Giardini-Naxos: Where the Locals Go in Sicily

The small seaside Sicilian town of Giardini-Naxos is not well-known but it is situated on the Ionian Sea, just below the very popular resort city of Taormina. It is a beautiful stretch of beach and has lots of great reasonably … Continued

Do You Need an International Travel Plan?

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Do I need an international travel plan? Whenever I travel internationally one of my key concerns is communication. How can I communicate with friends and family back home? How can I communicate with friends or businesses in Italy? Every time … 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 Travel Planning – Milan’s La Scala Opera

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I’ll be headed to Italy soon and I’m flying into Milan mainly because I found such a great airfare on Emirates  back in February. I’m flying non-stop from JFK in New York to Malpensa in Milan for less than $600 … Continued

Traveling to Positano

As I mentioned in a recent blog post I am returning to Italy this fall and of course am thrilled making travel plans and just thinking about it.  My destination is Positano, and for the first time, I will stay … 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

Outdoor Shrines in Italy – Italian Culture

I love noticing the differences in the Italian culture, and one that seems pronounced is the existence of outdoor shrines in almost every city and town in Italy. Despite the commonly-held perception that Italy is a Catholic country, the latest … Continued

Burano – A Colorful Gem in the Venice Lagoon

On your next trip to Venice, don’t miss the opportunity to experience the unique island of Burano. This community has charm of its own with its brightly painted small houses that  artists and photographers dream about. Located in the Venetian … 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

Life in Italy

Daily life on the Amalfi Coast can be challenging, but this robust Italian smiles as he easily climbs more than three hundred steps to and from work every day. Seventy-three years young, Crescenzo is the caretaker of an abandoned castle … Continued

Why Are San Marzano Tomatoes Special?

When chefs throughout the world prepare authentic Italian sauce, San Marzano tomatoes are their preference. These thin, pointy, sweet plum tomatoes  are essential ingredients for an authentic Pizza Napolitana, according to the Verace Pizza Napolitana Association in Naples, Italy. San … Continued

Italian Bank Experience

As much as I love Italy, some aspects of the Italian lifestyle are far from efficient. The Italian bank experience is one of these molto difficile situations. For the most part I have used Bancomats (ATM’s) to withdraw money in … Continued

Architecture of Italy

One of the many highlights in Italy is the spectacular architecture. Not only the age of some of Italy’s monuments but the style and sheer beauty is what strikes me. Spanning almost 3000 years, Italy’s diverse architectural styles reflect the … Continued

Street View in Bologna

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A street scene in Italy that could actually be anywhere there, but this one is from Bologna. I am fascinated by the buildings in Italy, the shuttered windows, the flower boxes with thriving plant life and colorful seasonal blooms. The … Continued

Taormina’s Greek Theater – Teatro Greco

Taormina is one of the most popular and beautiful places in Sicily. It was my first stop in Sicily and I fell in love immediately. I’d recommend this classy resort city to anyone planning a trip to Sicilia, the southern … Continued

The Allure of Italy – A Matter of Perception

In another part of the world, this might look like a rough section of a city, or even a ghetto.  But in Italy,  crumbling stone foundations and graffiti-laced walls exude a particular type of charm. The allure of Italy is … Continued

Life in Italy – Photo of the Day

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A day in the life of this elderly Italian man in Palermo, a shoemaker who makes men’s shoes by hand. I am always intrigued watching skilled craftsmen at work in Italy. If you want to read more about this shoemaker … 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

Tuscany – Popular Italy Destination

When I think of Tuscany I think of an image like this. Rolling hills, the countryside, and  tall dark green cypress trees. One of the most popular destinations in Italy, Tuscany is of course,  much more. Tuscany is made up … 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

Life in Sicily – Photo of the Day

On the streets of Sicily you’ll find real people, the locals who work hard and take pride in everything they do. They do it with a smile and in my experience, they always seem happy to engage in conversation. It’s … Continued

Travel Tips in Italy – Embrace the Italian Lifestyle

After seven trips to Italy I have learned a lot about the Italian lifestyle.  Although there are lots of articles, blogs and books written with great travel tips for Italy, I have jotted down just a few things to keep … Continued

The Italian Lifestyle – Photo of the Day

An elderly Italian woman enjoying some sunshine in Colle d’Anchise, a small village in the Molise region of Italy. This is the village of my grandparents. I had a nice conversation in Italian with her. She could be a distant … 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

A Funny Thing Happened in Italy

I thought it might be time for a little humor, and I have a funny story to tell from my recent trip to Italy. Travel is fun yet flexibility is a necessity. If you can’t be flexible, you may end … Continued

Saint Patrick’s Well in Orvieto

Orvieto is one of the coolest places  in Italy. Built on a tufa in Umbria this medieval town is full of surprises. While I was there I decided on a whim to check out Saint Patrick’s Well, also known as … Continued

Discover Dolceacqua – A Small Town in Northern Italy

I love the small towns and villages in Italy. One of the reasons I like Dolceacqua so much is because it is not particularly known as a tourist destination. Perched  high on a hilltop in Liguria, Dolceacqua is one of … 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

NYC’s Real Little Italy – Arthur Avenue in the Bronx

  What most tourists don’t realize,  and  what seems to be a well-kept secret, is that  an area in the Bronx  is fondly referred to as the “real Little Italy” of New York. This is not the same as the … Continued

Sicily Travel Tips

Each time I visit Sicily I learn something valuable to make travel there a little easier, and here are a few  Sicily travel tips,  based on my personal  experience traveling in Sicily. As you know by now, Sicily is the … Continued

Spaccanapoli – The Heart of Naples

Noisy, chaotic, vibrant, intense, colorful, edgy, and authentic. Naples oozes reality of life in Italy. Hovering over this city from an almost surreal and tranquil place is the hilltop Castel Sant’ Elmo, a medieval fortress offering spectacular views of Napoli. … Continued

Update on Italian Salaries

Not much has changed recently in the average salaries of Italian workers. Italy is by no means  a place to get rich quick, in terms of salary. While it’s true that the socialistic  Italian government compensates workers through pensions, unemployment, … Continued

Magical Memories of Positano

“Positano bites deep. It is a dream place that isn’t quite real when you are there and becomes beckoningly real after you have gone.” – John Steinbeck A jewel of exquisite beauty on the Amalfi Coast Steep streets with endless … 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

Italy Travel – Photos from Ostuni in Puglia

Città Bianca, or the White City, is the nickname given to the Italian city of Ostuni in the southern region of Puglia. All the buildings in its historic district must be painted white and from a distance  the view of … 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

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

Arriving in Positano on the Amalfi Coast

June 11, 2015 As we drove along the scenic Amalfi coast road my heart skipped a beat once we approached Positano, the città with the homes which appear to jut out from the cliffs. Choosing this beautiful seaside location as … Continued

Experience the Sassi of Matera

Matera in Basilicata has intrigued me for quite some time. Any photos I have seen or stories I have read about this place built from caves have been so  interesting. Finally now I can say that I  have experienced this … Continued

Milan – Expo 2015 – Milano Centrale

Milano Centrale will see a lot more traffic this year since the MILAN EXPO2015 just opened May 1st and will run until November 1, 2015. This beautiful structure is an architectural monument, modeled after  Union Station in Washington, DC. If you … Continued

Life in Italy – Photo of the Day

A day in the life of this elderly Italian woman  in Città alta of Bergamo… What are your thoughts? Please leave a comment. Grazie.

Margie in Italy
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