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.

Pear Ricotta Crostata – Tart Recipe from Pleasures of Puglia Tour

One of the great pleasures of Puglia is eating, and we found a place where even breakfast is a feast. [more...]


NTV Italo – New High Speed Trains in Italy

High speed train travel in Italy just got a lot more interesting with the new Italo, the privately owned NTV train service that has customer comfort at its core, and aims to be major competition for state-owned Trenitalia [more...]


Traditional Christmas Nougat in Italy–Perfect Almond Torrone

A visit to torrone heaven in the small town of Giarratana, Sicily. At the Torronificio Trapani, I watched how to make almond torrone, a traditional Christmas nougat that is popular all over Italy. [more...]


Fixed-price Lunch Fixed-Price Menus at 2-star Michelin Il Duomo in Ragusa, Sicily

New fixed-price menus at lunch are an enticement for discerning diners at the 2-star Michelin restaurant Il Duomo in Ragusa Sicily. They're a great way to sample chef Ciccio Sultano’s superb cooking. [more...]


Best Hotel Breakfast in Italy-5 Stars

In my travels through Italy, I have compiled a list of recommended hotels that serve the best breakfast in Italy. Here are two of my 5–star favorites. [more...]


Tips on Travel in Sicily – Insider Guide to Getting Lost

Tip: To travel in Sicily means to get lost. An insider guide to experiencing the back roads of Sicily. [more...]


Franco Zeffirelli and the Arena of Verona-Summer Opera Festival in a Roman Amphitheatre

Franco Zeffirelli's spectacular stage sets are not to be missed at the 2010 Arena of Verona Opera Festival, held in the Roman amphitheatre. [more...]


Luxury Hotel Discounts in Italy – Podere Dionora Boutique Hotel in Tuscany

The Podere Dionora is one of our favorite boutique hotels in Tuscany and now you can enjoy the luxury of this hotel at a discount without restrictions, plus additional complimentary perks. [more...]


Mamma Agata Cookbook – Book Review & Lemon Cake Recipe from Amalfi Coast

Simple recipes from the Amalfi Coast using high-quality ingredients are illustrated in full color in Mamma Agata’s cookbook. Book review and firsthand experience with the Lemon Cake Recipe. [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...]


Italy Travel Guide
Italy Travel Guide