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It’s been six years since the devastating earthquakes that tore through central Italy, causing death, destruction and pain. People lost their homes, their loved ones and, in many cases, their livelihood; they lost their community, their social network and their …

Mention you’re going to Puglia and chances are people will ask about Bari or Lecce, maybe the Gargano Peninsula or the trulli of Alberobello. But it’s unlikely that anyone will ask you about Barletta. Yet a day trip to this …

Oratino is a quaint little village in the province of Campobasso, Molise. With its 1,450 inhabitants, of which only about 200 live within the old borough, Oratino well embodies the image many of us have of the “traditional Italian hamlet” we learned …

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Sarteano is a village of almost 5,000, located in the province of Siena, 525 meters along the slopes of Mount Cetona.  Narrow alleys and beautifully preserved medieval squares made this small but lively settlement in the Senese hills a fantastic …

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It’s hard to find a place not to like in Tuscany, an Italian region rich in food, wine, culture, and picture-perfect landscapes. A region reminiscent of a mosaic, her small borgos and villages coalesce as elements of a stunning big …


Cars, motorcycles, and busses whiz at breakneck speed on the modern roadway that encircles this ancient town. Commerce is healthy here, just as it seems to always have been. Eyes divert, though, to a sea of emerald grass, a solid …

I have spent years living in what we call the “alto Salento” part of Puglia, which means the upper part. Puglia is a very big region, full of little towns to discover and I made it my mission, this past …

Pietrapertosa is a small village in the Potenza province of Basilicata, with 1,200 residents. It is beautifully located in the Dolomiti Lucane, a mountain range that shares name and beauty with its more famous cousins, up North. Its name comes …

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Stereotypes are hard to die and they are more complex than we may think. Because if it’s very easy to dismiss them as superficial nonsense, sometimes they do hold a grain of truth, under all that silly fluff.  I don’t …

Our favorite time of year to travel is the “off-season”, and we do so frequently, but even we were surprised to find a castle hotel of this caliber for a mere $66. Off-season travel offers many benefits: lower lodging prices, …


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