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Villa d’Este

Villa d’Este

At Tivoli, the ancient Romans must have been very happy indeed. A modest altitude and the fresh waters of the Aniene river made it a place of deliciou...

Montefiore Conca

Montefiore Conca

A few miles from the coast of Romagna, there lies a truly enchanting place.  If you leave the glimmering shoreline and venture a little way inlan...

Rome in summer

Rome in summer

Were it not for the subtropical heat and the bright colours blaring in the sunlight, Rome in summer reminds you of the sea in winter. It’s &ldqu...

Lago d'Orta

Lago d'Orta

How do we define a place as ‘special’? If it has a special beauty, certainly, but also if it has a special atmosphere. Some would cite the...

The Tremiti Islands

The Tremiti Islands

From a penal colony to the crown of Apulian tourism, Tremiti hasn’t had the chance to become a slick crowd-pleaser. Instead it has retained...

Loving the cherry plum

Loving the cherry plum

In the Casentino area between Arezzo and Florence there is a wide valley, dominated by the castle of Romena on one side and the castle of Poppi o...

Christmas Markets

Christmas Markets

Doing the shopping is something far more complex than the mere purchase of products. It also involves conversation, however brief; it involves specula...

Grecìa Salentina

Grecìa Salentina

What defines Salento are the thousand and one parts to it. Each place brings a new atmosphere: broadly similar, yet somehow peculiar. Ever...

Cilento, art and life

Cilento, art and life

Visiting the archaeological park of Paestum is a sublime experience. The ancient Greek polis of Poseidonia, later Romanized as Paestum, is,...

Ponza: the isle of isles

Ponza: the isle of isles

Even compared to the thousands of other jewels in Italy’s crown, the island of Ponza shines with a blazing light, and not only because of the st...

The Uffizi


The Uffizi


As a Florentine, I confess that I have always looked down my nose at the queues stretching outside the Uffizi. They represent what Florence means for...

Venice in twenty-twenty

Venice in twenty-twenty

Perhaps it’s still not time for the Lagoon City to take stock. Some call it the most beautiful city in the world, before reaching for the famous...