February 2, 2019

I’m an end justifies the means flyer. Unlike my travel companions who relish in the rarified air of the wild blue yonder, I view flying as a necessity more than a pleasure. A way to get from point A to point B.  So I'm always on the lookout for ways and means to make t...

January 19, 2019

When I first started to visit Italy the last thing on my mind was UNESCO.  I was more interested in the vineyards of Tuscany, the fashions of Milano and the food of Emilia Romagna. Over the last 20 years my trips to Italy have been an on going journey to discover the I...

January 19, 2019

The endless possibilities of the day ahead. Travel is exciting invigorating and in the best possible way unpredictable. Here are 10 split second decisions that I would not hesitate to make to see and savor Italy on your next trip.

Should I stay or Should I Go Off the To...

November 1, 2018

Although Italy has an excellent network of motorways (Autostrade), Americans generally find driving in Italy somewhat intimidating. They would rather be lulled into the complacency of a motorbus tour or buy a pass on the Trenitalia. Both have their place and for some m...

August 16, 2017

The Top 5 Reasons (Excuses) I Don’t Study My Italian Like I Should or Dante Lead Me from the Inferno of the Conjugated Verb to the Paradiso of a Native Speaker

I confess I don’t spend as much time as I should studying my Italian and these are My Top 5 Excuses.

5. I Have...

October 17, 2016

Some have described the aroma and flavor of the Italian truffle as rich and intense with a taste of honey and garlic reminiscent of the earthy woods in which it is found. Others have described them as a misshapen knot with an aroma best left in the leafy understory of...

January 28, 2016

Italians do not celebrate Valentine’s Day as a one day merchandising campaign because love is in the air all year long in Italy and has been for centuries. While we were busy developing the austere virtues of the Reformation, the Italians were relaxing in the inspiring...

December 31, 2015


In Italy, New Years Eve, l’ultimo dell’anno, is celebrated with rites, rituals and events that are meant to bring good fortune, happiness and prosperity in the coming year. Derived from Roman celebrations in honor of Janus, the god of gates, doorways, beginnings and e...

August 20, 2015

Are you part of the confraternity of Italian travelers who have truly seen and savored Italy? Off the tourist flow to see Italy’s iconic sights a little differently. Traveling le stradi dei vini e sapori to taste regional Italy food at the gastronomic epicenter of the...

April 20, 2015

5. Never Drive in Italy

Contrary to popular opinion, driving in Italy is not an extreme sport. Italy has an excellent network of motorways and if you are comfortable driving in the States, exercise common sense and be aware of your limitations based on language skills a...

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