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 Small Italian Cities

If you’ve visited Italy’s top cities or you just want to get away from the top tourist sites, here are 5 of my favorite smaller cities. While they …

Europe

Aosta Travel Guide

Aosta is the principal city in Valle d’Aosta, Italy’s smallest region. It’s a beautiful, mountainous region dotted with tiny towns and castles. Aosta …

Europe

Lake Iseo Travel Guide

<b>Lake Iseo</b> is a smaller lake in northern Italy’s Lombardy region, between the larger and more popular Lakes Como and <i>Garda</i>. Its main attraction is <b>Monte</b> …

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Villa d'Este Garden, Tivoli

<b>Villa d’Este</b>, with its stunning <b>Renaissance garden</b>, is in the small town of <b>Tivoli</b> about 20 miles east of Rome. The 16th century villa’s large terraced …

Rome

Pescarzo: Get Lost in History

Wandering the narrow streets of Pescarzo, a village with views over the Valcamonica, feels like walking a Medieval maze. It would engulf you and …

Bed and Breakfast

Villa Oliva: A Tuscan Villa to Visit

It you are a lover of Tuscan Renaissance gardens and Grottoes, you won’t want to miss a chance to tour of some of the historic villas that surround …

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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 …

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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

Wine

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 …

Europe

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 …

History

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

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. …

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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 …

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 …

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 …

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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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