At Shelley’s Grave: The Ineffable Calico Cat at il Cimitero Straniero

So I said, most impractically, to the obliging calico cat with yellow eyes, as we turned to depart the old Protestant Cemetery, that walled oasis of green quietude in the midst of hurried, cacophonous Rome.

The Magic of Venice and ‘The Thief Lord’

by Jessica A. Beck When I first read Cornelia Funke’s The Thief Lord, I couldn’t have been more than 10 years […]


Destination:  Trieste, Italy and Rovinj, Croatia Dates: September 25–October 4, 2015 (9 nights) For more information on this trip please contact Literary […]

James Joyce and the Golden Gate of Pula

By Sara Whitestone I stood in Portorata Square in Pula, Croatia, the late afternoon sun shining through the Arc of […]

Puccini of Lucca, Italy

By James Clark Lucca, Italy is a beautiful town surrounded by a 12 metre thick and 25 metre high 16th century […]

Following Caravaggio through Rome

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, called Caravaggio for the name of the small town in northern Italy where he grew up, was known for his disdainful perspective of the conventions of his art.

Sprezzatura in Cinque Terre, The 5 Villages of Effortless Beauty

by Nicole Kennedy The Italians have an expression for art that the English language has still not found an equivalent […]

Gods and Monsters

Towering mountains, the Cyclops Coast and the sparkling Mediterranean have beckoned seafarers, conquerors and tourists to Sicily since Neolithic times.

Michelangelo, The Flower of Florence

by David Sclar The city of Florence, Italy, is the unmistakable home of the great painter, architect, and sculptor, Michelangelo […]

James Joyce A Portrait of The Artist in Trieste

Trieste, Italy, is on the uneasy border where northern Italy flares out to touch Yugoslavia, with Austria hanging just above it like a storm cloud. It was James Joyce’s favorite city. I went there in 1983 to see what 500 years of Hapsburg rule (until 1918) on top of Italian rule had produced. Unexpectedly, it proved to be more interesting as Joyce’s city.