Savoring 2015: My Travels in Photos

Tom_Monsaraz_WM_RPI began 2015 atop a snow-covered mountain high up in the Italian Dolomites, and I’m bringing the year to a close, at a much lower elevation, among the vineyards and olive groves of Italy’s Euganean Hills.

In between the well-above-sea-level antics, I’ve packed and unpacked multiple times over as I’ve logged countless miles — on land, sea, air and around la tavola — traveling the Bel Paese and frequently beyond. Why, I even changed my permanent postal code, and that may very well be the highlight of my year.

From the Dolomites to the Apennines to Macgillacuddy Reeks; from the Adriatic to the Ionian to the North Sea; and, from the Balkans to the Salento to the Wild Atlantic Way.

Large cities, historic castles, even tiny dots out to sea, were well-documented in my dispatches dated 2015.

Thanks for traveling with me, virtually, as I’ve thoroughly enjoyed your company this past year. And, here’s hoping you’ll pack a bag and ride shotgun with me again in 2016.

Buon Anno! Happy New Year!

©The Palladian Traveler

Borsalino w/ props SMALL | ©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 Puglia region of southeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him into and out of 50 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 the travertine and cobblestone 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 in the hills overlooking Ostuni. You can also follow his dispatches via and Anthology Magazine Ireland.


  1. I signed on to your site about 4 years ago since I have been interested in Palladio’s projects. I am/was a civil engineer who got hooked on his work. You have covered a lot of territory over the years in an interesting way. So keep up the good articles and photos. Good luck in the new year!

    William Strangio


  2. If it wasn’t for your camera’s eye and and your well written narrative, I would never understand the beauty that you have passed along. Have an interesting new year with your new vantage point.


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