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A view of Todi, known as the birthplace of Fra' Jacopone da Todi, the Franciscan friar and mystic who also was one of the most important Medieval Italian poets. Photo: ggkuna

Umbria, Land of Saints and Traditions (Part II): Todi

Leaving Saint Rita's native Cascia behind, our tour of Umbria proceeds to the steep hill of Todi, our second destination. Located in the southwestern...

Umbria, Land of Saints and Traditions (Part I): Cascia

There has never been any doubt that the Umbria region in the heart of Italy is a real “Land of the Saints”. Flocks of people come to this side of the...

Relax and beauty in Sperlonga

Pretty whitewashed houses, narrow alleys and delightful little piazzas: Sperlonga, a quaint maritime village perched on the sides of Monte Magno in...
The Abbey of Montecassino

The Abbey of Montecassino

Slow Tour riding a horse, along the path of St Benedict that leads to the great Abbey of Montecassino, rising up above the Liri valley. Beneath the...
St Benedict's Sacro Speco

St Benedict's "Sacro Speco" (Holy Cave)

The so called Sacro Speco in Subiaco is a place of hermitage that has become work of architecture and art. Here is the cave where the young Benedict...
Giuseppe Verdi Square, Busseto, Parma, Italy - photo by foundfootage

Discovering the Home Land of Verdi

Parma and its Province are the homeland of the excellence of some of the Italian culinary cornerstones. Places that are rich in history and their...
La Battaglia delle Arance si svolge a Ivrea, una cittadina vicino a Torino, durante la stagione del Carnevale. Photo © Francesco Zanon

Ivrea’s colorful carnival: The Battle of the Oranges

What would inspire people to book trips to Ivrea? The small city near Turin is not just your next obscure travel destination. It is an absolutely...
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...
The first masks were very grotesque. They had these noses that had a phallic symbolism

Venice: City of the Incognito

18th Century, Venice. Circling about the snaky, torch-lit alleyways of the ancient city are swarms of masked men and women. Before leaving the house...
The Palazzo Pitti in Florence - Italy— Photo by Leonid_Andronov

Inside the House of Medici (Part III): Palazzo Pitti

The third and last official residence of the Medici in Florence is the grandiose Palazzo Pitti. Located at the foot of the Boboli hill in the...
 Mantua's Tortelli di Zucca. Photo by marcomayer

Mantua, European capital of gastronomy 2017

C ombining simple, local ingredients with tradition, a dash of history and never-ending love Mantuan cuisine is known as the food of princes and...
Carnival of Venice, beautiful masks at St. Mark's Square — Photo by lachris77

The Language of Carnevale

For centuries the pre-Lent festivities of carnevale sumptuously celebrated carne, a word that translates as both "meat' and "flesh," in every sense...

Best Markets in Italy: Il Nuovo Mercato di Testaccio

If you ever find yourself in need of an espresso, a panino (a sandwich), pane or dolci (bread or sweets), or simply good company and a fun outing,...
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...
Allegorical float at Viareggio Carnival held February 23, 2014— Photo by marchesini62

Getting ready for Carnival celebration in Italy

A highlight of travel to Italy in the first quarter of the year is Carnival Season or as they say Carnevale. Celebrations are held roughly 40 days...

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