fbpx
468x60
Parks and Nature
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 movement to 16th century Italy? It was here in the city of Pisa (1544) then Padua (1545) that the world's first botanical gardens were set up. ...

READ MORE +
Exploring Italy’s Parks

Fall is a great time to explore Italy's national and regional parks, what with the beautiful foliage changing colors and the majority of tourists - both Italian and international - having packed up their bags and headed home. Italy currently has 22 national parks - with two more in the process of ...

READ MORE +
The Real Pinocchio

Last November, the New York Review of Books released Carlo Collodi's The Adventures of Pinocchio under its NYRB Classics imprint. The tale, as reviewed by Tim Parks in the latest issue, is much darker than the Disneyfied version. After the jump is Parks' full review. As always, I urge you to ...

READ MORE +
Italian Villas and Their Gardens

Just in time for late spring and summer romps around Italy comes the reissue of Edith Wharton's 1904 landscaping classic Italian Villas and Their Gardens. According to curators with the New York Society Library's Green Art collection, "Wharton visited some fifty villas around Rome, ...

READ MORE +
What’s Old Is New Again: Rome’s Via Appia Antica

Now that we've entered the Holy Season, tourism to Rome is going to start heating up again quite quickly. Of course, you can follow the pilgrimage throngs around the Lenten Station circuit. Or, you can travel outside the city walls to check out the Via Appia Antica. David Farley's one-day ...

READ MORE +
Coloring the Skies: Kite Festival in Umbria

This weekend, the incredibly picturesque town of Castiglione del Lago, located on the banks of Lake Trasimeno in Umbria, will become even more beautiful as the skies fill with kites of all shapes, sizes, and colors. The event is called Coloriamo i Cieli, and it features some of the world's most ...

READ MORE +
Italofile
Logo