Gas Prices in Italy Sky High

The cost of gas has been rising everywhere and in Italy today the price of one liter hit 1.96 euros. If I do my math correctly a liter is 0.26 gallons or just a little over one fourth of a … Continued

Cinque Terre News and Latest Vernazza Update

I am always interested in the latest updates about the recovery of the beautiful village of Vernazza in the Cinque Terre and the non-profit organization, Save Vernazza has issued this latest report. After reading this I know that it will … Continued

Italy Travel Planning and Boutiques

I have been getting ready to go to Italy again soon and since part of the trip includes a  Med cruise I have been spending a lot of time on the Cruise Critic message boards. They are a great source … Continued

Flowers in Italy

Italians love flowers and they are everywhere especially in the springtime. San Remo is known as the City of Flowers and even has a famous festival to celebrate flowers. My favorites are the flower boxes with the brilliant colorful blooms.

Eating in Italy – Outdoor Trattorias, Restaurants, and More

I don’t pretend to know the difference between trattorias, osterias, restaurants, or cafés in Italy. All I know is that whenever I had the chance I would always choose to eat outside. There is just something about the atmosphere that … Continued

Outdoor Shrines in Italy

In many places throughout Italy I found tiny “shrines” embedded into the old walls, and most of these were of the Virgin Mary. I thought these were really interesting and wondered who had taken the time to build these into … Continued

My Italian Friend Lucia

This is about my young Italian friend Lucia from Brindisi. She is 20 years old and I met her on the bus to Ostuni and then bumped into her again the following day while exploring the town. I was impressed … Continued

Clotheslines and Laundry in Italy

Some of my favorite scenes in Italy are those where the laundry is hanging on the line just outside the house. This is a way of life for most people in Italy and the visual really depicts the culture and … Continued

Language Classes, Writing, Note Cards, Travel Planning and More

Lately I have been exerting much of my energy into several projects and really enjoying them. I have started taking a conversational Italian class with Lori, the same teacher from whom I had taken the Italian grammar classes prior to … Continued

Food in Italy

Everyone knows that the food in Italy is wonderful and of course Italians pride themselves on the preparation of the food and using only the freshest ingredients. I had to photograph some of the terrific food I had in Italy. … Continued

Fruits and Vegetables in Italy

I love the sidewalk fruit and vegetable carts so prevalent in Italy and it doesn’t matter if I am in a small village or in a bigger town. Everything is fresh and the people are so happy to sell their … Continued

Rome Continues to Deal with Snow

Today ANSA, the Italian news agency, reports that parts of Rome got up to 20 inches of snow and they are still dealing with the aftermath of high fuel use and closed roads and offices. Although they are expecting things … Continued

Snowstorm in Italy

Italy has had its share of disasters in the past few months beginning with the flooding in the Cinque Terre last fall, then the Costa Concordia cruise ship sinking, and now the biggest snowstorm in over two decades. Rome and … Continued

People of Italy

One of the best things about Italy are the Italian people themselves. Even people who aren’t Italian or of Italian descent always say the same things about the Italians. They are warm, passionate and happy people. I loved the people … Continued

Rome’s Colosseum Considers Limiting Visitors

ANSA reports today that the Colosseum is considering limiting the numbers of tourists to 6000 at any one time. Other tourist attractions in Italy have limited visitors, most notably the Leaning Tower of Pisa, where only 30 people are allowed  … Continued

Bologna – Italy’s Most Liveable City

Bologna was just given the honor of being named  Italy’s most liveable city based on a survey by a business magazine in Italy. I spent four days in Bologna this past spring and truly enjoyed the city.  It  was  a … Continued

Save Vernazza Website Accepting Donations Through PayPal

Save Vernazza is now accepting donations through PayPal to help restore this beautiful town after the torrential flooding from last month. The website has updates on the latest news for cleanups in Vernazza and a video shows what progress is … Continued

Levanto Hosts World Surfing Championships

When I visited the Cinque Terre in May with my brother Rick and my sister-in-law Monica, we stayed at Levanto and used it as a base while touring the Cinque Terre. We loved the town because of its family atmosphere. … Continued

Italy Continues to Deal with Weather Disasters

As bad as the news of the last week has been for Cinque Terre and other small towns in Liguria, the torrential rains from last Friday and subsequent flooding have caused more havoc in Genoa, Italy’s chief seaport, where seven … Continued

Cinque Terre Latest News – Vernazza and Monterosso Evacuated

As more rain is anticipated in the Cinque Terre, it has been reported that Vernazza and Monterosso have been completely evacuated, and only the military are in Vernazza for now. Every time I read more stories I feel so much … Continued

Cinque Terre – Video News Reports

I hate to keep writing about this devastation in the Ligurian region of Italy, but these video reports by news agencies are now becoming more available, and as the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. This video … Continued

Latest News and More Photos from Cinque Terre

Based on a news story on an Italian website in La Spezia, the storm is being called the “Flood from Hell” and the photos posted clearly reinforce that expression. The death toll has now risen to 9, although not all … Continued

Cinque Terre in Italy Devastated from Torrential Rain and Flooding

I am so saddened to read of the devastation in the Cinque Terre towns of Vernazza and Monterosso from the torrential rains and flooding. The area is so beautiful and I especially loved walking around Monterosso with my brother and … Continued

Milano Train Station

I have been writing a lot of travel articles about Italy recently for various websites. One of the more recent websites I started to write for is www.beachcomberpete.com. While researching some information on an article I recently submitted but has … Continued

Weekend in NYC

I spent this past weekend in NYC and had a great time. I attended the wedding of a good friend and spent the rest of the time visiting my son, his girlfriend and her sister and brother-in-law. Naturally we were … Continued

Another Transportation Strike in Italy

Today there was another strike affecting public transportation in Italy. This was in protest of the Italian government’s position on a $63 billion austerity program, which has been met with much controversy. Organized by the labor unions, strikes or scioperi … Continued

Mammoni – Mamma’s Boys in Italy

Mammoni, Mamma’s boy, is a term applied to single Italian men who are still living at home with their mothers.  Many of these men are professionals with jobs. This is actually a common way of life in Italy, and more … Continued

Caltagirone in Sicily-A Photo Montage

Since I have been back home I have stayed busy writing travel articles on different places I visited in Italy, and it makes me feel as though I am there again! Caltagirone will always be one of my most memorable … Continued

Margie in Italy
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