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Perugia & Gubbio


October 18th, 2015

Every fairy tale comes to an end and so does our Italian adventure. On our last day in Umbria we drive to Perugia and visit Piazza IV Novembre with the Cattedrale di San Lorenzo and Cappella di San Severo. A quick stroll around, a slice of pizza on our way and we have to farewell... View Article

Spiritual Assisi


October 16th, 2015

Today is dedicated to the visit of Assisi, perhaps the most spiritual town in Italy. We depart from our B&B and catch the bus that leaves us right at the top of the hill where the upper part of the town is. We then start walking down following a map and our instincts. We want... View Article

Travelling in Umbria


October 11th, 2015

We wake up the next day without knowing what was waiting for us.. best things always come unforeseen. While strolling around in Spoleto, after visiting the teatro romano and the interesting Casa Romana, we get to the Basilica di San Salvatore (that we discover was a temple previously) where we are captured by its strong,... View Article

Umbria, Norcia and Spoleto


October 9th, 2015

Benvenuti in Umbria! Welcome to Umbria! After not too many days spent in Abruzzo it is now time for another adventure. My husband and I farewell my family and start a new 4-day jurney with my in laws. The four of us drive from the countryside of Abruzzo to Norcia (Umbria region) to get a... View Article

Amalfi coast second parte


September 25th, 2015

It is our second day on the enchanted Amalfi coast. We wake up in our hotel fully recharged and ready for a full on day. We catch a bus and head up on the breath-taking Ravello, a small village sitting on top of the hills just outside Amalfi. The ride to reach the top is... View Article

Ceramics in Messina


July 9th, 2015

Ceramics in Messina, a brief history: Activities related to ceramics have taken place in Messina since the Arabic period. For several centuries the production of ceramics was limited to objects for domestic use such as dishes and containers. The village where the most authentic expression of creativity came from was Santo Stefano di Camastra in... View Article

The Sicilian puppet theatre


June 25th, 2015

The Sicilian puppet theatre known as the Opera dei Pupi emerged in Sicily at the beginning of the nineteenth century and enjoyed great success among the island’s working classes. The puppeteers told stories based on medieval chivalric literature and other sources, such as Italian poems of the Renaissance, the lives of saints and tales of... View Article

Fabulous maiolicas


June 9th, 2015

An absolute gem and one of my favourite regular stops in Abruzzo: the medieval town of Castelli and its fabulous maiolicas. Castelli is a comune in the province of Teramo, Abruzzo, included in the Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga National Park. The medieval hill town lies beneath Mount Camicia on the eastern side of the Gran Sasso Massif. Castelli is best... View Article

Fabriano: the excellence in paper


May 22nd, 2015

Looking at these Fabriano drawing books immediately puts a smile on my face. These are the days of my secondary school. It is late in the evening and the last thing I do before going to the bed is “preparare la cartella” (prepare the schoolbag). I notice that I have graphic arts the following day... View Article

Matera, the sassi city


May 4th, 2015

A couple of weekends ago my mum was needing a break form the frenetic daily life so she indulged into a two days guided tour in Puglia and Basilicata that took her to see the majestic castel del Monte and the world famous “sassi di Matera”. Two of her must see spots that were still... View Article

La Reggia di Venaria Reale


April 28th, 2015

La Venaria Reale is a grandiose estate just outside Turin. In comprises 80,000 square meters of floor surface in the Reggia and 60 hectares of Gardens, adjacent to the 17th century ancient village of Venaria and the 3,000 fenced hectares of the Park of La Mandria. It is a natural and architectural masterpiece that was declared part of... View Article

Capodimonte e il lago di Bolsena


April 21st, 2015

Capodimonte, is a small village situated on the picturesque promontory facing the touristic Bolsena lake. It rises on a picturesque peninsula on the south-west shore and it belongs to the Isola Bisentina municipality. Capodimonte is the gem of Bolsena lake and it is ancient village is perched on the promontory at 334 metres a.s.l. The... View Article

Ceramics of Caltagirone, Sicily


March 12th, 2015

The history of ceramics of Caltagirone, Sicily is doubtlessly millennial. Since human kind has learned how to dominate the four elements, in Caltagirone (Sicily) there have been artisans able to create original colours and shapes. When men starting to live on agriculture they began making big containers and small vases made of a black-grey mixture... View Article

Memories of a lifetime


March 6th, 2015

My nonna remembers her childhood in the country village of Nocciano, Abruzzo. “Of my primary school years I remember going down in an underground room in the countryside, there was a torch to light up the room and keep us warm, my teacher was constantly drunk. I studied until I was 8 years old. I... View Article

La Valle dei Templi


February 17th, 2015

The archaeological site of Agrigento is a memory that brings me back in time, 14 years ago. As routine, when planning the family holiday my mum would ask my sister and I if we had any preferences. And, obviously, I could never hold my dreams down. That year I really wanted to go and see... View Article

Villa Contarini: an architectural masterpiece


February 2nd, 2015

A tribute to Anna, my mother in law: Piazzola sul Brenta, a comune in the province of Padua (Veneto region) and her home town. Anna and her family moved to Padova when she was only 3 years old. From that day on and for many years she used to go back to Piazzola to visit... View Article

Magical Venice: Italian holiday part seven


January 30th, 2015

Ready for one last trip out of Padua, in the morning of the seventh of January my husband, parents-in-law, Australian friends and I caught a train for a short 30 minute journey to magical Venice. I was feeling very touched and unsteady as I usually feel when traveling to Venice. The idea of visiting this... View Article

Charming Pedrocchi: vacanza italiana part five


January 23rd, 2015

The good thing about living away from your home country is that you can get married wherever you like. The good thing about getting married away from for your home country is that you have to go back to celebrate with relatives and friends that cannot come to the wedding. The even better thing about... View Article

Princess for one night: vacanza italiana part two


January 14th, 2015

After the intimate wedding that we had on the beautiful Island of Mauritius in October 2014 it came the time for us to go home and celebrate with family and friends. So in December last year Nicola (my husband) and I spent an amazing white Christmas in Abruzzo. The next day, Boxing day (and my... View Article

University of Padua and Palazzo Bo


January 9th, 2015

The University of Padua is among the earliest universities of the world and the second oldest in Italy. The University of Padua is one of Italy’s leading universities and my second home for five amazing years. Below: Padua (Padova) – aerial view of the town Padua is the town that saw me growing up and getting a... View Article

Andrea and his Cesena


November 17th, 2014

From the words of my friend Andrea, he shares with us the treasures of his region. “In Cesena you can find the Majestic Malatestiana Library, a monastic library from the fifteenth century, at the present day included in the UNESCO Memory of the World. It is the first civic library of Italy and Europe. The... View Article