Author: Diana Russler

Saving Puglia’s Olive Groves One Tree at a Time: Masseria Il Frantoio

Puglia (or Apulia as it is also known) is often called “the heel of Italy’s boot.” It is the land of conical trulli houses, baroque towns, castles, fortified medieval farms (masserie) and thousand-year-old olive trees. Sadly, these trees are under attack either from the changing climate or from bacteria from South America that leaves them shriveled and diseased. Saving as many of these ancient giants as possible is the passion and commitment of Armando Balestrazzi and his wife, Rosalba, owners of Masseria Il Frantoio, a quaint inn and one of the most unique masserie you will find in the...

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A Roman Spa in Bormio, Italy

The Romans first discovered the thermal springs of Bormio, Italy, over 2,000 years ago and created baths around them. Travel writer Diana Russler finds their popularity was such that even Leonardo Da Vinci came to soak in the hot waters.

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