September 12, 2022

Lerici and the bay of poets

by Nelleke Pruijs

Lord Byron was a good swimmer, he lived in Portovenere, a short distance from Cinque Terre, and across the bay from La Spezia and Lerici, where his good friends, the Shelley's lived in an old boathouse, locally known as Casa Bianca, officially its name was Casa Magni. Byron regularly swam…
September 11, 2022

Visiting Cinque Terre? These are some things you need to know

by Elisabeth Bertrand

Cinque Terre, with the villages of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore, has become one of the busiest tourist attractions in recent years and is in great danger of being trampled by the mass of tourists. The damage done daily to this unique piece of land by the…
September 11, 2022

Driving through the vineyards of Cinque Terre

Its namesake National Park is, of course, a jewel in the Mediterranean, and anyone who hasn't been there should definitely plan a trip to the famous five villages. But if you want to learn something new about the area and the National Park, you should look at our tips below.…
September 10, 2022

Free Gas for Residents of Italy's Basilicata Region

by Elisabeth Bertrand

Basilicata, with its capital city of Potenza,  has a population somewhat over half a million people dispersed across an area slightly smaller than the state of Connecticut. The region is little-known in Italy, but is becoming slowly more popular among tourists, particularly those interested in discovering its vast natural beauty. When I…
September 08, 2022

Staglieno Cimitero Monumentale - The splendor of death

by Elisabeth Bertrand

The Cimetario Monumentale of Genoa: Staglieno should really be one of the top tourist art attractions in the region, about 330,000 square meters in size with an English cemetery (where the grave of Oscar Wilde's wife Constance Lloyd is located), a Protestant cemetery and a Jewish cemetery. 
September 08, 2022

Garum, a new museum of kitchens in Rome

by Nelleke Pruijs

One of the cutest museums I discovered by chance in Rome is the kitchen museum, Museo della Cucina, uniquely named Garum, which was a fish sauce in Roman times. Granted it's a hobby of mine, so my interest may not be the same as my readers. It's also a bit…
September 08, 2022

The Museum of Salvaged Art in Rome

by Elisabeth Bertrand

A new museum has opened in Rome, the Museum of Salvaged Art, showcasing long-lost artifacts that were stolen or otherwise gone missing. The ancient works will be on display before being returned to the local museums or to owners where they belong.
September 02, 2022

Noto and the terrible earthquake of 1693 on the island of Sicily

by Nelleke Pruijs

On Friday evening, January 9th, around 9 o'clock in the evening, you would expect that most of the residents of Noto were just sitting down to dinner, a severe earthquake rocked the entire island. The epicenter was around the valley of Noto. Although quite a bit of damage initially, people…

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