Every author feels that she or he is unique. I haven't seen a series of articles quite like mine. I love touring Italy so much that I am doing a series on the tourist attractions of Italy's twenty regions. Without neglecting the well-known sites, you'll get to visit parts of Italy that most tourists never see. I'll also focus on the local food, wine, and even present a bit of history. Please join me on this extended tour. There are so many articles that we are presenting two lists. In first list Italy's twenty regions are presented in alphabetical order. The second list is divided into three: northern, central, and southern Italy. Within each of these three groups the articles are in alphabetical order with a differnce; each article is introduced by a direct quote. Sharp eyes will notice that this series contains no articles on Florence, Rome, or Venice. Don't despair, for each of these three cities we have written several articles (for example 40 at this point for Rome). These articles are grouped by region and include a brief introduction to the tourist sites and then a quick review of hotels (or bed and breakfasts) in the region with a clickable link to their websites. We present a direct quote from each article, followed by a clickable link. It will take you two clicks looking for tourist information for districts in Florence, Rome, or Venice.
Touring Aosta Valley
" We end our tour of the Aosta Valley at Courmayeur, as the ads put it, on the sunny side of Monte Bianco (Mont Blanc). The loads of tourists who go there either donít know or more likely donít care that... "
Touring The Emilia Subregion
" Bologna. Donít judge this city by the bottom of the line prepared meat that somehow shares its name. Among Bolognaís notable achievements,... "
Touring The Romagna Subregion
" ...If you like Formula One auto racing youíll want to visit the town of Imola in mid-April. Otherwise, youíll pretty well have to be satisfied with ... "
Touring Friuli-Venezia Giuli
" Cividale del Friuli, population about eleven thousand, was founded by Julius Caesar somewhat more than two thousand years ago. Its historic town center is dominated by the Piazza del Duomo (Cathedral Square) home of the National Archeological Museum. Nearby you will find the Sixteenth Century Palazzo dei Provveditori Veneti. Be sure to see the Celtic Hypogeum, an ancient subterranean series of halls carved in the rock; historians donít know... "
" ...As you hang around one of Triesteís alternatives to Starbuckís your thoughts might turn to Triesteís most famous expatriate, James Joyce, who resided here from 1904 to 1915 and from 1919 to 1920. It was in Trieste that he... "
Touring Cinque Terre, Liguria
" Manarola is the center of the local wine and olive oil industry. What a color feast: the houses are pastel, the water is turquoise, and the rock on which the town sits is black. Make sure to see theVia dell'Amore (Love Road) that joins Manarola with Riomaggiore, said to provide some of the most thrilling scenery in the world... "
Touring Eastern Liguria
" ...Nerviís highlight is its mile-long (1.5 kilometer) Passeggiata (Promenade) Anita Garibaldi named for the wife and comrade-in-arms of Italian revolutionary Giuseppe Garibaldi, founder of the modern Italian state. Iíll tell you a bit more about this great promenade, but first letís talk about Madame Garibaldi. She was born in pre-independence Brazil to a poor family and raised by a single mother. She married at age 14. It is said that when Garibaldi first laid eyes on her he could only whisper... "
" Now we move north of Caruggi, Genoaís medieval center. Weíll start in the same way as our southern tour ended, by looking at palaces. Via Garibaldi is a street just loaded with palaces; I counted fourteen but I may have missed some little ones. Letís look... "
Touring Western Liguria
" Bussana Vecchia is an artistís colony that emerged from a ghost town. In 1887 an earthquake destroyed a village in the Ligurian hills east of San Remo (see below). The survivors built huts near the entrance to the village but abandoned them after seven years. For more than six decades this entire area was abandoned. Then in the early 1960s... "
Touring Bergamo and Lake Como
" Back in 1801-1803 Count Francesco Melzi d'Eril was Vice-President of Napoleonís Italian Republic. Several years later, perhaps to drown his sorrows over the Republicís brevity... "
Touring Lake Garda
" In 1943 Mussolini founded his short lived Repubblica Sociale Italia (Italian Social Republic) here. He installed himself in a late Nineteenth Century art nouveau villa called Villa Feltrinelli about two miles (three kilometers) north of town. You can get your revenge by... "
" ... Milan is often considered to be Italyís most European city. Is that a reason not to go visit? On the other hand, Milan is Italyís fashion capital and ... "
Touring Small Town Lombardy
