Entries by Maurizio Giovannelli

San Gimignano – Tuscany

San Gimignano, a small walled village about halfway between Florence and Siena, is famous for its fascinating medieval architecture and towers that rise above of all the other buildings offering an impressive view of the city from the surrounding valley.  At the height of its glory, San Gimignano’s patrician families had built around 72 tower-houses as […]

Bergamo Alta

That the city of Bergamo is composed of two parts can be easily appreciated. There is the Città Alta (Upper Town), built up on the hills, which is the “city” by definition, and the Città Bassa (Lower Town), which is a lively financial, industrial and administrative centre of national importance. The two parts are separated, […]

Focaccia genovese

The history of the Ligurian focaccia recipe has its roots in the activity of sailors, in commercial exchanges and in contacts with the world, especially the eastern one. The first known document on what can be considered the ancestor of the Ligurian focaccia recipe dates back to 1229 and refers to a rental contract stipulated […]

Castle of Fénis – Aosta Valley

The Castle of Fénis is one of the most important medieval castles in the Aosta Valley. It is located in the municipality of Fénis, in the province of Aosta, only 1n hour by car from Turin and is one of the main tourist attractions of the place as well as one of the best preserved […]

Benevento, the city of witches

Benevento is a city of around 60,000 inhabitants in the region of Campania, 50 kilometres (31 mi) northeast of Naples. Due to its artistic and cultural significance, the Santa Sofia Church in Benevento was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011, as part of a group of seven historic buildings inscribed as Longobards in Italy, Places of […]

Sardinia – Mirto & Quattro Mori

Sardinia is definitely one of the most beautiful regions in Italy, rich in culture and with some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Today you will read about two very characteristic aspects of this region: Mirto liqueur, one of the glories of Sardinian gastronomy, and the mysteries around the iconic Sardinia’s flag.   The “Liquore […]

Roma – Campo de’ Fiori & Giordano Bruno

“Campo de’ Fiori” is a square in the centre of the Italian capital, Rome. It is the only square in Rome where there is no church, and in recent years has become a destination for many young people, thanks to the presence of clubs and pubs. Since 1869, however, the square is home to a […]

Cinque Terre

The “Cinque Terre” (five lands) are a stretch of coast of the Ligurian Riviera in the territory of the province of La Spezia, where there are five ancient villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. Since 1997 they are part of the UNESCO World Heritage List and thanks to the geographical characteristics of the […]

Zermatt – Matterhorn

The Matterhorn, at the border between Italy and Switzerland is a large, near-symmetric pyramidal peak whose summit is 4,478 metres (14,692 ft) high, making it one of the highest summits in the Alps and Europa. The first ascent of the Matterhorn was in 1865 from Zermatt and ended when four of its seven members fell to their deaths on the descent. […]

Pompeii

Pompeii is a Italian municipality in the province of Naples. It was a Roman city and now it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On 24 August, 79 AD, a volcano called Mount Vesuvius erupted and destroyed the city and its people, killing 2,000 of them. Recent research has questioned the day of the eruption, […]