Oman: a gentle winter

A couple of years ago I spent my Christmas break in Oman, a Country in the Arab Peninsula bordering Saudi Arabia, the UA and Yemen. I toured a lot the east and south east of the Country starting from the capital city, Muscat, passing by the former capital, Nizwa, down to the sand desert close to the village of Bidiyah, and I spent the night in the desert.

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.

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.

Autumn in Torino

Torino is nowadays the third or fouth largest city in the Country (depending if you consider the hinterland or not) and underwent a dramatic and successful change in the past 20 years, turning its local economomy from industry based to tourism based after the XXth Winter Olympics, held in the city in 2006.