Italy News – A New Tax

The latest news in Italy is about a tax  that has been levied and it affects tourists who take excursions to any of Italy’s 36  or 37 minor islands. The beautiful island of Capri off the Amalfi Coast is one … Continued

Italy Travel Photos – Venice After Dark

Venice is a beautiful city, one of my favorites, and it looks different at night. I shot these scenes while riding on a vaporetto down the Grand Canal. This last photo is in St Mark’s Square where I ate gelato … Continued

Interesting Italian Facts and Trivia

I always knew some of these things to be true and some of the others took me completely by surprise. See how many of these you know.  I must give credit to David Hoffman, who is the author of “Little … Continued

Italy Photos – Street Scenes

Italy is full of interesting people and places and naturally I see these as photo opportunities. Enjoy. These cats look pretty healthy and I guess if I hung out near the water on the Amalfi Coast I would have a … Continued

News from Italy

It seems like Italy is desperate to find ways to make money. Now they are fining dog owners in Molise if their dogs bark between certain hours. Molise is the region where my paternal grandparents were born, although not this … Continued

Italy Travel – Venice – St Mark’s Square

Anyone who has been to Venice has been to St Mark’s Square but have you seen it from above? These are the views I had from the top of the Bell Tower. Totally awesome!

New Fiat Commercial “Immigrants” and Amalfi Coast

I absolutely love this new commercial from Fiat! As you can probably tell this commercial was most definitely filmed on the Amalfi Coast, particularly in Maiori, where I have stayed and also the towns of Positano, Atrani, Maiori, Minori and … Continued

Sicily Art Studio in Caltagirone

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I had written an article for the Italian-American newspaper, La Gazzetta Italiana on the art in the Sicilian city of Caltagirone, and I was pleasantly surprised a few days ago to see that my article was featured on their online … Continued

Italy Travel Photos – More Random Street Scenes

I knew I had some other great street scenes that  I  wanted to post so here they are. This first one was not far from my friend Teresa’s house in Sicily. At first I thought these dogs were statues but … Continued

Italy Travel Photos – Random Street Scenes

I love taking random photographs of people in the street. I found these taxi drivers waiting for their next fare at the Verona train station. Here is a typical scene in front of a newspaper shop or tabacchi. You can … Continued

Colle d’Anchise, Italy – Birthplace of my Longano Grandparents

  Here is a map of the village of Colle d’Anchise in the Molise region of Italy. My Longano grandparents were born here and I have cousins that live here now. I have placed a few pushpins on this map … Continued

Cesarò, Sicily – Birthplace of my Savoca Grandparents

I have been practicing with these Google Maps and created a map of the village of Cesarò in Sicily, where my maternal grandparents were born. I have visited this village three times and it is like stepping back in time. … 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!

Writing Writing Writing

In the past few days I have made a lot of progress on my book since I decided to focus on it, and I sat down to write whenever I had the chance. One of the great things for me … Continued

Outdoor Markets in Italy

Almost every town in Italy has an outdoor market once or twice a week, and some even have it every day. These are usually where you can find things at prices much cheaper than in the shops.I love wandering about … Continued

Small Trucks in Italy – APE

I finally found out the name of those small three-wheeled trucks so often used in Italy. The name is “ape,” and pronounced “ah-peh.” I only learned of this through reading a wonderful book about Italy called Stolen Figs by Mark … Continued

Travel in Italy – Photos from Lake Como

A ride on a boat on Lake Como is not only relaxing and enjoyable but is a great way to see places along Lake Como from the perspective of the water. Lake Como is huge so my boat trip was … Continued

Italian Towns and the Centro Storico

The first few times I saw a sign for Centro Storico I didn’t know what it was. That was before I had taken Italian and really could not recognize too many signs in Italy.  Now I understand that the words … Continued

Photos from Longano, Italy

Longano only has about 400 people living there but I love this village because of the people. Of course I am biased since Longano was my maiden name.

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

More Doors in Italy

I am always fascinated by the doors and doorways in Italy and of course have to stop and capture them with my camera. Here are some from my recent visit.

