The turquoise and emerald hues of Caserta’s English Garden

The gardens of the Royal Palace of Caserta are another attraction that I first discovered through Monty Don’s Great Gardens of Italy series. The images of the Bath of Venus in the English Garden had especially enchanted me. So on a recent visit to Campania I made sure that Caserta was on the itinerary. The … More The turquoise and emerald hues of Caserta’s English Garden

The spellbinding tales of Benevento’s witches and the walnut tree

In Britain, places like York and Edinburgh pull in tourists by presenting themselves as the “most haunted city” in the country, Europe, or even the world. Tours are organised around sites of spooky events, and thousands of fascinated visitors relish the scary stories. Yet there is a little-known town in southern Italy that could also make … More The spellbinding tales of Benevento’s witches and the walnut tree

A day exploring Benevento’s historical and culinary gems

Let me take you back to Benevento again. I have already written two blogs on specific points of interest in this town in Campania, southern Italy. This time I’d like to suggest how a day could be spent here, perhaps as a stop-off on a trip further south. Benevento is situated about 50 km north-east of … More A day exploring Benevento’s historical and culinary gems

Returning to Viterbo for the festival of Saint Rose

When I visited Viterbo in northern Lazio for the first time in January, several locals told me about the special festival the town holds for its patron Saint Rose on September 3. I heard stories and saw pictures of the “Machine of Saint Rose”– a lantern-like tower that is carried around town on the shoulders of … More Returning to Viterbo for the festival of Saint Rose