Author: Robert Nordvall

Robert Nordvall, who lives in Pistoia, is a member of 'Citt Nascosta' and has participated in many of its tours.
July 13, 2006

Bicycle built for tour

Lists of Dream Bicycling Destinations almost always include Tuscany.  So you know it is a great place to cycle, but what is the best way for you to experience a Tuscany cycling adventure?  Consider the following:Planning Your RouteTuscany is a bike riding paradise. Great routes abound throughout
June 1, 2006
The Tuscan TimesTRAVEL

The media is the message

‘Reading a newspaper in Italy can be quite a unique experience that should be reserved for the bold, the brave and the very brilliant. If you fall somewhat short of that  description, consider these helpful hints for the news hungry:   1. Who needs objectivity? Many Italian newspapers are openly allied with specific political parties […]
January 26, 2006

Is the Pope catholic?

When I moved to Italy, as a Protestant, I was interested to see what religious life would be in a Catholic country.   As a philosophy and religion major in college I had studied the history and theology of the Catholic church.I also had some understanding of the
November 17, 2005

Italian politics for dummies

For those of us coming from countries with a two-party (maybe 2 ½ ) system, Italian politics seems a hopeless confusion. You can try diligently to learn all the names, principles, symbols, and faces of the endless parade of political parties, or you can aspire to a “quick and
September 8, 2005
The Tuscan TimesTRAVEL

A day in Pistoia

“You live in Pistoia, how quaint” was the response of  a friend from Florence when I told him about my place of residence.  His reply pretty well sums up the attitude of many Florentines about the city 20 miles to the northwest.  Guide books to Italy, on the other hand, usually recommend Pistoia as well […]