Introduction

Over the six years I lived in Italy from 2010, I had many weekends when I could go and explore hidden corners of Rome and its surroundings. I gradually uncovered increasingly intriguing places that were barely known to most people, especially outside the country, yet had much to teach us. When I switched to freelance … More Introduction

Tales of Trastevere’s poets: Giuseppe Gioachino Belli

I first came across the Roman poet Giuseppe Gioachino Belli during nights out in the Trastevere district of the Italian capital. I used to pass his statue in the piazza dedicated to him on my way home from the lively and historic area on the west bank of the Tiber. I was curious to discover the … More Tales of Trastevere’s poets: Giuseppe Gioachino Belli

Pause to ponder: four Italian art jewels based in Edinburgh

At the end of October I returned to Edinburgh, my university town, for a cousin’s wedding. I took the opportunity to spend a morning revisiting the Scottish National Gallery on the Mound. It was a sweet reminder of the various Italian (and other) art jewels that I discovered as a student here more than ten years ago. … More Pause to ponder: four Italian art jewels based in Edinburgh

Pause to ponder: three fountains in Caserta’s Royal Palace

After visiting the gardens of the Royal Palace of Caserta I was interested to discover more about the stories behind their ornate fountains. I particularly liked the top three, and so I embarked on some research. The first of these three that you reach when you walk up through the gardens is the Fountain of … More Pause to ponder: three fountains in Caserta’s Royal Palace

Pause to ponder: an Egyptian goddess in southern Italy

When I walked around the town of Benevento in southern Italy I could see that a lot of it had been rebuilt following heavy bombing in World War Two. However, every now and then I spotted a remnant of older history in the buildings- a half-buried statue or an ancient plaque. I was even more fascinated … More Pause to ponder: an Egyptian goddess in southern Italy

Pause to ponder- Three Italian jewels in London

Last week I visited my family back in London. After a few days away from Italy I was really missing the chance to admire some Italian gems. So I headed over to the National Gallery to seek out some of the Italian jewels on display in Britain. I vaguely remembered some of the most famous ones, such as Titian’s … More Pause to ponder- Three Italian jewels in London