Treasures of Ireland: Prologue

Ireland, that peaceful, postcard-perfect, emerald-green dot out in the Atlantic, is known for many things the world over, but none finer than her warm and friendly Gaelic greeting to every tourist that arrives: Céad míle… Continue reading

City Slicker to Country Bumpkin in under 24 Miles

For nearly 25 years, on and off, I’ve called Vicenza, a jewel of a city in the Veneto region of northeastern Italy, my adopted hometown. From my creative hideaway along Viale Giuseppe Verdi,… Continue reading

Marcello’s Big Fat Italian Christening

Recently, I returned to the rarified air of Castelluccio di Norcia — where Italy’s Apennines touch the clouds inside Umbria’s Monti Sibillini National Park — to help celebrate a milestone in the life… Continue reading

Dispatches from the Dolomites: Lago di Braies

The Alta Pusteria, the high valley on the eastern edge of parent Val Pusteria in the South Tyrol of northern Italy, is a natural outdoor recreation center of wild landscape, designed by The… Continue reading

Dispatches from the Dolomites: Alta Pusteria

Every year in January, when winter snows blanket the majestic Dolomites — like powdered sugar atop slices of panettone randomly arranged on a large, holiday platter — I head for the easternmost side of… Continue reading

Ashford Castle: Regal Elegance wrapped in Irish Charm

From the moment our names are acknowledged on the guest list, Tom, the distinguished-looking guard resplendent in kelly-green livery, doffs his top hat, bids us a hearty welcome, raises the barrier and directs… Continue reading

La Rua: Vicenza’s Wheel of Fortune

In September, Vicenza puts its best foot forward to honor both its patron saint, La Madonna di Monte Berico (Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Berico), and its rich civic past. Most days and nights play… Continue reading

Phoetry: Wine and Cheese in the Euganean Hills

This is the fourth in a series of collaborations with fellow blogger Orna “The Rhymer” O’Reilly of Orna O’Reilly: Travelling Italy, where we marry her original prose with my original photos and, sometimes,… Continue reading

A Titanic Day in Venice

The late songwriter Shel Silverstein penned it and Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show recorded it in 1972: The Cover of ‘Rolling Stone’. Like DH&TMS, I, too, made the cover. Not the cover of… Continue reading

Destination Dalmatian Riviera: Paradise on Earth

“Those who seek paradise on earth,” observed George Bernard Shaw, renowned Irish playwright, “should come to Dubrovnik.” I wholeheartedly agree with the Dublin-born Nobel laureate as I pull back the curtains, step out… Continue reading