Italy

A Planned, Chance Meeting with a Master Artisan in Florence, Alessandro Dari

Laurel Perry's picture

A planned, chance meeting with Alessandro Dari? How is that possible?

To authentically experience a place, you are going to have to genuinely immerse yourself into it. Feel it, smell it, taste it! This is my travel philosophy, my travel manifesto, so to speak.

Moon compass. From A Planned, Chance Meeting with a Master Artisan in Florence, Alessandro Dari
Alesandro Dari Moon Compass

Aosta: The Alpine Rome - A Travel Guide

Aosta, the Rome of the Alps, lies some one hundred and ten kilometres north-northwest of Turin and is the principal town of the Valle d'Aosta. Surrounded by mountains, Grand Combin and Mont Vélan to the north, Becca di Nona and Monte Emilius to the south and Testa del Ruitor to the west.

Aosta: The Alpine Rome - A Travel Guide

Foodie Finds: Best Gelato in Rome

Penny Sadler's picture

When in Rome, one must eat gelato, yes? With dozens of places to chose from, how do you know which place will deliver the freshest, most authentic gelato? I’m going to make it easy for you and tell you: try Fatamorgana.

Count Uses Sheep to Snag Wine Lovers

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Next time you’re searching for a unique white wine, uncork a bottle of Saladini Pilastri Pecorino white wine. Is the name of the Italian, family-owned winery a challenge?  No problem.  Just ask for wine with sheep on the label.

Saladini Pilastri Pecorino white wine. From Count Uses Sheep to Snag Wine Lovers

Pisa: Not Just the Tower

Joe Mack's picture

If you go to Tuscany, you think of hill towns, medieval villages, Florence, Siena, and maybe Lucca. They are all great places to visit. But what is not far away from this part of Italy is the town of Pisa. And you all know what is in Pisa, right? THE LEANING TOWER OF PISA, of course.

Pisa: Not Just the Tower

San Donato In Poggio in Pictures: The Beauty of Tuscany

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San Donato In Poggio in Pictures: The Beauty of Tuscany

On a trip to Tuscany, this is the place to stay. It is halfway between Florence and Siena, and not far from San Gimignano and Volterra. This beauty of a town is small but still shows its medieval heritage. The main part of town is still surrounded by the walls built back in the 12th century for protection. So many touches of the original remain, such as arches and towers.

More Secrets of Florence: Naked Debtors And Michelangelo's Graffiti

Laurel Perry's picture

Would you like to know more about Florence than many Florentines?

Allow me to share with you my second installation of The Secrets of Florence.
More Secrets of Florence: Naked Debtors And Michelangelo's Graffiti

Unusual things to see and do in Ravenna

Dr. Jessie Voigts's picture

Situated along Italy’s Adriatic Coast in the Emilia Romagna region, Ravenna is an often-overlooked location for travelers. But there is much to discover in this history-laden town, from Roman and Byzantine structures to art and culture to crypts, libraries with cats, and adventures galore. Find your home base via Azzurro Club (check for seaside locations, so you can have the best of history, culture, and beaches), and then get ready to explore!

Uncovering Lesser-known Historic Sites on Italy’s Pilgrimage Route

Chandi Wyant's picture

The Via Francigena (fran-CHEE-jee-nah) is a pilgrimage route from the Middle Ages that starts in England and crosses France and Switzerland before entering Italy at the Gran San Bernardo Pass. Less known than the Spanish pilgrimage route, the Via Francigena was revived in the 1990s and is becoming more traversed each year

In 2009, after a divorce and a traumatic illness, I undertook a solo pilgrimage on the Via Francigena, inspired by a desire to purge emotional demons and achieve more of a heart-mind-body connection. 

A Portrait of Emily Price: Art, Italy, and an Intercultural Life

Dr. Jessie Voigts's picture

Do you love your fiction to be intercultural, full of travel and learning about new things and cultures? Me, too. One such read is a new book by Katherine Reay, entitled A Portrait of Emily Price. It's a book about finding yourself, in more ways than one. It's about family, and doing what you love (and finding out what you love, which is a whole different ball game), and intercultural adjustment, and love, and moving to another country, and finding a new family. Here's the truth: I couldn't put it down.

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