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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Traditional Easter Dishes in Italy

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I love writing for the Italian-American monthly newspaper La Gazzetta Italiana which is headquartered in  Cleveland, Ohio my home town. I wrote an article  for the April issue on Traditional Easter Dishes in Italy and yesterday it  appeared in the … Continued

Mt Etna Erupts Again in Sicily

Well for the 5th time this year Mt Etna has erupted again in Sicily spewing lava and ash into the neighboring towns. Although this was one of the places I was planning on visiting next month, I am beginning to … Continued

People of Italy

One of the best things about Italy are the Italian people themselves. Even people who aren’t Italian or of Italian descent always say the same things about the Italians. They are warm, passionate and happy people. I loved the people … Continued

Caltagirone in Sicily-A Photo Montage

Since I have been back home I have stayed busy writing travel articles on different places I visited in Italy, and it makes me feel as though I am there again! Caltagirone will always be one of my most memorable … Continued

Taormina

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Sunday May 22 This morning “fa tempo brutto,” the weather is ugly, as it was cloudy and raining. Eventually the rain stopped except for a light drizzle on and off and we left for Taormina with umbrellas. As many times … Continued

Caltagirone

Saturday May 21 Before we went to the ceramics shop we drove around Caltagirone and had to see La Scalinetta with its 142 steps of hand-painted ceramics. Since it was May, the steps were decorated with flowers creating a beautiful … Continued

Catania

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May 19 Catania We left Cesarò and drove to Catania, and had no problems finding our hotel, now that we had the GPS programmed in English. We had great views of Mt Etna from our hotel windows. After a little … Continued

Enjoying Cefalù – A Seaside Town in Sicily

– We drove to Cefalù and the timing could not have been any better. Our hotel was opposite a beautiful beach, and in fact, the view from the balcony was the beach. A day of relaxation here was perfect and … Continued

Margie in Italy
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