Italia! Women: Trota of Salerno

Trota of Salerno historical image

The ‘Grandmother of Gynaecology’ Trota of Salerno studied and practised at the Medical School of Salerno during the 1100s… Italia! Women #2: Trota of Salerno (12th Century) We know very little of the life of Trota except that she worked at the Medical School of Salerno during the 12th century. There are no biographical records; […]

Top 10 things to do in Le Marche

Loreto, Marche, province of Ancona. Panoramic view of the residence of the Basilica della Santa Casa, a popular pilgrimage site for Catholics at sunset

Looking for things to do in Le Marche? Jane Keightley talks us through her top 10 Le Marche attractions… Although not as popular with tourists as neighbouring Tuscany and Umbria, Le Marche is blessed with beautiful hill towns as far as the eye can see. With the soaring peaks of the Sibillini Mountains on one […]

Gazzetta Italia: Title win sparks joy in Naples

maradona mural

In this edition of our bilingual feature, Tom Alberto Bull reflects on SSC Napoli’s first Scudetto since the days of Diego Maradona… KEY WORDS Useful Italian words and phrases to add to your vocabulary Il lutto collettivo Collective mourning Il mitico giocatore The legendary player In tutta la città All over the city Il modo […]

Gazetta Italia: Love your leftovers

leftovers in fridge

In this edition of our bilingual feature, Tom Alberto Bull looks at how Italians are saving money by turning to old techniques for leftovers in the kitchen. KEY WORDS Useful Italian words and phrases to add to your vocabulary. Il aumento dei costi Rising costs Dove possibile Where possible I metodi tradizionali Traditional methods Il […]

Glimpses of Christmas Past: Photos from Verona 2019

The Christmas star flies from the arena to piazza bra in verona

Joe and Patricia Gartman have spent the Christmas seasons from 2017 to 2019 in Italy. Here are photos from their time in Verona in 2019 A prosperous modern city of medieval squares, Verona has several historical claims to fame. It’s the town where Romeo and Juliet lived, loved, and, alas (spoiler alert) died. It’s where […]

Glimpses of Christmas Past: Photos from Sorrento 2018

Workers club presepe in sorrento

Joe and Patricia Gartman have spent the Christmas seasons from 2017 to 2019 in Italy. Here are photos from their time in Sorrento in 2018. Perched on top of sheer cliffs, high above the Bay of Naples, Sorrento provides an abundance of picturesque charm, history, views, cafés, summer sunshine and lemon-scented air. It’s also the […]

Glimpses of Christmas Past: Photos from Venice 2019

Christmas tree in front of Doges Palace, Venice

Joe and Patricia Gartman have spent the Christmas seasons from 2017 to 2019 in Italy. Here are photos from their time in Venice in 2019. Those who are tasked with decorating Venice for Christmas have a challenging job: it’s difficult to park a boom lift in the middle of a street to hang lights if […]

Glimpses of Christmas Past: Photos from Turin 2017

Luci d’Artista lights on Via Po

Joe and Patricia Gartman have spent the Christmas seasons from 2017 to 2019 in Italy. Here are photos from their time in Turin in 2017. We arrived in Turin early in December. There was a huge advent calendar set up in Piazza Castello. Every night the fire brigade arrived with a truck-mounted cherry picker to […]

Glimpses of Christmas Past: Photos from Rome 2017

7 Acts of mercy presepe

Joe and Patricia Gartman have spent the Christmas seasons from 2017 to 2019 in Italy. Here are photos from their time in Rome in 2017. When the City of Rome’s official Christmas tree – a72-foot Norway spruce from Trentino – was erected in Piazza Venezia on the 8th of November, it was shockingly bare of […]