A Flower Vendor in Naples

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On a side street in Naples across from a church a flower vendor sets up shop every day. The street might be dirty and graffiti may cover the side of his three-wheeled Ape vehicle, yet he tends to his plants … Continued

View from Le Sirenuse, Positano

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A view from Le Sirenuse Hotel in Positano…with the Li Galli Islands in sight in the Tyrrhenian Sea below “A picture is worth a thousand words.” I could savor this scene for hours. For me this is tranquility, beauty, peaceful … Continued

Climbing St Peter’s Dome in Rome

If you’ve ever wondered how to get views like this, you have to consider climbing to St Peter’s Dome in Rome, actually at the Vatican. Visiting St. Peter’s Basilica was always one of the top places I wanted to go … Continued

Authentic Artisan Experience in Le Marche

Tucked away in a village in Le Marche is the workshop of Emanuele Francioni, a talented young artisan who is the sixth-generation to carry on an age-old family tradition. This special method of printing with handmade stencils and paint comes … Continued

Life in Italy – You Gotta Love the Italians

  Life in Italy is beautiful Yes, for sure,  I love traveling to Italy whenever I can. The more I visit Italy, the more I learn from the Italian people and their beautiful lifestyle. You gotta love the Italians. I … Continued

Authentic Italian Experience in Le Marche

Lush green rolling hills, soothing red fields of poppies, pretty yellow fields of rapeseed as far as your eye can see, and quaint little-known hilltop villages. Sounds like Tuscany, but it’s not.  I’m about to enjoy an authentic Italian experience … Continued

Seaside Photos in Italy

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Beautiful beach scenes and seaside views abound in Italy. Since Italy is a peninsula with two large islands, Sardinia and Sicily, plus countless smaller islands, it’s not surprising  to discover these beach scenes in Italy.  As you know I love … Continued

Exploring Rome with a Local

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Although I’ve visited the Eternal City on five previous occasions, I never had the opportunity to explore Rome with a local, until now. I yearned to be in the city again, since my last time in Rome was four years … Continued

A Luxury Villa in Tuscany

Close your eyes and imagine yourself on a hillside in Tuscany, surrounded by the beauty of nature, a  feeling of serenity, and a gorgeous terra cotta tinted villa. Sounds like a dream, doesn’t it?  This was my reality as I … Continued

 Italian Traditions of Today

      When our ancestors left Italy in search of opportunity, and a better life, they brought with them their Italian traditions.   Today Italian-Americans respect and honor their heritage by maintaining customs learned from their parents and grandparents. … Continued

Walking in Italy – Streets, Staircases and Hills

Most of Italy is  mountainous or hilly at the very least, so plan on walking a lot when traveling to Bella Italia. On average, I walk a minimum of five miles a day and many times it’s closer to eight … Continued

Mammoni and Mammismo – An Italian Lifestyle

Six years ago I wrote a post  about an Italian lifestyle titled Mammoni – Mamma’s Boys in Italy and today it ranks as my most popular post.  Mammoni, a term applied to single Italian men who live at home with their … Continued

Video View of the Amalfi Coast Road

For all the times I’ve tried to describe the Amalfi Coast road, I could never really adequately explain what this short video shows so clearly.  A classic example of “show, don’t tell.” Thank you, Coastal Living Instagram, for posting this … Continued

25 Favorite Photos of Tuscany

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  Tuscany is one of the most popular destinations in Italy, and these photos easily explain why.   Located in central Italy, Tuscany  stretches from the Apennine Mountains to the Tyrrhenian Sea. From the rolling hills with scenes of serene … Continued

Surviving an Airport Strike in Italy

Last week travelers were affected by an airport strike in Italy.. So what’s new, right? Strikes in Italy are commonplace, part of the lifestyle. They can occur with all modes of transportation, and they do, on a regular basis. During … Continued

