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insider tips and travel information


special places to stay in Central Italy


the area’s history in selected books


Welcome to my website offering insider information on Italian lifestyle,  itineraries and insight into Italian history, art, antiques and  culture.

You will discover stories and curiosities gathered  during   55 years  of  life in Rome and  central Italy.

Check out my newest project an online magazine

“The Painted Palazzo”

Subscribe for free or become a paid subscriber to access exclusive material and receive copies of our books.


Be sure to check out  my Youtube channel, audioguides , blog with hundreds of articles and order copies of my  latest books  about central Italy. 

 New Youtube Channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5lo4mOZ7g3cGJhYSozi_NA 

Short videos  with travel trips  for central Italy, festivals, castles, Mediterranean ports. Watch, Share, Subscribe

 Audio Guide for Viterbo

now available  also  on  Viator  and Travel Advisor  websites

viterbo fountain

“Stories and Secrets of Viterbo”           Independent  self-guided tour of Viterbo.         click on link  to download the app and take the tour

  Latest  Book  10th publication about  central Italy  

Nuova opertina MJ 2019 altro colore

new edition of  “Etruria Storie e Segreti”  in italiano


9th publication  – bilingual   perfect  for  language students and teachers as well as  curious travelers, scholars  and history buffs.

                                       Order your copy  now, cost 10 euro .                                                             multiple copies a discount will be applied. copertina Palazzo  Read reviews and more on the Books page.  Order  copies of Etruria Editions’ books here.   USA readers  can  save on international postage  thanks to  a limited supply of books  now  available in USA. Ask for  our USA contact , pay with paypal and receive a copy of “Etruria Travel, History and Itineraries in Central Italy  $15.60.

To order directly from the author just send an email -I answer usually within  24 hours and mail  out  twice a week.

Students, teachers and tour operators use these books to create study abroad programs. Cultured travelers  find them important to enrich their stay in Italy.

Audio guide  of Civitavecchia, port of Rome

Perfect for Cruise passengers  docking in Rome (Civitavecchia) , Livorno, Sorrento and other central Italian towns  for planning shore excursions.  See my Cruise Enrichment page.

While docked in Civitavecchia  try the  new audio guide “Stories and Secrets of Civitavecchia”. Download the app from VM Logo 2


Rome -Civitavecchia  “Stories and Secrets of Civitavecchia”


In Italy  purchase copies from local bookshops or at  our   recommended  B&B and Agritourism places  in  central Italy.

   BLOG  50 years in Italy

Find out more about central Italy on  my blog 50yearsinItaly.  Just click on the orange tab at the top of the page.