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 the Veneto region of Northeastern Italy where Palladian architecture abounds.

Makes perfectly good sense, right?

Phoneographic Parco Querini | ©Tom Palladio ImagesAfter years as a “company” print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have taken me to 50 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 and dusty back roads 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 and, 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



  1. Hi Tom,
    I’m an Austin, TX architect and writer looking to visit additional Palladian villas in September and am looking for a reasonably priced guide to provide access to villas I’ve not yet visited. I’d like to do a quick tour of several. I normally rent a car on my own, but I’m thinking for some of the more obscure villas that a guide might be more efficient. I also am looking for an inspiring, but reasonably priced, place to rent for about a week in and/or around Vicenza, a place where writing about villas would be facilitated! I had hoped to stay at Villa Ghislanzoni, but they don’t have my available dates. I follow and love your blog very much and hope that you don’t mind me contacting you—in case you have a suggestion or two? Grazie mille!

    1. Darlene — I would suggest you contact the Ville Venete Network, an association under the government agency Regione del Veneto (Veneto Region). Here’s the website: Select “en” in the upper righthand corner for English, then go to the Personalized Offer page from the homepage and fill out a request form indicating what you’d like to see and do. They’ll reply with a proposal. Let me know how it turns out.

  2. Great to see Maddie is growing. Thanks for posting the photo of her and her folks. Tell them I said Hello! Still in SoCal but trying to leave for La by year’s end.

  3. What a wonderful discovery this site is! We just returned from two weeks discovering Italy between Venice and Trieste as well as north into the SudTirol and Val di Non at apple-harvest time. What a trip! I’m sorry we didn’t have your wonderful commentary before we left. I’m enjoying it now – and it’s bringing back the not-yet-jelled memories of our trip. AND making me think about next time… Thanks so much for sharing. Carol E.

  4. Tom
    My grandfather was born in Spilimbergo, just outside Treviso. I hope to visit there later this year. Can you direct me to specific things/places “not to be missed” in that area? Thank you. John.

    1. Hi John — There’s a lot to see and do around Spilimbergo, one of 20 “Jewels of Italy.” Here’s a great tourist site on your nonno’s hometown and places near your roots in the Friuli Venezia Giulia: You’ll be close to Gorizia (the Nice of the Adriatic), Trieste, Belluno, the Dolomites, and great wines from the Colli. The list is endless. Sorry, Treviso’s a bit of a hike down into the Veneto. Mandi!

  5. Tom, I spent some time at the website you recommended for Spilimbergo. Thank you. I also discovered 26 people living there with my maternal grandfather’s surname. Things could get very interesting! I enjoy your blogs and photos and wish you continued joy along the cobbles.

  6. Hello. My name is Dante Liberatore. My brothers & I own Liberatore’s Ristorante & Catering in Maryland. Every three years I invite guets to join me to a tour of Italy…It’s a great adventure for all of us. Could I email you to get a few do not miss restaurants & hidden jewels from you??
    Our trip is in Mid-August for 13 days. Rome-Lucca-Firenze-Abruzzo( where my mom & dad were born & raised)-Amalfi Coast & back to Rome

    Look fwrd to your response.


      1. I was in Italy last year. I wish I’d found your blog then! (And no, I wasn’t asking you to badge. Just wanted to tell you I recognize your all-around excellence!)

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