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.

Weeds for Cheese – Bartering Caciocavallo In Sicily

Bartering with a farmer in Modica, Sicily brings us traditional caciocavallo cheese in exchange for weeds. [more...]


A Wildflower Walk in my Backyard in Sicily – Tips on Making a Wildflower Bouquet

Take a short walking tour of my backyard in Sicily in the spring and you’ll soon find enough wildflowers for a beautiful bouquet. Here are some tips on making a wildflower bouquet. [more...]


At Home in Italy – A Garden Tour in Modica Sicily

Take a tour of my walled garden in Modica Sicily, and enjoy the real world of spring. [more...]


Blooming Backaches-Tales from a Drought Resistant Garden in Sicily

The blooming thyme in my garden in Sicily is glorious right now, while more backaches are in store before I can get the latest drought resistant plants in place. [more...]


The Mystery of The Black Well – Adventures in Tuscan Plumbing

Life in a Tuscan farmhouse is interrupted by a plumbing adventure, and the mystery of the black well unfolds. [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...]


Salemi, Sicily: House for Sale for 1 Euro

Houses for sale in Sicily for just one Euro may sound great, but be prepared for a slow bargain. [more...]


Italy Travel Guide
Italy Travel Guide