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

Sperlonga and the Riviera of Ulysses: a photo essay

Sperlonga is a charming little seaside borgo perched on the coast between Rome and Naples. Its historic center with its whitewashed houses and maze of narrow stairway streets, leading to unexpected terraces with beautiful views, is lovely to explore on foot. The town is also renowned for its beautiful beaches, which are considered among the most beautiful beaches of Italy. 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

Top 10 most unique churches of Italy

1. Multicolored, russian orthodox Church (San Remo, Liguria) The multicolored Russian Orthodox church of Christ the Savior, St. Catherine and St. Seraph was built for the Russian nobility that, following the example of Tsarin Maria Alexandrovna, had chosen the little … Continue reading

Top 10 most beautiful and famous villas of Italy

(updated June 9, 2014) 1. Villa Rufolo, Ravello, Amalfi Coast, Campania Villa Rufolo is located in the historic center of Ravello. Built in the 13th century by the wealthy Rufolo family, a member of which was cited by Boccaccio in … Continue reading