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.

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 House of the Chaste Lovers.<p>"We are opening it for Saint Valentine's because we wanted the public to be able to get in before we close the site to …

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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. …

Osama Bin Laden

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 …

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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, …

Wine

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?

Ever notice how an act of faith carried out in public often makes observers uncomfortable? When Tonio Creanza picks up a big knife and begins sawing …

Travel

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 …

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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 …

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 …

Mediterranean

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 …

Rome

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 …

History

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 …

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 …

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 …

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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.<p>We are out of balance. We are like the …

Ballooning Italy

How does Chianti look?<p>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 …

Travel

Lombardy Maps Travel Guide

Lombardy Maps & Travel Guide <br>You know Lombardia as the Lake region, but it's much more<p>Lombardy, or Lombardia in Italian, is one of those regions of …

What to Eat in Cremona

Tourists often show an inordinate interest in the answer to the question, “Where to eat in…” when the correct question to ask is, “What do they eat …

Mediterranean

Top 5 Cities in Italy

Italy has many beautiful cities so it’s hard to narrow down your choices. Each of these cities has historic sights, museums, good places to shop, …

Mediterranean

Who is La Befana?

In Italy, <b>La Befana</b> is one of the best-known characters and a favorite of children. Traditionally it’s La Befana who brings gifts and candy (or lumps …

Milis Travel Guide

What would a tourist do in little Milis, a town of barely 2000 souls on the Campidano plain in the Oristano province of Sardinia?<p>Ok, let’s face it, …

The Obelisks of Rome

If you have ever been to Rome, you may have seen these very large pillar type structures with writing on it that you could not understand (that was …

Cilento Map & Travel Guide

Cilento Map & Travel Guide <br>Welcome to the south. The water is fine.<p>Perhaps you've never heard of the Cilento. It's a secret. It's just south of the …

Mediterranean

An Evening Out in Florence with Piero and Friends [1]

Does anyone ever <i>compose</i> an evening out any more?My friend Piero does. He’s DOCG Florentine.Unlike Piero, I guess at restaurants, perusing menus with …

Mediterranean

The Vatican by train: a new kind of papal visit

Visitors can now combine a tour of the Vatican with a wander around the pope’s summer palace – travelling by the Pontiff’s railway. Our writer was among the first passengers on board<p>Things don’t come more Da Vinci Code than a ride on the Pope’s railway – the centrepiece of a new tour launched by …

Grazie, Italy and the Crocodile Church

When I first came to Italy I was loath to go into churches. Yes, there was art inside. It was murky art, dissolving into the shadows. There were the …

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