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.

Moira Orfei – Queen of the Italian Circus

One of the most recognized faces in Italy is that of Moira Orfei, whose outlandish appearance has become the Italian symbol for the circus queen [more...]


Free Museums during 2012 Culture Week in Italy

Enjoy free admission to museums and archeological sites all over Italy during the 14th annual Settimana della Cultura, the 2012 edition of Italian Culture Week [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...]


Towers that Aren’t – Torri, The Villas of Modica

Aren't towers supposed to be tall? Not in the countryside of Modica, where a "torre" - tower - is something else indeed. [more...]


Cheese Tour & Tasting in Ragusa Sicily

Cheese tasting and a tour of the cheesemaking facilites at Corfilac in Ragusa are on the menu March 24 & 25, 2012 [more...]


Weekend with FAI 2012 – Italian National Trust Sites

The weekend of March 24 & 25, 2012 the organization called "FAI" (Italian National Trust) sponsors guided visits of 670 sites all over Italy, most of which are not normally open to the public. [more...]


Lemon Cake Recipe from Sicily

When lemons are in profusion in Sicily, this easy Sicilian lemon cake recipe is a must. Find lots of other uses for lemons, too. [more...]


Shopping in Italy-The Lorenzi Knife & Kitchenware Shop

The historic Lorenzi shop in Bolzano is a family–run store with a great selection of quality kitchen goods, knives, and scissors. If you've got something to cut, they've got the tool, and their individual attention and friendly service are the essence of shopping in Italy. [more...]


Neviere in Sicily – From Snow to Ice on Monte Lauro

Gathering snow and compacting it into ice has been done for centuries, but nowhere more beautifully than at the neviere snow huts of Monte Lauro. Join us on a visit to this off the beaten path attraction in Sicily. [more...]


Cheese Art 2012 – Traditional Cheese Tasting Workshop

Taste traditional cheeses from around the world during two days of tasting workshops at Cheese Art 2012 in Ragusa Sicily, when cheese is elevated to the status of art. [more...]


Italy Travel Guide
Italy Travel Guide