Country Roads: Underground in Perugia

Our Insight Vacations‘ (Insight) chariot, en route from Orvieto, comes to a stop in front of Perugia’s Sangallo Palace Hotel, a clean, comfortable and friendly four-star property that’ll be our base of operation… Continue reading

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Country Roads: Touching the Sky in Orvieto

With a fun-filled couple of hours kneading dough and creating strands of tagliatelle pasta for lunch with The Etruscan Chef now (sadly) behind us, our band of merry media — guests of Insight… Continue reading

Country Roads: Orvieto’s Etruscan Chef

Legend has it that a 12th century Catholic bishop, while en route for a meeting with the Pope at the Vatican, sent his personal aide ahead with instructions to scout out the inns… Continue reading

Country Roads: Mvsei Vaticani

It began in January of 1506 when an ancient Greek marble sculpture was discovered resting peacefully underground in a vineyard within the city limits of Rome. Pope Julius II, a true patron of… Continue reading

Country Roads: The Eternal City had Me at Buonasera

Caput Mundi. It’s a Latin phrase taken to mean “capital of the world” and best describes the power and strength that ancient Rome, as both a republic and an empire, wielded for centuries… Continue reading

Take Me along, Country Roads

Contrary to singer-songwriter John Denver’s monumental 1970 folk-country-pop ballad Take Me Home, Country Roads, about the little winding roads he travelled, I’m asking some other off-the-beaten-path byways to not take me home, but, rather,… Continue reading

Macros Outside a Museum

This week, ring-tone shooters go eyeball-to-eyeball with their subjects as MACROS zoom in and occupy the space known as the Phoneographic Challenge. On my daily meanderings along the cobble within the centro storico… Continue reading


The alarm sounds and suddenly I’m back in the hear and now, awake. Rubbing the sleep from my eyes, I rise, shave, shower, dress and head downstairs into the kitchen to prepare, or… Continue reading

Caption the Moment #4

“Hey…Catch Up!”

Under Doctor’s Orders: Epilogue

If you’ve been following this blog recently, then you’re aware that I just spent two weeks in the Valle Salus (Healthy Valley) known as Terme di Comano, up in the Trentino Alto Adige… Continue reading