Italy Photo of the Day

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One of the most beautiful places on Italy’s Ligurian coast is the village of Vernazza in the Cinque Terre. Seen from above, this view of Vernazza, with its pastel houses lining the marina, can be a postcard. Have you been … Continued

Italy Photo of the Day

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Lake Como seems magical to me, and this scene in the small village of Varenna needs no words. Have you traveled to Varenna on Lake Como? I’d love to hear your about your experiences, so please leave a comment. For … Continued

Italy Photo of the Day

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  Villa Cimbrone in Ravello on the Amalfi Coast is probably best known for this outdoor Terrace of Infinity, also called the Belvedere of Infinity. Lined with sculptured marble Roman busts, the views of the Tyrrhenian Sea and coastline below … Continued

Italy Photo of the Day

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The seaside town of Scilla  is a beautiful and delightful fishing village in Reggio Calabria. Have you visited Scilla or driven past this picturesque town on your way back from Sicily? I’d love to hear your your thoughts. Please leave … Continued

Italy Photo of the Day

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My maternal grandparents were born in the small village of Cesarò, located in the Messina province of Sicily. I sense a real emotional connection here and truly feel at home. I cannot describe this wonderful feeling except to say that … Continued

Italy Photo of the Day

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This stunning view from Ostuni through a narrow walkway, perched high above the historic center, takes my breath away. I’m never disappointed by what I find when I take walks in Italy off the beaten path. Sometimes no agenda is … Continued

Italy Photo of the Day

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I love wandering through these piazzas in Italy, where a photo opportunity appears around every corner. The beautiful Piazza Vecchia is the heart of the old town in Upper Bergamo in northern Italy’s Lombardia region. In the center of this … Continued

Italy Photo of the Day

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I loved watching this gondolier in Venice before I snapped this photo. The life of a gondolier in Venice may seem romantic, but specific requirements must be met before one attains this title. In the 16th century, over 10,000 gondoliers … Continued

My Amalfi Coast Love Affair Audiobook

Coming soon! ❤️ The AUDIOBOOK! I’m pleased to announce that my most recent Italy memoir, My Amalfi Coast Love Affair, will be available soon as an audiobook! Watch this video and listen to a sample audio here. Also available in … Continued

Italy Photo of the Day

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St Mark’s Square in Venice is arguably one of the most romantic and beautiful piazzas in Italy. Venice at night seems even more magical, especially with the dulcet sounds of love songs filling the air. These professional musicians entertain until … Continued

Italy Photo of the Day

I enjoy watching local Italians at work, and this Vietri ceramic artisan pauses just long enough for me to meet her. I am mesmerized as I watch  Anna Rita hand paint  a ceramic plate with precision. Do you enjoy meeting … Continued

Italy Photo of the Day

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    These umbrella pine trees which provide partial shade as pedestrians stop to view Rome’s Circus Maximus. Also known as stone pines, these trees were originally brought to Rome from Greece. Have you seen these beautiful trees during your … Continued

A Few Words from the Heart

  It’s been seven weeks since I posted anything here. I simply haven’t been inspired to write. In early March, when Italy’s coronavirus outbreak escalated to large numbers of cases and deaths, predominantly in the northern regions, I felt an … Continued

My Amalfi Coast Love Affair – Ceramics of the Amalfi Coast

“I wish you’d include photos in your books.” Readers often comment how they wish I included photos in my books. The truth is…photographs typically do not show up well in paperback books. As a result of their feedback, I’ve decided … Continued

My Amalfi Coast Love Affair – The Island of Capri

My readers often tell me they wish I included photos in my books. The reason I don’t…photographs typically do not show up well in paperback books. So now I’ve decided to post some excerpts and the accompanying Amalfi Coast photos … Continued

New Release ~ A Medical Thriller

  It’s official!  A Cure for Deceit, a medical thriller,  has been published! I am pleased to announce the release of my latest book, A Cure for Deceit Now available on Amazon in Kindle and paperback formats.   What happens … Continued

My Amalfi Coast Love Affair – Experiences in Positano

I often hear from my readers they wish I included photos in my books. The fact is… photographs typically do not show up well in paperback books. So I’ve decided to post some excerpts and the accompanying Amalfi Coast photos … Continued

My Amalfi Coast Love Affair Photos

So many of my readers tell me  they wish I included photos in my books. The reason I chose not to do so, is because they don’t show up well in paperback books. So I’ve decided to post an excerpt … Continued

Venice by Night

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Venice by night is magical. Traveling on a vaporetto along the Grand Canal, I’m mesmerized at the sight of all the architecture lit up against the night sky. The air is still and the wind blows just enough to cause … Continued

Siena’s Fountain of Joy

  Anyone who has visited Siena couldn’t miss the famous  Fountain of Joy, also known as Fonte Gaia. Situated on the high side of Piazza del Campo, this fifteeenth-century white marble sculpted fountain and pool is one of a few … Continued

Only in Italy

      After reviewing some of the tens of thousands of photos I have taken in Italy, a few interesting ones make me laugh and say, “Only in Italy.” Two things prompted me to take each photo. One  is … Continued

