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Isola delle Femmine, where the majesty of ‘Joltin’ Joe’ DiMaggio lives on

“ Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio? A nation turns its lonely eyes to you,” Simon and Garfunkel sang in their 1960s song Mrs. Robinson. Baseball...

Ferrazzano: Giovanni Di Niro and the toiling Molisans who made America great

Though ancient, the aerie of Ferrazzano has survived unspoiled into the 21st century. The medieval village of Samnite origin also gave birth to actor...

Gravina in Puglia, a nexus of antiquity, superstition and hopeful innovation

Deep-rooted cultural and religious rituals are resplendent in Gravina in Puglia , an ancient town sitting timelessly beside one of the many karst...

Ortisei: The heavenly mountain peaks of Giorgio Moroder

Magical things happen on mountain peaks. Sometimes they can give birth to gods. The sublime, monumental and spectacular landscapes of Italy’s...

Micam, the miraculous beauty of Italian shoes

Creative footwear is an essential part of designer collections in Milan. As a shoe obsessive, I attended Micam, Europe’s biggest footwear trade show...

Vico Equense and the human touch: Springsteen, Franklin and the Neapolitan Enlightenment

There is an under-the-radar town that has a few secrets up its sleeve. Its name is Vico Equense and dates back to pre-Roman times. The picturesque...

Italian inventions: the utilitarian table fork, once a “scandalous” innovation

In most western households, forks are a basic part of a table setting — unless you’re all eating is soup. The relationship Italians have with the...

Bisacquino: birthplace of Frank Capra and goat horn-handled knives

Even today, the hilltop village of Bisacquino is a place for those in search of a forceful Sicilian character all its own. Deep in majestic Mount...

Rasiglia: singing waters and legacy of the loom

A tiny hamlet in the peaceful Umbrian hills has become a popular destination thanks to what we would call the social media effect. Its name is...

Lerici: secrets, solace and sorrows on the Gulf of Poets

There is something at the heart of Lerici that works on my imagination to create magic as interesting things happened in its world of sand and sea,...