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

Italy Travel – Leaving Colle d’Anchise and Driving to Sicily

Thursday May 17 Leaving Colle d’Anchise and Driving to Sicily It was cold and raining this morning in Colle d’Anchise and Sue and I had breakfast prepared by the owner himself, Signor Michele at La Piana dei Mulini, a wonderful … 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 – Capri

May 15 Capri After the morning with Mariano from Pleasant Travel, he dropped six of us off at the dock in Sorrento. Jody and Jeff decided to stay in Sorrento instead. Mariano instructed us on the best ferry or hydrofoil … 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

Mediterranean Cruise – A Day at Sea

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Monday May 14  Day at Sea How wonderful to be able to sleep in and  not have any  agenda ashore today. I had been looking forward to this day. This was the only day at sea on this 7 day … Continued

Travel in Italy – Latest Cinque Terre Photos – Vernazza

Cinque Terre doesn’t need words to describe it as the photos say it all. It is a beautiful place in Italy. I took these photos on May 10, 2012 in Vernazza, which suffered the most damage from the October 25 … Continued

Back from Italy

After almost 3 weeks in Italy I am back home in Florida. I had a great time and it went by fast since I was on the go so much. There was not much free time for writing or editing … Continued

Travel in Italy – Taxis in Rome

Tuesday May 8 At 9 pm we arrived at the Rome train station and went outside to grab a taxi. There was a line of taxis and a man told us to follow him for the taxi and said it … Continued

Travel Planning for Italy

Mt Etna in Sicily erupted again this week and if you’re keeping track, this is the 7th time this year and the 3rd time this month. One week from today I am leaving for Italy and plan to go to … Continued

Cinque Terre Update and News

I am so looking forward to returning to Cinque Terre in a few weeks as it is one of the most beautiful coastline areas in the world. I was lucky enough to be there for the first time last May, … Continued

Photos – Food and Restaurants in Italy

I keep hearing that the photos of the food in Italy are everybody’s favorites,  so here are a few more plus some shots of some of my favorite kinds of places to eat in Italy – outdoor restaurants. Enjoy! I … Continued

Italy Photo Collage – Not Your Typical Tourist Photos

To say that I like taking photos when I am in Italy is an understatement. I don’t go anywhere without my camera and all I can say is thank God for digital cameras! I certainly have taken my share of … Continued

First in a Series of 3 Photo Books is Finally Completed

At the expense of putting my book on hold for the past week or so, I have finally completed one of my other projects. I am publishing a series of three photos books through Blurb.com featuring the photos I shot … Continued

Mt Etna Erupts Again in Sicily

Well for the 5th time this year Mt Etna has erupted again in Sicily spewing lava and ash into the neighboring towns. Although this was one of the places I was planning on visiting next month, I am beginning to … Continued

More on Italian Laws

I think it’s interesting to discover differences between the laws in the U.S. and the laws in Italy. Many are similar and others are very different, perhaps a commentary on the differences in lifestyles. Some of Italy’s laws seem really … Continued

Writing, Photo Books, Art Museums and Trip Plans

Well it’s been awhile since I posted here and for good reason. Besides work and planning my trip to Italy I have been busy writing my book and  have finally started putting together the first of three photos books from … Continued

Capri, Italy Natural Beauty and Weird Italian Laws

The tiny island of Capri on the Amalfi Coast is so beautiful but also has some weird laws. Capri is a must-see destination and I was fortunate enough to be able to visit there for the first time last spring. … Continued

Transportation Modes in Italy

Aside from walking there are various modes of transportation in Italy and I have used all of them except the bikes and motorcycles. Since Italy is a peninsula and has 4712 miles of coastline, boats are a common transportation mode.

Clock Towers in Italy

Almost every town in Italy has a clock tower and in many cases these tall monuments become landmarks of those  towns. In some cases they are tourist attractions and visitors line up to climb to the top to take advantage … Continued

Inside a Store in Bologna

This photo belongs in the post about unusual things seen in Italy but I couldn’t find it when I wrote that post. I was in a store in Bologna and thought it was so odd that there was a display … Continued

Gas Prices in Italy Sky High

The cost of gas has been rising everywhere and in Italy today the price of one liter hit 1.96 euros. If I do my math correctly a liter is 0.26 gallons or just a little over one fourth of a … Continued

Cinque Terre News and Latest Vernazza Update

I am always interested in the latest updates about the recovery of the beautiful village of Vernazza in the Cinque Terre and the non-profit organization, Save Vernazza has issued this latest report. After reading this I know that it will … Continued

Italy Travel Planning and Boutiques

I have been getting ready to go to Italy again soon and since part of the trip includes a  Med cruise I have been spending a lot of time on the Cruise Critic message boards. They are a great source … Continued

Flowers in Italy

Italians love flowers and they are everywhere especially in the springtime. San Remo is known as the City of Flowers and even has a famous festival to celebrate flowers. My favorites are the flower boxes with the brilliant colorful blooms.

Margie in Italy
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