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 reminder of the various Italian (and other) art jewels that I discovered as a student here more than ten years … 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, 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 Ceres. … More Pause to ponder: three fountains in Caserta’s Royal Palace