Italy's Cool Cats

They bask in the sun, alone or in pairs, draped languidly at the base of tinkling fountains in public piazzas, across picturesquely-crumbling ancient ruins, on doorsteps and windowsills of sleepy villages.

They watch you with half-closed eyes, daring you to stare back. If you show any interest, they either startle with their avid attention or offend with their contemptuous indifference. They are casually sleek, mysteriously attractive, offhandedly photogenic, and quietly ubiquitous.

kitten-motorino-italy-cr-brian-dore(Photo by Concierge in Umbria via Flickr)

No, we’re not talking about Italian men. We’re talking about Italian cats. Read More...

Surprise Sunshine and Serendipity

The snow and ice got Brian and Maria reminiscing about one of their last, unexpectedly balmy days in Italy, while traveling through Puglia’s Salento peninsula this past fall. Read More...

Italy’s Top Ten

A few months ago, CNN published an eclectic list of “10 Things Italy Does Better Than Anywhere Else” which was in part spot-on (Flattery, absolutely.) and in part perplexing (River cruising? Really?). It did, however, inspire us to think about what we hold Italians to be particularly adept at and jot down our own list. Agree or disagree? Have your own Top Tens? Let us know, and we can compile a “Top Ten, Part Two”--crowd-sourced with your suggestions! Read More...