Pino often asks, “Quando andiamo di nuovo a Tagliacozzo?” (“When are we going again to Tagliacozzo?”) Tagliacozzo (population about 6000)... View article
Anne's Blog / History
We took the motorcycle to Gualdo Tadino at the end of September to a medieval festivals where donkeys star (a... View article
We’ll be heading often to L’Aquila now: Pino’s restoration company has just won a bid to restore three buildings there,... View article
On every Good Friday, as day gives up to night, evocative medieval street theater unfolds in the winding backstreets. The... View article
The north Casentino valley tortelli di patate aren’t made with just any potato: the key ingredient is the Chetica potato,... View article
This past winter, Raphael’s Madonna di Foligno (1512) returned “home” to Foligno for a week, attracting thousands of visitors. She’s... View article
Just below Assisi, in Santa Maria degli Angeli, the guild of St. Anthony (Compagnia di Sant’Antonio) was formed at the... View article
La passione – certainly in the Italian DNA – takes over at a young age. In early May during Assisi’s Calendimaggio,... View article
Warmer weather prompted our first motorcycle "uscita" this year and what better destination than the panoramic Valnerina? Hanging on the mountainside in the Val Nerina, Sant' Anatolia di Narco is one of Umbria's many "hidden gems" and we headed there, curious to visit the new hemp museum, il Museo della Canapa. After a tour there with appassioned young custodian, Eva, we headed outside the medieval walls to explore the stunning 12th-c Benedictine abbey church on the banks of the Nera River. What treasures in this tiny mountain village! read more...
Pitigliano, precariously perched on a lava rock precipice, is on the eastern side of Lake Bolsena in southern Tuscany. Like the town of Bolsena on the Latium side of the lake, medieval Pitigliano is built in volcanic stone. While Bolsena's lava stone is black/gray, Pitigliano's porous stone is yellowish. As we strolled through the town not long ago, I reflected on how the porous yellowed lava rock of this medieval hilltown reminded me of the grizzly and stubbly face of an old man, skin weathered by sun. read more...
Agenzia Viaggi Stoppini in Assisi handles all technical support for my guided visits (bus transportation, organization of meals, etc)