In Italy’s Farthest Corner – Its Darkest Place

EDITORS NOTE: I wrote this a few months back and then put it to one side. I’ve kept it in the same voice I wrote it in originally, when I was just back from the Risiera di San Sabba concentration camp in Trieste. It is not a pleasant topic and may well be upsetting, so please do bear that in mind if you’d rather not read on.

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Top 10: Italian Cities

This is not an original concept, I admit. Guilty as charged. I’d like to think I’m making up for it though with a top 10 which is significantly different from the hundreds of similar lists. I’ve mainly avoided overly touristy cities not because I’m an Italy-hipster (although I probably am) but because getting ripped off is among the things most guaranteed to reduce my enjoyment in a city. I also prefer smaller cities, and in fact the biggest city on my list is only the 23rd biggest in Italy (some of my choices aren’t technically cities at all). Entirely by chance, nine regions are represented in my Top 10, which is very pleasing. So here, without further ado, are my top 10 cities in Italy (plus a few honourable mentions):

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Travelling Italy without Leaving Home

I wrote the following book reviews for the May 2015 issue of La Civetta, so I thought I’d cross-post them here.

Travelling can be a real hassle sometimes. Planning, booking, packing (and if you’re some people I know, unpacking and repacking several more times), how would it be if you could get someone else to do the travelling for you, and report back their findings? Here are three authors who have done just that, writing about their experiences in the bel paese. Continue reading “Travelling Italy without Leaving Home”