Dante: the father of the Italian Language

The reason why the Dante's Inferno is so successful is the ability of the author to depict in such an imaginative way the punishements that await the sinful people in hell, in such a way to impact, still today, on the collective imagination of us all. There is no representation of heall, in the arts, in movies or theatre shows which doesn't make reference to Dante's Inferno

Travel readings for Christmas break

I used to be on travel every Christmas break for the past 25 years of my life. In 2020, I will spend the whole season at home, thus I scheduled some good readings. While doing that, before buying new books, I re-explored my own home library to check if there still was some unread book and I bumped into 2 books I read a while ago and which helped me focusing on some issues that also impacted on my "travel destination" choice making process.

Osteria, Ristorante, Trattoria…what’s the difference?

One of the most frequently asked questions I get from anyone visiting Italy is about the various nouns we use to name a place where you can have lunch or dinner. It should be very easy because in the rest of the world these places are commonly referred to as Restaurants, while in Italy we call them in several different ways and that is why sometimes, foreigners are confused and can't understand the difference between a Osteria and a Trattoria, or between a Taverna and a Restaurant.

10 Cities for 10 Operas

Have you ever wondered where the scenes of the operas are? Where does those dramatic or comic event take place? I did, and I found 10 places to visit based on the plot of some very popular Operas and some of the least represented worldwide. I have identified 10 cities (actually 11) or geographical areas that in some cases I already know, in some others cases are brand new to me.

How far can we go with Photoshop?

Although I understand there is an Art behind graphic design, I believe it should be limited to minimal adjustments when photos are concerned. From my point of view, an excessive digital manipulation of a picture turn a place or a landscape into a destination which does not exist and makes our expectations grow beyond reality.