Myra Robinson

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Myra Robinson is an award-winning travel writer who lives partly in Italy, in the Veneto, and partly in Newcastle upon Tyne, north east England. She has written articles for many newpapers and magazines including The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Times and The Independent, and is a regular contributor to 'Italy Magazine' and 'La Gazzetta Italiana'. After a life- long obsession with spa towns, she discovered Battaglia Terme, the fictional Montebello, a faded backwater once renowned as having 'the best mud in Italy'. This became the title of her amusing book describing her absorption into the community with all its quirkiness. Her latest projects are setting up an English conversation group, and arranging a twinning between the Museum of Navigation in Battaglia and Stoke Bruerne Canal Museum in England. She continues to write, mainly about Italy, and gives popular talks about her experiences.

Articles by Myra Robinson

Tue, 09/29/2020 - 06:32
There’s only one railway station in Venice, so why, as trains roll into the station, don’t the signs just say VENEZIA? Instead they say VENEZIA SANTA…
Thu, 09/03/2020 - 03:38
Most tourists in Venice, if they venture out to the islands, take the vaporetto number 12 from San Zaccaria or Fondamenta Nuova to Murano, the ‘glass…
Tue, 08/04/2020 - 03:16
My first ever trip abroad was to Italy in the 1960s. I have just experienced a return to that magical time before mass tourism, looking at sights agai…
Thu, 07/16/2020 - 02:52
When you’re next in Venice, remember to look down and consider the non-slip stones beneath your feet. They have a story to tell. In the sleepy faded…
Mon, 05/25/2020 - 11:04
As Italy gradually returns to a semblance of normality, how has the virus affected the lives of Italians? Do they believe everything will be as it alw…
Tue, 03/17/2020 - 10:55
Looking out from my balcony I can see the lovely volcanic Colli Euganei, a group of conical hills covered with vineyards on the southern slopes, and c…
Tue, 02/11/2020 - 10:02
How do you express your feelings to your loved one in 2020? Do you sense a change of mood is in the air in this new decade? No more big boxes of choco…
Mon, 11/25/2019 - 12:55
Visitors to Venice cannot help but wander around admiring the facades of endless palazzi, perhaps wondering what they are like on the inside. The Bien…
Thu, 11/21/2019 - 00:12
If you want to find a street sign which truly symbolises Italy, you don't have to look very far. In virtually every town and village you will see a br…
Tue, 11/05/2019 - 02:54
Everyone wants to go to Venice – that’s why it gets so crowded. But if you’d like to experience the atmosphere of Venice without the crowds, try Chiog…
Thu, 10/03/2019 - 00:08
If Florence is your destination, it's more than likely that you will arrive at the station called Santa Maria Novella, or Firenze SMN for short. It is…
Tue, 09/17/2019 - 00:20
For well over a century (since 1895) the Venice Biennale has been a showcase for the world’s contemporary art. Great names of the art world have been…
Tue, 08/27/2019 - 04:58
Italians are extraordinarily good at entertaining themselves. In summer they organise things to avoid the worst of the blisteringly hot weather. Walk…
Tue, 07/09/2019 - 04:13
When you think about it, Italians must find our Anglo-Saxon style of rowing bizarre, sitting down and travelling backwards. Perhaps theirs is more log…
Tue, 04/23/2019 - 06:12
There’s a greater sense of ‘going native’ on holiday when you take the decision to travel like a local, not to hire a car or join a package holiday, b…
Tue, 03/26/2019 - 04:05
The Veneto is full of hidden gems: castles, villas, unexpected vistas, great art…Here is yet another castle tucked way in an idyllic setting in the Eu…
Thu, 03/14/2019 - 01:19
I wonder how many readers of Italy Magazine dream of owning property in Italy and living their dream? Well, I have done precisely that, and have many…
Mon, 02/18/2019 - 16:40
In my apartment in the Veneto I have a framed poster with photographs of the lovely villas in and around Padua, where Palladio was born. Over the year…
Tue, 02/12/2019 - 03:23
Probably the first thing people think about when Valentine's Day is mentioned is a loving couple, and Italy has the most famous couple of all, Romeo a…
Thu, 10/04/2018 - 03:38
What do Lord Byron, the Armenians, a leper colony and Venice have in common?  The answer is the tiny island of San Lazzaro degli Armeni in the Venetia…

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