Microbrewed Italy

I'm going  to begin with a stop near Parma. After leaving my favorite Italian outlet mall off the A1 Autostrada, I drove through the roundabout and down the street to Fidenza's zona artiginale, an area on the outskirts of  town where a particular industry is located. As I was in Emilia Romagna, the particular industry was of course … Continue reading Microbrewed Italy

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The Charming History of Italy

The history of Italy is well-known and influential.  Italian painters, sculptors, poets, musicians, architects and scholars created an unforgettable niche in the Western world.  One way to commemorate the beauty and allure of Italy and perhaps remind you of time spent living “la dolce vita” is with a bracelet of souvenir Italian charms.  Highly collectible, charm bracelets … Continue reading The Charming History of Italy

The Land of the Fox, Squirrel, Badger and Dormouse

The rocks and woods of Italy’s Valle Santa di Rieti are filled with natural beauty.  The ancient forests, deep rivers and springs create a fertile plain with an abundance of wildlife living in such harmony with nature that it inspired St. Francis of Assisi to write the “Canticle of Creatures” one of the world’s most … Continue reading The Land of the Fox, Squirrel, Badger and Dormouse

A Labyrinth and Gothic Cathedral in Fields of Midwestern Corn

I’ve traveled to many sacred places in Italy from the great cathedrals and basilicas of the major centers of art and commerce to sites of pilgrimage and spiritual renewal. The Duomo of Milan and Florence, Siena and Orvieto, the Basilica of San Francesco in Assisi, St. Peter in Rome, San Marco in Venice. The stunning … Continue reading A Labyrinth and Gothic Cathedral in Fields of Midwestern Corn