When in Rome | Go to Naples

Italy’s high speed trains make almost anywhere an easy trip from Rome. While it is certainly possible to spend endless amounts of time in Rome, getting away for a day has numerous advantages.  Just over an hour away, Naples is an excellent choice for ancient history buffs, pizza lovers and those who love all things Christmas. We arrived in Naples and it was a short … Continue reading When in Rome | Go to Naples

Palazzo Colonna, Rome, Italy

When in Rome | Spend Saturday like a Noble

Staying in one city for a week affords the opportunity to see places that are off the beaten path. A highlight of this Roman holiday was a visit to the Palazzo Colonna, open Saturdays only from 9:00 – 14:00 pm (last entry at 13h15). The Colonna family started construction on their palace in the 14th century and  has resided here ever since.  Oddone Colonna aka Pope Martin V appointed the Palace as the … Continue reading When in Rome | Spend Saturday like a Noble

Imperial Forum, Rome, Ancient Rome

When in Rome |

Bad News first: Rome is in the midst of major renovations with scaffolding and temporary enclosures covering the Spanish Steps, the Colosseum and numerous other monuments.  Good news: much of the work is complete. Trevi Fountain reopened last week after 17 months of work and has never looked better (although the massive crowds make it hard to see). Work on the Spanish Steps is expected to be complete … Continue reading When in Rome |

Foodie Friday | Puglia

Decisions, decisions. At home, most days begin with fresh fruit, nuts and yogurt, or maybe oatmeal in cold weather. Therefore, one of highlights of travel for me is the wonderful breakfast options (and someone else who does the shopping, prep and cleanup). In Italy, there were so many options: which bread – savory or sweet, which cheese, which fruit, which type of cured meat, which … Continue reading Foodie Friday | Puglia

Best. Coffee. Ever.

Were it possible to fall in love with a beverage, Caffe in ghiaccio con latte di mandorla (iced espresso with almond milk) would be the target of my affections. We met one day on a sunny square in Santa Cesarea Terme and my life has never been the same. Almond milk has become tremendously popular in the United States in recent years,  but generations have made … Continue reading Best. Coffee. Ever.

Apulia, Puglia, Adriatic Sea, Italy

By the Sea, By the Sea – Puglia Part 2

Puglia’s pristine coastline invites comparison to the Amalfi Coast. There are the same winding roads and stunning views, but none of the congestion. As in the interior, there are charming villages, with Otranto at the top of my list. The exquisite Church of the Madonna of Altomare sits above the bay overlooking Otranto. While every town has its places of worship, this one stands apart with … Continue reading By the Sea, By the Sea – Puglia Part 2

Trulli, Puglia, Italy

Trulli, Madly, Deeply – Puglia Part I

Compared to just about everywhere else in Italy, Puglia is relatively quiet, especially come September 1, when the Italian families who spend August there have returned to work and school. This may be the best time to enjoy the spectacular wine, bountiful produce and seafood. Inland Puglia features traffic-free country roads lined with trulli, fields of sheep, and endless groves of olive trees. There is nothing quite like just pressed olive … Continue reading Trulli, Madly, Deeply – Puglia Part I

Venice on My Mind

St. Mark’s Square with the its Basilica, numerous caffès and the  Doge’s Palace  is thronged with tourists year-round. However, there are wonderful neighborhoods to explore where the Venetians live and play. Whether you are going to Venice for the Biennale (through November 22, 2015) or just to enjoy one of the most beautiful cities on earth, make sure to visit the lesser known areas of Dorsoduro,  and Santa Croce. … Continue reading Venice on My Mind

Double Vision in Venice, Italy

La Serenissima is undoubtedly one of the most photographed cities in the world. I think of her as a woman of mystery with many secrets to discover. When I took this shot, I imagined myself as a spy hoping to see more than what lies on the surface. Today’s post is based on https://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_photo_challenge/half-and-half/ Continue reading Double Vision in Venice, Italy