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Tomatoes: they come in all shapes and sizes, their color moving from the deepest, brightest red to a golden green, all the way to hues that reach the depth of purples. They can also be yellow, bright, and full of …

Italy is filled with Renaissance beauty: Florence, Perugia, and Siena. Mantova, Pavia and Ferrara, just to name a few.  This is not surprising, because the Renaissance, the historical and cultural period that, in Italy, runs from the very early 14th century to …

There is something akin to poetry in a nice trip by train: the landscape running fast outside the windows, the soft lulling of the carriage, the opportunity of daydreaming, thinking, and reflecting while you move towards a new destination. Of course, …

To most of us, Mount Vesuvius is at once a beautiful postcard and a deadly killer. We can’t forget the magic of a Neapolitan landscape, with the city gently laying on the waters of its gulf and Mount Vesuvius, sometimes pictured with …

Have you ever been to Italy and had your heart stolen? And have you ever wondered what it would be like to own your own property in Italy? A piece of paradise with your name on it? I imagine the …


In the rest of the country is al bar per l’aperitivo, but in Venezia, you go to the bàcaro for cicchetti. If you’re not familiar with them, you’re forgiven: neither was I until an old friend from Veneto, back in the days when I was …

As a former – and long-time – resident of the British Isles, I like reading Irish and English newspapers. During the first, 2020 Covid-19 lockdown I forked out for two subscriptions, one for Dublin’s Irish Times and one for London’s Daily Telegraph: both …

Sardinia, along with other areas of Italy such as Cilento (Campania), is a place with reaching 100 is not that unusual, and it is especially so in Perdasdefogu, in the province of Nuoro, a village of just over 1,700 that recently …

Imagine the stupor, the surprise Paolo Dal Poggetto, then director of the Museo delle Cappelle Medicee Florence, must have felt when he discovered, entirely by chance, the last secret of Michelangelo Buonarroti. The year was 1975, the location was the Basilica di San Lorenzo, more precisely the Sagrestia …

Last week Pesaro, a lively town of about 100.000 in the Marche region, was proclaimed Italy’s Capital of Culture for the year 2024. The announcement was given by Italian Minister for Cultural Heritage and Activities, Dario Franceschini, whose recent proposition to help …


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