Ancient Nomadic Warriors Inspire Designer Luggage

I wish I had a designer suitcase. You know the ones by the likes of Jeremy Hackett that open to reveal the British Union Jack. Or the Jelly Bean trolleys of Japanese designer Hideo Wakamatsu, the Frank Lloyd Wright of luggage design blending form and function with quirky colors that pop the luggage carousel. I …

The Most Beautiful Villages in Italy – Experience Italy to Another Degree

There are many ways to see and savor Italy.  Food itineraries, themed tours, adventure travel but here is a travel guide based on one simple premise - beauty. Not the beauty of a singular painting, architectural monument or design but rather the rare historical beauty of an entire city.  A living portrait that captures a spirit …

A Snack in the Reggio Emilia Style

I've been anxiously awaiting my first harvest of Swiss Chard so I can make a snack from one of my favorite parts of Italy - Emilia Romagna. Known as Spuntino Reggiano (a “snack in the Reggio Emilia style”) it is a good munch or light meal that takes its name from the city of  Reggio Emilia between Parma …

The Scarlet Letter of Italy

Few letters may be as important as the letter A - the first letter of the alphabet, the first vowel, the alpha of omega, the grade we all strive for. Whether emblazoned in literary history as Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter or branded as Apple, Apollo or Abercrombie, the letter A stands out as something special. The evocative …