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

Thu, 04/07/2022 - 03:42
A visit to Rome is like a living history lesson. Wherever you go, there are layers of evidence beneath your feet, or crumbling remains of former glory…
Wed, 03/09/2022 - 03:48
The Veneto is famed for its fine villas, built by Palladio and his followers as summer retreats from the heat and humidity of Venice. All are beautifu…
Tue, 03/01/2022 - 02:42
As you walk across the Campo Santa Maria Formosa passing the campanile, you come across possibly the ugliest sculpted head in Venice on the keystone o…
Wed, 12/01/2021 - 08:00
There’s an exhibition currently in Vicenza to celebrate 250 years of the Tiepolos’ - father and son’s - association with the great city of Vicenza, bu…
Thu, 11/18/2021 - 11:49
Visitors to Venice don’t give a thought to the paving stones beneath their feet, yet they are very special and deserve investigation. The stone comes…
Thu, 10/21/2021 - 00:08
If you think that the Veneto extends for miles along a featureless plain, think again. The town of Asolo is perfectly situated among the cypresses in…
Mon, 09/06/2021 - 11:59
Why do politicians often have a reputation for being deceitful, underhand, dishonest….?  Could it all have begun with the writings of Machiavelli in…
Wed, 08/18/2021 - 11:05
Nothing much happens in my sleepy village in the Veneto, but yesterday there was a ripple of excitement. I heard from my friend in the next street tha…
Mon, 07/26/2021 - 09:58
Regular readers of Italy Magazine will probably know that I have an apartment in the Veneto and spend as much time there as possible, traveling from t…
Tue, 06/01/2021 - 12:33
Rome’s largest cemetery, the Cimitero Comunale Monumentale Campo Verano, is the most extensive in Rome with 2,253 memorials, as well as countless smal…
Wed, 04/21/2021 - 10:10
At the end of October, we found ourselves in Rome with a canceled return flight to England, but it wasn’t difficult to plan how to spend the next few…
Mon, 02/15/2021 - 09:50
Our return flight to England last month was cancelled, but were we upset? On the contrary, extra time in Rome in glorious sunny weather without the cr…
Tue, 01/19/2021 - 03:56
Many Italy Magazine readers dream of buying property in Italy. It was my dream too, and I’ve never for one moment regretted my decision to do it. Howe…
Mon, 11/09/2020 - 10:17
For many – if not most – people, the date 11th November means Armistice Day, the anniversary of the signing of the peace treaty at the end of the Firs…
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…

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