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

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

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

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

Sicily Travel Tips

Each time I visit Sicily I learn something valuable to make travel there a little easier, and here are a few  Sicily travel tips,  based on my personal  experience traveling in Sicily. As you know by now, Sicily is the … 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

Update on Italian Salaries

Not much has changed recently in the average salaries of Italian workers. Italy is by no means  a place to get rich quick, in terms of salary. While it’s true that the socialistic  Italian government compensates workers through pensions, unemployment, … 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

Pescallo – A Short Walk from Bellagio on Lake Como

Pescallo is a small quiet village on Lake Como and is located less than a mile from the larger resort town of Bellagio. Having read about this place as being a little fishing community away from the tourist area, I … Continued

Meet Marco Jovon – Authentic Artisan in Venice

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One of the benefits of social media is the ability to connect with people from other parts of the world. And one of the benefits of traveling to other parts of the world is the chance to actually meet one … Continued

Experience the Sassi of Matera

Matera in Basilicata has intrigued me for quite some time. Any photos I have seen or stories I have read about this place built from caves have been so  interesting. Finally now I can say that I  have experienced this … Continued

Life in Italy – Along the Amalfi Coast Road in Positano

Life in Italy encompasses so many aspects. I am intrigued by the simple lifestyle of  some of the local people. This man is making a broom by hand along the Amalfi Coast road near Positano, while he sits on a … Continued

The Italian Lifestyle – Photo of the Day

This Italian woman probably walks up and down these ancient steps at least once every day. I had the chance to speak with her and she proudly told me with a smile that she is 80 years old. Incredible! I’d … Continued

Life in Italy – Photo of the Day

A day in the life of this elderly Italian woman  in Città alta of Bergamo… What are your thoughts? Please leave a comment. Grazie.

Travel Tips – Amalfi Coast in Italy

The Amalfi Coast is  one of the most stunning places in Italy. I could describe this stretch of coastline in so many ways: beautiful, magnificent, captivating, appealing, alluring, gorgeous, and wonderful. As you know by now, the Amalfi Coast is … Continued

Weird Italy Laws

Italy has some  weird laws, and I’m not talking only about the driving!  Some of these weird Italy laws are good, some not so good. A lot of them are funny, and maybe even a little bit over the top. … Continued

An Interview with a Mosaic Artist and Designer – Meet Felicia Funderburk

Today I am  truly honored to introduce you to Felicia  Funderburk, creator, designer, and owner of  Fragments Mosaic Studio in Los Angeles.  Felicia is a  mosaic artist with a love and passion for Italy, and it certainly can be felt … 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

Street Scenes in Naples

Naples is a city with a lot of character and all you have to do is walk its streets to feel it. I loved it! The photos speak for themselves. More photos and stories about Naples coming soon. I’d love to … Continued

Take a Sculpture Course in Carrara

Carrara in Tuscany is not your typical tourist location, but it is the city known for its immense marble quarries. I loved visiting this city on my own and touring the impressive caves and marble quarries  was an eye-opener to … Continued

Luxury in Venice at Luna Hotel Baglioni

As many of you may or may not know, I manage the Twitter account and the blog for Italian Talks, whose parent company is Baglioni Hotels. I was privileged to spend one night as a guest in the Luna Hotel … Continued

La Passeggiata – The Evening Stroll in Italy

One of my favorite  aspects of the Italian lifestyle is the late afternoon and early evening ritual known as la passeggiata, or the evening stroll. Each evening, between the hours of 5pm and 8pm, Italians take to the streets, to … 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

Driving in Italy – Some Thoughts

These posts seem to be spaced out more and more, and I apologize. I have been focused on writing My Love Affair with Sicily and have not posted anything here lately. Mi dispiace. I am sorry. By the way, I … 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

Getting to Sorrento by Way of Pompeii

Sept 24, 2013 I am on my own today since Rick and Monica don’t feel that great and want to hang out in Salerno and at the hotel. After breakfast, all of us ride together on the shuttle to Salerno … Continued

Sicily Travel – My First Opera Experience

Teatro Massimo in Palermo Sept 22, 2013 On a whim I decided to tour the famous Teatro Massimo. I knew tours were offered here and fortunately this opera house was open today. For the reasonable fee of eight euros, I … Continued

Monreale Cathedral – Famous for Mosaics

Saturday September 21, 2013 Last night after we did our laundry and relaxed for a bit, we enjoyed a delicious dinner at Trattoria A’ Cuccagna, a cozy outdoor restaurant that Monica discovered on Via Principe di Granatelli. While the service … 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

Guest Post by Flavours of Italy – How Holidays for Single People Have Come of Age

I am honored to feature another guest blog post  by Flavours of Italy. Enjoy. Blue Skies, A Brand New Year in Italy and not a single supplement in sight. I turned over the calendar and three quarters of the year … 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

A Day in Cesarò

After breakfast on the outside terrace of our hotel, Monica and I bought some cookies at the farmers market set up in the piazza in front of the hotel. We also bought a potted plant to take to Maria in … Continued

I just discovered Jovanotti, the Italian singer-songwriter

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It is summertime and I cannot think of a better way to experience that “feel-good” sensation than by watching this video by the famous Italian singer-songwriter, Jovanotti.I guarantee you will feel like getting up and dancing by the time the … Continued

Ride the Mini Metro with me in Perugia

When I visited Perugia, I had to take their Mini Metro to reach the lower part of the city. This mode of transport is  efficient as well as inexpensive. I thought you might enjoy sharing the two-minute ride with me. … 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

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