Paestum: Ancient Greece in Southern Italy

While there are plenty of sites throughout Italy to time travel to Ancient Rome, in Southern Italy you can also experience magnificent ruins once touched by the hands of ancient Greeks. One such spot is Paestum, an easy day trip from Naples, Sorrrento/Amalfi or Salerno. Paestum is home to three incredible Greek temples dating back…

UNESCO World Heritage Sites Near Rome

“Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations.” –UNESCO World Heritage Center Photo by Oleg Magni on Pexels.com Since 1972, UNESCO has designated more than 1,000 sites worldwide as World Heritage Sites, with 55 of those in Italy (the country tied for China…

A Quick Review of The Secret Life of Sofonisba Anguissola by Melissa Muldoon

Otherwise know as the creator behind the popular Studentessa Matta website, writer Melissa Muldoon has recently launched her latest project: a historical fiction novel based on the life of a renowned Renaissance — and female — painter many of us have never heard of. Artistically crafted by an author passionate about Italian art and history,…

Experience Basilicata, Authentic Italy

“Basilicata is a misshapen, green, rocky, mountainous piece of land forming the awkward instep of Italy’s boot, and Matera is its gnarled crown jewel,” writes Susan Wright for The New York Times, in an article announcing Matera, the region’s most well-known town, as the 2019 European Capital of Culture. American movie director Francis Ford Coppola,…

A Photo Tour of Rome’s Seven Hills

Having been a grateful traveler to Italy over the past years, it occurred to me recently that, despite being familiar with the saying that Rome was built on seven hills, I wasn’t at all sure that I’d even seen one. Definitely I could not name any of them. And with most trips to Italy ultimately…