Tag Archives: Italy

5 Tuscan Towns for a Perfect Day Trip

Pitigliano, Tuscany, Italy

It’s been awhile since we’ve traveled to Italy and it’s time to start making plans for a return visit. Our travel preference is to travel with friends and rent a home in Italy to use as a home base. Having a home base lets us set up a combination of days at leisure to relax […]

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Where Else to Go Podcast Features Venice

Venice might not seem like a “where else to go” destination, but if you’ve heard people complain about the city being crowded, smelly, or hot, maybe you’re just not seeing the right side of Venice. In episode #8 of my podcast, Jennifer Dombrowski talks about the island of Venice. Some that she recommends include: Burano: […]

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Tuesday Deal Day: Easter in Rome

Rome, Italy, may be one of the classic destinations for Easter, and Rome Cavalieri offers several ways for visitors to enjoy their Easter holiday in the Eternal City with the entire family – from culinary to spa to advice from the expert concierge on the best Holy Week activities on which to embark.   The […]

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Hello 2012: Bucket List Update

USTA Pow Wow closing party at San Francisco City Hall

Last year around this time I published my bucket list – a stream of conscious list of things I wanted to do, places to go, and things to see.  I knew it was pretty ambitious; it was meant to be.  Instead of having all these ideas rolling around in my head, I wanted to put […]

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2010 Travel Year in Review

Montefollonico Italy

It’s been a busy year of traveling, both in Europe and much closer to home.  It’s always fun for me to look back on where I’ve been over the year, so I can plan where I want to go the following year. Here are the highlights from 2010: January Starting the New Year with a […]

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5 Less Visited European Destinations That are Worth the Trip

vines is Aletejo, Portugal

Today I have a guest post that going to push us onto a different path, the less traveled one, as we visit another side of Europe. —- Many of us, who have traveled Europe extensively, know the continent’s greatest and most popular resorts and have grown tired of the tourist traps and overcrowded summer seasons.  […]

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Bottoms Up: Grappa in Italy

Everywhere you turn in Italy you’ll find grappa, a clear alcoholic beverage sure to knock your socks off. Grappa is made from the grape residue left over from the crush of grapes during the winemaking process, and includes the grape skins, stems, seeds, and everything else.  Like many food items in Italy, the beverage originally […]

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The Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome is Worth a Stop

Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome Italy

The imposing cylindrical Castel Sant’Angelo, situated along the Tiber River in Rome, was built between 123 and 129 AD.  It was first known as the Mausoleum of Hadrian, serving as the resting grounds for the ashes of the Roman emperor.  Ashes of Hadrian’s family, as well as subsequent emperors, joined him there. The tomb was […]

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Isola Madre, the Largest of the Borromeo Islands

Ttoday’s post harkens back to my summer vacation in Italy. Lake Maggiore, with its low key atmosphere, has an extensive network of ferry service around and across the lake.  In fact, ferries have landing stages in nearly every town along the lake, making it quite easy to get most places by boat.  In addition to […]

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2009: My Year of Travel

Montefollonico Italy

Despite a sagging economy, increased issues involved in air travel, and juggling a host of responsibilities, I still managed a fair amount of travel this year. Here’s how my travel resolutions stacked up for the year: Visit two new countries – I accomplished this with visits to Switzerland, Croatia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Visit two new states […]

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You’ll Never Want to Leave: Pantai Inn, La Jolla

For much of the northern hemisphere, January is winter and with it, the cold – often brutally cold – rain, […]

Introducing the Travel Reading List Challenge

Today I’m excited to announce the first of a couple of new projects that I’m launching for 2018 – the […]

2017: A Year of Travel in Review

While 2016 was a big year for international travel, 2017 represented a year spent enjoying destinations and activities closer to […]

A Most Wonderful Time of the Year at Universal Orlando Resort

Holiday magic is a real thing. A feeling deep in your soul. A feeling that brightens your smile, lights up […]