Arquà: Petrarch’s Hilltop Hideaway

Whenever we look back on history — pick a period, it really doesn’t matter — there are always amazing footnotes tucked inside the narrative that credit one individual over all others of the… Continue reading

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Phoneographic Phlights of Phancy

For me, nothing enhances landscape and cityscape photography better than a few clouds hovering above the scene.  They’re just so majestic, gliding effortlessly across the sky in random formations with catchy names like… Continue reading

The Villas of the Venetian Republic: Villa dei Vescovi

Normally, my glass is half full — with optimism, not wine — but, sometimes I get fooled and lower my expectations when the forces of nature come into play. Take for instance, the… Continue reading

Caption the Moment #8

He’s been asking her every year for the past 500+…

What’s Burning: Penne con Pancetta e Pomodorini

I’ve admitted it many times over, so it shouldn’t come as a total surprise when I say that I’m pretty clueless in the kitchen. That’s why, rather than take the blame directly, I… Continue reading

Traveling the Wine Roads of Italy: Ca’ Lustra

Perched above the picturesque Faedo Valley, in the heart of the soil-rich Euganean Hills of Italy’s northeastern region of the Veneto, sits a family run, totally organic tenuta (estate) that transforms superlative grape into… Continue reading

Spritz Campari: Milan’s Passionate Red Cocktail

It’s no secret that Venetians, well-known or anonymous, cherish their hometown favorite, and purportedly Italy’s signature aperitivo (cocktail), the Spritz Veneziano (Venetian Spritz). Made with the Fratelli Barbieri ‘s secret bitter Aperol, a healthy amount… Continue reading

Framing Palladio: Villa Saraceno

I’ve been asked on numerous occasions to explain what it was that made me pack up and move to Bella Italia seven years ago. The answer’s simple.  I’m inspired by the beauty I find… Continue reading

Color My Winter Blood Orange

I’ve been checking daily at my corner supermarket, running around town knocking on fruit shop doors, and visiting the twice-a-week, open-air market that snakes through the streets of my fair city of Vicenza… Continue reading

Traveling the Wine Roads of Italy: Santa Margherita

Surrounded by more than 1,000 hectares of fertile land that flows away from its entryway in the Veneto region of northeastern Italy down to where terra firma embraces the Adriatic Sea, stands the headquarters… Continue reading