Category Archives: Italy

Spring Ahead to the Slow Lane in Italy’s Po Valley and Lake District

  By Jean and Peter Richards A short driving trip meant to fill time and gaps in our travels in Italy turned into three memorable weeks along the Po Valley and into The Lake District just as it awakened in … Continue reading

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Hemingway came to Cuneo to buy candy — we followed and found a lot more

  by Peter & Jean Richards Cuneo was a big surprise. More to Jean, who asked, “Why do you want to go to a dumpy little town like Cuneo?” After two eye-opening and enjoyable weeks in northern Italy, including Modena, … Continue reading

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Savor the Flavors of the Friuli in Spring (or anytime)

By Jean and Peter Richards Spring is a good time to savor the flavors of the Friuli where the warmth of an Italian welcome is always in season. The natural resilience of the people of this long-besieged landscape manifests itself … Continue reading

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Turin — The Way Life Can Be

By Jean and Peter Richards How can you not love a city where a luxury hotel harbors a family of turtles in its little garden, a coffee at the toniest cafe costs $1.50 or less, some of the best food … Continue reading

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Faith & Penelope

We do a lot of research for our trips, and we carry a lot of material with us. Two country-specific books on food have become bibles to us for their respective nations. We affectionally and respectfully refer to them by … Continue reading

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Our Favorite Corner of Italy — to be Savored Not Just for its Food

This post is based on three wonderful trips in 2003, 2006 and 2011. By Jean and Peter Richards A far corner of Italy keeps drawing us back for its food, its heritage and its welcoming people. History converges in the … Continue reading

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Sicily Reveals Perfect Greek Temples But There Are Spectacular Bronzes Even Before You Take the Ferry

By Jean and Peter Richards (This driving trip from our house in France to Sicily was taken in January 2005) The ancient Greeks still reign in Sicily. The treasures are monumental. No picture, lecture or course can convey the impact … Continue reading

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