- Food & Wines
- Real Estate
- Learn Italian
- Home & Garden
- Sign in
Roofless buildings, no plumbing or electricity, streets too narrow for the smallest Fiat, winds blowing trash and debris through empty windows - these are some of the images one experiences while exploring Italy's Città Morte, the dead cities. Better known to English speakers as Ghost Towns, many of these locations were abandoned after earthquakes reduced the major buildings to rubble. The citizens often decided, or were forced by the government to move to a new location instead of rebuilding. Whether it was a natural disaster, lack of modern conveniences, or simply the dwindling of an elderly population, Città Morte can be found across the country.
I always feel so utterly American when I'm in Italy. As in not stylish, not seriously stunning and unable to make music whenever I speak.
So, there I sat at my rickety little table in the warm-stoned square outside the bar, doing my best to not ruin the scenery. Teresa, my workshop coach and cheerleader, had told us to observe and write. I tried to focus.
I sighed. I rearranged myself on the hard metal chair. I looked around at people going by. Then, I went right back to stalling, tapping my pen against the little notebook in front of me; clearly it was losing patience with me. I closed my eyes against the accusing white glare of its empty pages. And I reminded myself of the reason I had joined Teresa Cutler's Scrivere in Italia workshop in the first place.
Offered by Pasquale Comegna, (photographer) & Paolo Nascimbeni (coordinator - Life in Italy LLC ) Pasquale is offering often workshops so Call for additional dates and availability From the US call Paolo 301 738-6827 EST to ask details or use the contact us form
Enter Val Grande National Park and leave the modern world behind. There are no paved roads here or modern amenities, no people who live here either, just miles and miles of natural wonder and trails to help you explore it. Just try to restrain your wonder as you come across imposing mountain peaks of the Alps framed by clear skies and greenery, as well as a diverse array of plant and animal life, deep valleys and pristine lakes like the beautiful Lago Maggiore.
The area covered by Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park is home to glorious natural landscapes and rare flora and fauna, which the park was instituted to protect. Located in the beautiful region of the South Eastern Alps the park includes imposing mountains like Mount Serva and Vette di Feltre, as well as gorgeous grassland and beautiful valleys. It is stunning to think that thousands of years ago this area was completely covered by glaciers, the last of which disappeared about 10,000 years ago.
In the heart of Italy's Central Alps is a park dominated by the Ortles-Cevedale massif group, where one can watch the majestic beauty of ice and water pouring from the summits into the waterways of the green valleys below. Lucky visitors will spy glaciers, grassland, imposing mountains and ridges, and luxuriant forests. There are also many rare plant and animals species to be found within Stelvio National Park and several scattered villages to visit and explore.
The Arcipelago Toscano National Park features seven stunning and unique islands as well as gorgeous mountain cliffs. The marine park safeguards almost 56,766 hectares of sea and more than 17,000 hectares of land. Over the years the national park has labored to preserve the natural beauty of the area for visitors and future generations.