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

Take a Sculpture Course in Carrara

Carrara in Tuscany is not your typical tourist location, but it is the city known for its immense marble quarries. I loved visiting this city on my own and touring the impressive caves and marble quarries  was an eye-opener to … Continued

Luxury in Venice at Luna Hotel Baglioni

As many of you may or may not know, I manage the Twitter account and the blog for Italian Talks, whose parent company is Baglioni Hotels. I was privileged to spend one night as a guest in the Luna Hotel … Continued

Photo Snapshots from Molise

When I went to Molise I stayed at the only accommodation in Colle d’Anchise, the small village of my grandparents. La Piana Dei Mulini is one of the most peaceful and relaxing places to stay in Italy. This was my … Continued

Shopping Rialto Market in Venice

Rialto Market in Venice attracts over 20 million tourists every year. This centuries-old marketplace has been serving Venetians since the year 1097. One of the benefits of social media is meeting people with similar interests from all over the world. … Continued

Venice by Boat

Venice is a city full of history, art, culture, and rich traditions. I was fortunate enough this trip to be a guest of Context Italy on their “Venice by Boat” tour. Context Italy has been doing walking tours all over … Continued

How Shoes Are Made by Hand in Italy

I always welcome the opportunity to observe a part of Italian life which is not typically experienced by the average traveler. I was fortunate to be able to receive a personalized tour of Italian Shoemakers, an authentic Italian shoe factory … Continued

Photo Collage from Ravello ~ Amalfi Coast Travel

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 Ravello is a peaceful beautiful city high above the seashore on the Amalfi Coast. Villa Rufolo and Villa Cimbrone afford spectacular views of the coastline which made the uphill walking and numerous steps and staircases worth it. More stories to … Continued

A Visit to Capri

Oct 10, 2014 I have been to the island of Capri twice before, and it is a beautiful place. However during the day it is usually crowded with cruise ship passengers. Today I have no need to revisit sites from … Continued

More Train Adentures in Italy

Oct 8 2014 When you travel to small towns in southern Italy you have to expect an adventure, particularly if you are traveling by train. So today was no exception. Luckily Antonella dropped me off at the Boiano train station … Continued

Train Travel in Southern Italy

The regional train leaves Napoli Centrale at 2:10PM and the ride to Boiano provides me with a view of Vesuvius to the west, as well as residential neighborhoods of mostly three- and four- story buildings, which are painted in bright … Continued

See Naples and Die

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You have no doubt heard the phrase, “See Naples and Die,” or “Vedi Napoli e poi Muori.” I too, am familiar with it, and have read various meanings, but since I am exploring this third largest city in Italy with … Continued

Tips for Train Travel in Italy

Train travel is one of the most popular ways for getting around Italy, both for tourists and local Italians. If you are visiting Italy for the first time, train travel may be a little intimidating. From my experiences on trains  … Continued

A Different Type of Hotel Accommodation in Italy – Albergo Diffuso

I had never heard of the term albergo diffuso until I discovered that I was staying in one a few years ago in Italy. What I thought to be an agriturismo was in actuality an albergo diffuso. You’re probably thinking, … Continued

New Concept in Travel ~ Custom Luggage from UGOBAGS

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I am so excited about my new custom luggage from UGOBAGS. A brand new company, UGOBAGS is based in California, where each piece of luggage is assembled, after being customized to one’s specifications. As a participant in their Kickstarter campaign … Continued

La Passeggiata – The Evening Stroll in Italy

One of my favorite  aspects of the Italian lifestyle is the late afternoon and early evening ritual known as la passeggiata, or the evening stroll. Each evening, between the hours of 5pm and 8pm, Italians take to the streets, to … Continued

Gelato – Italy’s Sweet Treat to the World

Gelato is one of Italy’s great gifts to the world, and once you have tasted authentic Italian gelato, you understand why this is true. Italians consider gelato to be their ice cream, but it really is quite different from American … Continued

More Travel Planning for Italy

With every passing day, I am closer to returning to Bella Italia and am firming up some travel plans. In less than three months I will be on my way and I am starting to get excited. Of course I … Continued

How to Plan for a Trip to Italy

By now you must know that I enjoy travel planning almost as much as I enjoy traveling…well, not quite. But I do like figuring out my own itinerary when I go to Italy, and I also like the idea of … Continued

I'm Going Back to Italy~Are You Really Surprised?

I am excited because I am planning another trip to Italy!  This one will be this fall, just after I retire from my nursing career. What a treat not to have to request time off and wait for it to … Continued

New Release ~ My Love Affair with Sicily is now Available

Great news! It is definitely time to celebrate with some prosecco or vino! Or maybe some Sicilian NERO D’AVOLA! As of today My Love Affair with Sicily is  available on Amazon in both editions, the Kindle version as well as … Continued

My Love Affair with Sicily – Book Giveaway

Okay – I can say that I am excited because I am almost ready to publish my second book. For anyone who has been following my blog or my Twitter account, you already know that I have been working on … Continued

Driving in Italy – Some Thoughts

These posts seem to be spaced out more and more, and I apologize. I have been focused on writing My Love Affair with Sicily and have not posted anything here lately. Mi dispiace. I am sorry. By the way, I … Continued

Photos from Rome – September 2013

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I realize that it has been close to three weeks since I updated my blog. I have been trying to catch up and write about my days in Italy this past September, since I didn’t have to write when I … Continued

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

Leaving Sicily and on to the Amalfi Coast

Sept 23, 2013 With less than three hours sleep, I woke up to the sound of the alarm on my phone at 3:45am, so I would be ready to leave for the Palermo airport by 4:30. We had to return … 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

Going to Agrigento and the Valley of the Temples

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Wednesday Sept 17, 2013 I awoke with the alarm at 7:30 this morning to have time to finish packing and have breakfast before checking out of the hotel and leaving for Agrigento. By ten we were on the road, driving … 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

Travels in Sicily – Exploring the Catania Market

Monday September 16 Although I have been in Italy for three days, I guess I experienced some jet lag because I didn’t fall asleep till 3:30 this morning. But by 9:30 I felt rested and met Monica and Rick for … 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

Pompei in Photos

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A snapshot of Pompei in photos…no words needed. Just a few images from my visit to this Unesco World Heritage site. Enjoy. Have you visited Pompei? I’d love to hear about your experience. Please leave a comment and even a … 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

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