Rome Countryside

A long weekend in the Rome countryside

Rome is such a draw, such an over-achiever, that many travelers never see some of Italy’s finest historical treasures in the nearby rolling hills...
Lazio

Hospitality, Lazio style

“You must try fario!” our host exclaimed. “Brown trout love our Amiene River,” he continued, “and they thrive only in such pure waters as...
Casetel di Tora, Italy

Castel di Tora, Italy

Castel di Tora, just over an hour from Rome on the autostrada, is a world away.  Perched on a hill above Lake Turano, the...
Montecassino

Montecassino

Montecassino Abbey is an impressive work of art with extraordinary mosaics, carvings and frescoes, as well as a thriving Benedictine monastery.  Founded by Saint...
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...
Cammino di San Benedetto

Along Italy’s Cammino di San Benedetto

31 October 2016. The earthquakes of October destroyed the Basilica of Saint Benedict in Norcia and have restricted access to the northernmost stretches of...
Vineyard in Lunigiana, Tuscany

Lunigiana: Tuscany’s hidden corner

Lunigiana, in Tuscany's far northwest corner, is greener, wilder and at least as welcoming as the parts of Tuscany we all know. Vineyards set...
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 husband...
Milan's Duomo

The Milan Duomo at sunset

Milan's spectacular cathedral is an iconic view of the city, the subject of countless postcards, web pages and travel calendars. The Milan Duomo spikes...
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...
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