Italy Photo of the Day – Napoli

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A pasticceria is a dream come true for anyone with a sweet tooth. I cannot walk past Leopoldo CafeBar without satisfying my craving for dolci in Napoli. A dessert restaurant since 1940, this establishment is named after its founder, Leopoldo  … 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Outdoor Shrines in Italy – Italian Culture

I love noticing the differences in the Italian culture, and one that seems pronounced is the existence of outdoor shrines in almost every city and town in Italy. Despite the commonly-held perception that Italy is a Catholic country, the latest … 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

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

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

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

Street View in Bologna

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A street scene in Italy that could actually be anywhere there, but this one is from Bologna. I am fascinated by the buildings in Italy, the shuttered windows, the flower boxes with thriving plant life and colorful seasonal blooms. The … Continued

Life in Italy – Photo of the Day

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A day in the life of this elderly Italian man in Palermo, a shoemaker who makes men’s shoes by hand. I am always intrigued watching skilled craftsmen at work in Italy. If you want to read more about this shoemaker … 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

Conversational Italian for Travelers – Book Review

Occasionally I like to introduce an author or  feature a book about Italy or anything Italian. Today I am honored to recommend a book I recently discovered, and I think you’ll like it too. Conversational Italian for Travelers Just the … 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

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

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