Month: October 2013

Ask, and you shall receive: Tuscania, Italy.

I have been in Tuscania for a couple months now, and some days still feel like a dream. Every corner I come around holds a new vision of simple beauty and timeless dignity. Nestled in the Lazio region, between Rome and Tuscany, Tuscania s history dates back to the Etruscan era over 2000 years ago. The southern horizon is capped the town’s signature landmark, the Basilica of San Pietro. Dating back to the 9th century, its formidable appearance, looming on the hillside overlooking the valley, reveals little of its gorgeous and inviting interior. The heart of Tuscania is held within the medieval walls of the ancient city. A bounty of churches, homes, shops and caffes’ can be found “inside the walls.” I often wander through the labyrinth of passages in the old part of town. My footsteps echo off the rough stones walls as I walk through pools of light from the street lamps, passing back into the shadows again. Brilliant sunlight washes over this place by day, giving way to equally serene nights. I …

Wanted: The Amalfi Coast

Long has it been a land of striking beauty, glamorous appeal and coveted real estate. This place has many faces, and has many stories to tell. There are accounts of exploding mountains, enchanting grottos and invading hordes. But, just as Mount Vesuvius looms in the background, so does the history of this coveted region. This is the Amalfi Coast. Mt. Vesuvius Today I am in the Gulf of Naples, starting my day off with a hike up, what I am told is, one the most dangerous volcanoes in the world. The thick fog coming off the ocean adds to the ominous ambience. I feel like I was walking through plumes of smoke, hoping this sleeping giant wouldn’t wake up. It was a little eerie, but actually a really pleasant way to start off the day. Mt. Vesuvius is the only volcano on the European mainland to erupt in the past century, most recently occurring in March of 1944, destroying several towns in its blast zone. It infamously erupted in 79 A.D., obliterating the nearby town …