We were up before the sun. Monica, our cheerful guide from Avventure Bellissime Tours, greeted us in the lobby of our hotel near Piazza Navona. It was 7 a.m.—dark and early, but not too early for two double espressos to go. After one stop to pick up three additional passengers, we were on our way. […]
Our train pulled into Florence on a sunny afternoon. We’d originally planned to be there earlier in the week, but the forecast called for downpours, so we revised our itinerary at the last minute. We were happy to have done it as there were no rain clouds in sight. We grabbed our luggage and headed out […]
I was born near Milan, so I have known my city since I was a kid. I still live in the outskirts of Milan, and I can’t imagine my life in a different city. Why? Because, as we say in our dialect, “Milan l’è on gran Milan”—Milan, it’s a big, wonderful city where you can […]
Milan is the city to be in this year, thanks to Expo, the food-focused global event that has given (and continues to give) more fuel to the energy of the city, more ideas, and more initiatives. Milan is a city always booming and blooming—now more than ever (read my suggestions for first-time visitors).
During a recent holiday to Rome, my travel companion and I had the opportunity to experience well-known restaurants and lesser-known gems, as we were lucky to have a few Roman friends who could show us around.. Rome has all the pleasure—and food—one could ask for, from the casual pizza stop at the corner pizzeria to […]
Turin is not the first city a tourist visits in Italy, probably not even the second. It’s underestimated, but it’s a city that deserves to be discovered, with its old area full of history and culture. Turin, capital of the Piedmont, is known as the home of Fiat and Chrysler and, for sports fans, home of […]
Many people don’t fall in love with Milan at first sight. At first glance, it seems to be a gray business city. But this definition is not enough; Milan has superb, gorgeous gems you can discover during a first visit to the city. It’s a dynamic, vibrant place that looks toward the future (you can easily […]
I celebrated a big birthday in June; you know, one of those numbers with a zero following a number higher than three? I wasn’t interested in a big blowout party or having all of my friends remind me of my age by playing jokes or giving me funny cards with a big ?-0 on it. […]
“Did you see George Clooney?” That is the question I heard the moment I got home from my trip. As soon as I said the words “Lake Como,” my friends asked if I saw George. I told them I saw Bellagio but not George; it was disappointing for me, too.
Living on the West Coast of the United States makes for a very long trip to Italy, but upon landing one is generously rewarded with all this dream destination has to offer. We arrived in Brindisi, a province of Italy’s Puglia region, a bit after 3 p.m., weary but full of excitement to see our friends. […]