Posts Tagged ‘Italy’

Alba Church Tower

The White Truffle Festival in Alba

Every autumn as the air gets cooler and the tourist crowds in Italy’s main cities thin, locals and in-the-know visitors flock to the town of Alba in Piedmont. This is not least because the pretty streets and picturesque church squares fill with the aromatic scent of one of the world’s most luxurious foods: the white truffle.

Pitigliano Tuscany IT - Photo by Valerio Ianna

Pitigliano – My Secret

I'm not sure I want to tell you about Pitigliano. It's my secret. People know about Florence or Siena or 'Chiantishire’ and even names like Monteroccatederighi are known to too many English-speaking tourists.

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Visiting Tivoli and Villa D’Este

Cardinal Ippolito II D’Este arrived in Tivoli in September of 1550 with a sizeable chip on his shoulder. He had just failed in his bid for the papacy.

Puccini's statue in Piazza Cittadella

A Visit to My Lucca

Lucca is one of the loveliest towns in Italy. It was founded by the Etruscans and was at one time a Roman colony.

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