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

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

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

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

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

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

News in Italy – iPhone 5

Sometimes I think the news in Italy is more interesting than the news in other places, especially when I hear about some laws that seem foreign to American standards. Other times the news is very similar to what we have … Continued

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

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

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 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 – 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

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

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

Photos from Longano, Italy

Longano only has about 400 people living there but I love this village because of the people. Of course I am biased since Longano was my maiden name.

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

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

Travel in Italy – Latest Cinque Terre Photos – Vernazza

Cinque Terre doesn’t need words to describe it as the photos say it all. It is a beautiful place in Italy. I took these photos on May 10, 2012 in Vernazza, which suffered the most damage from the October 25 … Continued

Travel Planning for Italy

Mt Etna in Sicily erupted again this week and if you’re keeping track, this is the 7th time this year and the 3rd time this month. One week from today I am leaving for Italy and plan to go to … Continued

Cinque Terre Update and News

I am so looking forward to returning to Cinque Terre in a few weeks as it is one of the most beautiful coastline areas in the world. I was lucky enough to be there for the first time last May, … Continued

First in a Series of 3 Photo Books is Finally Completed

At the expense of putting my book on hold for the past week or so, I have finally completed one of my other projects. I am publishing a series of three photos books through Blurb.com featuring the photos I shot … Continued

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