22 January 2018. A brief update on life following the earthquake of 24 August 2016, plus further quakes in October 2016 and January 2017.
14 January 2017. How to get to or from Ancona airport/Aeroporto delle March, using train or bus.
11 April 2016. Updated petrol and diesel prices in Italy, Austria, Germany, Luxembourg, Britain, Belgium and France.
13 March 2016. Some suggested driving routes from northern Europe to Italy, via the Frejus or Mont Blanc tunnels, or taking the slower and cheaper route via Germany and Austria.
3 September 2015. Updated prices valid late August 2015.
16 December 2013. Some advice and tips on taking this alpine crossing between Austria and Italy.
8 September 2013. Although it is situated in the popular northern Italian area, Merano, nestling amongst the foothills of the Italian Dolomites, is not particularly well known by non-Italians. This three-page illustrated guide gives advice about attractions, driving the high mountain passes, and public transport in the region.
2 October 2012. Information about the Basilica of San Nicola, Tolentino, showing a detail of the ornate ceiling, and providing listings of the various exhibitions on offer.
4 Sept 2012. A beginner's guide to summer festivals in Italy, particularly those organized by local communities in the countryside.
15 April 2012. Updated prices from the UK, Italy and San Marino; there is currently little difference between Italy and San Marino.
6 September 2011. Updated prices including Luxembourg (cheapest petrol) and Austria (cheapest diesel).
13 March 2011. Details of the winter snow bus shuttle from Sarnano to Sassotetto and Maddalena, along with a rough translation.
12 March 2011. Skiiing in the Italian Appenines, Sarnano, Le Marche, a blog written for beginners to skiing.
12 March 2011. A beginner's guide to skiing in La Maddalena, Sibilllini Mountains, Italy, providing details of how and where to go, as well as 2011 prices.
12 March 2011. A brief guide wih information about Sarnano skiing, hotels, access and prices.
12 March 2011. Picture of the Ski lifts at La Maddalena, Sassotetto, Le Marche, Italy.
12 March 2011. Picture of the Baby tow rope at Santa Maria Maddalena, Sassotetto, showing an instructor guiding a novice up the climb.
12 March 2011. Picture of a Hotel at Sasso Tetto, Sarnano, Le Marche, Italy, illustrating the stunning view of the valley 1000 metres below.
12 March 2011. Picture of the Skiing costs in Sassotetto, Sibillini Mountains, Italy, showing the relatively inexpensive tarrifs.
15 February 2011. Proverbi di Italia; i guai della pignatta li conosce il cucchiaio che ci entra ecc.
9 November 2010. Alberobello is situated in the Puglia region of Italy, about 14 miles/22 kilometres inland from the Adriatic coast. I am most thankful to SImonMas for this fascinating picture.
9 November 2010. Taralli is typical of the Puglia region, being a health and tasty food.
9 November 2010. SimonMas's stunning picture is his home city Bari, Puglia, Italy, and features the old town.
9 November 2010. The small Adriatic port of Trani, Puglia, Italy, is almost 27 miles/43 kilometres north-west of Bari, as explored and seen by SimonMas, local musician, composer and academic.
9 November 2010. Alberobello is situated in the Puglia region of Italy, about 14 miles/22 kilometres inland from the Adriatic coast.
29 July 2010. Ferragusto, the traditional holiday on 15 August, falls on a Sunday in 2010. This note explains the implications for public transport timetables.
28 July 2010. Updated prices - it's hardly worth driving to San Marino for a fill, unless you're going anyway.