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

You know how life is sometimes?  You settle into a routine?  A routine at work.  A routine for meals.   A travel routine.  A daily routine. Read More

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