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.

Focaccia Recipe from Puglia Walking Tour

Walking in Puglia is a delight for all the senses, and once we’d left the trail and headed the lunch, many varieties of pugliese-style focaccia graced the table. This recipe is our version of focaccia from our Puglia Walk, ready to stave off withdrawal now that our walking tour in Italy is complete. [more...]


Super Dollar Sale in Italy! Save up to $500 – Luxury Walking Tour Travel Deals

Take advantage of discounts of up to $500 per person and valuable complimentary perks on selected 2015 tours during our Super Dollar Sale. If you are looking for a luxury travel deal on walking tours in Italy, look no further! [more...]


Turkish Red Lentil Soup Recipe – from Sicily to Istanbul

Inspired by our Italian Connection's new "Two Continents" culinary tour that visits Sicily and Istanbul, this Turkish red lentil soup is the perfect hot dish for a cold winter day. Get the recipe. [more...]


Aeolian Islands Walking Tour Holiday – Walk & Island-Hop by Private Boat in Sicily

May is the perfect time of year to walk in the Aeolian Islands, and Italian Connection’s new tour offers spectacular walking and breezy boat rides from island to island, making for a magical vacation. Read on for more details about this holiday and a great special offer. [more...]


Sicilian Desserts – Genovesi Pastry Recipe from Erice Sicily

Le genovesi are custard-filled pastries that are a specialty of the town of Erice, which we visit on several of our culinary and walking tours in Sicily. If you can't get to Maria Grammatico's pastry shop in Erice, try this Sicilian dessert recipe at home. [more...]


Last Chance for Deals on Culinary & Walking Tours in Sicily, Oct 2014

Enjoy room upgrades, a complimentary 4-star hotel, or a $200 discount on our October 2014 culinary and walking tours in Sicily. There is very limited space so offers are first come, first served. Get all the details here: [more...]


Focaccia Recipe from Liguria

One of the rewards of walking in Liguria and the Cinque Terre is certainly the crispy focaccia genovese - genoa-style focaccia - which is good at all 3 meals plus makes a delicious snack. Here’s our recipe. [more...]


Ciliegia Ferrovia – Railway Cherry of Puglia

June is the season for one of the pleasures of Puglia, the railway cherry or "ciliegia ferrovia" [more...]


Roman Mosaics in Sicily – The Villa del Tellaro

Set amongst lemon groves near the town of Noto in southeastern Sicily, the remains of the Roman Villa del Tellaro are noteworthy for their exquisite Roman mosaics dating back to the 4th century AD. [more...]


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...]


Italy Travel Guide
Italy Travel Guide