrouded in Mystery

During the early Rena-issance, the noble Malaspina family became so powerful that it managed to rule over the border region between Tuscany, Liguria...

Famed for ’dying’, Civita di Bagnoregio instead reborn

The pristine medieval village Civita di Bagnoregio has paradoxically found a boom in tourism due to its slow, steady collapse down a jagged cliff of...
Tricarico is the birthplace of poet and writer Rocco Scotellaro  and was also the home, for more than a decade,  of the American anthropologist and writer, Ann Cornelisen. Tricarico. Photo by PasBel

Southern Italy’s Diverse Heritage (part II)

After three eventful days in Naples, we rented a car and drove over the mountain pass to the Amalfi Coast, the iconic site of southern affluence and...
Even a brief stroll in Venice can take you under buildings and over water. Photo by anatoliycherkas

Venice on Foot (Venezia a piedi)

Without cars, buses or other vehicles, Venice is a pedestrian paradise—until you get lost. As I discovered on a recent visit, you need more than a...
A view of Gubbio city, a town and comune in the far northeastern part of the Italian province of Perugia (Umbria). It is located on the lowest slope of Mt. Ingino, a small mountain of the Apennines. — Photo by mauriziobiso_1

Umbria, Land of Saints and Traditions (Part III): Gubbio

After Cascia and Todi, the journey to re-discover the customs and traditions of Umbria and its local saints stops in another astonishing medieval...

Italy’s best kept secret: the Sabine Hills

Just 25 miles north of Rome, the Sabine Hills are the perfect alternative to other well known regions such as Tuscany. Its quintessentially Italian...

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