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San Biagio: Renaissance Jewel in Montepulciano, Tuscany

San Biagio Montepulciano

The church of San Biagio in Montepulciano, Tuscany, is considered one of prime examples of Renaissance architecture.

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Italy at Home: Renaissance Rivals in Boston and Valentino Everywhere

No time or money to plan an Italy vacation right now? Here’s another installment of what we call “Italy at Home.” Here are two things you can put on your calendar. If you’re in Boston, head to the Museum of Fine Arts where the show “Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese: Rivals in Renaissance Venice” is underway. A …

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Renaissance Florence According to Rushdie

I was browsing a bookstore on the Upper East Side yesterday when I saw that one of the store employees had highlighted Salman Rushdie’s new work The Enchantress of Florence. Yes, the Nobel-prize winning author of Midnight’s Children and The Satanic Verses is now trying his hand at spinning a tale about Florence during the …

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The Iconic Landscape of Val d’Orcia, Tuscany

Inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004, the hills, valleys, and trees of the Val d’Orcia “exemplify the beauty of well-managed Renaissance agricultural landscapes.”

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Designer Outlets in Italy

Italy is renowned for its designer fashions. Learn more about outlet shopping in Italy and how to make a discount shopping spree part of your travel itinerary.

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House Museums of Rome: Art-Filled Oases Minus the Crowds

Galleria Spada - Borromini's Perspective

The house museums and palace galleries of Rome are among the city's best-kept secrets.

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Finally Ferrara: Postcard From a City That Called Me Back

Castello Estense in Ferrara

Have you ever pulled into a train station on your way to somewhere else and then promised yourself that some day you would make your way back? That was my experience with Ferrara.

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