Italian Lifestyle Photos – Only in Italy

I take photos everywhere I go in Italy. I find beauty on a narrow street and tranquility in the setting sun, but I also  seem to be drawn to unique circumstances, which are part of the Italian lifestyle. These situations … Continued

People of the Amalfi Coast

  Meet Pasquale and Maria from Maiori. They are special people of the Amalfi Coast. Ceramica L’Arte Vietrese greets me with its colorful storefront, and its partially open door beckons me to step inside. A huge selection of hand-painted vases, … Continued

Amalfi Coast Love Affair Photos

“I don’t know what it is about the Amalfi Coast that tugs at my heart and makes me wish I was there, more than any other place in Italy.” *** These are the first words from my latest book, My … Continued

New Release ~ My Amalfi Coast Love Affair

It’s official!  My Amalfi Coast Love Affair  has been published! I am pleased to announce the release of my latest book, My Amalfi Coast Love Affair, available now in digital and paperback formats. Available now As you turn the pages, … Continued

New Amalfi Coast Book Coming Soon

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  I’m excited to announce that my fourth book on Italy is nearing completion. Since I returned from Italy, I wrote the final chapters about a place near and dear to my heart. Anyone who has been reading my blog, … Continued

Impressions of Paris

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As a first-time visitor to Paris, I’m a bit out of my comfort zone, unlike when I travel to Italy. But my expectations for a good time are high, especially since I’m traveling to this romantic city with someone I … Continued

Rome Colosseum Underground Tour

When an opportunity arose for me to experience a Colosseum Underground Tour, including a walk through the Palatine Hill and Roman Forum with The Roman Guy, I was elated and wasted no time making arrangements. It’s been years since I’ve … Continued

Return to Italy

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Travel is an integral component of my DNA, or at least it has been, ever since I became an adult. I’ve been fortunate to be able to visit Italy almost every year, beginning in 2007, when I fell in love … Continued

Photo of the Day

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I love these low-overhead street vendors who operate out of these small trucks in Italy. These vehicles are called APE‘s, made by Piaggio, the same company who manufactures the famous Vespa scooter as well as other vehicles. In fact the … Continued

Vietri Ceramics Artist

In Vietri-sul-Mare I don’t think I can walk five feet without hues of blue, yellow, red, and green showering my senses. Brilliant colors blast my eyes like a kaleidoscope, and I love it. At a little workshop, I have the … Continued

Photo Collage from Venice ~ Italy Travel

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Italy travel is on the rise and Venice is a favorite travel destination. Its beloved nickname of La Serenissima, seems to be going by the wayside though, as the city becomes congested with tourists. Venice is one of my favorite … Continued

People of Italy – Photo of the Day

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This couple in Sorrento touched my heart, like so many people of Italy do. They owned and operated this shop in Sorrento, and were so kind to me, allowing me to photograph them and look around their workshop. The expressions … Continued

Borghese Park in Rome

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  In a city of almost three million people, I always enjoy finding a place to get away from it all. When I needed a break from the fast pace of sightseeing in Rome, I made my way over to … Continued

Life in Italy in Photos

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    Life in Italy is not always easy. This photo is typical of many places where staircases, steps, and inclined walkways are the norm. The first set of steps is in Positano on the Amalfi Coast, and the next … Continued

Cats in Italy

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Cats in Italy seem to be everywhere. Maybe I just notice them more since most live outside. These cats, gatti, seem to appear in every single town I visit. I must say though, that I do not recall seeing them … Continued

Favorite Instagram Photos from Rome

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    Rome is a place I can visit over and over, and experience something new every time. Enjoy some of my favorite Instagram photos from Rome. View this post on Instagram A welcome sight on these hot days in … Continued

Making Charcoal in Italy – A Lost Art

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One of the highlights of my visit to Le Marche is an authentic Italian experience with the coalmen or carbonai in the Metauro River valley of Borgo Pace. These charcoal burners are the last of a generation to make charcoal … Continued

My Favorite Instagram Photos from Venice

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Venice is a favorite place in Italy for me. Enjoy some of my favorite Instagram photos from Venice.   View this post on Instagram One of the most photographed sights in Venice ~ The Bridge of Sighs ##Travel #Italy #Venice … Continued

Proud to Be Second Generation Italian

In celebration of Italian Heritage Month, I wrote a story about my maternal grandmother. It was published in the October issue of La Gazzetta Italiana, an Italian-American newspaper from Cleveland, Ohio. Since the digital version of the newspaper is available … Continued

Italy Travel – Photos from Portofino

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I fell in love with Portofino when I had a chance to spend a day there a few years ago on a Mediterranean cruise. This charming town on the Ligurian coast is one of the places I’d definitely plan to … Continued

Critical Cover-Up is Available Now

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I’m thrilled to announce that the wait is over, and my novel, Critical Cover-Up, has been published and is  available now on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions. A psychological thriller where corruptive hospital practices threaten to shatter illusions of … Continued

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