" ...In the Twelfth Century Mantua adopted a novel means of protection against invasion, namely... "
Touring Small Town Piedmont
" The ski resort of Bardonecchia near the French border is located in a sunny Alpine valley surrounded by mountains. It hosted some events during the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics including the snowboarding giant slalom. There are about 140 kilometers (90 miles) of snowboarding and ski trails for all skill levels. The nearby village of Sestriere was a main venue during the 2006 Winter Olympic Games... "
Touring Turin, Piedmont
" It is fitting that Italyís Detroit should host the Museo dellíAutomobile (Automobile Museum). When they say antique cars, they mean antique cars, dating back to 1896. And what cars, the collection includes the first FIAT model, ... "
Touring The Alto-Adige Subregion
" Perhaps you will start with the Museo Archeologico dellíAlto Adige (South Tyrol Archeological Museum) whose star attraction is Oetzi, the more than five thousand year old iceman... "
Touring The Trentino Subregion
" What about food? In Trentino cuisine takes on an Alpine accent and includes plenty of... "
Touring Northern Veneto
" ...This practice first started in 1454. It seems that two local noblemen Renaldo D. and Viera da V. fell in love with the beautiful Lionora P., the daughter of the Lord of Marostica. They were set to fight a duel for the hand of that fair lady. The future father-in-law... "
" One of Padua's best-known symbols is the Prato della Valle (Valley Meadow), often called the Grassless Meadow, said to be the largest square in Europe after Moscow's Red Square. It measures... "
Touring Southern Veneto
" How can you tell if a Veneto town is peaceful or not? The answer is quite simple; go to its Leone di San Marco (Saint Mark's Lion) statue. Take... "
" We can't leave Verona without visiting those star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. The Twelfth Century... "
Touring Eastern Abruzzi
" Piazza Garibaldi is named for the hero of Italian unification. It is the largest square in town and boasts... "
Touring Gran Sasso, Abruzzi
" A hotel on the Campo Imperatore was once home to a particularly vicious snake in the grass, Italian fascist dictator, Benito Mussolini. He was imprisoned there from ... "
Touring Western Abruzzi
" ...Start at Il Colle (The hill) for a beautiful view of the valley below. Above the town you will see ... "
Touring Latium East Of Rome
" The town of Ninfa was Papal property in times past. Pope Clement VII destroyed the town in an internal war during the Fourteenth Century. For six hundred years it lay in ruins, in part because of the malarial mosquitoes in the nearby marshes. And then in 1920... "
Touring Latium West Of Rome
" You probably havenít seen anything like Bomarzo. The villageís main attraction is yet another Sixteenth Century garden, alternately known as Bosco Sacro (Sacred Grove) and Bosco di Mostri (Monsterís Grove). It was built by a hunchbacked patron of the arts to honor his deceased wife. Some say that she... "
Touring The Marche Region
" ...Try to get to Ascoli Piceno for the first Sunday in August. Thatís the day the local residents celebrate the cityís patron saint, Saint Emidio, with a parade of over 900 people dressed in Renaissance costume. After the parade thereís a jousting tournament, ... "
Touring Campobasso, Molise
" ...It is perched on a hilltop that dominates the town and you can still see the traces of ancient settlements including Samnite walls that predate the Christian era... "
" ...I said it before; Iíll say it again, where else but in Italy? To view some much more recent ruins, ... "
Touring Eastern Tuscany
" ...The Piazza Grande may have started out as a Roman forum. It includes several palaces and... "
Touring Tuscany's Chianti Area
" Siena has been called Italy's best-preserved medieval city, and believe me, the competition is tough... "
Touring Western Tuscany
" ...Why not make like Napoleon and tour the island of Elba off the coast of southern Tuscany?... "
Touring Northern Umbria
" ...Where else but in Italy do even the parking lots exude history? The Duomo (Cathedral)... "
Touring Orvieto, Umbria
" ...Make sure to see the frescoes painted by Luca Signorelli, who stipulated that part payment for his efforts be Orvieto wines... "
Touring Perugia And Assisi, Umbria
" ...You may want to see a ring, said to be the Virgin Maryís wedding ring which was stolen from a nearby town... "
Touring Southern Umbria
" ...Some say that C. S. Lewisí Narnia was named for the Umbrian town of Narni. It still has a medieval appearance ... "
Touring Eastern Apulia
" Everyone has heard of Florence in central Italy. But almost no one has heard of Lecce, sometimes called ďthe Florence of the south.Ē It is situated between the Adriatic coast and the countryside dotted with ancient olive trees. The architecture is mainly baroque. Among the buildings to see are ..."
