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

Italy – A Week to Go

OK It is official. A week to go and I will be boarding a plane to  Italy…six  months ago  I wasn’t quite sure this would be happening, since my brother Rick had sustained a cycling accident, forcing us to postpone … 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

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

The Humorous Side of Solo Travel – Guest Post on Flavours of Italy

I was honored to be asked to guest post recently on the Flavours of Italy Blog and you can read an excerpt here, and click over to the Flavours of Italy blog to read the entire post, titled  The Humorous … 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

Live Like an Italian |Reposted from Rick’s Rome

Rick Zullo is an American who now lives in Rome. I met him through Twitter, and discovered his blog, Rick’s Rome:Help and Advice for Expats and Travelers. He is also the author of two books about Italy. I recently read … 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

Interview on the How to Tour Italy Radio Show

I can hardly believe that  a week has gone by since I posted something here.  Sometimes I wish the day had 48 hours in it instead of 24. I want to share with you an interview I had the pleasure … Continued

Giro d’Italia Stage 3

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I was supposed to be in Italy today watching Stage 3 of the Giro d’Italia. As you know the trip is postponed till September when hopefully my brother will be able to go and run circles around me. The next … Continued

Recent Travel News from Italy

Sorry I have not posted here lately.I didn’t even realize it has been ten days. I have been doing a lot of editing of my book and have been busy with other things, like everyone else. No excuses. So many … Continued

Lake Como, Italy Photos

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Lake Como is one of the most beautiful places I have seen and lends itself to some opportunities to capture gorgeous photos. Enjoy some  Lake Como, Italy photos, from  scenes in Varenna, Bellagio, Pescallo, and Menaggio. Varenna Steep Staircase in … 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

Travel Planning to Italy – Trip Postponed

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To all of you who have been reading my blog, thank you. I appreciate all of you and enjoy reading any comments you take the time to write as well. Between reading my blog and my book, you know that … 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

Italian Salaries Among the Lowest in Europe

Italy is not a place to get rich quick, in terms of salary. Although their socialistic government compensates workers with pensions and health care as well as their form of unemployment, the average salaries in Italy are among the lowest … Continued

Italy News – Another Transportation Strike in Italy

What’s new in Italy? Another 24 hour scheduled transportation strike today has affected travel in Rome, Venice, Naples, Palermo, Bari, Torino, and other cities across Italy. Seventy-five percent of Italy’s buses ground to a halt this morning, and even some … 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

Mt Etna Active Again

Mt Etna has been erupting again and Saturday night its lava flow was spectacular.  The video  in this article from Wired Magazine  is amazing. The photography is awesome and the explanations putting it into perspective are also  truly remarkable.  Enjoy. … Continued

Milan Hosts Bob Dylan Art Exhibit

It is a good bet that pretty much everyone has heard of Bob Dylan and is familiar with his unique musical sound as well as his success as a successful American singer-songwriter from the 60’s through today. What surprised me … Continued

Venice’s St. Mark’s Square Inundated Again with Flooding and Ice

I love Venice but I am glad I am not there now as the city and visitors have to deal once again with flooding and this time with ice too. Intrepid pedestrians navigate ice floes in Venice’s St. Mark’s Square … Continued

Writing Update and Hotel Bookings

I have had quite a few days off from the hospital and it has been wonderful because I could use that time to write. In the past week I wrote five articles for a travel website that I write for … Continued

Sicily Photo Scenes

Now that I am making plans to go back to Sicily in less than four months I decided to share some photos from Sicily. Not that many travelers to Italy make it to Sicily and yet there is so much … 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

Order an Autographed Book for Christmas

Like many of you I have been busy lately since Christmas is coming. I have been dividing my time between writing, work, preparing for Christmas, and promoting my book. Memoirs of a Solo Traveler – My Love Affair with Italy … Continued

More Flooding in Italy

I feel badly for the Italians as many areas have recently been hit with severe weather and flooding. Here is a video showing the rising waters of the River Tiber in Rome. More and more it seems that this time … Continued

Italy News – Venice Flooded Again

I love Venice and it is a city that I would always love seeing again. This weekend though Venice was hit with heavy flooding with water five feet above the level of the Adriatic Sea, resulting in 70 percent of … Continued

Book Signing and Book Reviews

This weekend I was honored to be the guest author at a Meet the Author event for Leonardo’s Italian Book Club, which is connected to Leonardo’s Italian Link, the Italian club I first joined when I started studying the Italian … Continued

Book Promotions and Events

Great news today! Thank you to everyone who has been so supportive about “Memoirs of Solo Traveler – My Love Affair with Italy.” Today on Amazon the eBook hit #5 for the first time in the Bestseller List for books … Continued

Photographic Memories from Italy

It seems that the photographs I post here are always a big hit so I decided to do a post of more photos from Italy.  Enjoy!

Daylight Savings Time Ends this Weekend in Italy

Italy turns their clocks back one hour this weekend, and in the U.S. we do not adjust our clocks until next weekend. This is not that interesting unless you are making a phone call to Italy or traveling to or … 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

Golden Day Eighty-One: Portofino with Margie Miklas

Thank you to Susan Van Allen for offering me this opportunity to write about one of my favorite places in Italy!

Contest Results and Winner Announced

As promised after 5pm today I would post the results of the photo locations and announce the winner of the contest, who will receive an autographed copy of “Memoirs of a Solo Traveler – My Love Affair with Italy.” One … Continued

Win an Autographed Copy of my Book – Contest Ends Tomorrrow at 5pm DST

There is only one day left and the last chance to enter the photo contest and guess the locations of the photos I shot in Italy. The prize is an autographed copy of my book. So far no one has … 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

Venice Rallies for Independence from Italy

Thousands of protesters assembled for a rally on October 6 in Venice to demand independence from Italy. Predominantly for economic reasons, the separatist group, Independenza Veneta, wishes to create their own country which would be called “Repubblica Veneta,” and would … Continued

Sorrento – Great Location on the Amalfi Coast

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Sorrento is a wonderful place to use as a base on a visit to the Amalfi Coast. Not only is Sorrento a beautiful city with picturesque marinas, lively piazzas and magnificent churches, but its location is central for day trips … Continued

Writing, Books and Other Good Things

Lately I have been concentrating on promoting my book about my solo travel adventure to Italy and learning some marketing tips from the expert, Melissa Foster.  It has been nice having the days off to focus on this, but it … Continued

Memoirs of a Solo Traveler Hits #15 in Amazon Kindle Solo Travel Category

I want to say thank you to anyone who has bought my book, Memoirs of a Solo Traveler – My Love Affair with Italy. It has hit the #15 spot on the Amazon Kindle solo travel category. The numbers update … Continued

More Italy News – Protester on Dome at St Peter’s at the Vatican

This week at St Peter’s there was more drama than usual when a protestor scaled the dome after climbing over a railing around the cupola.

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

My Solo Travel Adventure in Italy Has Been Featured in La Gazzetta Italiana

As you may or may not know I am a contributing writer for the  Italian-American newspaper, La Gazzetta Italiana, which is based out of Cleveland, my home town. My editor, Gabriella Mileti recently gave me the opportunity to write an … Continued

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