Walking Rome with Claudio Assandri, Piazza Navona from another angle

Walking Rome with Claudio Assandri, Piazza Navona, Rome by Claudio Assandri at Italian Summers
Walking Rome with Claudio Assandri, our Artist who creates our shirt/bag designs, and does some serious sculpting and painting too. He knows Rome as  few do. Very few, you have no idea! So, if one goes for walks, the best way to see Rome is by foot in the company of the son of a famous Archaeologist and a great ... Read More

I just need to go to Italy! The peperoncino bag!

I DON'T NEED THERAPY, I JUST NEED TO GO TO ITALY shopper/beach bag by Italian Summers
I just need to go to Italy!  Peperoncino therapy.. Exactly,  I just need to go to Italy, but let's start with the bag.  This version of our I don't need therapy bag features happy Peperoncinos,  hot Italian chili peppers. The sunny lemons that decorated our other version  have turned into a spicy staple of Italian cooking: peperoncini have always symbolized good flavour, good health and ... Read More

I DON’T NEED THERAPY, I JUST NEED TO GO TO ITALY!

I DON'T NEED THERAPY, I JUST NEED TO GO TO ITALY Shopper tote bag by Italian Summers
Behind every catchy phrase acute enough to be remembered, funny enough to cause good humor and witty enough to decorate our garments and accessories, hides a great truth! Case in point is the famous: “I DON’T NEED THERAPY, I JUST NEED TO GO TO ITALY”. Dr. Mediterranean The disarming reality is that many of us, sometimes, feel we really need ... Read More

A SICILIAN WEDDING…the guests had no idea what awaits them

A Sicilian Wedding by Claudio Assandri, the wedding church
One late summer's afternoon in our family summer house on the island of Stromboli, our gardener/construction worker came to visit to settle some payments for his work. My mother and father sat with Angelo, that was his name, and served coffee before discussing business. As the cicadas buzzed in the trees and the evening descended upon the island, the conversation ... Read More

Walking with Caravaggio part two. One fine morning…

Disegno Caravaggio ©by Claudio Assandri
By Claudio Assandri One fine morning, twelve years ago, I woke up to a realization... One fine morning... One fine morning, twelve years ago, I woke up to a realization:  I could be the first to finally find Caravaggio's studio. I had been feverishly reading all the books I could find about him for years then, and in several of them ... Read More

Walking with Caravaggio, part one

Walking with Caravaggio by Claudio Assandri -Bild-Ottavio_Leoni,_Caravaggio
By Claudio Assandri As one moves across Rome's Campo Marzio the cobblestones resonate with History at every step. "Caravaggio was one of them" As one moves across Rome's Campo Marzio the cobblestones resonate with History at every step. Located in the heart of Reinaissance Rome, Campo Marzio takes its name from the ancient monumental parkland located just north of the 4th century ... Read More