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  • Amarcord: I Remember the Rimini of  Fellini

    Amarcord: I Remember the Rimini of Fellini

    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. His name was ... Amarcord: I Remember the Rimini of FelliniRead More »
  • The Valli di Comacchio Sophia Loren Made Famous

    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 FamousRead More »
  • A Walk in Ferrara During a Car Journey Through Emilia Romagna

    A Walk in Ferrara During a Car Journey Through Emilia Romagna

    For our recent journey through Emilia Romagna, a region in northern and central Italy, we decided to hire a car – something we had not done for several years, generally preferring to make our way on public transport and, of course, on foot. After so many years of not using a car for our journeys, I had forgotten how profound the difference between driving and walking trips can be. When you walk, you see little ... A Walk in Ferrara During a Car Journey Through Emilia RomagnaRead More »

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