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Carnevale and its thousand faces

When I was a child, Carnevale was the occasion to don some improbable outfit, usually involving satin gowns and glitter or, depending on the mood of...

Turin offers us a “bicerin”of tradition

While I write, I’m sitting in my own house in the hills of the Langhe, a good feet of snow outside. It’s that time of the year when the scent of...

Land of many faces: the Crete Senesi

She lies just south of Siena, this stark yet soft and wizened land. Her sensuously rolling landscape is ever-changing — breathtakingly alluring when...

The truth behind ceramic Moorish heads

Any trip to Southern Italy is never complete without browsing through dozens of ceramic stores from the Amalfi coast, to Puglia and throughout the...

La Vucciria, mirror to Palermo’s soul

Photography is an incredible versatile form of visual expression, yet there are instances when only painters, with their brushes, charcoals and...

There's more than one leaning tower in Italy

I taly’s towers are an integral part of her appeal, yet comparatively few remain. At the height of its development, Lucca boasted 250 towers; today...

Magnificent Muro Lucano, buds of hope after battles

There are well-kept secrets hidden behind the southern Appennine Mountains in the remote, charming village of Muro Lucano, set amid the rugged beauty...

Christmas in Italy: unique traditions and destinations

String some lights, hang a wreath, decorate the tree, and deck the halls with every form of green and red imaginable – Christmas is nigh! But have...

History underneath history: Italy’s underground secrets

When I still lived abroad, I once visited my brother in Rome with two Irish friends, who were astonished by the fact the city only had two...

Castellammare del Golfo – Sicily’s seaside treasure

It’s a scientific fact (as if we needed proof) that fresh salt air, serene blue seas, and sand sifting between our toes is the best stress busting...

The 16th century pharmacy of the Pope

Every city has them, the so-called “hidden gems.” The places rarely visited by tourists, and the ones often forgotten about by locals. Living in a...

“Tutte le strade portano a Roma” and some have very quirky names

Indeed, at the times of the Empire, all roads led to Rome, especially when you think the Romans are behind the creation of the first Italian and...

The secret waters of Liscia

Water carries life within: nothing could be and exist without it. Water is also frightful, because of its power, which destroys and obliterates. A...

Cycling in Ferrara - Emilia Romagna’s city of bicycles

Ferrara: oh, the tragedy of having overlooked this beauty of an Italian city for so many years! But we’re in the good company of a whole lot of other...

Venice’s mouths of truth

Venice at the height of its power conjures images of merchant traders, carnival masks and debauchery. But for all its decadence Venetian life was...

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