Italy Travel Tips – What I Learned from Experience

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You know, you can do the same thing ten times and still learn from your experience. And this certainly holds true for travel. No matter how many times I travel to Italy I learn something new, sometimes through challenging experiences. … Continued

The Faraglioni Rocks of Capri

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Emerging out of the depths of the Tyrrhenian Sea are mammoth rock formations. I experience a magical moment when I first see the towering “sea stacks” located at the southern end of the island of Capri. They cause me to … Continued

Views of Italy – Photo of the Day

  Italy is a photographer’s dream, with views to die for everywhere I go. So to choose one place where the view is a favorite is impossible…Enjoy just a few of my most memorable scenes from my travels to Bella … Continued

Travel to Italy – Photographic Images from Lucca

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Whenever I travel to Italy, my camera is a necessity to capture the memories of a place and its photographic images forever.  The images are from Lucca, a delightful city in Tuscany not far from Pisa or Florence. If you … Continued

Why I Love Italy

When someone asks me why I love Italy, I can’t believe they even have to ask. All you have to do is see a few photos and your heart will melt at the sheer beauty of this amazing country. But … Continued

Sailing in Sicily Around Taormina

Who hasn’t dreamed of sailing around Sicily? A few months ago, at the end of my Sicilian road trip with Victoria De Maio as #2SicilianGals,  I had the opportunity to enjoy the scenic coast of  Taormina from the Ionian Sea … Continued

Airfare Travel Deals to Italy 2017

Airline travel deals to Italy continue to  make news. Have you heard that now is a good time to fly to Italy? It’s true. The airfare travel deals are amazing, since the airfares are among the lowest they have been … Continued

What Have I Learned From the Italian People

Every time I visit Italy I learn something new from the Italian people.  Certain aspects of  life in Italy  have made an indelible mark in my mind, changing my perspective on life in many ways. Maybe more than anything else, … Continued

Life on the Amalfi Coast of Italy

Daily life on the Amalfi Coast can be challenging, but this robust Italian smiles as he easily climbs more than three hundred steps to and from work every day. Seventy-three years young, Crescenzo is the caretaker of an abandoned castle … Continued

Winter Storms Blanket Italy in Snow

Snow at Greek Theatre in Taormina, Sicily by @giovannicappuccino Winter has definitely arrived in Italy, and the frigid temperatures and yes, even nevicata, snowfall, has reached the mezzogiorno, as far south as Sicily, even at low altitudes, along the coast. … Continued

Happy New Year 2017 – Some Thoughts

As I look back on 2016, I feel blessed and thankful for so many reasons. First, and most important, I am thankful to have my health, as I realize that others battle with physical and mental health challenges daily. I … Continued

Italy Travel – Milan – Photo of the Day

I love wandering around the streets of Italy and taking in snippets of everyday life. On my recent stay in Milan, I stopped for a moment to capture this scene. What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear your feedback, … Continued

Italy Announces Paolo Gentiloni as New Prime Minister

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Photo credit: Ansa.it If you’ve been following Italian politics, you know that Matteo Renzi is out and Paolo Gentiloni is in. Changes in Italian government leaders happen faster than the blink of an eye sometimes, or so it seems. According … Continued

Italy Photo of the Day

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The stunning Rialto Bridge at night. At the mere mention of Venice this memory floods my senses. An iconic landmark, the oldest bridge in Venice is also one of the most photographed. At night it’s almost magical. Have you experienced … Continued

Will Italy Say Si or No to Matteo Renzi’s Referendum?

