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.

Villa Garzoni Garden

Villa Garzoni Garden, created in the 18th century, is one of Tuscany’s most beautiful gardens. Cascading down the hill below the 17th century Villa …

Camogli Travel Guide

Camogli is a charming Italian Riviera fishing village set on a rocky outcrop on the Portofino Peninsula. Many of its colorful houses and buildings in …

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Genoa Travel Guide

<b>Genoa</b>, a port city on Italy’s northwest coast, has many great points of interest but is often overlooked by tourists heading to beach resort towns …

Villa della Pergola Gardens, Alassio

<b>Alassio</b>, an Italian Riviera resort town about halfway between Sanremo and Savona, is known for its sandy beaches and scenic position. <b>Villa della</b> …

Perugia Travel Guide

<b>Perugia</b>, the largest city in central Italy’s <b>Umbria</b> region, is a lively modern hill town with medieval roots. Ancient walls from the Etruscan, Roman, …

Under Rome: Visiting the Ancient Houses Under Basilica Santi Giovanni e Paolo

Rome is fantastic any time of year. If you look at Rome’s historic climate, you’ll notice it rains a lot in October and November. You’d think this …

Naples Day Trips

Naples is a fascinating city and it’s also a great base for day trips. Several of Italy’s top tourist attractions are within easy reach of the city. …

Where to Go in Italy in 2018

Choosing where to go in Italy can be difficult as there are so many fantastic things to see and do. These are my recommendations for great places to …

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Time Out of Time in Turin's Historic Cafes

<b>We live in dangerous times</b>. The weight of society’s concept of “reality” bends our overburdened spines toward the sidewalk. The monotonous replays of …

Sundial City: Aiello del Friuli

It’s hard to stop taking pictures of sundials etched into the the sides of historic buildings, isn’t it? Sundials cement solar time to location, …

These 5 Psychological Traits Can Help You Live a Longer, Happier Life

Many participants smoked and drank, and enjoyed the benefits of health and longevity anyway.<br>Read More

Italy Travel Highlights 2017

Our Italy travels in 2017 took us to a few new places as well as some old favorites, including <i>Sulmona</i> in Abruzzo and the prehistoric rock art park in …

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Sleepy Valleys of Italy

A friend sent me a link to an article about a Tuscan “Sleepy Valley” recently. The valley the author referred to was the Garfagnana, the valley just …

Murder And Pasta

Tucked away in a small square, at 92 Piazza del Biscione, just off the site of Rome’s medieval flower market, the Campo dei Fiori, is a small Italian restaurant called da Pancrazio. The restaurant, which features classic Roman cuisine, is famous for its pasta and its saltimbocca. Its pasta alla …

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New Renaissance: how Florence is freeing its great female artists

Look what's on the table! Plenty of food – lambs, beans and salad – and plenty of wine<p>Women were thought to be more detail-oriented and detail on jewellery and clothing was important as it conveyed status<p>In a dark cluttered studio in central Florence, restorer Rossella Lari is working on a …

20th Century

Altausee and the Mountain of Treasures recovered by the Monuments Men

The <i>Salzewelten Altaussee</i>, the Altaussee Salt Mine, became a "mountain of treasures" when nazis stored more than 6,500 paintings and cultural objects …

Herrenchiemsee Palace, King Ludwig's Island Versailles

Herrenchiemsee Palace, a royal residence of King Ludwig II, is built on an island in the middle of lake Chiemsee in the state of Bavaria, between …

How the Republic starts to fall

<i>Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter.</i><p>If you listen to history podcasts, you've probably heard of Mike Duncan. The American broadcaster's …

Political Science

Anghiari Guide

<b>Anghiari</b> is one of Tuscany’s most evocative <b>medieval hill towns</b> yet it’s off the usual tourist itinerary. The small town center within the walls can …

Why We Want To Travel More When Destinations Are Described Like People

I have a friend who posts pictures of her abnormally adorable dog Otis with quotes of the dog’s thoughts, which often include him calling her “mama.” I would smugly roll my eyes at this if I wasn’t convinced that my cat acts as cute as she possibly can as part of some Machiavellian scheme to draw …

Travel Writing

5 Sardinian Seaside Towns

The <b>island of Sardinia</b> is one of my favorite regions of Italy. Sardinia is well known for its beautiful, pristine beaches and clean, clear sea and …

SPOP CAMPUS OMODEO: 'what we do with empty villages' examines sardinia's depopulation crisis

<b>interdisciplinary design collective sardarch specializes in the urban transformation of neighborhoods by proposing various strategies with the active</b> …

Common Unplanned Attractions in Italy

Oh, No! We'll never make our next stop!<p>Relax, sheep part. Slowly. Every rural drive, especially in the south, is prone to some sheep stopage. Enjoy. …

Calabria Cities Map and Travel Guide

Map of Calabria & Travel Guide <br>Is the Toe of the Boot Italy's Last Frontier?<p>Calabria's rich, material past, much of it shared with the Greeks who …

Italian Abbeys and Monasteries

Italy has many historic monasteries and abbeys, mostly dating from medieval times. Some of them were built in stunning isolated settings, on …

5 Bologna Day Trips

Bologna is a great base for visiting other cities in northern Italy’s <i>Emilia-Romagna</i> region. From Romanesque and Renaissance monuments to foodie …

There are Two Sardinias, and One of Them is Dying

Sardinia, Valley of the NuraghiIt all started with a little tiff on a Sardinian beach. Someone made a video of a Sardinian man arguing with a tourist …

How industrial-style tourism is hurting Italy

<b>The influx of money that tourists bring may be good for the economy, but many Italians are saying, 'Enough!'</b><p>Italy is facing a crisis that some …

5 Umbria Hill Towns

Although people often associate hill towns with Tuscany, the neighboring region of Umbria has its fair share of picturesque medieval towns perched on …

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