A Personal Guide to Travel and Life in Italy

This personal guide to travel and life in Italy is culled from over 20 years of experience living and working in Italy.  Get the inside scoop on what it’s really like to live in Italy, my favorite places to go in Italy, my recommended hotels and restaurants in Italy and even the darker side of life in Italy and how to cope with its mind-numbing bureaucracy. I’ll cover lots of different topics from luxury to adventure travel in Italy, Italian politics, culinary travel in Italy, Italian language, customs and traditions, as well as how I personally became an expert on Italian furnace parts.

Wild Orchids Found on Walks in Italy

Follow the wild orchid season while walking in Italy and find out the best times to go on a wildflower walk from Sicily to the Dolomites. [more...]


Towers that Aren’t – Torri, The Villas of Modica

Aren't towers supposed to be tall? Not in the countryside of Modica, where a "torre" - tower - is something else indeed. [more...]


Cheese Tour & Tasting in Ragusa Sicily

Cheese tasting and a tour of the cheesemaking facilites at Corfilac in Ragusa are on the menu March 24 & 25, 2012 [more...]


Weekend with FAI 2012 – Italian National Trust Sites

The weekend of March 24 & 25, 2012 the organization called "FAI" (Italian National Trust) sponsors guided visits of 670 sites all over Italy, most of which are not normally open to the public. [more...]


Limoncello Recipe – Make Homemade Limoncello

Ever wondered how to make limoncello? Try your hand at homemade limoncello, with this easy limoncello recipe. [more...]


Lemon Cake Recipe from Sicily

When lemons are in profusion in Sicily, this easy Sicilian lemon cake recipe is a must. Find lots of other uses for lemons, too. [more...]


Shopping in Italy-The Lorenzi Knife & Kitchenware Shop

The historic Lorenzi shop in Bolzano is a family–run store with a great selection of quality kitchen goods, knives, and scissors. If you've got something to cut, they've got the tool, and their individual attention and friendly service are the essence of shopping in Italy. [more...]


Arance Rosse – Blood Oranges from Sicily

Winter is the season for arance rosse, the blood oranges of Sicily, with the tarocco orange being the most highly prized. Find out why. [more...]


Neviere in Sicily – From Snow to Ice on Monte Lauro

Gathering snow and compacting it into ice has been done for centuries, but nowhere more beautifully than at the neviere snow huts of Monte Lauro. Join us on a visit to this off the beaten path attraction in Sicily. [more...]


Cheese Art 2012 – Traditional Cheese Tasting Workshop

Taste traditional cheeses from around the world during two days of tasting workshops at Cheese Art 2012 in Ragusa Sicily, when cheese is elevated to the status of art. [more...]


Italy Travel Guide
Italy Travel Guide