Monthly Archives: March 2016

The Allure of Italy – A Matter of Perception

In another part of the world, this might look like a rough section of a city, or even a ghetto.  But in Italy,  crumbling stone foundations and graffiti-laced walls exude a particular type of charm. The allure of Italy is … Continue reading

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Life in Italy – Photo of the Day

A day in the life of this elderly Italian man in Palermo, a shoemaker who makes men’s shoes by hand. I am always intrigued watching skilled craftsmen at work in Italy. If you want to read more about this shoemaker … Continue reading

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Amalfi Coast – Rugged and Beautiful

The Amalfi Coast with its rugged landscape is one of Italy’s beautiful vacation destinations. Certainly it’s a favorite of mine, as you know by now. I find myself wondering how homes, hotels and restaurants were built on  these cliffs and hillsides … Continue reading

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Why Travel to a Small Village in Italy?

While traveling in Italy, I discovered the magic of visiting a small village. This travel off the beaten path allowed me to have a real feel for the people and to experience the local flavor of an area. With no … Continue reading

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Monteriggioni – Another Hilltop Town in Tuscany

Several years ago  I spent ten glorious days in Tuscany, making Siena my hub so that I could take day trips from there easily. On the way home from visiting some wineries, I was fortunate enough to be able to … Continue reading

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Driving in Positano

  Driving in Positano is a challenge, to say the least. This photo says it all. Do you notice how the cars on the left side of the road are parked facing both directions? I doubt if any rules exist … Continue reading

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