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Today is election day in Italy and in a few hours Italians will go to the polls to cast their votes.  Will they say si or no to Matteo Renzi’s referendum to  streamline the parliament?  Voting begins today at 07:00 … Continued

Italian Way of Life – Photo of the Day

This older Sicilian couple captured my heart as I walked behind them in Trapani one evening during passeggiata, the traditional evening stroll in Italy. They seem to understand what so many of us forget, that spending time together is one … Continued

A Writer’s Dream and the Writing Process

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Writers all have their own preferences for writing.  Some write early in the morning, some write at night, and most of the good ones write every day. It’s all part of the writing process. Here’s how this  writer achieved her … Continued

Sicily Road Trip #2SicilianGals Part 3

Here we are in Sicilia! These #2SicilianGals certainly made the most of our ten days in Sicily on our European road trip  in Sicily. (Thank you Auto Europe) There is no way to write about all the places we saw … Continued

Sicily Road Trip #2SicilianGals

Ciao from Sicilia! After seven days into our road trip in Sicily,  these #2SicilianGals have put on close to 2000 km on our rental car (Thanks Auto Europe). Victoria and I have traveled from the northwest corner of Sicily to … Continued

Sicily Road Trip #2SicilianGals Palermo to Trapani

Andiamo a Sicilia! #2SicilianGals begin our European road trip in Sicily. After arriving in Palermo and retrieving our rental car at Palermo Airport, formerly known as formerly Punta Raisi Airport, Victoria and I are hitting the road. First stop some … Continued

Writing Inspiration in Italy

I’ve  thought about coming to Italy to write for a few years now. My dream to spend two weeks alone in a beautiful relaxing place on the Amalfi Coast with the intent to write has come true. I have been … Continued

Travel in Italy – Photos from Positano

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I’ve been in Positano now for five days and I could never get tired of waking up to views like these. I am here to write. I’m hoping to complete the first draft of my novel, Critical Cover-Up, and have … Continued

Travel in Italy – Photos from Milan

Ciao from Italy! Of course I am happy to be in Italia and am enjoying every minute. Since I want to enjoy la dolce vita I will not be writing long stories from here…  those will have to wait until … Continued

Giardini-Naxos: Where the Locals Go in Sicily

The small seaside Sicilian town of Giardini-Naxos is not well-known but it is situated on the Ionian Sea, just below the very popular resort city of Taormina. It is a beautiful stretch of beach and has lots of great reasonably … Continued

Do You Need an International Travel Plan?

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Do I need an international travel plan? Whenever I travel internationally one of my key concerns is communication. How can I communicate with friends and family back home? How can I communicate with friends or businesses in Italy? Every time … Continued

An Afternoon in Little Italy

Back in my home town of Cleveland, I met up with Elise, my best friend from high school and we spent an afternoon in Little Italy. Walking up Murray Hill Road approaching Mayfield, the main streets that comprise this original … Continued

Italy Photo of the Day

I am always drawn to these trucks in Italy with produce for sale. These mobile fruit and vegetable stations are especially convenient in small towns. This one is in Riposto, a small commune on the eastern coast of Sicily. This … Continued

Going to Italy to Write

I will be leaving for Italy in less than a month and my main purpose in going this time is to spend time in a beautiful peaceful setting to relax and to write. The Amalfi Coast, and specifically, Positano is … Continued

Headed to Sicily – Travel Plans

I’ll be headed to Sicily soon and I’m flying into Palermo from Naples on  Volotea, one of the economy airlines in Europe. I’ve flown them before and had a good experience. You just have to be careful of the weight … Continued

Terremoto in Italia~How to Help the Italy Earthquake Victims

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I’ve been so saddened and torn about the recent earthquake in Italy, and I wanted to post something here. When I read this post by Cristina on Un po’ di pepe~ I think she expressed everything I have been feeling.  … Continued

Road Trip with #2SicilianGals

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A brief account of how the upcoming road trip in Sicily with my friend, Victoria came about… I remember growing up feeling that being Sicilian was something special. My maternal grandparents were born in Cesarò, a small village in the … Continued

Little Italy Cleveland Celebrates the Feast of the Assumption

Ever since 1898 the annual celebration of the Feast of the Assumption has been  the highlight of the Italian-American community in Cleveland’s Little Italy. Occurring in August to coincide with Aug 15,  the Catholic feast day of the  Assumption of … Continued

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