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

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

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

Italy Travel Planning – Milan’s La Scala Opera

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I’ll be headed to Italy soon and I’m flying into Milan mainly because I found such a great airfare on Emirates  back in February. I’m flying non-stop from JFK in New York to Malpensa in Milan for less than $600 … Continued

Traveling to Positano

As I mentioned in a recent blog post I am returning to Italy this fall and of course am thrilled making travel plans and just thinking about it.  My destination is Positano, and for the first time, I will stay … Continued

Italy Traffic and Rules of the Road

  Italy traffic can be crazy to be sure, and I never thought I’d drive in Italy, but I have and somehow lived to tell about it. You can read about some of my experiences in my older blog posts … Continued

Burano – A Colorful Gem in the Venice Lagoon

On your next trip to Venice, don’t miss the opportunity to experience the unique island of Burano. This community has charm of its own with its brightly painted small houses that  artists and photographers dream about. Located in the Venetian … Continued

The Beach at Amalfi

The Amalfi Coast in southern Italy is known for its undeniable beauty and mind-blowing views. Every time I visit I feel like I’m in heaven.  Most towns have their own beaches and this section of the beach at Amalfi caught … Continued

Limoncello – Drink of the Amalfi Coast

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Almost synonymous with the Amalfi Coast is limoncello, the refreshing liqueur, aperitif, and digestivo made from the large lemons grown in Campania. While controversy exists regarding the origins of this popular drink, limoncello prevails as the drink of choice anywhere … Continued

Around the Corner in Verona

Verona is arguably one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in Italy. After all it is the city of Romeo and Juliet. Via Mazzini leading to the stunning Piazza delle Erbe is made of pink marble. The old Roman … Continued

Life in 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

Why Are San Marzano Tomatoes Special?

When chefs throughout the world prepare authentic Italian sauce, San Marzano tomatoes are their preference. These thin, pointy, sweet plum tomatoes  are essential ingredients for an authentic Pizza Napolitana, according to the Verace Pizza Napolitana Association in Naples, Italy. San … Continued

Caltagirone – Hilltop Italy Town

A view of another hill town in Italy – This one from the Sicilian Baroque town of Caltagirone, a city of about 40,000 people. Not on the radar for too many travelers to Italy, this is one of my favorite places … Continued

Learning the Italian Language

Ten years ago I couldn’t understand Italian and I couldn’t speak Italian. I hesitated to travel to Italy because I was intimidated by the language barrier. I am so glad that has changed, because since then, I have fallen in … Continued

Italian Bank Experience

As much as I love Italy, some aspects of the Italian lifestyle are far from efficient. The Italian bank experience is one of these molto difficile situations. For the most part I have used Bancomats (ATM’s) to withdraw money in … Continued

Architecture of Italy

One of the many highlights in Italy is the spectacular architecture. Not only the age of some of Italy’s monuments but the style and sheer beauty is what strikes me. Spanning almost 3000 years, Italy’s diverse architectural styles reflect the … Continued

The Italian Lifestyle

I love seeing these roadside fruit and vegetable shops on wheels. I noticed this one in the seaside town of Riposto, south of Taormina in Sicily. Really when you think about it, this is a perfect business – it’s mobile … Continued

Everyday Life in Rome – Photo of the Day

While I love seeing the ancient monuments and beautiful landmarks in Rome, I am  drawn to observing the local people in their everyday lives in Italy. This image is not your typical tourist photo. I saw this man standing near … Continued

Taormina’s Greek Theater – Teatro Greco

Taormina is one of the most popular and beautiful places in Sicily. It was my first stop in Sicily and I fell in love immediately. I’d recommend this classy resort city to anyone planning a trip to Sicilia, the southern … Continued

Amalfi Coast – Rugged and Beautiful

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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 … Continued

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 … Continued

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 … Continued

Rimini – Popular Seaside Resort in Italy

Rimini has been the summer seaside resort hot spot in Italy ever since 1843, especially for the Italians. Known for beach parties and seaside vacations, Rimini is the place to go for a summer holiday, and in August the place … Continued

San Gimignano – Town of Beautiful Towers in Tuscany

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You have probably heard your traveling friends rave about the Italian town of San Gimignano, how it is a preserved medieval village in Tuscany, and how it is a “must-see” location in Italy. Now that I have been there myself … Continued

Plan Your Italy Trip Now!

