Italianisms, Moda da dire and the Italian Crazy Way

Working with Italians everyday and visiting them every year for twenty years, they never cease to make me laugh with their ways and sayings. The Italian language is very beautiful and their proverbs and idioms when translated are so very funny. One of my favourite is when someone is cranky or angry you say […]

Quote by Pablo Neruda

Lentamente muore chi non viaggia,
chi non legge,
chi non ascolta musica,
chi non trova grazia in se stesso.

He who does not travel,
he who does not read,
he who does not listen to music,
he who does not find forgiveness in himself,
slowly dies.

Pablo Neruda

Snow in Italy this Christmas

Christmas is a time of many different experiences for many different people. Once when we were children we thought Santa came to all the children of the world. It is only as an adult that I realised that this was not the case and that for many children of the world they do not […]

A Villa in Tuscany

A week in Tuscany is simply a wonderful holiday. To book a villa or apartment even if there is only two of you, is one of the best things you can do when travelling around Italy. It gives you time out from the chaos of the crowds and hussle and bussle of the big […]

Italy, The Gift of Travel

As Christmas and the season of giving approaches, what could be a better gift for your loved ones than Italy, The Gift of Travel?

In the beginning of his journey into Paradiso, Dante Alighieri tells his readers to pay attention, because the waters he’s travelling are yet uncharted. “L’acqua ch’io prendo gia` mai non si […]

Aeolian Islands Sicily – a Tranquil Holiday

Salina on the Aeolian Islands  of Sicily –  a beautiful two bedroom villa.

The summer in Italy in July and August as in all of the beach holiday places in Europe are now overrun with tourists and holiday makers. If you wish to escape from traffic and masses of people on the Italian beaches- then […]

Gift Ideas: Books About Italy

If you have friends or family planning a trip to Italy, or who have already been and fallen in love, for gift ideas, books about Italy can be the perfect selection.

With so many out there, it can be difficult to sift through and find the best, so I’ve put together a list of my […]

The Quieter Side of Rome

Once you’ve visited the Forum, Colosseum, Pantheon, Vatican, and the many famous sites in Rome, leave yourself time to explore the Quieter Side of Rome, the Jewish Ghetto and Trastevere.

After touring the Vatican is a great time to do this.  Find your way to the Tiber, Rome’s famous river, and walk along its banks […]

Visit Ancient Rome

My favorite part of planning our clients’ trips to Italy is the opportunity to help them get the very most of their time in each city.  Today, we focus on the best way to Visit Ancient Rome.

Clients often ask for help deciding the sites they need a guide to see and the places they […]

Tourists in Italy

One sees many types of Tourists in Italy: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.  We want to be the good ones, do we not?  Today I’m sharing some things I’ve learned through the years about the Italian culture.

Italians have an expression, “Fare una bella figura”, this loosely translates “To make a good impression”, […]

Salento Coast, Puglia – Beaches, Art, Food and Traditions.

In Salento, Puglia, Italy you can relax on beautiful beaches with clear aqua water or visit the ancient, traditional villages of Salento Province. Enjoy great food, dance all night at the traditional Notte della Taranta, experience a stay in a Trulli or in one of the  breathtaking Masserie: whatever you choose: Welcome to Puglia!

Puglia is […]

A Day Trip to Lake Como

A Day Trip to Lake Como is easier than you might think from Milano, and a simply delightful experience.  Hop on a train and head for the town of Como, and the overlooking Brunate with vast views over the lake.

On our last trip to Italy my husband and I flew in and out of […]