What do all of these things have in common?  They take place in the Castelli Romani.  These are hillside towns to the southeast of Rome.  It is a place where many Romans go (ummmm…including the Pope)  to escape the suffocating heat in the summer and where we go sometimes just to get an ice-cream. Read More

You may recall back in January I wrote about the thermal waters of Saturnia in Tuscany.  Today, it is all about Sirmione.  Sirmione sits on Lake Garda and is only 40 minutes away from Verona,  and 90 minutes from Venice. Read More

When I used to hear people say things like: “I am going to San Francisco to see my sister run the marathon,” I used to think those people were CRAZY! Not my friend taking the trip, but her sis running the marathon. 🙂 Still, it always seemed like the coolest thing to do because it seemed impossible to do. Read More

We arrived in Venice by train from Garda – us and about 5,000,000,000 other carnival goers.  Many of the partiers included children dressed in costumes of batman, princesses and pirates leaving trails of coriadoli (confetti)  as they made their way to the exit of the train station that opens right onto the canal facing the neoclassical San Simeone Piccolo Church.

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Could anything be more romantic than spending Valentine’s Day in Verona, home to star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet?  Sure it might seem a little too obvious, but that is a good thing.  Valentine’s Day is all about being obvious on the subject of love.  Just a 90 minute train ride from Milan or Venice, Verona makes for a nice side trip from either location or even a destination on its own.  If you choose to spend a few days in Verona, you might want to take in some wine tasting in Soave or Valpolicella as well. Read More

My husband is from Rome, so I get to spend a lot of time there.  What a fab place to “have to” return to a few times a year.  Rome has a never-ending list of things to see:  art, monuments, churches, etc….but there is one place we go to EVERY time we are there that is somewhat lesser known to tourists.  It is the Parco degli Acquedotti – The Aqueduct Park.  This park is part of the Appia Antica Park and contains aqueducts dating back as far as 52AD. Read More

When you just cannot take another museum, monument or a non-stop day of walking, thinking about visiting one of Italy’s many terme or natural springs.  There are a variety of baths in Italy offering various therapeutic properties – curing everything from liver ailments to arthritis  to offering anti aging benefits. Read More