Abbey of San Pietro

Abbazia di San Pietro in Valle, Ferentillo, Italy

Our recent walk on the Cammino di San Benedetto began at a picturesque church in Ferentillo, Umbria. The Romanesque church at Abbazia di San...


Porto's Serralves Park and Museum for Contemporary Art offers free entry the first Sunday of each month. Any time, though, Serralves is worth a...
Merian Gardens

Basel’s Merian Gardens: now a “Garden of Switzerland”

Nothing announces spring like daffodils popping up through scraggly grass in Merian Gardens. And once that happens, there's no stopping the day-dreaming after the...
Frieder Burda

Baden-Baden, Germany: Museum Frieder Burda turns 10

The Museum Frieder Burda opened in Baden-Baden in 2004, and I've enjoyed several exhibitions there. Now, an anniversary show,"40|10": 40 Years of the Collection...
Monte Verità

Monte Verità: Switzerland’s ‘Mountain of Truth’

At the beginning of the 20th century, a hilltop in Ascona, Switzerland became a center for unconventional idealists and reformers. Theosophists, writers, visual and...
Walks of Italy Milan

Discovering Old Milan with Walks of Italy

The jaw-dropping splendor of the Duomo's façade is perhaps the most iconic view of Milan, but it's not the only memorable one. When my...
Forli museum Pinacoteca Civica

Forlì’s graceful Pinacoteca Civica

Museums built into heritage buildings always capture my imagination. Whether it's contemporary art in a centuries old structure, or modern fittings stocked with ancient...
San Maurizio

Milan’s little gem: Chiesa di San Maurizio

Perhaps the biggest discovery of our recent visit to Milan was an exquisitely decorated Renaissance convent in city's historic southwest quarter. The church provides...
Basel Museums

Basel museums turn “night into day”

Each January, Basel-area museums and cultural institutions turn "night into day" with a program of exhibitions, short tours, readings, concerts, workshops, games, stories and...
Palazzo Reale

In Turin, Italy, splendid Palazzo Reale

The Merenda Reale, held the last Saturday each month in one of Turin's ornate royal residences, is a re-enactment of a decidedly over-the-top royal...
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