For about the past six months there has been article after article with headlines such as Roundtrip from U.S. To Europe for $189.”  Airlines like Norwegian Air and low-cost carriers such as WOW seem to be making travel to and from Europe more affordable. Even British Airways is getting in on the action, with a new sister airline called “Level.  But how do you find these super cheap flights?  You can head directly to individual airlines sites, but what are the best search engines for all flights?  Here are some of the sites that I use along with helpful hints on how to use them. Read More

The amount of art in Rome is completely overwhelming.  Where does one even begin when trying to plan a trip on what to see.  Much to the horror of my art historian sister, on my first few visits to Rome, I completely skipped the Vatican Museums and the Borghese Gallery. Instead, I opted for the free art in Rome that blankets the city.   I love to sprinkle my Roman day with masterpieces by the likes of Michelangelo, Raphael, Bernini and many others.  This is a fabulous option if you are lover of art, but also a lover of the dolce vita.  Why?  Because there are no lines, no reservations, no tickets.  You can stop for an aperitivo and take a stroll down the street to see some of the most priceless works of art for free. Read More

Piedmont is known for its wine and food.  It is after all where wines such as Barbera, Nebbiolo and Dolcetto are produced and also where the slow food movement began.  Read More

Now that Summer is over and we are in full fall mode, what better way to get over the summertime blues than hitting up a sagra (festival) in Italy?   Read More

A few weeks ago I listed some ways to cool off in the city by visiting a pool.  But if you are willing to travel a little bit more, you can find some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Read More

 

Italy has been experiencing an early start to summer this year.  It has been hot, so here are some nice options to cool off when ya just can no longer take the heat. Read More

Aosta Valley occupies the sweetest little corner of northwest Italy.  To me Aosta is the fairy tale region of Italy – full of history, romance and of course – castles.  Here in the smallest region of Italy you will find French-speaking Italians, surrounded by The Alps and every kind of castle you can imagine.  What could be more fairy tale than THAT setting? Read More

 

Milan is a working town.  It is a busy place and is going to get busier in about one day with the EXPO 2015 opening.  Why not get away from the crowds below and enjoy some peace and tranquillity from up above? Read More

 

Milan is a bustling city full of activity, events and tourists.  But in case you need a little escape from all the craziness, here are some ideas on what to do outside the city, just an hour away.   Read More

 

We recently went to Florence to meet with friends visiting from the United States.   They had the most beautiful apartment overlooking the Arno river and were kind enough to invite me to stay with them.  The view was so mesmerizing that I slept on the living room chaise lounge trying to make the most of the time I had to stare at the lights reflecting on the river.    Read More