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.
Bassano del Grappa Guide
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.
Books About Italian Culture
How did Italy get like this? A professional review of books that speak of the Italian cooking of the poor, cucina povera, as well as Mussolini, the forgotten region of Calabria and more.
Aquileia Visitor Guide
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.
Fidenza Travel Guide
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.
Stanguellini Automobili Museum, Modena
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.
Italy's East Coast
Explore Italy's east coast with our guide to best places to go and where to stay. See top cities and towns to visit along the Adriatic Sea from Trieste to Puglia.
Italy's East Coast
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.
Travel to Italy in the time of the Coronavirus
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.)