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.

Traditional Stone Structures in Sicily – Mysterious Muragghi in Ragusa

In the countryside around Ragusa in Sicily, fields destined for cultivation were cleared of rocks. But what to do with the rocks? Traditional stone structures or the amazing and mysterious muragghi are the answer. [more...]

Sunday Lunch in Italy – An Italian Family Tradition in Sicily

Sunday lunch in Italy has traditionally been a leisurely family affair, and if there is no one willing to cook at home, the next best thing is an agriturismo in Sicily for a huge farm lunch. [more...]

Lavender in My Garden in Sicily – What’s Blooming in March

A variety of French Lavender flourishes in my garden in Sicily, and is already in full bloom in March. [more...]

3 Tips for Restoring a House in Sicily with Real Life Examples

Restoring an old house in Sicily may sound like an interesting and romantic endeavor. It’s not. Here are 3 tips from my own life experience with examples of what to expect. [more...]

English-Italian Lessons Served with Cappuccino on Tour in Tuscany

In an attempt to clarify pricing in English, a cafe owner in Pienza risked encouraging some wild behavior. Time for an English-Italian lesson along with cappuccino on a tour in Tuscany. [more...]

Saracen Olive Trees in Sicily – Old is Beautiful

The most beautiful olive trees in Italy are the oldest ones, and they can be found in Apulia and in Sicily. [more...]

Learning Italian in Italy

The most important thing to keep in mind when learning Italian as an adult is to keep your sense of humor, even when everyone is laughing at you. [more...]

Italy Festivals: Celebrate at the Onion Festival in Sicily

Huge sweet onions are on sale at the Giarratana Onion Festival in Sicily, where you can join the celebration with Italian families feasting on onion-based dishes. [more...]

Christopher Buckley on Dolomites Walking Tour & Via Ferrata Hike

A walking tour in the Dolomites with Christopher Buckley takes an exciting turn as we venture onto a via ferrata hike near Cortina. Christopher talks about his tour on video. [more...]

Grape Harvest in Chianti Tuscany – Italian Wines & Wine Culture

When the grape harvest begins in Chianti, it's time to start thinking about vipers. [more...]

Italy Travel Guide
Italy Travel Guide