Caltagirone, the colorful capital of ceramics

Caltagirone is one of the eight towns of south-eastern Sicily known as the baroque towns of the Val di Noto, which were almost entirely destroyed and rebuilt after the earthquake of 1693 and classified as a UNESCO world heritage site. … Continue reading

‘Gates of Paradise’ finally to be unveiled in Florence after 27 years

After more than 27 years, the restoration of Ghiberti’s ‘Gates of Paradise’ has been completed and the results will finally be unveiled to the public. Dubbed the ‘Gates of Paradise’ by Michelangelo, who was struck by their remarkable beauty and … Continue reading

7 unusual and legendary walls of Italy

While Italy is known for its many historic walls – Roman, Etruscan, Norman and Aragonese, among others – some Italian towns feature walls which have acquired fame for rather original and unusual reasons: walls of fame, love walls, challenging walls … Continue reading

Meandering through Dozza’s multicolored murals

  Dozza is a litttle town situated between Bologna and Imola, known for its Rocca (fortress) and colorful murals in the picturesque historic center (borgo). A festival of murals takes place every two years, during which famous national and international … Continue reading

Following Folon in Florence’s Rose Garden

(updated February 28, 2015) The Rose Garden of Florence, located just off Piazzale Michelangelo, is probably one of the city’s best kept secrets. This gracious and intimate garden, with its winding paths, typical of 19th century romantic gardens, and its … Continue reading