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

Walking in Italy – Streets, Staircases and Hills

Most of Italy is  mountainous or hilly at the very least, so plan on walking a lot when traveling to Bella Italia. On average, I walk a minimum of five miles a day and many times it’s closer to eight … Continued

25 Favorite Photos of Tuscany

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  Tuscany is one of the most popular destinations in Italy, and these photos easily explain why.   Located in central Italy, Tuscany  stretches from the Apennine Mountains to the Tyrrhenian Sea. From the rolling hills with scenes of serene … 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

Italy Travel Tips – What I Learned from Experience

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You know, you can do the same thing ten times and still learn from your experience. And this certainly holds true for travel. No matter how many times I travel to Italy I learn something new, sometimes through challenging experiences. … Continued

Travel to Italy – Photographic Images from Lucca

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Whenever I travel to Italy, my camera is a necessity to capture the memories of a place and its photographic images forever.  The images are from Lucca, a delightful city in Tuscany not far from Pisa or Florence. If you … Continued

What Have I Learned From the Italian People

Every time I visit Italy I learn something new from the Italian people.  Certain aspects of  life in Italy  have made an indelible mark in my mind, changing my perspective on life in many ways. Maybe more than anything else, … Continued

Italy Travel – Milan – Photo of the Day

I love wandering around the streets of Italy and taking in snippets of everyday life. On my recent stay in Milan, I stopped for a moment to capture this scene. What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear your feedback, … Continued

A Writer’s Dream and the Writing Process

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Writers all have their own preferences for writing.  Some write early in the morning, some write at night, and most of the good ones write every day. It’s all part of the writing process. Here’s how this  writer achieved her … Continued

Writing Inspiration in Italy

I’ve  thought about coming to Italy to write for a few years now. My dream to spend two weeks alone in a beautiful relaxing place on the Amalfi Coast with the intent to write has come true. I have been … Continued

Travel in Italy – Photos from Positano

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I’ve been in Positano now for five days and I could never get tired of waking up to views like these. I am here to write. I’m hoping to complete the first draft of my novel, Critical Cover-Up, and have … Continued

Travel in Italy – Photos from Milan

Ciao from Italy! Of course I am happy to be in Italia and am enjoying every minute. Since I want to enjoy la dolce vita I will not be writing long stories from here…  those will have to wait until … Continued

Going to Italy to Write

I will be leaving for Italy in less than a month and my main purpose in going this time is to spend time in a beautiful peaceful setting to relax and to write. The Amalfi Coast, and specifically, Positano is … Continued

Italy Traffic and Rules of the Road

  Italy traffic can be crazy to be sure, and I never thought I’d drive in Italy, but I have and somehow lived to tell about it. You can read about some of my experiences in my older blog posts … Continued

The Beach at Amalfi

The Amalfi Coast in southern Italy is known for its undeniable beauty and mind-blowing views. Every time I visit I feel like I’m in heaven.  Most towns have their own beaches and this section of the beach at Amalfi caught … 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

Amalfi Coast – Rugged and Beautiful

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The Amalfi Coast with its rugged landscape is one of Italy’s beautiful vacation destinations. Certainly it’s a favorite of mine, as you know by now. I find myself wondering how homes, hotels and restaurants were built on  these cliffs and hillsides … Continued

Driving in Positano

  Driving in Positano is a challenge, to say the least. This photo says it all. Do you notice how the cars on the left side of the road are parked facing both directions? I doubt if any rules exist … Continued

San Gimignano – Town of Beautiful Towers in Tuscany

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You have probably heard your traveling friends rave about the Italian town of San Gimignano, how it is a preserved medieval village in Tuscany, and how it is a “must-see” location in Italy. Now that I have been there myself … Continued

Plan Your Italy Trip Now!

It’s that time when a lot of people I know are beginning to decide on travel plans for the year. Airfares to Europe have dropped and the euro is low, so this is a perfect time to make plans for … Continued

An Evening in Siena – Book Excerpt (Audio)

In 2011 I went to Italy for three months as a solo traveler. That adventure is detailed in my first book, Memoirs of a Solo Traveler – My  Love Affair with Italy.  During that trip I stayed in Siena for … Continued

Daydreaming about Positano

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I find myself daydreaming about Positano sometimes. I’ve been there many times, but this past summer was the first time that I stayed there. And now I  yearn to return. Positano casts a magical spell on anyone who’s experienced her … Continued

Santa Margherita – Beautiful Destination in Liguria

My visit to Santa Margherita on the Ligurian coast of Italy came quite by accident.  I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to actually spend a little time in this beautiful seaside town several years ago. Roughly ten thousand … Continued

Where the Locals Go for Gelato in Sicily

Most travelers to Italy have never heard of Riposto, the small commune on the eastern coast of Sicily. Either did I until a few years ago, when my Sicilian friends insisted that we go there, explaining to me that this … Continued

Pescallo – A Short Walk from Bellagio on Lake Como

Pescallo is a small quiet village on Lake Como and is located less than a mile from the larger resort town of Bellagio. Having read about this place as being a little fishing community away from the tourist area, I … Continued

A Solo Traveler Goes on a Small Group Tour

From the title of my first book, Memoirs of a Solo Traveler – My Love Affair with Italy, many of you know that I travel solo to Italy and I enjoy the experience. I value the freedom that comes with … 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

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

Surprise for a Writer

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July 13 – Some days are better than others – for everyone. This is a simple fact of life and everyone knows it. And yesterday fell in the “better than others” category for me. When my day was almost over … 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Travel in France – The Provence Region – Tour to Avignon

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Saturday May 12 This was an early morning as I had to be ready to leave the ship by 7am for a tour to Avignon and Aix-en-Provence. By 7:15 the tour bus departed the port of Marseille and I was … Continued

Travel in France – The Medieval Village of Eze

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May 11 Eze After the time in Nice the bus then took us to the medieval village of Eze high in the hills and Cecile was still acting as the guide. In Eze it was very hot and I was … 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

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