Something sinister is hovering over real estate Italian cultural assets which, even if privately owned, fail to remain within the scope of state property and are put up for sale without the Ministry of Culture apparently having any wiggle room. Two striking cases in a few months give a good example of the situation. The first one is Palazzo Sacchet...

The kilns of Montelupo began producing the first “archaic majolica”, decorated with copper and manganese, as far back as the end of the 13th century, subsequently developing this activity over the course of the following century.  By the end of the fourteenth century, Montelupo was one of the driving forces in the renewal of majolica techniques and...

My “Italian Adventure” novels are love letters to Italy. There’s no other way to describe the experiences of an American who arrives in Italy on holiday and decides to never leave. Both Cucina Tipica (2018) and Cucina Romana (2021) have characters and plot, conflict and resolution, humor and pathos, but all of these traditional narratives are infor...

The Bertolli® brand, which has more than 150 years of rich culinary history, is proud to unveil Bertolli d'Italia™, a premium and taste-tempting line of sauces, made in Italy. The new Bertolli d'Italia line is crafted with tomatoes vine-ripened under the Italian sun, finely aged Italian cheeses, fresh cream, and Mediterranean olive oil. Inspired by...

Florence is a city packed with historical sights, stunning views and impressive exhibitions. What makes the million of tourists fall in love with the birthplace of the Renaissance is that you can experience so much of its great beauty without spending a penny. It’s a true open-air museum and you’d be surprised at the amount of free things to do in...

When I travel, I often do so with a theme. For example, I try to find the best wine bars in a location, or the cutest museums, or the best sunsets. On one of my many trips to Italy, the “theme” was leaning towers. Who hasn’t heard of the most famous one, the leaning tower of the beautiful city of Pisa? But, as I discovered, there are several more l...

Greve in Chianti is a District in province of Florence, along the Chianti road, and it is one of the most quintessential wine areas in central Italy. The renown wine museum is located here at Greve in Chianti. It was established by a family of local entrepreneurs who have been collecting materials to tell the story and the traditions of this Tuscan...

The wines of Tuscany are a force to be reckoned with. The land of great reds is best known for its indigenous Sangiovese grape, which has given rise to the most famous denominations, such as Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti Classico, and Morellino di Scansano. But here the international vines are also very important (among the main Merlot and Cabern...

Here's my guide to the perfect 10 day road trip from Milan to Rome, a popular tourist route. It's only a 6 hour drive from Milan to Rome. But this well-traveled route is dense with amazing must see medieval villages, ornate palazzos, Roman ruins, and sublime treasures of the Renaissance. There's plenty of great destinations to explore along the way...

What do a giraffe, a unicorn, a small owl, and a tower all have in common? Despite no apparent links, each of these entities proudly represent one of Siena’s 17 contrade, or neighborhoods. These are more than just fun mascots, however; they represent the lifeblood of the city, her citizens connections to their history, land, and heritage. It’s no s...