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Watch the process of making the famous breadsticks of Piemonte in the town of Barolo
Most visitors to Italy make Venice a top place to go but don’t see much else along the Adriatic coast. It's a shame, because there are many fine destinations to explore, and this article shows you where to go and what to see.
An account of my friends Robert and Dori and their recent flight from San Francisco to Italy ending up in their Lucca condominium (ownership of which along with their residence permits allows them to bypass the restrictions of travel from the US to Italy.)
I’ve been hearing from tour guides who report their inboxes full of cancellations recently. COVID-19 is having a big effect already. Martha tells me that journalists have been told not to write tourism stories about Italy. Events are being canceled in affected areas. Are we feeling the landslide yet?
Matera, “la Città Sotterranea”, the underground city. A hundred years ago ignored by a distant government. A rabbit warren of intense poverty, a clot of hardscrabble lives spent sleeping in caves, working in fields far away. The Sassi. Wet, moldy hovels scraped out of limestone with warm blooded animals for heat, cold blooded for annoyance and disease. The shame of Italy.
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There are lots of special Italian destinations celebrating their history in 2020. For example, little Aquilea, a Roman city in Friuli celebrates 2200 years of history in 2020 and Parma is the Italian Capital of Culture 2020. Check out all 6 of our suggestions for travel in 2020.
Aquileia was once a major city of over 100,000 people waiting for the barbarians to pour across the borders. It sat pretty along the Natiso river in Friuli. It even has the symbol of Rome right in front of the Basilica’s bell tower.
Bassano del Grappa is an interesting Veneto town associated with Grappa, ceramics, and a covered wooden bridge, the Ponte degli Alpini. Bassano del Grappa has a romantic side as well. Sit at a bar over the Palladian covered bridge and the serene Brenta river and you can't help feeling all is well with the world.
Fidenza is a lively town of 28,000 people located along the Via Emilia between Parma and Piacenza, a mere 23 km from Parma. It has a fantastic cathedral facade peppered with Romanesque carvings intended to speak to illiterate pilgrims who plied the Via Francigena on their way to Rome.
You can pay 17 euro to see the Ferrari museum in Maranello, but the Stranguellini is easy to visit and it’s free when you make an appointment. If you like to see fast cars with small motors made by hand, this is the place you’ll want to visit.
Why visit the tourist-ignored city of Pavia? It's a quick train ride from Milan, it contains one of Europe's oldest universities where you can visit a plethora of museums and a botanical garden. There's plenty of Romanesque around, plus a castle AND an Abbey.
Traveling along the pilgrimage trail called the Via Francigena, or Frankish Way, is a great way to see the wonders of cities that flourished during the Romanesque period.
Italy is packed with the most amazing treasures many tourists miss. Italy is more than Rome, Florence, Venice and the Cinque Terre, no matter what your tour agent says.
One of Italy's most beautiful villages in the Abruzzo makes a fine day trip from Sulmona.