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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

NYC’s Real Little Italy – Arthur Avenue in the Bronx

  What most tourists don’t realize,  and  what seems to be a well-kept secret, is that  an area in the Bronx  is fondly referred to as the “real Little Italy” of New York. This is not the same as the … 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

A Solo Traveler Goes on a Small Group Tour

From the title of my first book, Memoirs of a Solo Traveler – My Love Affair with Italy, many of you know that I travel solo to Italy and I enjoy the experience. I value the freedom that comes with … Continued

Lunch at La Sponda Restaurant

Le Sirenuse Hotel in Positano has been in the Sersale family since 1951 when Marchesi Sersale converted their summer villa into a beautiful hotel. In keeping with the look of a home, this 58-room luxury hotel sits high above the … Continued

McDonald’s Italian Style – Rome’s First McDonald’s

One of the major highlights in visiting  Italy is  its wonderful food, and Italians pride themselves on creating the most savory dishes using fresh, local  ingredients. The thought would never cross my mind to  eat at a McDonald’s while visiting … Continued

A Visit to Capri

Oct 10, 2014 I have been to the island of Capri twice before, and it is a beautiful place. However during the day it is usually crowded with cruise ship passengers. Today I have no need to revisit sites from … Continued

Gelato – Italy’s Sweet Treat to the World

Gelato is one of Italy’s great gifts to the world, and once you have tasted authentic Italian gelato, you understand why this is true. Italians consider gelato to be their ice cream, but it really is quite different from American … Continued

New Release ~ My Love Affair with Sicily is now Available

Great news! It is definitely time to celebrate with some prosecco or vino! Or maybe some Sicilian NERO D’AVOLA! As of today My Love Affair with Sicily is  available on Amazon in both editions, the Kindle version as well as … Continued

My Day in Sorrento

Sept 24 continued Now that I am in a car with a local Napolitan, I am certain the rest of today will be a fun time. With Tina, from Discover Napoli Destinations at the wheel, I feel relieved and comfortable … Continued

Sicily Travel – First Day in Palermo

Friday September 20, 2013 It feels good to finally have the chance to sleep in a little this morning at our comfortable hotel in Palermo. After breakfast of yogurt, fruit and cappuccino, Rick, Monica, and I buy tickets from the … Continued

Cooking Class in Sicily

I have never taken a cooking class before and am excited to be here at Agriturismo Tarantola with my sister-in-law, Monica. The welcoming Signor Filippo is tall and attractive and molto gentile, very kind. After ushering us inside his cucina, … Continued

Driving in Sicily – More Tales of Getting Lost

As I was planning this trip to Italy,  I had the idea to take a cooking class, for something different. My sister-in-law, Monica, also liked the idea, and knew that my brother, Rick, wouldn’t care about it. He could find … Continued

Lunch in Caltagirone with our Savoca Family

We were about to experience a real treat – Lunch in Caltagirone with our Savoca Family. Angela arrived early and we left for Caltagirone in our rented Alfa Romeo with Rick driving. The traffic through Catania was horrible as usual, … Continued

Travels in Sicily – Exploring the Catania Market

Monday September 16 Although I have been in Italy for three days, I guess I experienced some jet lag because I didn’t fall asleep till 3:30 this morning. But by 9:30 I felt rested and met Monica and Rick for … Continued

Art and Gelato: Exploring Rome With Children

With  just over a week left before I leave for Italia, I have a million things yet to do, so today I am grateful for the opportunity to post this guest blog by Sarah Murphy, a writer, who also loves … Continued

COOKING IN ITALY ? Guest Post by FLAVOURS HOLIDAYS

YOU’LL BE SPOILED FOR CHOICE! Italian cookery offers many variations throughout the country. Some features are well rooted in every part of the country, like the importance of olive oil, wine, cheese, and the usage of high-quality fresh ingredients. Each … Continued

An Interview with Chef Dawn of B&D Culinary Sensations

I am honored to interview my friend, Dawn DeStefano, whom I first met while taking Italian classes. I knew then that Dawn had a special talent, not only in her skills with the Italian language, but in her ability to … Continued

