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Italy — The Many Faces of Turin

Italy — The Many Faces of Turin

From former capital of the powerful Dukes of Savoy and glorious showcase of Piemontese Baroque architecture to industrial powerhouse, Turin is one of Italy’s best kept secrets.

Hidden Gems of the Italian Alps  — Susa, Novalesa and Aosta

Hidden Gems of the Italian Alps — Susa, Novalesa and Aosta

Throughout history, the fate of the mountainous northwestern corner of Italy bordering France and Switzerland has been influenced by its strategic location as the entry point to the Italian peninsula from the surrounding Alpine passes. Today, its many Roman and Medieval fortified towns and monasteries still give evidence to this turbulent past.

In Turin, Italy — Sarcophagi and Palazzi

In Turin, Italy — Sarcophagi and Palazzi

In the foothills of the Italian Alps, the historic city of Turin recounts the story of very different civilizations in two world-class museums: The Egyptian Museum and the Palazzo Madama.

In and around Palermo – The Great Byzantine Mosaics of Sicily

In and around Palermo – The Great Byzantine Mosaics of Sicily

Commissioned during the 12th century by Sicily’s Norman rulers and largely the work of Greek mosaicists brought to Sicily from Constantinople, some of the most breathtaking examples of Byzantine mosaics in the world decorate the churches and cathedrals in and around Palermo.

Archeological Journey in Western Sicily — Agrigento

Archeological Journey in Western Sicily — Agrigento

Once known to the Greeks as Akragas, Agrigento was founded around 580 BC by settlers from Rhodes and Crete, and soon became one of the preeminent cities of the Hellenic world. The memories of its grandeur can still be found today in The Valley of the Temples.

A Time Capsule of Ancient Roman Life – Herculaneum

A Time Capsule of Ancient Roman Life – Herculaneum

For two days in 79 AD, death rained down on the Roman towns surrounding Mount Vesuvius. Buried for 1700 years under 50 feet of lava, Herculaneum became a unique time capsule of daily life in Ancient Rome.

The Islands of the Venetian Lagoon

The Islands of the Venetian Lagoon

A short boat ride away from its legendary center lay a Venice few tourists ever see: small islands scattered throughout the lagoon, each with its own history and personality.

Living Venice – The Great Museums of the Dorsoduro

Living Venice – The Great Museums of the Dorsoduro

Separated by the Grand Canal from the shuffling crowds of San Marco, the Dorsoduro District is home to the most inviting House Museums in the city: the Peggy Guggenheim Foundation and the Ca’ Rezzonico Museum of 18th century Venice.

Living Venice – The Castello District

Living Venice – The Castello District

Beyond the grand tourist clichés of the central St. Mark district, in the labyrinth of ancient side canals and back alleys of the Castello, Venice lives on as it has for centuries.

The Magic of Venice in Winter

The Magic of Venice in Winter

Venice requires no introduction. The fabled destination is on everyone’s European wishlist, a distinction that from Easter through October can turn it into a chaotic citywide museum. But come winter the tourists fade away, the Venetians reclaim their city and the Serenissima becomes once again serene.

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I was barely in my teens when travel became a driving force in my life. Now as a travel writer and photographer, I have visited over 45 countries in some of the most photogenic corners of the planet, taking tens of thousands of pictures along the way. With my work, I thrive to capture the natural and cultural uniqueness of each area I visit. Get to know me better…

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