“You may have the world if I may have Italy.” Giuseppe Verdi


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Throughout the years, those who have visited and lived in Italy have felt the same sentiments as Giuseppe Verdi.  Italy is steep in culture and its contributions to society, beyond art and music, are many.  I have been fortunate enough to visit this amazing country several times and every visit leaves me yearning for more.

As you delve into the many ruling families you realize that each of its 20 regions has its own story to tell, from Piedmont to Puglia and to Sicily.  The beauty of Italy is not only found in the famous tourist sites, but in the wonderful little outlying areas where you can experience the diversity of its people, their cuisine, and more beauty than one could possibly imagine.

Certainly my curiosity stems in part from my Italian heritage, but I know now it is much deeper than that.  It is the romantic language – considered to be the most romantic of all languages, the people who are proud and creative in ways that has come from endurance, tradition, an understanding of the beauty that surrounds them, and certainly their appreciation for all of us who come to experience a bit of La Dolce Vita.

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Italy 2016

By |October 1st, 2016|Categories: Things To Do & See, Videos|

Just over a month ago I returned from a 1 month trip to Italy where I visited many beautiful towns/villages from the North to the South, traveling over 1500 miles (2,414 km) by train and car. As I said last year after returning from Italy; Italy is beautiful beyond compare, but the true beauty, for me, can be found in its people. I am so grateful for the time spent, and memories made with my [...]

Italy Through My Eyes

By |October 1st, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized, Videos|

Di Rienzo Pantheon Palace

By |June 18th, 2016|Categories: Hotels|Tags: , , , |

I have visited Rome 3 times and this time I got it right! After reading the glowing reviews, I stayed at Di Rienzo Pantheon Palace. I have preferred to stay near the Pantheon as I enjoy the energy there, and this wonderful boutique hotel is located just around the corner from Piazza della Rotonda. When I arrived I was greeted by the manager, Salvo Pennisi who is full of personality and always willing to help. [...]

Lago Maggiore – Cannero Riviera

By |April 12th, 2016|Categories: Things To Do & See, Uncategorized|

Lago Maggiore is interesting as it lies within (or divided into) 3 regions; 2 in Italy (Piedmont and Lombardy) and Switzerland’s canton Ticino. Although it is the second largest lake in Italy, it is the longest lake in Italy and the largest lake in Switzerland. Lago Maggiore was recommended to me by a friend in Milan – in particular the Cannero Rivera which lies on the north-western point of the lake – nestled up against [...]