Vintage Films, Vertigo Lifts and Stunning Views: Museum of Cinema in Torino

Allegedly the tallest museum in the world, the Mole Antonelliana (originally conceived as a synagogue) is home to a surreal museum of cinema, a magnificent panoramic viewing platform, and a truly terrifying lift. Not for the Faint Hearted Before reaching the dazzling panorama of the Mole Antonelliana one has to endure or enjoy, depending on… Read More Vintage Films, Vertigo Lifts and Stunning Views: Museum of Cinema in Torino

“Streets full of water. Please advise”: Unimpressed Visitors to Venice

Venice throws everything at the visitor – tottering ornate Gothic palazzi, metres of glittering gold mosaic, hours of meandering alleys for the romantic and pompous overpriced cafes for the extravagant. But some visitors remain just a little underwhelmed. Here are some of the greatest Venice cynics. A Moated Imprisonment of a Town Stinking canals, unstable… Read More “Streets full of water. Please advise”: Unimpressed Visitors to Venice

Locorotondo: The Circular City and its Metamorphic Houses

A delightfully disorienting circular labyrinth with white houses and streets glinting in the sun, Locorotondo (the name deriving from ’round place’) can be found deep in the Itria Valley of Puglia, surrounded by vineyards. On arrival there is a postcard view of gleaming white facades, elegant, clean and joyous with geraniums in summer. A Balcony… Read More Locorotondo: The Circular City and its Metamorphic Houses

The Elusive Bella Figura and How to Find It

‘La Brutta Figura’ was partly inspired by the desire to communicate to others the gulf of difference between visiting a country, namely Italy, and living there. Italy might be another European country but it’s arbitrary fashion rules, imperative food traditions and relaxed employment regulations could hark from Mars from the expat’s point of view. My… Read More The Elusive Bella Figura and How to Find It

New Year Absurdities and Superstitions in Italy

Celebrating New Year in Italy means unforseen dangers, naughty secrets and disappointing food – ready?! 1.Money, Money, Food Home of sophisticated pesce crudo, handmade pasta and succulent cured meats, for their special New Year dinner Italians choose … lentils. Apparently this flat, round, goldish coloured pulse resembles coins, with a bit of imagination, and so brings prosperity… Read More New Year Absurdities and Superstitions in Italy