Hi! Benvenuto! Welcome. I am Diana. I live in northern Italy with my husband and two sons. He is Italian (Roman), I am American (Texan) but he is an honorary Texan as we lived there for eight years before moving to Italy.
We have been living in the old country for many years and during this time, I have been lucky enough to have traveled a lot, meticulously planning every trip. I have learned so much over the years about how best to see this wonderful country. I have planned countless trips for family and friends and also contribute to The Telegraph, National Geographic and CNN. Now I would like to help you plan your trip too.
Have a look at my blog for travel and language tips and maybe even just a laugh (I like to make fun of the crazy things that go on over here). Find my travel photos over at Instagram for inspiration for your next trip.
Hi love this! What a beautiful picture! I cannot wait to read more!!
Hi Diana……I am Sheri’s friend, Alexia, from college and I live in Austin with my hubby, Eddie, and our 3 kiddos. She just told me about your blog. Can’t wait to check it out!
Hi Alexia! Thanks for stopping in! 🙂
I’m Sheri’s friend, Lauren. Nice to meet you! I LOVE your blog. I’ve been to Italy the past two summers and I am so jealous of you. What an experience. Keep up the nice work on your blog. I have a blog too if you want to check it out. http://thenontoxiclife.wordpress.com/
I think I wrote about the food in Italy several times on my blog.
Hi Lauren! Thanks for your message…..if you ever think about coming to Italy again, let me know, and I will be happy to help in any way! I will check out your blog as well! Buon fine settimana!
you are just as pretty as ever… you dont age sweet friend. 🙂
Hi Julie! You are so sweet! What a kind comment…but note how FAR AWAY that camera was! It is always easy to look decent in a photo…real life is a whole different story! 🙂 Anyway…thanks again!!!
Diana, I really enjoyed your blog! I think you may have changed my mind about blogging….this is fun!
Hi Kathy! Thanks! And I agree…it is much more fun than I expected!
Hi Diana, thanks for stopping by my blog! Linda.
Hi Linda! Thanks for stopping by mine too! Would love to go to Latvia one day…in the meantime, I can live vicariously through you! 🙂
Hi Diana, I love your blog and want to help you spread the word! That is why I am passing on the Liebster Award to you. Come and claim it if you want it 🙂
What!!?!? You are too kind! Thank you so, so much!
Hi Diana!! Im very happy to tell you that I nominated you for the Liebster Award! Go to http://packingmysuitcaseblog.wordpress.com/2014/06/23/liebster-award/#more-330 check the rules and have fun 🙂
Hi! Gosh….you are so sweet…and I feel so honored! I admit that although I have a blog…I am a little shy and at times have a hard time answering the question! Ha, ha, ha…..sounds ridiculous! BUT TRUE! Anyway…thank you again for your nomination!
Im very happy that you liked it Diana! And dont be shy, you have a blog and your writing is really good! Im very curious to see the answers to my questions 🙂 and you’re welcome, you deserve it!!
I love Italy! Am looking forward to seeing the insider’s view here. Ciao, Diana.
Thanks again Nancy!
Hi Diana, thank you for liking my post! Look forward to reading yours! =)
I’m so glad I found your blog! I’ve been in Italy twice and I loved it!
Thank you!!!! I love your blog too…just had a look at it! Your photos are lovely…I start a photography class this month…so I might be asking you for some pointers! Thanks again for visiting…
So happy to connect with another traveler & blogger. It’s so inspiring! It’s never too late to dream a new dream.
Live, Dream, Travel
Jessica, Turquoise Compass
Hi Jessica! Thanks for stoppoing by!!! I am in total agreement with you! “Live, Dream, Travel!”
Yes indeed. Live life to the fullest!
Jessica, Turquoise Compass
Hey there Diana! Just stopped by your blog randomly and gave it a follow. Visit me if you’d like to return the favor at http://www.thatssojacob.wordpress.com. Thanks!
Thanks for the visit…I will stop by your blog as well…thanks again!
Happy New Year, Diana! Thank you for your friendship in 2014 and for your beautiful blog! I’ve mentioned you in my WordPress End-of-Year Report for 2014: http://wp.me/p1aWNl-ND . All the best to you in the coming year!
Renate! Thank you for your friendship as well. And also – thanks for your mention on your last post. You are too kind! Wishing you a fabulous 2015!
Lovely blog…look forward to reading more, and trying out some of the recipes! 🙂 My hubby is not Roman, but grew up in Rome (and thus we end up there a lot on vacation). We’ve been 4x and traveled around quite a bit, but I still cannot get enough of the country!! Can’t wait to return. 🙂
Thanks for your comment. YAY! Love Rome…never get tired of it just like you. Thanks for stopping by.
Great blog, love the pics , reminds me of my time stationed in Sicily.
Thanks for stopping by! I am over to visit you too! 🙂
Hi Diana, nice to meet you! You have a wonderful blog…makes me long for my birthplace:) Thanks for visiting my blog as it led me to yours:)
Hi Marisa! Nice to meet you too! Thanks for stopping by. And I love your recipes! I am trying those m&m cookies VERY soon! 🙂
Happy to hear, enjoy 🙂
Really a nice site, Diana. And thanks a lot for the likes on my photo blog. Riccardo
Thanks Riccardo! Nice to meet you!
looks good, spelling police noticed honorary (sp)
Mary Jane 50yearsinItaly
Hi Mary Jane! Ha, ha, ha!!!! Thank you SO MUCH! Arrrggggg….HATE when that happens…thanks for catching it and stopping by!
Really interesting and inspiring to read this! Also, as a truly italian girl it is fascinating to see that you can understand some of my feelings and at the same time, I realize how sometimes I underestimate my own country!!
Happy to have found you and your blog!:)
Hi Lisa! Thanks for stopping by……I feel the same way about my own country too…when I see it through the eyes of others. Thanks again for visiting…
Thanks for the Like, Diana. I’m glad someone else likes Giovanni Santi!
So glad I found your blog via Twitter. My Italian man and me (German) moved to northern Italy after 10 years in Texas two years ago. We sort of consider us ourselves honorary Texans as well 🙂 Also, man do I miss TexMex!
Hi!!!! Awww…always happy to meet a fellow Texas (native born or honorary!)….I guess we are lucky….living in places like Italy and Texas? Life is good. But Germany is fab too….so you hit the jackpot! Thanks again for stopping by!
Hi Diana. I’m back after a long silence. I’m glad you liked my post on Offagna. It’s these small places that offer such a refreshing change from mass tourism. We need sites like yours!
Hi Diana! I was wondering if you could tell me anything about the Italian surname Corridori. My maiden name is Corridori, but I have not been able to find any information online about the origin or meaning. My grandfather immigrated from Italy in the early 1900’s as a small child, but his father was from Florence. That’s really all the info I have. I would appreciate it if you have anything to add. Thanks again! Reyna Corridori Freeman
Hi Reyna! So very sorry for the delay in responding. Corridori is hubby’s last name. His family is from Rome and the small towns surrounding the area. (Not that far from Florence). But I saw a map of Italy that have the last name, and the majority of them live near Florence – no doubt – distant relatives. Sorry I cannot be of more help. I have tried researching my last name as well. Anyway….keep in touch and again, sorry for the delayed response. Diana.
Hope you are enjoying the festive period, Diana! Happy Holidays to you and yours ⭐🎄⭐🎄⭐🎄⭐
Thanks for the kind message!!!! Same to you!!!!!