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.

Celebrations in Italy – Festival of San Sebastiano in Sicily

The festival of San Sebastiano in Sicily is a big deal - not to be missed for the colorful mix of religion and folklore - with stunning special effects that will blow your mind. Join the patron saint celebrations in Palazzolo Acreide and experience a festa you will not soon forget. [more...]

The Sour Cherry Syrup Saga

Sciroppo di amarene is a tart cherry syrup made from sour cherries and makes a refreshing summertime drink. Traditional in Italy as a beverage or to flavor a grattachecca snow cone. [more...]

Sour Cherry Cake – Torta di Amarene

When sour cherries are plentiful, try making a simple rustic cake with the added crunch of almonds. Name it torta di amarene con mandorle and you've got yourself an Italian dessert. Here's the recipe. [more...]

Walking in Sicily – Foraging for Wild Asparagus

Foraging for wild asparagus is just an excuse to enjoy the beautiful countryside while walking in Sicily. Then there's lunch, which may or may not be asparagus risotto. [more...]

Heirloom Apples from Mt Etna Sicily–Italian Apple Cake

Small heirloom apples grown on the slopes of the Mt Etna volcano in Sicily, are delicious on their own or try them in this Italian apple cake recipe. [more...]

Have Sausage, Will Travel – Exchanging Regional Foods in Italy

Italians who travel to another town to visit family in Italy feel compelled to bring samples of the best of their regional food, exchanging it for local specialties to bring back home. I’ve lived on the family trade route between sausages, olive oil and gorgonzola. [more...]

How to Cure Green Olives

A simple recipe for how to cure green olives that does not require daily attention. [more...]

A Tour of Contrasts in Sicily – The Litter Scourge

Sicily has a wealth of fascinating sites and stunning natural beauty that make for an amazing tour of many contrasts, but it also has a scourge that is hard to come to terms with: litter. [more...]

Wildflowers in Italy – The Magical Mandrake Plant

Autumn wildflowers in Italy include the magical mandrake plant, said to have mysterious powers. [more...]

Carob Harvest in Eastern Sicily – Food Culture in Italy

A visit to a carob mill when the carob harvest is in full swing in eastern Sicily, and time to contemplate the food culture of Italy during a walk among magnificent carob trees. [more...]

Italy Travel Guide
Italy Travel Guide