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Secret Santas, Sorrento

Santas’ Secrets: caption competition

At first glance, two jolly old Santas climbing a wall above Sorrento’s night market.  Closer reading of the image poses some interesting questions: why are they wearing those tiny (and...

Interior, Dome of the Russian Church, Sanremo

From Russia with Love

The domes of La Chiesa di Cristo Salvatore, Santa Caterina Martire e San Serafino di Sarov (Church of Christ the Savior, St. Catherine the Martyr and St. Serafin de Sarov)...

Olive branch, Bellissimi, Liguria

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Palondromic primes, like today’s date, are said to be auspicious for new beginnings and also to represent the cyclic nature of existence . Here, in the olive groves of Imperia,...

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My Kingdom for a Horse

For those of you who watch Heroes, Ventimiglia will be an Italo-American, all-flying, all-teleporting, multi-purpose dreamboat called Milo, who sports a razor-sharp jaw and flawless skin. For the rest of...

Radicchio tardivo di Treviso: Treviso, Italy

Tardivo magnifico: worth the wait

Radicchio tardivo is a subspecies of chicory, and owes its striking colour to Francesco van den Borr, Belgian agronomist and inventor of the imbianchiamento technique, which uses scalding spring water...