A fantastic easy bike ride near Venice

  I’d love to hop on a bike, circle St. Mark’s Square, ride over the Rialto Bridge past the markets, cycle through the city’s narrow calle and bump down its many short staircases. But if you’ve been to Venice, you already know that unless you’re getting a ride from Mary Poppins or E.T., the center…

Posted by on Jan 27, 2011 in Cycling, Venice & the Veneto | 14 Comments

Roman Assisi

Roman Assisi

One of the most beautifully written articles about Assisi that I’ve ever come across is by the author of today’s guest post, Rebecca Winke. Below, she delves into the fascinating evidence of the city’s Roman past, which is being uncovered as we write. Welcome and thank you Rebecca! It’s easy to forget, with all the furor…

Posted by on Jan 24, 2011 in Umbria | 6 Comments

An incredible tattoo artist near Venice: Alex De Pase

  When you think of Italy's incredible artists, a tattoo artist might not be the first thing that comes to mind, but the photos below may elicit a similar reaction as some of Italy's more well-known art: awesome. Scroll down for information on booking Alex's services and to read his "bio and thoughts".    …

Posted by on Jan 17, 2011 in Venice & the Veneto | One Comment

Palermo Nightlife

Palermo is Sicily’s biggest city, and there is a lot to see and do. Locals – known as palermitani – eat late, so a 9.30 pm dinner reservation is completely normal. The Teatro Massimo is an incredible place for an opera, but if you’re looking for something more, something later, something post-opera, we have some…

Posted by on Jan 10, 2011 in Music, Sicily | 5 Comments

Ode to Ronchi (via San Maurilio 7, Milan)

  I've been de-cluttering for the last few months to get ready to move to San Francisco. SF will be the eleventh city I've lived in and the fifth my husband and I have lived in together, so I've been-there-done-that and going through Stuff is still not fun. But for this move, I'm going to finally…

Posted by on Jan 7, 2011 in Food and Drink, Milan, My Stories | 2 Comments

Five Reasons to Visit Trieste

  Gorgeous seaside scenery, castles, caves, and of course the city itself: Trieste, nestled in Italy's northeast corner, might be a little out of your way, but here are a few reasons it's worth a visit.  The Passeggiata Rilke is arguably one of Italy's prettiest walks, a cliffside path with incredible views over the Sistiana…

Posted by on Jan 3, 2011 in Planning Your Italy Trip | 5 Comments