Who is The Palladian Traveler?

The Palladian Traveler bio picBENVENUTI!

Welcome to the blogging lair of The Palladian Traveler.

This is an eclectic site devoted to the pursuit of happiness — actually, la dolce vita (the sweet life) — from within the borders of the Bel Paese and, occasionally, beyond.

So, why did I choose The Palladian Traveler as my pseudonym?

Well, I traded in my hometown St. Louis Cardinals baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and a wine glass, and now hang my capello, camera AND palate in Vicenza — City of Palladio —  in the Veneto region of Northeastern Italy.

Makes perfectly good sense, right?

Phoneographic Parco Querini | ©Tom Palladio ImagesAfter countless years as a “company” print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have taken me to 44 countries and counting, I’m now finally on my own — totally unrestricted — to follow the prevailing wind of the moment to wherever it may take me.

With my trusty camera gear, notebook and a No. 2 lead pencil, I strive to do my very best as I keep my eyes, ears and mind wide open along the ancient and endless cobble that I travel.

I’m inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old; and, reliving history, or at least meandering around time-tested pavement laid down centuries ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my “Vespa” running. And, I try and uncork that excitement and energy into each and every article and photo that I jettison into the blogosphere.

The Palladian Traveler provides a tad of historical perspective, a dash of humor and tidbits of info that you wouldn’t normally know existed unless you carefully looked between every bit of cobble along the way.

A Passeggiata Palladiana | ©thepalladiantraveler.comThe subject matter runs the gamut and is written from the perspective of an expat trying to absorb and understand all the nuances of his adopted culture: food, wine, travel, customs, traditions, expressions, impressions, style, trends, etc.

My quest, as The Palladian Traveler, is to always be at the ready to capture new and interesting topics for my visual essays, all postmarked from my creative hideaway in the centuries-old centro storico (historic center) of the city that Andrea Palladio built.

I believe I’m a fair writer-photographer with a decent eye behind the lens and a clever twist with the pen, but I’ll leave it up to those that read and, hopefully, follow this blog to serve as my critics.

iArchitecture - Vicenza, Italy | ©Tom Palladio ImagesA card-carrying member of the International Travel Writers Alliance (ITWA), you can also follow me at TravelingBoy.com and ItalianNotebook.com, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

I look forward to receiving your feedback as I’m sure you are of mine.

Now that you know who I am and why I’m here in the blogosphere, perhaps you’ll accept my open invitation and join me as I meander along the cobblestone to somewhere.

Ciao for now.

©The Palladian Traveler