A Glide in a Gondola

For many visitors, a trip to Venice would be incomplete without a voyage on a gondola. We were no exception. At several points around the city we encountered gondolieri, dressed in their traditional striped shirts and flat-topped boater hats, usually decorated by a red or blue ribbon. Gondoliers offered their services with repeated chants of … Continue reading A Glide in a Gondola

The World’s Most Unique Nation

Tourists often travel to see things: scenery, art, architecture, the cities themselves. Many people sign themselves up for a tour, and in a few days pay whirlwind visits. They see Rome's Coliseum and the Vatican, Florence's Ponte Vecchio and Michelangelo's David, and then they are bused to a rendezvous with a Venetian gondola, where for … Continue reading The World’s Most Unique Nation

The Ghost City of Basilicata

Basilicata is an ancient land, with traditions and superstitions that date far back into the dusty pages of history. Here, long before the arrival of Christianity, people were aware of the close connection of both men and animals to the land. The stories of terrible beasts and dragons were passed down from generations long ago. … Continue reading The Ghost City of Basilicata

Romancing Through Italy Published

Twenty years of exploring Italy leads one to an amazing variety of adventures, and misadventures! The true stories of Romancing Through Italy relate the surprising heart-warming and sometimes spine-chilling experiences of traveling in an exotic and ancient culture. The perfect, relaxing summer or beach read, each chapter offers an insight into a facet of Italian … Continue reading Romancing Through Italy Published

Where Heroes Walked: A True Story

In Honor of April 25 -Liberation Day in Italy: an excerpt from "Romancing Through Italy" ©2017 Robert James Connors  ...It was on our first trip in 1995 that we learned much of why the bonds between Italy and the United States, as well as other allied nations, are so strong. It was thanks to our friend … Continue reading Where Heroes Walked: A True Story

Those Sexy Etruscans!

We returned again and again to Italy, each time focusing on particular parts of a surprisingly large and varied country. Tuscany, the largest and undoubtedly the best-known region of Italy, never fails to live up to its reputation as a source of beauty. Here the emblematic cypress trees line narrow roads that were merely improvements … Continue reading Those Sexy Etruscans!