It’s that time when a lot of people I know are beginning to decide on travel plans for the year. Airfares to Europe have dropped and the euro is low, so this is a perfect time to make plans for … Continued

Life in Sicily – Photo of the Day

On the streets of Sicily you’ll find real people, the locals who work hard and take pride in everything they do. They do it with a smile and in my experience, they always seem happy to engage in conversation. It’s … Continued

Photo of the Day – Life in Naples, Italy

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Here’s how pizza is delivered in Naples, Italy. Seems pretty efficient, don’t you think? I’d love to hear your your thoughts. Please leave a comment Ciao and grazie

Travel Tips in Italy – Embrace the Italian Lifestyle

After seven trips to Italy I have learned a lot about the Italian lifestyle.  Although there are lots of articles, blogs and books written with great travel tips for Italy, I have jotted down just a few things to keep … Continued

An Evening in Siena – Book Excerpt (Audio)

In 2011 I went to Italy for three months as a solo traveler. That adventure is detailed in my first book, Memoirs of a Solo Traveler – My  Love Affair with Italy.  During that trip I stayed in Siena for … Continued

The Italian Lifestyle – Photo of the Day

An elderly Italian woman enjoying some sunshine in Colle d’Anchise, a small village in the Molise region of Italy. This is the village of my grandparents. I had a nice conversation in Italian with her. She could be a distant … Continued

Daydreaming about Positano

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I find myself daydreaming about Positano sometimes. I’ve been there many times, but this past summer was the first time that I stayed there. And now I  yearn to return. Positano casts a magical spell on anyone who’s experienced her … Continued

Caffè Sospeso – A Naples Tradition

Naples is a city where coffee is woven into the fabric of everyday life, and the tradition of caffè sospeso is part of it. The custom of “suspended coffee,” may relate to the history behind today’s pay it forward practice; … Continued

A Funny Thing Happened in Italy

I thought it might be time for a little humor, and I have a funny story to tell from my recent trip to Italy. Travel is fun yet flexibility is a necessity. If you can’t be flexible, you may end … Continued

Discover Dolceacqua – A Small Town in Northern Italy

I love the small towns and villages in Italy. One of the reasons I like Dolceacqua so much is because it is not particularly known as a tourist destination. Perched  high on a hilltop in Liguria, Dolceacqua is one of … Continued

Santa Margherita – Beautiful Destination in Liguria

My visit to Santa Margherita on the Ligurian coast of Italy came quite by accident.  I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to actually spend a little time in this beautiful seaside town several years ago. Roughly ten thousand … Continued

Taxis in Rome – Italy Travel Tips

I originally published this post 3 years ago and thought it was worth reposting to warn about scams in Italy. I have since learned to be more cautious… read on. At 9 pm we arrived at the Rome train station … Continued

Italy Travel – Photo of the Day

I always enjoy watching local artisans and artists at work. I came across this artist on a footbridge in Venice. She was so focused on her painting that I dared not interrupt. Do you notice anything particularly interesting in this … Continued

Spaccanapoli – The Heart of Naples

Noisy, chaotic, vibrant, intense, colorful, edgy, and authentic. Naples oozes reality of life in Italy. Hovering over this city from an almost surreal and tranquil place is the hilltop Castel Sant’ Elmo, a medieval fortress offering spectacular views of Napoli. … Continued

Naples Christmas Alley – San Gregorio Armeno

San Gregorio Armeno, otherwise known in Naples as Christmas Alley, is always filled with people, but in the month of December, chaos and crowds define the street. Over half a million tourists visit these small shops, which line both sides … Continued

A Stroll Down Milan’s Fashion Street – Via Monte Napoleone

One of the main attractions in Milan is its elegant fashion district,  more specifically the most famous street here,Via Monte Napoleone. Milan is Italy’s fashion capital and some say it is the fashion capital of the world. The entire fashion … Continued

Where the Locals Go for Gelato in Sicily

Most travelers to Italy have never heard of Riposto, the small commune on the eastern coast of Sicily. Either did I until a few years ago, when my Sicilian friends insisted that we go there, explaining to me that this … Continued

Italy Travel – Photos from Ostuni in Puglia

Città Bianca, or the White City, is the nickname given to the Italian city of Ostuni in the southern region of Puglia. All the buildings in its historic district must be painted white and from a distance  the view of … Continued

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