The Way of St Francis: a glimpse back into the Italy of St Francis’ time following his 550km pilgrimage from Florence to Rome

The idea for this article was submitted by Hannah of Cicerone Press, who asked me if I would be interested to write an article about the Way of St Francis, a walking route retracing the amazing pilgrimage completed by St … Continue reading

Exploring Alberobello, the capital of the curious cone-roofed drystone dwellings

Alberobello, the capital of the trulli, is located at the edge of the beautiful Valle d’Itria, in the Puglia region of Italy, at the crossroad of the provinces of Bari, Brindisi and Taranto. The town and surrounding countryside is characterized … Continue reading

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

More than just ham and cheese: hidden and historic Parma in 40 photos and a few anecdotes

Known abroad primarily for its prosciutto and parmigiano cheese, Parma is, first and foremost, a town with a rich historic and artistic heritage. Even if your time in Parma is limited I’d very highly advise you to visit at least … Continue reading