Mt. Etna has been capturing imaginations for centuries – and with good reason. If you’re anywhere near the Catania region in Sicily, you can see it. Not only can you see it, you can see it smoking. It’s like she’s sitting there, cooking up a special surprise for everyone nearby. In fact, the name of … More One Explosive Sicilian
The Duomo in Milano has been flabbergasting people for centuries, and not always in the good way. According to John Ruskin, the Victorian-era art critic, the cathedral stole “from every style in the world; and every style spoiled.” Ouch. Oscar Wilde was of much the same opinion: “The Cathedral is an awful failure. Outside the … More What a Wonder It Is!
My students usually roll their eyes when I tell them what I did over the weekend. Most of them are pretty sure that there are more interesting things to see in Italy than museums and archaeological parks – namely, night clubs and shopping centers. As I explain to them, though, we have those things in … More La Valle dei Templi