Italy Photo of the Day

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Rome’s ancient Coliseum glows at twilight as the sun filters between its open windows. No filters needed here. So many memories from the Eternal City. Longing to return. What is your favorite memory of Rome? I’d love to hear your … Continued

Italy Photo of the Day

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    These umbrella pine trees which provide partial shade as pedestrians stop to view Rome’s Circus Maximus. Also known as stone pines, these trees were originally brought to Rome from Greece. Have you seen these beautiful trees during your … Continued

Only in Italy

      After reviewing some of the tens of thousands of photos I have taken in Italy, a few interesting ones make me laugh and say, “Only in Italy.” Two things prompted me to take each photo. One  is … Continued

Rome Colosseum Underground Tour

When an opportunity arose for me to experience a Colosseum Underground Tour, including a walk through the Palatine Hill and Roman Forum with The Roman Guy, I was elated and wasted no time making arrangements. It’s been years since I’ve … Continued

Borghese Park in Rome

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  In a city of almost three million people, I always enjoy finding a place to get away from it all. When I needed a break from the fast pace of sightseeing in Rome, I made my way over to … Continued

Climbing St Peter’s Dome in Rome

If you’ve ever wondered how to get views like this, you have to consider climbing to St Peter’s Dome in Rome, actually at the Vatican. Visiting St. Peter’s Basilica was always one of the top places I wanted to go … Continued

Exploring Rome with a Local

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Although I’ve visited the Eternal City on five previous occasions, I never had the opportunity to explore Rome with a local, until now. I yearned to be in the city again, since my last time in Rome was four years … Continued

Surviving an Airport Strike in Italy

Last week travelers were affected by an airport strike in Italy.. So what’s new, right? Strikes in Italy are commonplace, part of the lifestyle. They can occur with all modes of transportation, and they do, on a regular basis. During … Continued

Everyday Life in Rome – Photo of the Day

While I love seeing the ancient monuments and beautiful landmarks in Rome, I am  drawn to observing the local people in their everyday lives in Italy. This image is not your typical tourist photo. I saw this man standing near … 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

Italy Pics

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Italy is a photographer’s dream destination. I love to take photos and each time I travel there I take thousands, this time it was 6000. Thanks to digital cameras and smartphones, it’s not so difficult. After I return home, I … Continued

Movies Filmed in Italy

Italy has long been famous as a favorite filming location for Hollywood movie makers. I love movies and am particularly interested in the behind the scenes information and shooting locations.  When I can recognize places I have been in Italy … 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

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

Photos from Rome – September 2013

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I realize that it has been close to three weeks since I updated my blog. I have been trying to catch up and write about my days in Italy this past September, since I didn’t have to write when I … 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

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

Trip to Italy – Sicily – Amalfi Coast – Rome

In less than two months I leave again for Bella Italia and now I am getting excited. This trip had been postponed from April because of a bicycle accident sustained by my brother Rick. He and my sister-in-law and I … 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

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

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

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

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

Some News from Italy

I thought I would write about Italy and specifically mention some of the topics making news there. A few of these will definitely affect sightseeing agendas and travel plans especially in Rome. It is no secret that Italy’s economy is … 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

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!

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

Travel in Italy – Rome’s Coolest Neighborhood – Trastevere

Wednesday May 9 I got up early and was out walking before 9am. I walked to my favorite neighborhood in Rome, Trastevere, looking for Bar Quadrani, my favorite place for a cappuccino and dolci in the morning. Well I walked … 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

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

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