Wandering Italy

By James Martin | Interesting news and ideas from two journalists' wanderings around the boot. Culture, food, and travel ideas combine to lead you astray.

5 Italian Wineries Not to Miss

Why wine travel? Well, that’s an easy one. Wine takes on the taste of its environment. Great wines are made from surly grapes, grapes that struggle …

Italy

Salento, Puglia

Puglia’s <b>Salento Peninsula</b> is known for its beautiful beaches and coastline but it also has several towns and cities worth a visit. If you’re going to …

Europe

La Foce Garden, Tuscany

Visit <b>La Foce</b>, overlooking the hills of Tuscany’s beautiful Val d’Orcia, to see its stunning <b>gardens</b>. Built in the late 15th century as a hostel for …

Europe

Basilicata Cities Map Travel Guide

Basilicata Map & Travel Guide <br>From Ghost Towns to Fabulous Beach Resorts to Cave Churches<p>You've pushed through the crowds in Rome, Venice and …

Europe

Abruzzo Attraction Map Travel Guide

Abruzzo Map & Travel Guide <br>Wild and Wonderful, (A Tiny Bit) Dangerous and Enchanting Abruzzo<p>The wild and unspoiled landscapes of the Abruzzo, with …

Europe

Sulmona, Abruzzo

Sulmona is said to be the prettiest city in central Italy’s Abruzzo region. Set in a picturesque position on a plateau below the mountains, Sulmona …

Europe

Wine With a Future: Cà du Ferrà

Italy changes you. Just when you think your aching joints won’t let you climb another hill so you can be in awe of yet another stunning view, …

Italy

Tunneling the Italian Riviera

Ah, sunny Bonassola! We are in this seaside paradise to sample the real pesto, the kind pounded out by Italian mothers using Cararra marble mortars …

This video explains why knights in medieval art fought snails

Knights fought snails in the margins of medieval books. Here’s where the unusual trope comes from.<p>At first, it’s a completely mystifying image: Why do medieval manuscripts show knights fighting snails? These marginal illustrations are surprisingly common (you can peruse a few colorful, snail-filled …

Lerici, Gulf of Poets

Italians have a catchphrase for exactly what the pretty seaside town of <b>Lerici</b> is all about: <i>far niente</i>. It refers to the Italian art of doing nothing. …

Pompeii unveils Roman kiss | DW Travel | DW.COM | 10.02.2017

The lava may have cooled 2,000 years ago but Pompeii is a hot destination this Valentine's day with a special opening of the exceptionally preserved …

Rome

Monte Sant'Angelo, Puglia

Monte Sant’Angelo is a picturesque white town at the highest point on Puglia’s <b>Gargano Promontory</b>, the spur of the boot. Best known for its pilgrimage …

Michaelangelo's Marble Is Being Sold Cheap by Industrialists

One morning, citizens of this small Tuscan city, tucked away on the western slopes of the Apuan Alps in northern Italy, awoke to a strange protest. …

Vinca, Italy - A Fascinating Village on the Edge of Nowhere

I spend much of my time in Italy searching for the past, which, like most romantics, I assume to be superior to the present. Forgotten mountain …

Europe

Piemonte Map and Travel Guide

Piemonte Travel Guide <br>Great wine, forts, monasteries and more await the visitor to the Piedmont<p>On the Italian side of the alps you'll find Piemonte, …

Europe

5 Rome Day Trips

While there are more than enough sites and attractions to keep you busy in Rome, it’s nice to get out of the city for a day trip. These are 5 of my …

Rome

Can Tourists Save the Good Shepherd?

Tonio Creanza Cutting BreadEver notice how an act of faith carried out in public often makes observers uncomfortable? When Tonio Creanza picks up a …

Food

Matera, Southern Italy

<b>Matera</b>, one of the world’s oldest permanently inhabited cities, is a fascinating place to visit. Its two picturesque <b>sassi</b> districts, with houses …

Europe

Lecce, Puglia Travel Guide

Lecce is the principal city of the <b>Salento</b> Peninsula, the heel of the boot, in southern Italy’s Puglia regoin.<p>Due to a soft limestone that’s easy to …

Europe

Carnival Festivals in Italy

<i>Carnevale</i>, Italy’s carnival or mardi gras, is celebrated 40 days before Easter, the day before Lent begins. Although Venice holds the most famous …

Festivals

Romantic Places in Italy

Italy is a top destination for romantic getaways and honeymoons so there’s no shortage of romantic places to go. Here are 5 of Italy’s top romantic …

Europe

Naples Vomero Hill: Looking Down on Creation

There are many reasons travelers don’t go to Naples, I’m told. Chief among them are crime, the Mafia, and garbage. All of them are linked, of …

Europe

Ivrea Carnevale: Orange Throwing Like You've Never Seen

I was lucky enough to cover the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, at which time I took a quick trip out to the village of Ivrea to take a peek at what …

Ancient Rome

Ravenna Travel Guide

Sometimes called the city of mosaics, <b>Ravenna</b> is known for its spectacular <b>early Christian mosaics</b>, dating from the fifth and sixth centuries, that …

Rome

Fordongianus: The Living Ruins of a Roman Spa

Sardinia has many fine examples of indigenous architecture. The island’s nuraghi and sacred wells will amaze you.<p>And then there’s the “Roman Stuff”.<p>I …

Travel

New Excavations to Explore at Rome’s Circus Maximus

Last time I was in Rome the Circus Maximus was just a vast grassy area. A pleasant place for a walk, or a picnic perhaps, but nothing more. But now …

Where to Go in Italy 2017

Italy is full of interesting places to visit. In addition to the top Italian cities, these are my recommendations for great places to visit in Italy …

Ferrari Fever

A snail’s pace is all the rage. Slow food, slow travel, slow heads of state. We travelers are stuck on slow.We are out of balance. We are like the …

Europe

Ballooning Italy

How does Chianti look?It’s an odd question, isn’t it, like one you’d see on Quora. Let’s see, in Chianti there’d be verdant rolling hills wrapped …

Hot Air Balloons