This newsletter has been delayed while I put the finishing touches a redesign of the Wandering Italy Blog. Loading an article like our guide to Padua is twice as fast as it was, and all the cruft has been removed.
We’ve been waiting a long time to return to Italy. Access to the boot is coming (for vaccinated folks) they tell us. Meanwhile, there are things to keep you immersed in travel while you wait at home.
For example, if you like tulips, which would be blooming about now, we’d tell you to go the Parco Giardino Sigurta, which boasts the largest display of tulips (one million!) in southern Europe. If you can’t go, just look at the pictures of the park through the button below.
Speaking of pictures, you can also purchase so of our pictures on the web for hanging on the wall while you dream of Italy travel. Or you can just check out what I think are my best pictures. If you don’t see the one you’ve liked on the site, just ask and I’ll add it.
What have tour companies and b&b owners been up to while we wait for Italy to open? They’ve been pouring out lots of informational material that is meant to make your independent travel a richer experience. Context Travel has spun off a site named Context Learning where you can sign up and take courses in many places and attractions in Italy and the rest of the world.
My favorite regions for spring are the Abruzzo and Puglia. After decent winter precipitation, there are lots of wildflowers to be seen, and the climate is likely to favor reasonably comfortable temperatures in spring.
In the Abruzzo, the trees can blossom while there’s still snow in the mountains. Like this:
That’s about all for this week. Thanks for reading. I raise a glass of Aglianico del Vulture to the thought of traveling again.