As we are approaching a new year, I have taken a dive into Google Analytics to see what you found to be the most interesting and best Italian Notes 2015.
The Best Italian Notes 2015 is basen on top content from November 2014 to the end of October 2015. And as always, Rome and Florence attract a lot of readers. But there are also a few of the lesser known destinations in Puglia, Basilicata and Veneto on the list. Along with an epic truffle hunt in Piedmont.
Readers’ former favourites can be found by a click on these links from 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014
The most popular post on Italian Notes last year was this collection of facts and trivia about one of the most cherished tourist sights in rome. Or anywhere for that matter. Even this year, while the Trevi Fountain has been covered by scaffolding the crowds are pushing and shoving and waving their selfie-sticks to get within photo shooting range of the white marble statues.
Martina Franca is one of the beautiful white towns of Puglia close to the World Heritage attractions of Alberobello. One of the things that makes Martina Franca special is the labyrinthine design of the old city center. The post describes why the town is laid out in such a maze-like way and how to find a way out.
Piazza Santa Maria Novella is one of the well-known landmarks of Florence. This may explain your interest in this story about the tiny turtles that carry the obelisks at each end of the piazza on their shields.
The story of the jewellers on Ponte Vecchio in Florence makes a natural follow up on the turtles. Although there was almost half a year between the publications of the two posts, they make a nice couple on the annual chart.
Otranto on Salento in Puglia has been a popular destination for British holidaymakers for many years. Perhaps because the small seaside town and its castle featured strongly in a gothic novel from 1768. In this post, we take a look around the castle and the town that still commemorates a terrible massacre in 1480.
Before going to Potenza, I was disappointed over the lack of tourist information available about a town that is after all the regional capital of Basilicata. For this reason, it’s nice to see that so many of you are interested in reading about Potenza as a generally overlooked and underestimated corner of Italy.
Lists highlighting the best anything in a big city like Rome are generally highly subjective. That is probably also true in regard to this list of the best ice creams in Rome, but I like the criteria of natural, homemade production and innovative flavours, so I try to visit one of the gelaterie on Agrodolce’s top 5, whenever I get the chance.
Truffle hunting in the hills outside Alba in Piedmont is fun. Especially when you are accompanied by a competent trifolao and his dogs. Our guide managed to dig out 3 of the precious white truffles in less than an hour, and teach us a lot about the art of truffle hunting along the way.