Bocca della Verità

La Bocca della Verità (The Mouth of Truth) is a marble sculpture in Rome with an interesting and humorous legend attached to it. It resides now outside of the Church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in the Piazza della Bocca della Verita, but most likely originated as a drain cover or opening possibly on theContinue reading “Bocca della Verità”

The Testaccio Market

The Testaccio Market of Rome, in the neighborhood it is named for, is one of the nicest open air markets in the entire city. It has become quite an attraction for the Testaccio area as locals from across Rome shop there for everything from meats and cheeses, vegetables, seafood, clothes and shoes, and housewares. OnContinue reading “The Testaccio Market”

The Artist of Piazza della Rotonda

In Rome, in a quiet corner of Piazza della Rotonda just steps from the Pantheon, is a woman that has been creating and selling her beautiful art for as long as I can remember. For years I have stopped to look and admire her work. Her name is Rachele del Nevo and she has becomeContinue reading “The Artist of Piazza della Rotonda”

Castello di Meleto – Chianti in Tuscany

When I picture Tuscany I see the rolling green hills of Chianti that stretch on as far as the horizon covered in a patchwork of rows and rows of grape vines. Orchards of silver toned olive trees dot the landscape as well adding even more color and texture. Meticulously manicured and methodically laid out, theContinue reading “Castello di Meleto – Chianti in Tuscany”

Something Magical Happens Here -The Piazza della Rotonda – Rome

As soon as I arrive in Rome Piazza della Rotonda is always my first destination. It’s a place that feels as warm as your favorite comfort food on any day that you just needed a little peace and tranquility. Something feels spiritual about this place, and being in the close proximity of the marvelous PantheonContinue reading “Something Magical Happens Here -The Piazza della Rotonda – Rome”

Lunch With Pavarotti at De Santis in Milan

Did I ever tell you about the time I had lunch with the famous Italian opera tenor Luciano Pavarotti? Well… In preparation for my visit to Milan I brought with me a list of restaurants I wanted to try. Researching the local cuisine of any city I go to now has become a habit andContinue reading “Lunch With Pavarotti at De Santis in Milan”