10 Top Tips for Solo Travel – Guest Post by FlavoursHolidays

Today I am honored to feature a special guest blog post  from FlavoursHolidays. 10 top tips for solo travel Some years ago I was planning a family trip to Italy. The kids were in their late teens, my husband was … Continued

Italy in Pictures – Photos from Small Towns in Italy

My brother Rick says thank you to everyone who has sent him get well wishes and he reports that he is walking three miles at a time now. You know he is gearing up to put me through the paces … Continued

What I Love About Italy

Where do I start? There are so many reasons I love Italy, and if you have been following my blog you probably know most of them. The people, the little villages built into the hillsides, the architecture, the art, the … Continued

Gelato from Florence Comes to NYC

For the first time since it opened in 1929 Florence’s famous Vivoli Il Gelato has just opened a shop in NYC on the 6th floor of the newly renovated Macy’s at Herald Square.  As part of a $400 million remodeling … Continued

Photos from the Amalfi Coast – My Favorite Place in Italy

Italy has so much to offer and there are many places that I would always want to return. Venice is one. Sicily is another and the Amalfi Coast is another, just to name three. I have thoroughly been taken by … Continued

Scenes from Italy – A Short Movie

I am supposed to be writing today according to my own self-imposed agenda, and I did write this morning. I still have to finish two articles by  tomorrow afternoon, but somehow got sidetracked looking through my photos of Italy. Imagine … Continued

Happy New Year 2013

I think this may be my longest period between blog posts. The main reason I was not posting anything is not due to slacking, but because I was sick. Although I had a wonderful time in NYC , when I … Continued

My Sicilian Friend Teresa

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Meet my Sicilian friend, Teresa Savoca.This is a recent photo of her as she celebrated her 50th birthday! I love the cake! Teresa is the older sister of Angela, who I have mentioned before in this blog, and we have … Continued

Italy Photo Contest – Win an Autographed Copy of my New Book

Let’s have a little fun with photography and Italy. I am going to post some photos that I shot in Italy and I wonder who will know the locations of the photos. Please leave your comments listing the photo numbers … Continued

News in Italy – Tourists Fined for Eating Snacks on Rome’s Mounuments

As of  October 1 Rome’s Mayor , Gianni Alemanno passed a law prohibiting eating certain foods in and around the monuments in the historic center of Rome. Snacking tourists fined after Rome declares ‘War on the Sandwich’ – World News … Continued

Photo Collage of Food in Italy

Back by popular demand are some photos from food in Italy. For some reason everyone loves to see the food. I guess if you can’t be there the next best thing is  a photograph!

Driving on the Amalfi Coast

May 20 Gaetano’s directions to the Amalfi Coast Road were perfect and as long as I followed signs that said Costiera Amalfitana, I was in the right spot. Only once did I end up going the wrong way on a … Continued

Hotel Olimpico

May 20 In the morning Peppino was on duty in the breakfast room again with his smiling face. He was holding a  frying pan with four sunny side up eggs, decorated with a tomato in the middle. Breakfast at Hotel … Continued

Long Driving Day in Italy

May 19 Before leaving Teresa’s I walked to Caffe’ Augusto where I remembered having delicious cannoli and cappuccino last year with my sister-in-law Monica. I couldn’t leave Sicily without a cannoli so I bought one and an assortment of Italian … Continued

Travel in Italy – A Great Day in Sicily

May 18 Taormina and Caltagirone After the luxury of a cruise, staying in hotels for one night at a time is not so appealing and probably not the best idea. Note to self for future trips: Plan better on this … Continued

Travel in Italy – Driving to Longano and Colle d’Anchise

May 16 The disembarkation process this morning was seamless and Sue and I were on the dock by 8am waiting for the rest of our pre-arranged group to meet our driver to take us to the airport. That is where … Continued

Travel in Italy – Port of Napoli and Private Tour on the Amalfi Coast

May 15 Tuesday This was the day we were meeting Mariano from Pleasant Travel for a personalized tour on the Amalfi Coast. I had arranged this tour and there are eight of us going on a custom tour to several … Continued

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