Tarquinia by Agostino Cecchini
Vetralla by Agostino Cecchini
Villa Lante by Agostino Cecchini


insider tips and travel information


special places to stay in Central Italy


the area’s history in selected books

selfie with Duke

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

You will discover stories and curiosities gathered  during  5 decades of  life in Rome and  central Italy ,  the  Etruria/Tuscia area  of Northern Lazio between  Umbria and Tuscany.


 Audio Guide for Viterbo

viterbo fountain


“Stories and Secrets of Viterbo”

click on link  to download the app and take the tour

  Latest  Book  – Mary Jane’s 7th publication about  central Italy  

     “The Painted Palazzo …Palazzo Dipinto”  is now available . A  limited edition of 120 pages, in both English and Italian, makes this latest book valuable to language students and teachers as well as  curious travelers, scholars  and history buffs.

Order your copy  now, cost 10 euro .                                                            For 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.

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



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”



Viterbo by American artist Elihu Vedder, 1891

drawing vit 1891


Etruria - Storie e Segreti

Seconda Stampa, copie ancora disponibile


bracciano letto

Italian Lifestyle-sleeping in a castle

In Italy  purchase copies from local bookshops or at  our  (click here for list )  recommended  B&B and Agritourism places  in  central Italy.


 Non dimenticare di visitare  il blog: 50yearsin Italy.  cliccate sul bottone  arancione  in alto

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

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