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Art and Architecture

Art Trails: Piero della Francesca, Perugino and Pintoricchio art trails.

Art & Architecture Tours: Tours from the book "Italy Revealed, A Guide to Art and Architecture in the Italian Landscape".

Renaissance Frescoes: The best Italian frescoes.

Italian Pottery: The origin of Italian Pottery.

Saints and Art: Tales of a few commonly seen saints in Renaissance art, along with details of their traditional icons or attributes.

Festivals (Sagra)

Italian Festivals and Harvests: A few notes on festivals and harvest times.

Cantine Aperte (Open Cellars): Experiences at this wine festival during May in Umbria.

Umbria Music Festivals: great index of many of the music festivals around Umbria throughout the year.

The Umbria Sagre Survial Guide: Tips on navigating local festivals.

Sagra della Rana - Festival of the Frog: Experiences helpign out during this festival near Milan.

No Sagra for You!: Humorous look at a search for a festival to attend.

Summer is the Time for Sagra: Anne Robichaud describes the local "Primavera Sant'Enea" (Spring in Sant'Enea) sagra in Umbria, what to expect at a summer sagra.

Sagra del Sedano Nero (celery festival): an account of attending this festival in Trevi, Umbria in October.

Sagra della Castagna: blog account of this festival in Preggio Umbria.

Chestnut Heaven in Piegaro: here's another account, this time of the Chestnut festival (Sagra della Castagna) in Piegaro, Umbria.

Festa della Cipolla: Sagra held in Cannara Umbria in September.

Men in Tights, Sleepless Nights, and the Wine of the Holy Thorn: tales of the sagre around Ascoli Piceno in Le Marche.

History

Etruscan Things: A list of the areas where you can find Etruscan things and some resources.

Early Slow Travelers in Italy: Travelers to Italy in the 1800s and 1900s.

Language

Parliamo, Bolognalingua Language School: Postcard about a week in Bologna, taking language classes.

Studying Italian in Bologna with Bolognalingua: Postcard about several weeks in Bologna, taking language classes with Bolognalingua.

Studying Italian in Italy: Taking a three week language course in Lucca.

Study Italian in Sicily: Postcard about studying Italian at 3 different language schools in 3 different cities in Sicily.

Miscellaneous

One Man's View - What to Avoid in Italy: Notes after spending months traveling in France and Italy.

Which Towns to Visit?: Lists of towns in Italy taken from books about Italy.

Italian TV: L'eredit: the quiz show: How this popular quiz show works.

Pickpockets in Italy: Pickpockets in Rome and Florence and how to avoid them.

Plumbing in Italy: Restrooms and showers in Italy.

Surviving in Italy: 21-Point guide to travelling, uncovering and surviving Italy.

Outdoor Activities

Swimming in Italy: What to expect at private and public beaches.

Walking & Hiking in Italy: A few notes about hiking.

Running in Italy: Running and races in Italy and meeting other runners.

Shopping

Shopping in Italy, buying Italian things online

Slow Masters - Artisans in Italy: A series of articles highlighting different artisans and craftsmen in Italy by region

Ricordi di Roma: Buying souvenirs in Italy, suggestions for unique gifts.

Art Galleries for Italian Artists: Galleries in Canada, the US and Italy.

Italy Shopping List: Some of my favorite shops in Italy.

Buy Italian in the US: Places in the US where you can buy things from Italy, or online shopping.

Traveling with Children

Fourteen Secrets for Enjoying Visiting Churches in Italy: Ways to help your kids find interesting things in churches.

Ten Things Kids Love Most About Italy: Your kids will love Italy!

Tips for Traveling with Kids: Great tips for traveling with children.

Young Children and Swimming Pools: Be careful with small children in Italian villas with pools.

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