I’m sure you’ve heard the Italian expression al fresco. It means out in the open air.

When we dine outdoors with family and friends, or sip an aperitivo at a sidewalk cafe without a care in the world, we do so al fresco. It’s one of the cornerstones of the Bel Paese’s way of life known as la dolce vita (the sweet life).

An almost legendary era of modern Italian history, la dolce vita to us fortunate “outsiders” represents the ultimate expression of a laid-back, relaxed lifestyle — a lifestyle that beckons us to stop often and long enough to smell those proverbial sunflowers al fresco.

Enjoy your weekend.

©The Palladian Traveler | ©Tom Palladio Images

The Palladian Traveler's Borsalino over cobblestone | ©Tom Palladio Images


Written by The Palladian Traveler

Tom traded his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "capello" in the Veneto region of northeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him in and out of 49 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along cobblestone streets that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway somewhere in the Veneto. You can also follow his dispatches from the cobblestone at TravelingBoy.com and ItalianNotebook.com.


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