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

Italian bikescapes: visual chronicles of lonely bikes throughout Italy

(updated April 17, June 2 and June 18, 2014) We have a weak spot for lonely bikes. Bicycles that act as the main characters in beautiful settings throughout the scenic towns and villages of Italy. Urban, practical or whimsical bicycles, … Continue reading

18 Italian records and superlative Trivia

The world’s tallest museum, the world’s smallest restaurant, the world’s smallest car, the world’s oldest mall, the world’s oldest violin, the world’s tallest man-made waterfall and other Italian superlative Trivia. 1. World’s tallest museum The Mole Antonelliana in Turin is … Continue reading

Lactating fountains of Italy

Often considered a funny attraction, lactating nereids, sirens and godesses were in fact a manifestation of the high Mannerist style, popular in Italy in the 16th century. This visual tradition of representing Nature as a lactating woman or hyperbolically breasted women … Continue reading

5 beautiful Italian sights seen through the lenses of 5 different photographers

  [Updated August 30, 2013.]   Five beautiful sights in Italy each seen through the lenses of five different photographers.   1. Camogli, Ligurian Riviera               2. Positano, Amalfi Coast         … Continue reading