Iberian Adventure: Enchanting Évora, Portugal’s Laid-Back Museum City

My head now beginning to clear following that mid-morning wine tasting session, the intrepid “band of merry media” and I — 29 travel journalists and photographers invited by Insight Vacations (Insight) to sample… Continue reading

Iberian Adventure: I left My Coração in Lisbon, but My Wine Glass in The Alentejo

Tony Bennett’s signature song, I Left My Heart in San Francisco, should be playing right now on the motor coach’s sound system, but it ain’t. So, the intrepid “band of merry media” and I… Continue reading

Framing Palladio: Villa Poiana

Twenty-two historic villas, each one a stepping stone through the High Renaissance, dot the landscape across the Veneto region of northeastern Italy. All of these “lord of the manor” estates were designed by… Continue reading

The Palladian Traveler is a Finalist for Italy Magazine’s 2014 Blogger Awards

OMG! I just got word that my blog, The Palladian Traveler, has been shortlisted for the Italy Magazine 2014 Blogger Awards. It’s a huge honor just to be nominated, but an even greater one… Continue reading

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

Iberian Adventure: To the Edge of the Earth

As Belém fades away in the rearview mirror and those delicious pastéis de nata (Portuguese egg tarts) linger a little longer on my palate, the Insight Vacations‘ (Insight) luxury motor coach hangs a right and heads… Continue reading

Phoetry: La Settimana Bianca

This is the second in a series of collaborations with fellow blogger Orna O’Reilly of Orna O’Reilly: Travelling Italy, where we marry her original poetry with my original photos and, sometimes, vice versa.… Continue reading

A Winter Walk in the Euganean Hills

Just like bears, wintertime is hibernation time for scores of people living in colder climes, right? But, I’m happy to say, I’m not your average ursinae and try my best to stretch my… Continue reading

Color My Winter Blood Orange

Nothing says wintertime better around the Bel Paese than a succulent, vitamin enriched orange. But not just any orange. I’m talking about l’Arancia Rossa di Sicilia, or the Blood Orange of Sicily, the most colorful… Continue reading

Ski Trek XXV: Savoring Spritz, Speck and Strudel in the Italian Dolomites

The 25th edition of Ski Trek (#SkiTrek2015), the annual winter reunion of family and friends in the Dolomites of northern Italy, is now in the record books, but as I stow my ski gear… Continue reading