Category Archives: Memoirs/Travel

Every trip and every picture tells a story. Every time you are on the road, every time you get lost, you are really living the experience. And Italy is a never-ending story of beauty and ugliness to be discovered.

Mediterranean Summer – on the road ‘write as you go’ diary of summer wanderings throughout Italy and Southern Europe

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You’ll see no Rome, Florence, Venice or Taormina in this diary. Instead, I’ll take you to small unknown places of rare beauty often harbouring next to territorial or industrial diseases, ‘ugliness’ of various kind that makes Italy the cradle of the best and the worst. I was taken to these places in the long hot…

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Mediterranean Summer – Malta: Christendom facing the Muslim dominion

You’ll see no Rome, Florence, Venice or Taormina in this diary. Instead, I’ll take you to small unknown places of rare beauty often harbouring next to territorial or industrial diseases, ‘ugliness’ of various kind that makes Italy the cradle of the best and the worst. I was taken to these places in the long hot…

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Mediterranean Summer – Matera, the unbelievable ‘city of stones’: from dust to stardom

You’ll see no Rome, Florence, Venice or Taormina in this diary. Instead, I’ll take you to small unknown places of rare beauty often harbouring next to territorial or industrial diseases, ‘ugliness’ of various kind that makes Italy the cradle of the best and the worst. I was taken to these places in the long hot…

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“Theirs is a cultural richness like no other”: Italy’s earthquakes and the loss of great human fabric

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On October 30, 2016 another tremendous earthquake hit central Italy again, the greatest one in the last decades of a series that started in August, killed almost 300 people and destroyed the cultural treasures of the medieval small towns and villages scattered along the Apennines. The news came to me as I was spending my…

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