A Short Winter Holiday Made Us Ask: Is Naples for You?

Finally, to wrap up our short winter holiday to Campania, a few words about Naples.

Naples, after all, is not only the regional capital, but also, with its international airport, the “Gateway to the South” and the obligatory first destination for many international visitors of Italy’s mezzogiorno.

But even for those who travel around by car or by train, there are many opportunities of visiting Naples. The question is: should you?

A Short Winter Holiday Made Us Ask: Is Naples for You?

Five Tips to Get the Best Out of the Amalfi Coast in a Day …

… and even squeeze a walk into your schedule

The Amalfi Coast is one of Europe’s most scenic and famous. It is certainly more dramatic than the Riviera, perhaps its only serious rival in the Champions League of European coastlines, but suffers in comparison by its relative lack of “grand names” and famous resorts. This reflects the fact that the Amalfi Coast has only a small number of beaches.

Here, the

Five Tips to Get the Best Out of the Amalfi Coast in a Day …

Take this Easy Hike to See the Best of Capri

The island of Capri – just off the Italian coast near the southern city of Naples – is a truly dazzling spectacle.

You could be forgiven for thinking that a theme park operator had carefully assembled all the familiar Mediterranean motives – azure skies and the turquoise sea, rocks, trees, hills, a marina, caves – to create a fanciful paradise landscape.

On our travels, we have seen many parts of

Take this Easy Hike to See the Best of Capri

Fascinated by Fascist Architecture? Tresigallo is for You!

The architecture of fascism is everywhere in Italy. If you have ever visited the country, chances are you will have seen loads of it – unknowingly, perhaps, because these buildings blend in well with the rest of Italy’s street furniture, baroque churches and Renaissance palazzi included.

The architecture of Italian fascism itself is not “fascist”: most buildings from the period between the world wars, including many modernist post offices and

Fascinated by Fascist Architecture? Tresigallo is for You!

How Graffiti is Celebrated in City of Arts Dozza

I don’t know about you, but whenever we come across a town that has been labeled a City of the Arts, I get a queasy feeling in my stomach. From experience I know that all too often, this means grim medieval palazzi and stuffy churches that have been packed with dark, baffling and impenetrable paintings of minor biblical anecdotes or scenes from the life of the local saint.

The art historian and TV

How Graffiti is Celebrated in City of Arts Dozza

Our Second Set of Walks in Emilia-Romagna

Today, we will start our second set of walks in Emilia-Romagna. In contrast to the first group of hikes that we posted a few weeks ago – which were full day trips – the shorter walks from this second group require less of a commitment and take a much smaller chunk out of your holiday schedule. The principal objectives, however, remain the same: our walks in Emilia-Romagna are meant to provide some diversion, to drag

Our Second Set of Walks in Emilia-Romagna

Why Genoa is Like Audrey Hepburn to Me

MEDVIEDENKO Of all the cities you visited when you were abroad, Doctor, which one did you like the best?

DORN Genoa.

TREPLIEFF Why Genoa?

DORN Because there is such a splendid crowd in its streets. When you leave the hotel in the evening, and throw yourself into the heart of that throng, and move with it without aim or object, swept along, hither

Why Genoa is Like Audrey Hepburn to Me

We Took a Wondrous Easy Hike in Noli Italy

Hiking in Italy, like so much else in this sweet and lovely country, is by turns an exasperating and wonderful experience.

Whether you are getting one or the other is largely determined by the kind of people who are in charge of the town or municipal district you are visiting.

Some towns could clearly not care less about hiking, to the extent where one can almost physically feel the contempt

We Took a Wondrous Easy Hike in Noli Italy

Amarcord: I Remember the Rimini of Fellini

Where to Find Fellini in Rimini For most of its history, Rimini – established by the Romans more than 2000 years ago – was a sleepy provincial town on the Adriatic coast.

Within 20 years after the end of WWII, however, two dramatic changes occurred: first came the arrival of mass tourism. And then a local boy, the scion of a respected middle-class family, became the most famous movie director on earth.

Amarcord: I Remember the Rimini of Fellini

The Valli di Comacchio Sophia Loren Made Famous

Of all the major European countries, Italy has always appeared to me the most culturally uniform. There is little that connects the baroque splendours of Catholic Bavaria with the Protestant restraint of Germany’s Hanseatic North and little common ground between Strasbourg and Nice, but there is an “Italianate-ness” of streets and buildings that is immediately recognizable.

Buildings from the Riviera to Sicily use the same colour schemes of ochre and terracotta, they move

The Valli di Comacchio Sophia Loren Made Famous