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.

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...]

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...]

Autumn Wildflowers in Italy – Real and Fake Crocus

A few special wildflowers bloom in autumn in Italy, like fragrant saffron crocus and bright yellow sternbergia, a daffodil masquerading as a crocus. [more...]

Wildflowers in Italy – The Magical Mandrake Plant

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

Walking in Italy – Tre Cime di Lavaredo, A Spectacular Hike in the Dolomites

My favorite walking route for this spectacular hike in the Dolomites of Italy, and how to avoid most of the crowds on the popular walking trails around the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. [more...]

Peaks of Gastronomy – Michelin Chefs Bring Gourmet Cuisine to Rifugi in the Dolomites

Hiking Italian style means gourmet cuisine in the Dolomites, where Michelin-starred chefs have created special dishes served at mountain rifugi during the "Peaks of Gastronomy" initiative. [more...]

Italian Food Traditions–Furtaies Recipe for Funnel Cakes with Grappa from the Dolomites

The next time you see funnel cakes at a state fair, ask if they add grappa to the batter. That’s a key ingredient in this traditional dessert in the Dolomites, where funnel cakes are called by a variety of names –such as furtaies, strauben, or just plain delicious. [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...]

Walking & Hiking Tours in the Italian Dolomites-Discounts & Special Offers

Spectacular walking & hiking tours in the Dolomites just got more enticing with these special offers and discounts. [more...]

Wildflowers in Italy-Orchids & Colorful Wildflowers on a Walking Tour in Sicily

Orchids are just a few of the delights to be found when walking in Sicily during the wildflower season in Italy. Then there's lunch. [more...]

Italy Travel Guide
Italy Travel Guide