Maria Olia’s latest book is No Access Boston: Beantown’s Hidden Treasures, Haunts and Forgotten Places (Globe Pequot). No Access Boston invites readers to leave the beaten track, roam about and explore the city’s surprising and unusual places that people rarely see.

Visit the Japanese garden behind the Museum of Fine Arts . Take a behind the scenes tour of Boston’s Symphony Hall, home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Find your way to the Franklin Park Zoo’s abandoned bear cages or Brook Farm, the forsaken home of Boston’s nineteenth century transcendentalist community. No Access Boston is a tribute to the city that is not always shown on a postcard but is amazing all the same!

Order a copy from Amazon here.


Maria Olia is a travel writer and essayist. She has written extensively about Boston and New England and has authored six travel books on the region including New England’s Colonial Inns & Taverns: Centuries of Yankee Fare & HospitalityDiscovering Vintage Boston,  Day Trips New EnglandInsiders’ Guide to Massachusetts and the Little Black Book of Boston. Her articles and essays have appeared in the Boston GlobeWorking Mother and the Christian Science Monitor, among other publications.