My Day in Sorrento

Sept 24 continued Now that I am in a car with a local Napolitan, I am certain the rest of today will be a fun time. With Tina, from Discover Napoli Destinations at the wheel, I feel relieved and comfortable … Continued

Getting to Sorrento by Way of Pompeii

Sept 24, 2013 I am on my own today since Rick and Monica don’t feel that great and want to hang out in Salerno and at the hotel. After breakfast, all of us ride together on the shuttle to Salerno … Continued

Sicily Travel – My First Opera Experience

Teatro Massimo in Palermo Sept 22, 2013 On a whim I decided to tour the famous Teatro Massimo. I knew tours were offered here and fortunately this opera house was open today. For the reasonable fee of eight euros, I … Continued

Sicily Travel – The Palermo Cathedral

September 22, 2013 Sunday Our last day in Palermo and Rick, Monica, and I decided to walk to  the Palermo Cathedral that we had passed on the bus. This stunning landmark is one of Sicily’s many buildings which portray mixes … Continued

Monreale Cathedral – Famous for Mosaics

Saturday September 21, 2013 Last night after we did our laundry and relaxed for a bit, we enjoyed a delicious dinner at Trattoria A’ Cuccagna, a cozy outdoor restaurant that Monica discovered on Via Principe di Granatelli. While the service … Continued

Sicily Travel – First Day in Palermo

Friday September 20, 2013 It feels good to finally have the chance to sleep in a little this morning at our comfortable hotel in Palermo. After breakfast of yogurt, fruit and cappuccino, Rick, Monica, and I buy tickets from the … Continued

Cooking Class in Sicily

I have never taken a cooking class before and am excited to be here at Agriturismo Tarantola with my sister-in-law, Monica. The welcoming Signor Filippo is tall and attractive and molto gentile, very kind. After ushering us inside his cucina, … 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

Driving in Sicily – More Tales of Getting Lost

As I was planning this trip to Italy,  I had the idea to take a cooking class, for something different. My sister-in-law, Monica, also liked the idea, and knew that my brother, Rick, wouldn’t care about it. He could find … Continued

Travel in Sicily – The Valley of the Temples near Agrigento

By 3:30 we had checked in to our hotel in Agrigento and then we left for the the nearby Valley of the Temples. Rick wanted to walk, but Monica and I convinced him to drive there, since we knew that … Continued

Sicily Travel – A Day in Siracusa

Tuesday Sept 17, 2013 Breakfast on the outside terrace of our hotel was lovely, and I met a British couple who were also traveling in Sicily for ten days.  I like meeting other English-speaking tourists in Italy and find it … Continued

Lunch in Caltagirone with our Savoca Family

We were about to experience a real treat – Lunch in Caltagirone with our Savoca Family. Angela arrived early and we left for Caltagirone in our rented Alfa Romeo with Rick driving. The traffic through Catania was horrible as usual, … Continued

A Day in Cesarò

After breakfast on the outside terrace of our hotel, Monica and I bought some cookies at the farmers market set up in the piazza in front of the hotel. We also bought a potted plant to take to Maria in … Continued

Italy – A Week to Go

OK It is official. A week to go and I will be boarding a plane to  Italy…six  months ago  I wasn’t quite sure this would be happening, since my brother Rick had sustained a cycling accident, forcing us to postpone … 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

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

10 Top Tips for Solo Travel – Guest Post by FlavoursHolidays

Today I am honored to feature a special guest blog post  from FlavoursHolidays. 10 top tips for solo travel Some years ago I was planning a family trip to Italy. The kids were in their late teens, my husband was … Continued

Interview on the How to Tour Italy Radio Show

I can hardly believe that  a week has gone by since I posted something here.  Sometimes I wish the day had 48 hours in it instead of 24. I want to share with you an interview I had the pleasure … Continued

Giro d’Italia Stage 3

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I was supposed to be in Italy today watching Stage 3 of the Giro d’Italia. As you know the trip is postponed till September when hopefully my brother will be able to go and run circles around me. The next … 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

Lake Como, Italy Photos

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Lake Como is one of the most beautiful places I have seen and lends itself to some opportunities to capture gorgeous photos. Enjoy some  Lake Como, Italy photos, from  scenes in Varenna, Bellagio, Pescallo, and Menaggio. Varenna Steep Staircase in … 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

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

What I Love About Italy

Where do I start? There are so many reasons I love Italy, and if you have been following my blog you probably know most of them. The people, the little villages built into the hillsides, the architecture, the art, the … Continued

Italian Salaries Among the Lowest in Europe

Italy is not a place to get rich quick, in terms of salary. Although their socialistic government compensates workers with pensions and health care as well as their form of unemployment, the average salaries in Italy are among the lowest … 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

Gelato from Florence Comes to NYC

For the first time since it opened in 1929 Florence’s famous Vivoli Il Gelato has just opened a shop in NYC on the 6th floor of the newly renovated Macy’s at Herald Square.  As part of a $400 million remodeling … Continued

Photos from the Amalfi Coast – My Favorite Place in Italy

Italy has so much to offer and there are many places that I would always want to return. Venice is one. Sicily is another and the Amalfi Coast is another, just to name three. I have thoroughly been taken by … 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

Milan Hosts Bob Dylan Art Exhibit

It is a good bet that pretty much everyone has heard of Bob Dylan and is familiar with his unique musical sound as well as his success as a successful American singer-songwriter from the 60’s through today. What surprised me … Continued

Venice’s St. Mark’s Square Inundated Again with Flooding and Ice

I love Venice but I am glad I am not there now as the city and visitors have to deal once again with flooding and this time with ice too. Intrepid pedestrians navigate ice floes in Venice’s St. Mark’s Square … 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

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

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

A Little Bit of Italy in New York City

Last weekend I went to New York City and had a great time. Everything was all decorated for Christmas and the streets were crowded with excited travelers who  were there for the same reason that I was. Despite the rain … Continued

Order an Autographed Book for Christmas

Like many of you I have been busy lately since Christmas is coming. I have been dividing my time between writing, work, preparing for Christmas, and promoting my book. Memoirs of a Solo Traveler – My Love Affair with Italy … 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

Book Signing and Book Reviews

This weekend I was honored to be the guest author at a Meet the Author event for Leonardo’s Italian Book Club, which is connected to Leonardo’s Italian Link, the Italian club I first joined when I started studying the Italian … Continued

Book Promotions and Events

Great news today! Thank you to everyone who has been so supportive about “Memoirs of Solo Traveler – My Love Affair with Italy.” Today on Amazon the eBook hit #5 for the first time in the Bestseller List for books … Continued

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