Touring Western Apulia
"...The nearby Eleventh Century Bascilica di San Nicola is said to contain the remains of St. Nicholas, yes Santa Claus. According to legend... "
" The Sassi di Matera (Stones of Matera) are caves that have been occupied continuously by human beings for an estimated nine thousand years... "
Touring Northern Calabria
" ...Youíll never believe what little red objects are hung out to dry on the clotheslines in late summer, red-hot chili peppers... "
Touring Southern Calabria
" ...in a hail of bullets. Anastasiaís fictionalized story was a part of the Oscar winning movie On The Waterfront. "
Touring The Amalfi Coast And Sorrento
" Before you leave Positano visit its main beach, the Spaggia Grande, and stroll on its walkway, Via Positanesi díAmerica, named for the thousands of locals who immigrated to the United States, especially to New York City, to seek a better life. Iíll let you decide... where it is better to live today - Positano or New York City... "
Touring Campania East Of Naples
" ... Iíll let you in on what is hardly a secret: Pompeii was home to a lot of erotic art... "
Touring Campania West Of Naples
" Baia was perhaps the greatest Ancient Roman resort of them all. All the big shots including Caesar, Nero, and Tiberius had a home away from home in Baia. Cleopatra was there on a visit when... "
Touring The Isle of Capri
" Do you wish you could stay in Capri forever? Walk to the nearby Sphinx Parapet overlooking the Bay of Naples. According to legend... "
" My generation remembers Dean Martin singing Thatís Amore (Napoli) in his perhaps less memorable 1953 movie, The Caddy: 'When the stars make you drool just like pasta fazool; That's amore... "
Touring Central Sardinia
" Su Nuraxi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, lies near the village of Barumini. It is the finest and most complete example of a nearly four thousand year old stone defensive structure called nuraghe found only in Sardinia. Nuraghe are typically shaped like a beehive, built with huge square blocks of stone, but... "
Touring Northern Sardinia
" Porto Cervo, population about two thousand off-season, is quite the place to be during the summer. The story has it that more than forty years ago Aga Khan discovered this area when seeking shelter from a storm. He liked the location and... "
Touring Southern Sardinia
" From the first to the fourth of May each year Nora and Cagliari are home to perhaps the greatest and most colorful religious procession in the world, the Festa di SantíEfisio, honoring a martyr beheaded by a Roman soldier in 303... "
Touring Eastern Sicily
" ...Over the centuries Catania has been buried in lava seven times. In the local version of making lemonade when life gives you lemons, ... "
Touring Palermo, Sicily
" ...The original Teatro took twenty two years to build; it was closed in 1974 for safety and remained closed for twenty three years, reopening a mere four days before its centenary. The movie Godfather Part III included a famous scene, ... "
Touring Western Sicily
" We end our tour of western Sicily at Agrigento, historic city and site of Valle dei Templi (Valley of the Temples) arguably the finest Greek ruins outside of Greece. The classic Greek poet Pindar called it ďthe most beautiful city built by mortal men.Ē Prepare your trip carefully, summers in this part of the world are ..."
Touring Launching a Series
"According to the U.S. Tour Operators Association annual survey, Italy is the worldís top vacation destination. Italy has something for everyone. Its attractions include ... Of course letís not forget their outstanding cuisine, and their unique wines, what wines... "