Provocative People & Cool Places in Italy

Italy’s wealth of historical sites is surpassed only by its wealth of corrupt politicians, but hey, no place is perfect. If we focus on Italian artists, architects and designers, plus Italy’s great chefs and scientists, then we can try our best to ignore Berlusconi. Italy is like a hundred countries in one, with totally different places to visit that have their own architecture, regional cuisine and local dialect, and many of these places are rarely visited by foreign tourists. Explore slowly with me, and discover off the beaten track Italy, as well as personal recommendations at more popular sites in Italy, and interesting people along the way.

Celebrations in Italy – Festival of San Sebastiano in Sicily

The festival of San Sebastiano in Sicily is a big deal - not to be missed for the colorful mix of religion and folklore - with stunning special effects that will blow your mind. Join the patron saint celebrations in Palazzolo Acreide and experience a festa you will not soon forget. [more...]

A Culture of Sculpture in Pietrasanta

Art galleries, sculpture studios, and great restaurants make the Tuscan town of Pietrasanta a highlight of our Cinque Terre walking tour in Italy. [more...]

Goddess of Morgantina Returns to Sicily Italy

After long negotiations with the Getty museum, the stolen Goddess of Morgantina has finally returned to Sicily. Off we go to Aidone to welcome her back. [more...]

Looted Silver of Morgantina Returns to Sicily Italy

The ancient Greek silver of Morgantina – once looted, sold, and investigated - has finally been returned to Italy. View the extraordinary collection in Sicily. [more...]

Chocolate Battles in Turin – Don’t Be Square

The German Ritter chocolate maker is battling against Italian chocolate makers who make square chocolate bars, claiming the shape as their own. Ritter has threatened to fine a German chocolate seller 20,000 euros if it continues to sell square chocolate bars from other chocolate makers on its internet site. And so the chocolate battles begin. [more...]

Regional of Foods of Italy – ‘Mpanatigghi Biscuits from Modica Sicily

'Mpanatigghi are a sweet biscuit from the town of Modica, Sicily with a long history dating back to the 16th century, and contain a surprise ingredient, most unusual for sweets in Italy. [more...]

Walking in Italy – Tre Cime di Lavaredo, A Spectacular Hike in the Dolomites

My favorite walking route for this spectacular hike in the Dolomites of Italy, and how to avoid most of the crowds on the popular walking trails around the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. [more...]

Modica Città Rifiorita – Contest for the Most Beautifully Decorated Balcony in Modica Sicily

The city of Modica, Sicily re-blossoms during the first annual contest for the most beautifully decorated balcony in town called Modica Città Ri-fiorita. An initiative not without political contoversy, however. [more...]

Franco Zeffirelli and the Arena of Verona-Summer Opera Festival in a Roman Amphitheatre

Franco Zeffirelli's spectacular stage sets are not to be missed at the 2010 Arena of Verona Opera Festival, held in the Roman amphitheatre. [more...]

At Home in Italy – A Garden Tour in Modica Sicily

Take a tour of my walled garden in Modica Sicily, and enjoy the real world of spring. [more...]

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