Gavin Tulloch

Scienziato e poeta. Ama la chimica, il vino, le donne e l’opera, ma non sappiamo in quale ordine

Fall and Rise of San Lorenzo Convent Piglio

Piglio and its surrounds were subject of much attention by the factions engaged in destruction during the second world war. As with many other places of meditation and worship, the Convent and Church of San Lorenzo, perched on the lower slopes of Mount Scalambra above Piglio, was particularly so ‘blessed’. The church and convent were … Continued

Montecassino and Ciociaria – death and rebirth

My first realisation of the reality of WW2 in Cassino and the area called Ciociaria in central-south Italy was learning the story of Montecassino, the Benedictine Monastery at the end of the Benedictine Way that sits on the spur of Mount Cassino above today’s town of Cassino. The monastery can be easily seen from the … Continued

Paestum, place of magic for travellers

There is so much to be discovered in life, places of magic for the traveller, and Paestum in southern Campania is certainly one. For the amateur or trained archaeologist, probably the sites and sight of the temples and city of Paestum are now tame. But for most others this is a site that may even … Continued

Sea Side Walk by David Straight

Life on the Italian Adriatic Coast come Autumn

This is a story of life on the Adriatic coast after the season, the town, Bellaria – Igea Marina, not well known except to those who come in the season. Its sands are clean and near white. It is mid-October, barely a few days past summer, it is a warm 25 degrees, even more, the … Continued

Best Icecream (Gelato) of the world in Sydney

There are now hundreds, if not more, gelato bars around the world creating a plethora of colours, textures and taste sensations – of single scoop, double and triple, served in cones or paper cups and accompanied at your choice by fruit juices, milkshakes or unique creations of baristas. In every town, there seems to now … Continued

Soundtracks in Castelnuovo Parano by Chamber Orchestra of Frosinone

Soundtracks in Castelnuovo Parano by Chamber Orchestra of Frosinone

The Frosinone Chamber Orchestra (FCO) in its various guises as soloists, quartets, quintets, small orchestra and full orchestra appears in the towns of Ciociaria (the Province of Frosinone) on the sultry evenings throughout summer. This night, a suitably hot August night, the 10th, the day that we celebrate San Lorenzo (St Lawrence for the real … Continued

Soloists of Frosinone on the steps of Casalvieri

Soloists of Frosinone on the steps of Casalvieri

Another hot summer’s day in Ciociaria settled at dusk in Casalvieri into a windless evening and the promise of a hot summer’s night, though with alternatives to Neil Diamond. Our visit this time to the Val di Comino, to Casalvieri, one of our favourite towns, was to attend an evening concert of Rossiniana by principals … Continued

Last Bagpipe artisan of Acquafondata by Bettiol

The best and last Bagpipe Artisan of Acquafondata

Acquafondata is a town in the mountains on the border of Lazio and Molise famous for its Bagpipes Festival (Festa della Zampogna). And maybe you wouldn’t travel through the forests, in the dappled shade of the roads towards Acquafondata unless you had a special reason or somewhere else to go along the road. We saw … Continued

Portone alchemico di Nicolò il mistero di Rivodutri

Nicolo’s Door – The opening for Alchemists in Rivodutri

In Rivodutri there is a unique door that popular tradition calls the Alchemic Door, or “Nicolò Door”, named after the owners of its original building, the Nicolò family since 1757, as a result of the will of Don Bernadino of the Camisciotti family. In 1874, it was handed over to the municipality to be used … Continued