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Zafferiamo – the intriguing story of Pieve’s saffron festival

Used since ancient times for cooking, cosmetics and curative properties, saffron is the wonderfully aromatic queen of spices. The Greeks used it to...

Bologna, capital of rediscovered flavors and “Made in Italy” culinary culture

For the longest time, Bologna has been happily known as “The Learned,” “The Fat,” or “The Red.” Until a few months ago, however, the city seemed to...

I Campi Flegrei: the Empire’s Mouth of Hell

You probably know them better as Phlegraean Fields and may be aware they’re not far from Naples and the Vesuvius. Those who studied a bit of Classics...

Fubine Monferrato: a colorful journey to ‘infernot’

Fubine is evocative in autumn with the deep reds, yellows and browns of fallen leaves. You hear the crackle underfoot as you walk the countryside...

Fear in Italy: a trip through the country’s most haunted locations

Fall is my favorite season. Yes, I love chestnuts, truffles, cardigans, chunky scarves and pumpkin pies. But the real reason I love the fall is...

One, two, three steps to heaven

Rome’s Spanish Steps are famous around the globe. As too are Venice’s stepped bridges crossing her countless canals. And the Vatican Museum’s...

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...

Partinico and Alcamo, Sicily: poetic path to Via Frank Zappa

Ironically enough, musical genius Frank Zappa and a 13th century poet, Cielo d’Alcamo, had some important things in common. These artists so vastly...

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...

There’s more to Italian Fall than you think

My memories of the Fall are so stereotipically Italian they could go on a postcard. Those I cherish the most, of course, come from my childhood and...

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...

Venice’s lions still roar

Rome has the she-wolf. Sicily has the 3-legged Medusa. And Turin has il toro, the bull. Up in the northeast, however, the lagoon city of Venice chose...

Chestnuts: Tuscany’s other celebrated Fall fruit

The last gasps of summer play out over the Italian landscape – a land grateful for the sun’s energizing warmth, but oh-so-ready for fall’s cooler...

Savor a section of the Via Francigena: Abbadia di Isola to Monteriggioni “a piedi”

All roads lead to Rome as the old saying goes – all 1,243 miles of road when we’re talking about the Via Francigena, the ancient byway connecting...

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