This old picture of women returning from the fields may not be of the greatest quality. But it really captures what small town southern life was once like in Italy, where the donkey reigned supreme. Even long after the first few cars started appearing, many continued to rely on the humble asino as their mainContinue reading “Old-Time Italy and the Donkey”
You’ll find castles in many Italian towns, both large and small, like this Palazzo d’Avolos in Vasto, Abruzzo, once the residence of the marquises of Vasto. Located on a large terrace right along the sea coast. It’s enclosed garden with a beautiful pergola covered in grape vines and benches covered with majolica tiles presents aContinue reading “Castle in Vasto”
Because many, indeed most, Italian towns and cities are ancient, they are full of interesting features. Tunnel walkways, old city walls, narrow little alleys, and surprisingly wide but hidden courtyards. While Italy is a land of many museums, just strolling around Italian towns provides its own cultural and artistic tours, complete with bits of history!Continue reading “A Tuscan Walkway”
All parts of the world, including Italy, have their share of endangered species. And Italy’s list is, in fact, growing. From snails and insects to the beautiful, noble, and critically endangered Sicilian Fir Tree. As well as the Aeolian Wall Lizard, found only on a few Italian islands. And one which hits a little closer to home forContinue reading “Take a Holiday and Save Abruzzo’s Rare Bear [Video]”
Now just in case you’re thinking: “Great a boring list of museums!” – never fear! I’ve also included interesting facts about them, because I find mere lists pretty boring too. So read on and discover what makes these five museums (out of Italy’s more than 3,000) special! Why, for instance, the man responsible for makingContinue reading “Italy’s Top Museums: My Top 5”
Mud volcanoes, or mud domes, are pseudo volcanoes, as they do not produce lava and are not necessarily driven by magmatic activity. They are found in various parts of Italy and in most parts of the world including Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Various types exist and some are even artificial.
Our area of Italy has special fishing platforms along its shores, many of which have been turned into elegant restaurants for dining right IN the sea, for a special and romantic experience…
If you’re longing for a break away from the crowds and tourist traps, head south of Salerno where the Cilento and Diano Valley National Park rises up from the spectacular Gulf of Salerno into lonely mountain ranges.