The Monumental Cemetery of Sanremo
Wandering Italy - Guide to Traveling and Experiencing Italy
by James R. Martin
3M ago
With the exception of small congregations of young folks telling scary stories enhanced by the consumption of cheap alcoholic beverages right from the bottle, people don’t stroll through cemeteries much these days. In 2015 Silvia Salvini wrote The ‘Foce’ monumental cemetery in Sanremo: mirror of the city as outstanding tourist destination during the Belle Epoque (1880-1915) in the abstract of which she states: The monumental cemetery of Sanremo, was founded in 1838 and now counts about 2000 graves, one third of which belongs to foreigners, evidences of the city as outstanding tourist destinat ..read more
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The Towers of San Gimignano
Wandering Italy - Guide to Traveling and Experiencing Italy
by James Martin
3M ago
Sketch of San Gimignano :: Image by <a href="https://depositphotos.com">Depositphotos</a> Why do tourists go to San Gimignano? It’s an inspiring medieval town. All those towers get photographed, water colored and sketched by artists and wanderers. Yes, there’s good gelato to be found in San Gimignano. But there’s no need to travel to a town without a railway station just for gelato. You come for those towers. You want to see the Manhattan of Italy. But, dear traveler, there’s also the landscape around the town. It’s nice as well. The Landscape Around San Gimignano in Tuscany And ..read more
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Villa Farnese, Caprarola
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by James Martin
3M ago
The Villa Farnese in Caprarola, not to be mistaken for the Palazzo Farnese in Rome, is an extraordinary example of 16th century art and architecture. Despite the rooms being empty of furniture, the art that decorates the walls and ceilings will give you the feeling of the opulence of villas in the Italian countryside, as you can see from the pictures below. Cardinal Alessandro Farnese began the building project in 1504. It was then in the shape of a pentagon with a pentagonal inner courtyard, but Alessandro Farnese the Younger preferred a circular arrangement, and the inner courtyard was chang ..read more
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The Day I Joined the Real Lambrusco Revolution
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by James Martin
3M ago
Lambrusco, the real Lambrusco, has struggled in the wine world, but it’s a fantastic beverage with the food of the Emilia Romagna ..read more
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Ferento: Roman Ruins in Northern Lazio
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by James Martin
3M ago
Ferento is a Roman city built about 11 km north of Viterbo in Northern Lazio ..read more
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Garlic
Wandering Italy - Guide to Traveling and Experiencing Italy
by James Martin
4M ago
It seems to me rather odd that in America, Italian food is defined largely by oregano (infrequently used in Italian cuisine) and by prodigious use of garlic (appearing far more subtly in modern Italian cuisine). It’s likely that Italian immigrants, finding foodstuffs cheap and abundant in America, overdid these things, giving Americans a distorted view of the cuisine. For the stay-at-home Italians, garlic provided a cover for foods on the verge of rotting, foods that the poor couldn’t afford to throw away. By the Italian economic miracle of the early 1980s, Italian Cuisine rose with the tide ..read more
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Savory Vegetable Pies
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by James Martin
4M ago
The discovery of more savory vegetable pies on a tour with Italy Culinary Adventures makes us giddy (and hungry ..read more
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Spaghetti alla Nerano and its Derivatives
Wandering Italy - Guide to Traveling and Experiencing Italy
by James Martin
4M ago
I had some really nice little zucchini to use up. I had some good spaghetti. I remembered Stanley Tucci and his yearning for spaghetti alla Nerano. If you haven’t followed along, spaghetti alla Nerano is said to have originated in the little fishing village of Nerano along the Amalfi Coast in Campania, where the secret is the local provolone del monaco cheese, a semi-hard raw milk cheese from the province of Naples. Nerano is famous for its small fish restaurants overlooking the sea, on the beach of Marina del Cantone. Choosing one of these typical restaurants you will hardly go wrong, especi ..read more
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The Introverted Traveler
Wandering Italy - Guide to Traveling and Experiencing Italy
by James Martin
5M ago
Do you consider yourself an introvert? I do. This may surprise you. It really shouldn’t. Introverts tend to be thoughtful. Their travel experiences aren’t packed to the gills with boozy bar sessions which they dominate and interact solely with expat countrymen (an action that really confounds many Europeans). The introvert’s thoughtful examination of culture seen from the next table over is intellectually peppered with the fundamental question, “what does this culture mean to me?” It’s a writer’s hook. I met Tim Cahill once. Tim writes travel stories, compiled under such extrovert titles as “J ..read more
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Marzabotto: The Street of Thoughts & Reading
Wandering Italy - Guide to Traveling and Experiencing Italy
by James Martin
9M ago
Marzabotto is a little town 17 miles south of Bologna in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy. Today, Mazabotto has a population of fewer than 7000 people. For a small town, Marzabotto records a long history starting in the Etruscan era and nearly ending with the worst massacre of civilians committed by the Waffen SS in Italy, almost 800 of them according to the best estimates. You get downtown via a stump-lined viale, Italian for a wide, tree-lined street. But what you see are carved stumps with flowering cherry trees planted beside them. So here’s the story. When the maritime pines transformin ..read more
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