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Dragano is an editor initially from up north. He’s tall and rakish, the wisp of a moustache and sleek brown hair; has the habit of whistling unexpectedly, as he ponders the ways of an unjust world while stroking a precocious black cat. His villa is classic Tuscan, the bricks and terra cotta gables more orange than red. I soak up the sun while a younger woman serves coffee and biscotti, rubs Dragano’s shoulder and returns to the kitchen.
I mention Venice: Dragano’s birthplace and from where I’ve come. “Ah yes, but that was not to be.” He smiles wistfully and his eyes drift off to one... (more)
...Simply this: I watched The Normans, a three part historical documentary, in which Professor Robert Bartlett outlined the history of the warrior state-builders from their Norse origins to the Crusades. In the final episode he described at length the formation of the Norman kingdom in southern Italy and Sicily, a story less well known in England.
The centre-piece, the keystone in the building of the story from an English perspective, came in the second episode, which dealt with the Battle of Hastings and the Conquest of 1066, by far the most significant date in our history, once a... (more)
If you come to Florence for the first time, a city you may have visited previously in art and imagination, there is one supreme moment of epiphany. It is not a place that surrenders easily, unlike Rome and Venice. But there you are, right in the centre, walking along narrow streets unknown to you.
It's the evening of your first day. You have not long arrived, driving up from Rome. You are tired. But life is short; you want to explore before going to bed, using every drop squeezed from the fruit of time. You turn into a narrow and rising alley for pedestrians only. On both sides... (more)
It’s late on Tuesday evening; I’m writing to you from the heart of Rome. It’s not the first time I’ve been. I visited with mother and father when I was in my mid-teens and again in the summer of 2006. It was nice to return after such a gap. It’s not my favourite city in Europe, an honour that belongs to Paris, but it’s more comfortable, more relaxed in many ways, if I can put it like that. My partner had not been before, and as it delights me to be cast in the role of Beatrice, guiding Dante through the celestial spheres, off we went!
It’s all so familiar, the Roman and the Renaissance,... (more)
...and a temperature averaging a warm 50.5 degrees in January, rising to 78.5 in the hottest months of the year. Even October has typical temperatures of nearly 72 degrees. However, it is when it comes to bargain apartments and houses – arguably the most profitable deals available anywhere in Italy’s real estate market at this moment in time – that Scalea really comes into its own.Its property prices come in at nearly $1,300 a square metre. In other words it means a 25sq m studio apartment barely 450 yards from the seafront can start from just over $30,000. A 30sq m single-bedroom... (more)
The beaches of Italy's Amalfi coast are among the most exclusive and glamorous anywhere in the world. That’s hardly a surprise. Its 70-mile shoreline offers breathtaking views as its winds through picturesque towns and villages such as Amalfi, Ravello and PositanoLittle wonder that since it became a staging post for Victorian-era upper-classes on the Grand Tour, it has attracted the world's rich and famous. It has price tags to match as well. A property overlooking the coast here can leave you with little change from $4m.
Yet if you are prepared to travel a short distance from here,... (more)
I wake up much later than I had planned on my last day in Italy. It is my first time ever outside of North America, and I am on the homestretch of my first real taste of travel in almost ten years. I commit to opening my eyes and see that Will, who will be my traveling companion from Florence to Milan, has already placed the last of his belongings neatly in his pack. I’m groggy from the previous night’s debauchery, from which I retired just in time to avoid a stolen life-sized Santa and the chase that ensued. I’m achy from sleeping on the wafer thin, twin-sized mattress of my hostel cot... (more)
...involving a senior political figure I imagine a goodly number would opt for Bill Clinton, formerly of the Bill and Monica Show. Oh, but that was nothing, even with the dissimulation and deception, blue dresses and all. I would ask you to think big and think large; I would ask you to think of Italy and Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
Silvio certainly thinks big. At the moment the 74-year-old premier and publishing tycoon, who has dominated Italian politics for almost as long as Mussolini, a man whom he admires, is involved in no fewer than three corruption cases and a trial in... (more)
Italy designates over 300 production areas as “Denominazione di Origine Controllata” (DOC) – classifications that specific wines come from specific regions and follow tightly-controlled standards. Only thirty-two areas are considered “Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita” (DOCG), meaning even lower yields and stringent tasting evaluations. Barbaresco is one of them, and to be labeled such is to be given a name and reputation known throughout the world.
Founded in 1859, the Gaja Winery has seen four generations of ownership. In Barbaresco alone, winemaker Angelo Gaja oversees... (more)
...support for war is now so low in the two European nations that they can reportedly, barely maintain current troop levels. Among other prominent partners, the Netherlands and Canada have already begun chalking out exit plans.
The only nations who seem committed to add forces are Poland, Italy and Georgia. Georgia is a NATO entry aspirant and is planning to add one company of troops in 2010. While the talks are on some military analysts seem skeptical about the idea of supplementing U.S. forces with small contingents from other nations. They suggest that this sort of an arrangement... (more)
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