Finders, Keepers

Discover how the finest treasures of Pompeii found their way to Naples with Joe Gartman Images by Patricia Gartman Let’s say you’re a well-connected citizen of Pompeii back in about 80 BC (don’t worry, it’s another century-and-a-half before Vesuvius is set to blow) and you’re invited to dinner at the most luxurious house in town. You arrive More...

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By Cara Waudby Tolley On Tuesday, June 21st, 2022
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Discover the Rolli Palaces of Genoa

The Palazzi dei Rolli are a living showcase for the wealth and power of certain 17th-century Genoese families The lavish Palaces of the Rolli were the ultimate display of familial affluence, influence and splendour More...

By Cara Waudby Tolley On Thursday, June 2nd, 2022
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Italy at your fingertips

Dreaming of Italy? Rachael Martin looks at how you can bring the country closer to you with online experiences, from live-streamed art history and cookery classes, wine tastings and more. ©iStockGettyImages There’s More...

By Cara Waudby Tolley On Wednesday, May 4th, 2022
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Il Furioso and the Brothers of San Rocco

Learn how Jacopo Robusti made a name (or two) for himself in Venice in Joe Gartman’s feature. Images by Patricia Gartman A narrow alley, the Salizada San Rocco, squeezes between a gelateria and the apse of More...

By Cara Waudby Tolley On Wednesday, May 4th, 2022
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Discover Assisi

The birthplace of the Catholic friar St Francis remains a globally important site of Christian pilgrimage © iStock Assisi stands atop Mount Asio and is flanked by swathes of Umbria’s undulating green pasture More...

By Cara Waudby Tolley On Wednesday, April 20th, 2022
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Made in Italy!

Ancient craft traditions are an integral part of Italy’s heritage, but today’s artisans face fierce competition from a world of mass-produced convenience and the preservation of these crafts is more important More...

By Cara Waudby Tolley On Wednesday, March 30th, 2022
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The Baron Corvo’s grave

The final resting place of an English eccentric who made Venice his home, writes Joe Gartman Images by Patricia Gartman  The pale red brick walls and tall cypresses of San Michele Island rise from the lagoon waters More...

By Italia Travel & Life On Tuesday, March 15th, 2022
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Discover the city of Verona

Shakespeare may have put Verona on the map, but it’s the city’s rich history that makes it unforgettable © iStock ‘Fair Verona, where we lay our scene’ introduces William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, More...

By Italia Travel & Life On Monday, February 14th, 2022
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The Marble Faun

Discover more about the Roman inspirations for Nathaniel Hawthorne’s 19th-century Gothic novel with Joe Gartman. Image by Patricia Gartman Long ago in Rome, wealthy families often embellished their palazzi with More...

By Italia Travel & Life On Thursday, December 16th, 2021
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Discover Orto Botanico Padua

A glorious day of exploration among the flora of 3,500 species of plants awaits in this botanical oasis in Padua Established in 1545 as a medicinal plants teaching garden, and considered to be the origin of botanical More...