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I've fantasized about traveling to Italy forever.  I mean, who hasn't?  

Everything in Italy is about piacere.  Pleasure.  Shameless and unapologetic.  Food, design, art, cars, motorcycles, ice cream, coffee, fashion.  I could go on and on.  There is something uninhibited and passionate about the Italians (just look the other way when it concerns matters of national fiscal governance).  And we all covet what they have.  The enviable la dolce vita.

And two hour workday lunches.  


It has been a long-standing dream of mine to go to Rome and I never imagined I would experience it and much more of Italy in such an intimate way.  I did not have the privilege of travel growing up but I was relentless in my desire to travel and see the world.  I already prepared myself to visit even for just three days, backpacking, staying in dingy hostels, surviving on cheap bread - just to witness the glory of it.  I have kept tear out maps from National Geographic tracing my finger on the boundaries of Rome, wishing that I would make it there one day.


And I did.  After all, all roads lead to Rome. 


Time to go:  We went in May and it was astounding!  Summer is just arriving and we never really have to contend with crowds nor the high cost of travel that comes with it.  The weather is warm enough for short dresses, a light sweater, and bare legs.  




July 7, 2018

Alberobello, Puglia, Italy

June 10, 2018


Remember that the historic part of Sassi di Matera is a pedestrian only zone.  There is parking or taxis that could you bring you right outside this area, and you're on your own from there.  Forego the heels - it's a stupid idea.  

Our s...

February 11, 2018


In my research in building an itinerary to discover a small slice of the eastern side of Puglia this spring, it dawned on me that the itineraries out there come from homogenous sources, and therefore, articles and blog posts I’ve dug up online are just bas...

September 11, 2017




Italy is one of my favorite countries to visit.  For most of many travelers, it has the perfect combination of gastronomy,

great people, and rich culture and history and the farther you move away from the big cities su...

October 30, 2016

Just outside of Rome are plenty of outdoor opportunities. Here's a post on hiking from Lake Nemi to Lake Albano close to Rome.

October 26, 2016



I walked and walked, like a lover lingering, soaking everything in,

knowing that soon, that in the morning, rome will only be a memory.

My hotel was in Trastevere, but unlike the last time when I was in an

apartment a short walk from the Panthe...

October 25, 2016

ROMANCE ITALIAN WONDER WAYS SERIES   If it is at all possible to fall in love even more with Italy, then it would be here.Rome.Just the thought of Rome is movi

October 17, 2016

It had just rained.  The clouds have sobered down, although it has been a warm couple of daysand the cool breeze, espec

October 9, 2016

THE STREETS OF ANAGNI Sometimes, there are no stories.  There is just real life.And that is more compelling than anything anyone could ever stage.

October 8, 2016

No two mountains are ever the same.  Despite the number of mountains I have seen at varying altitudes and climates

October 6, 2016

Piglio is an obscure Italian village in Central Italy packed with mountain charm (and rock climbers!!

September 20, 2016

Out of OfficE

 Grosseto, Tuscany, Italy 

I am currently out of the office and I could either be

doing one of the following: drinking coffee, stuffing my face with pasta, 

wine-tasting, driving through wineries, speaking bad Italian, dodging Vespas,

unleashing my inne...

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My favorite resources for planning a Do It Yourself trip to Italy:


  • Italy for the Gourmet Traveler by Fred Plotkin, available on Amazon

  • Free history lessons and audio tours by Travel with Rick Steves

  • Blogville Italy for Emilia-Romagna and Lombardy

  • Easy and basic Italian language learning app:  Duolingo