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Armchair Traveller: Bella Italia

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Deep Valley of the Mills in Sorrento, Italy This flour mill and connected buildings lies far below street level in the town. The mill was built in the 900s and was later abandoned when the humidity rose over a period of time. More via link

The Forbidden Italian Dreamtown of Craco, Italy has been abandoned since 1963. The last of its 1,800 inhabitants left hurriedly after a series of earthquakes and landslides had rendered their beautiful hometown uninhabitable. More via article

Ti Amo tanto tanto tanto !!!

Palazzo Gangi Palazzo Valguarnera-Gangi is the large ancestral townhouse first of the Princes Valguarnera and then of the Princes Gangi, situated in the Piazza Croce dei Vespri, Palermo, Sicily. The house was constructed in several phases during the 18th century and completed circa 1780.**

This crypt houses thousands of corpses, fully dressed, and hung from hooks. The practice began in 1599 when local priests mummified a holy monk and allowed visitors. Soon regular residents of Palermo wanted to be remembered in this fashion. Bodies are arranged by gender and profession; their facial expressions often eerily visible.

pomodori appesi usanza italiana per conservare

Basilicata is best reserved for seasoned travellers. This is a region found in the “calve” of Italy, and the locals here are not especially accustomed to tourists, so you won’t find any tour buses here.

Sooo true!

  • suzy creamcheese

    ahahah, the mediterranean mama. Gilles made the mistake of not being able to eat very much at my aunties in Malta. She absolutely could NOT understand.

  • Nico Rossetti

    Ha ha ha! I find it more disconcerting when *I'm* not hungry... weird!

Parlando d'Italia blog.. lots of fun Italia stuff...

Need the "Road of Perfect Love"? It's in Italy, of course... in Genova!


Best view in Rome. Italy. Known affectionately by Romans as the “hole of Rome,” its abiding attraction draws queues of visitors to this peaceable “out of the way” spot. This shot show the keyhole… and the remarkable view once you look through it.


Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, Milano

Hike through the five towns of Cinque Terre, Italy. It will be one of the best things you ever do!

Firenze (Mimmo Jodice)

Isola di San Michele (Tiina Itkonen)

La Fenice .... which really did rise from the ashes, thanks to Francesco da Mosto (among others). (Candida Höfer)

Napoli (Mimmo Jodice)

Napoli (by Mimmo Jodice)

Napoli (by Mimmo Jodice)

Piazza Arco Degli, Roma

Detail of a fresco found in Pompeii ” Eros Punished by Venus.” National Museum, Naples, Italy.

Campo de' Fiori market, Rome, Red and yellow capsicum, egg-plants and other fresh produce at an outdoor fruit and vegetable stall in the Campo de' Fiori market. Jonathan Smith Lonely Planet Photographer © Lonely Planet Images 2011

Campo di Fiori.... if you are going to visit Rome rent an apartment near the campo, great spot !

Exquisite detail from Gian Lorenzo Bernini's The Rape of Proserpina (1621-22): one day I will go to the Galleria Borghese to see this in real life! In this case, 'rape' means 'abduction', not sexual violation.