How an Idea Becomes a Dream – Colors of Naples and the Amalfi Coast

I’m so excited I can hardly stand it.  Colors of Naples and the Amalfi Coast is complete and available for pre-order on Amazon! The printing company will not have the books ready until the end of May, but everything else … 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

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

Nominate Your Favorite Italy Blog – Italy Magazine 's 2015 Blogger Awards

It’s that time of year again, and Italy Magazine is accepting nominations for their 2nd Italy Blogger Awards. Last year, thanks to all of you, my blog was a finalist in one of the categories – an honor for me. … Continued

On the Streets of Milan

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As you may or may not know, Milan is hosting the next World’s Fair in 2015. It is more commonly known as the Expo, short for Universal Exposition. These events occur every four years and the last time Milan hosted … 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

Meet the Author – An Interview with Victoria De Maio

In the past two years, since I published my first book, I have had the honor to be featured and interviewed on other authors’  blogs and websites. I remember how exciting it felt. I know that my books are doing … 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

Photo Snapshots from Molise

When I went to Molise I stayed at the only accommodation in Colle d’Anchise, the small village of my grandparents. La Piana Dei Mulini is one of the most peaceful and relaxing places to stay in Italy. This was my … Continued

Shopping Rialto Market in Venice

Rialto Market in Venice attracts over 20 million tourists every year. This centuries-old marketplace has been serving Venetians since the year 1097. One of the benefits of social media is meeting people with similar interests from all over the world. … Continued

Venice by Boat

Venice is a city full of history, art, culture, and rich traditions. I was fortunate enough this trip to be a guest of Context Italy on their “Venice by Boat” tour. Context Italy has been doing walking tours all over … Continued

Photo Collage from Ravello ~ Amalfi Coast Travel

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 Ravello is a peaceful beautiful city high above the seashore on the Amalfi Coast. Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone afford spectacular views of the coastline which made the uphill walking and numerous steps and staircases worth it. More stories to … 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

Travel Destination – Italy’s Stunning Amalfi Coast

Italy’s Amalfi Coast is stunning, and tonight, my hotel, once an eighteenth-century palazzo, is a beautiful 27-room modern accommodation across from the sea. My grueling travel day was totally worth it the moment I arrived in Amalfi. My balcony provides … Continued

See Naples and Die

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You have no doubt heard the phrase, “See Naples and Die,” or “Vedi Napoli e poi Muori.” I too, am familiar with it, and have read various meanings, but since I am exploring this third largest city in Italy with … Continued

Why I Want to Visit Naples, Italy

Although this is my sixth trip to Italy, it is the first time I am spending any time in Naples. The only times that I have been here previously were on cruises, when Naples was a port stop. And on … Continued

Tips for Train Travel in Italy

Train travel is one of the most popular ways for getting around Italy, both for tourists and local Italians. If you are visiting Italy for the first time, train travel may be a little intimidating. From my experiences on trains  … Continued

A Different Type of Hotel Accommodation in Italy – Albergo Diffuso

I had never heard of the term albergo diffuso until I discovered that I was staying in one a few years ago in Italy. What I thought to be an agriturismo was in actuality an albergo diffuso. You’re probably thinking, … 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

More Travel Planning for Italy

With every passing day, I am closer to returning to Bella Italia and am firming up some travel plans. In less than three months I will be on my way and I am starting to get excited. Of course I … Continued

How to Plan for a Trip to Italy

By now you must know that I enjoy travel planning almost as much as I enjoy traveling…well, not quite. But I do like figuring out my own itinerary when I go to Italy, and I also like the idea of … Continued

I'm Going Back to Italy~Are You Really Surprised?

I am excited because I am planning another trip to Italy!  This one will be this fall, just after I retire from my nursing career. What a treat not to have to request time off and wait for it to … 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 Love Affair with Sicily – Book Giveaway

Okay – I can say that I am excited because I am almost ready to publish my second book. For anyone who has been following my blog or my Twitter account, you already know that I have been working on … 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

Leaving Sicily and on to the Amalfi Coast

Sept 23, 2013 With less than three hours sleep, I woke up to the sound of the alarm on my phone at 3:45am, so I would be ready to leave for the Palermo airport by 4:30. We had to return … 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

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

Going to Agrigento and the Valley of the Temples

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Wednesday Sept 17, 2013 I awoke with the alarm at 7:30 this morning to have time to finish packing and have breakfast before checking out of the hotel and leaving for Agrigento. By ten we were on the road, driving … Continued

Sicily Travel – A Day in Siracusa

Tuesday Sept 17, 2013 Breakfast on the outside terrace of our hotel was lovely, and I met a British couple who were also traveling in Sicily for ten days.  I like meeting other English-speaking tourists in Italy and find it … 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

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