Giulianova: A Beachside Gem in Abruzzo

Beaches in Abruzzo don’t get much press. They are far from most tourist sites. But that’s exactly what makes them enjoyable. We had an opportunity – thanks to, of all things, a winning raffle ticket – to visit the Abruzzo…

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What’s On in Italy: June

June is the month when Italy explodes with festivals, concerts, sagre, and more as summer gets underway. Starting it all off is Republic Day on June 2. Look for a military parade and a tricolore flyover of military jets in…

August - Leo and Gemini share a plaque in Piazza San Pietro

Things I Love (and Hate) About Rome in August

The calendar shows that Ferragosto takes place on August 15. The mid-August break coincides with the Assumption of Mary, in the way that Christmas conveniently takes place around the Winter Solstice. The further south from Rome that you go, the…

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…