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Ancient Greek Temples and Mozzarella di Bufala in Paestum

If you tell a Roman that you are going Paestum for the weekend, invariably he or she will tell you: "Make sure you pick up some mozzarella di ...

A Special Harvest: Exploring Anatomical Theaters in Padua and Bologna

Much of what we know today about anatomy was first discovered and documented in Renaissance Italy.

Will Work For Wine: Luca Signorelli’s Orvieto Duomo Contract and His Intoxicating, Apocalyptic Fresco Cycle

In 1499, Tuscan artist Luca Signorelli signed a contract to paint two remaining sections of the Cappella Nuova (new chapel) of the Duomo in the ...

In Rome, Communing Over Coffee

In the mornings after I've sent the kids off to school and tidied up the house I go down and have my morning cappuccino. I have my pick of ...

Visions of Veronese Green: In Search of the Sublime Shade in Venice

Veronese Green is named after Verona-born painter Paolo Caliari, also known as Veronese. I used the color to guide me on my travels in Venice.

Everything is Authentic

Trying to decide if a travel experience is authentic or not is like trying to separate “travelers” from “tourists.” That debate separates those who ...

Lost in Translation: A Look at the Gruesome Stories Behind Rome’s Monuments and Art

We admire Italy's art and monuments for color, style, and the skillfulness of their creators. But the gruesome stories that many of these famous ...

Rome Revisited: What Has and Hasn’t Changed

Rome is changing. Rome has changed. You hear those phrases around Rome all the time these days. Crime, corruption, unemployment, immigration, ...

August in Italy: The Things You’ll Need

The prevailing travel wisdom about Italy has always been to avoid going to the country in August. "Don't go to Italy in August!" they say, ...

Writer’s Block, Italian Style

This is what happens when you have writer's block and you are supposed to write about Italy.

The Roman Spring of Tennessee Williams

In the late winter/early spring of 1948, American playwright Tennessee Williams arrived in Rome in need of a change of scenery. Williams, of course, ...

The 7 Hills of Rome: What Are They and What Can You See?

Rome is a city of many hills. But the seven hills of Rome are the original hills on which the ancient city was founded.

Important Dates in Italian History for the Curious Traveler

A short primer on a few of the dates you will encounter while meandering the streets and squares of Italy.

The Art of Nobel Winner Dario Fo

Dario Fo's "The Earthquake in L'Aquila" Calling Italian playwright Dario Fo a "Renaissance" man would probably irk him given his long history of ...

Rooted in Italy: The World’s First Botanical Gardens

It has been said (too many times) that all roads lead to Rome. But did you know that you could trace botanical medicine and even the environmental ...

Braving the Elements: A Rare Snowfall in Rome

Over the past weekend, Rome got pelted with eight inches of snow, the largest single snowfall in the capital since 1986. The rare snowfall ...

Marble Run: Shopping for Traditional Marbled Products in Italy

Marble, either as a substance or a style, runs through three different artisan crafts that are famous in Italy.

Give the Gift of Italian Culture

When my colleagues in the Italy Blogging Roundtable and I decided to write on the topic "gifts" for our December post, I knew exactly what I wanted ...

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