Past Italia: Abbazia di Santa Maria di Pulsano

pulsano abbey

Pulsano Abbey stands on the spur of Italy’s heel in the Gargano area of Puglia, overlooking the Gulf of Manfredonia Photo by Getty Images There has been an abbey at this location on the Gargano promontory since the 6th century. However, the original was destroyed by Islamic invaders and the 12th-century rebuild – which had […]

The Villa of the Papyri, Herculaneum

Mosaic of Neptune and Amphitrite in Herculaneum

We are still making discoveries at Herculaneum, and computer technology may be about to reveal something very special, says Joe Gartman… Photos by Patricia Gartman   It’s been ten years or more since I saw the little, old-fashioned wooden display cases sitting in a deserted room of the National Archaeological Museum in Naples. When I […]

Michelangelo’s nephew

On the trail of Lionardo Buonarroti, and the family palace he renovated in Florence. Lionardo, I have received thy letter and with it the three shirts. I am very much surprised that ye should have sent them … they are so coarse that there is not a farm labourer here who would not be ashamed […]

Sant’ Antimo

Sant’Antimo abbey

If you’re in Montalcino, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the glorious Romanesque Abbey of Sant’ Antimo, sitting in a picturesque valley just a few kilometres south of the town Photo by iStock This charming Tuscan monastery is worth visiting for the beautiful building, its spectacular position and for its long history. Sant’ Antimo is […]

Past Italia! Victorious

Only second to Brazil in the rankings as the most successful World Cup football team ever, the Italian team basks in the glory of its second title in 1938, in Paris.   Victory on the football field seems almost second nature to the Italians. In the third staging of the Fifa World Cup, the Italian […]