Driving Along the Amalfi Coast – A Video

One of my favorite Italian blogs, Once in a Lifetime Travel, featured this great video today about driving in Italy and particularly along the Amalfi Coast, so I am reposting it. It really shows it exactly how it is. And … Continued

Venice News – Rialto Bridge Restoration Plans

The Rialto Bridge is undoubtedly the most famous bridge in Venice and has joined other monuments in Italy for needing restoration work. A few months ago the Venice city council approved a study as to whether it would be feasible … Continued

Photo Collage – Church Interiors in Italy

I have been so preoccupied with editing my book and getting the word out that I sort of slacked off on posting anything about Italy, and frankly doing much of anything else. So today I worked outside a little in … Continued

My Solo Travel Paperback Book Now Available on Amazon

Wow things are moving much faster than expected and the paperback version of my book, “Memoirs of a Solo Traveler – My Love Affair with Italy,” is now available on Amazon. Click here to order and see the details. The … Continued

Solo Travel Book Update

I promised an update on my recently published book, “Memoirs of a Solo Traveler” and this is it. I appreciate all the positive feedback from everyone and am happy to report that in the first week I have had over … Continued

Memoirs of a Solo Traveler – My Love Affair with Italy

I have exciting news today! No I am not leaving anytime soon for Italy but my book has just been published! This is my first book, and it is based on my blog and the three months I spent in … Continued

Italy News – Trevi Fountain in Rome Drained for Repairs

One of the most well-known and most photographed landmarks in Rome is the Trevi Fountain. It had been reported in June that part of its facade was falling and the Italian government had announced that it would need to be … Continued

Italy’s “8 per mille” religious tax

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I have commented previously about my observations while in Italy regarding the collections taken at church. I had noticed on every occasion that during the Mass the collections consisted solely of change. Later I learned that the churches are “paid” … Continued

Photos from Rome – Italy Travel

I have been to Rome five times and still have not seen all of it. The first time was for six days and it was exhausting since we were on the go continually. There is just so much to see … Continued

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

Something New – Rome Map Aerial View

I was fooling around on Google Maps and discovered that I could place this Google Map Aerial View of Rome on here and you are able to zoom in and see close-up views of the Colosseum and the rest of … 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

Leaving Italy and Flying Home

Monday May 21 Last night was the last night in Italy and we were packing our bags for the last time. Since I had access to wifi at the hotel decided to check our flight status before we went to … Continued

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.

Hotel Olimpico

May 20 In the morning Peppino was on duty in the breakfast room again with his smiling face. He was holding a  frying pan with four sunny side up eggs, decorated with a tomato in the middle. Breakfast at Hotel … Continued

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

Mediterranean Cruise – Barcelona

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May 13 It really felt good to sleep in a little and not be in a rush to get off the ship today. It was cool in the morning but after the 86 degree day yesterday in Aix au Provence … Continued

Arrival in Cannes – A Tour of Nice and Later Eze

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Friday May 11 Cannes is on the French Riviera and from what I could see of it from the ship it looked beautiful. This is my first time visiting France and I have always heard that the south of France … 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- Mediterranean Cruise

The shuttle came at noon to pick us up to go to Civitavecchia and I met the other passengers with whom I had been corresponding on Cruise Critic. Everyone was reallly nice and excited about the cruise. We boarded the … Continued

Travel in Italy – Leaving Lake Como

Sunday May 6 It’s still raining and it’s 45 degrees outside. Today we are taking the train to Verona and hopefully the weather will improve. I can’t believe how cold I feel. It’s probably the dampness along with the wind. … Continued

Italy Travel – Shopping in Bellagio

Friday May 4 After sleeping almost 12 hours, by the time I was dressed it was lunchtime and Sue and I were hungry. We walked up a staircase, called Salita Cernaia here in Bellagio, and discovered a wonderful little pizza … Continued

Traveling to Italy

May 2 and May 3 I boarded my flight from West Palm and we took off at 2:15, 20 minutes later than scheduled. I should land in Philadelphia about an hour or our and a half before my flight to … 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

Milano Train Station

I have been writing a lot of travel articles about Italy recently for various websites. One of the more recent websites I started to write for is www.beachcomberpete.com. While researching some information on an article I recently submitted but has … Continued

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