Matera – Italy’s City of Stones – Day 1 – Part 2

We noticed some statues standing in a courtyard, and went to check it out.  We found a wonderful artist’s studio/shop. The Chiesa di Sant’Antonio Abate al Sasso Barisano, on Via Sant’Antonio Abate, is another of the local churches carved into the rock, like the Sassi that surround it.  While it is no longer used for…

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Matera – Italy’s City of Stones – Day 1 – Part 1

Matera is a city that I feel everyone should see at least one time in their lives.  Getting to it is not easy, but once you arrive, and glimpse the city that lays before you, the travel will be forgotten, and instead, you will find yourself wondering why you had never visited the place before! …

Milan – An Italian City Full of Surprises – Day 3

The Monumento a San Francesco d’Assisi, or the Monument to Saint Francis of Assisi, can be found in Piazza Risorgimento.  The large monument, with a bronze statue of the saint on top, dates from 1926, and is the work of the sculptor Domenico Trentacoste. Casa Galimberti, on Via Marcello Malpighi #3, is a beautiful example…

Milan – An Italian City Full of Surprises – Day 2

Nothing could be better than a day spent walking around a beautiful city! On Via Poerio #37, a plaque decorates the facade of Casa Rollier, which is the building where the Federalist European Movement of Italy was born, in 1943.  The plaque pays tribute to Altiero Spinelli and Ernesto Rossi, two Italian politicians who co-wrote…