Category Archives: Travel-Italy

Ready for Take-Off? Not Before Visiting the Gardens.

Two weekends ago I was getting back to Rome in the evening and had a 9:50 am flight the next morning. What to do? Go into town for a late-night supper (taxi or train fares, big hotel bill, big anxiety) … Continue reading

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Italian Landscapes and Gardens

Italy is known for its formal gardens, from the Borghese Gardens in Rome to the Boboli Gardens behind the Pitti Palace in Florence. But as I re-learned over the past few weeks, the whole country is a garden, whether it’s … Continue reading

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Five Days in Lévanto

Julius and I had visited Lévanto, on the Italian Riviera south of Genoa, too briefly, about twelve years ago. I fondly remembered the town as an idyllic step back in time, a personification of the pre-WWII fantasy depicted in the … Continue reading

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An Early-Morning Walk Through Town

In Lévanto, I liked waking up early—before the onset of car, motorini, and tourist traffic—to take a walk and take pictures. The air is perfumed with herbs and flowers and with yeasty dough, chocolate, and coffee. People are sweeping the … Continue reading

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