World Heritage is a Terrible Thing to Waste

When I first started to visit Italy the last thing on my mind was UNESCO.  I was more interested in the vineyards of Tuscany, the fashions of Milano and the food of Emilia Romagna. Over the last 10 years my trips to Italy have been an on going journey to discover the Italy of my … Continue reading World Heritage is a Terrible Thing to Waste


Up on the Roof

When this old world starts getting me down And people are just too much for me to face I climb way up to the top of the stairs And all my cares just drift right into space                         Song: Up on the Roof by Gerry Goffin and Carole King 1962 One of my favorite … Continue reading Up on the Roof

Invoke an Italian Saint

The landscape of Italy has always been populated by saints, sinners, pilgrims and kings. Traveling through the villages and towns of Italy, Renaissance cathedrals, Roman ruins, monasteries and medieval castles speak of another time and place with an evocative backstory. The roads traveled were once the way of the pilgrim whose fate was determined by princes … Continue reading Invoke an Italian Saint

Travel at Un Buon Prezzo

I just finished reading world travel blogger, Mark Wiens 7 Simple (but Effective) Strategies to Save Money to Travel the World.  One that I found interesting was his advice to Sell Your Crap and Turn Your Clutter into Cash. He readily admits this money-saving strategy wasn't his idea. E-bay and Craig's list have been around for a … Continue reading Travel at Un Buon Prezzo

Off the Tourist Radar in the Bolognese Hills

I'm off the tourist radar seeing and savoring Italy on the loggia of my favorite bed and breakfast in the Bolognese Hills with my friend Alice, a most gracious host who makes her guests feel as if she has been waiting for them to arrive and welcome them home. Sleeping well, waking up to a breakfast … Continue reading Off the Tourist Radar in the Bolognese Hills

An Italian Inspired Picnic

A picnic in the Italian countryside in your classic Fiat 500 or ______. Just fill in the blank and your picnic basket with salumi, salame and a crusty loaf of bread. My choice would be a rustic Tuscan pane and a selection of Italian cold cuts like mortadella, capicola and finocchiona (if I could get it). Finoccchiona … Continue reading An Italian Inspired Picnic