Brainstorming Italy itineraries: Oh, the places you’ll go!

Brainstorming Italy itineraries: Oh, the places you’ll go!

New clients requested: “We will be in Italy for 9 days in June before heading to Cannes and we would like you to design our itinerary. We’ve been to Italy in the past: the Tuscan countryside, the Veneto, the Cinque Terre, Rome, Florence, and Puglia. We enjoy hiking and biking but have nothing to prove.…

Jewish highlights of Emilia Romagna

Jewish highlights of Emilia Romagna

  The highlights below are from an 8-day trip I created for a Jewish family. They were foodies and loved history – and the art and architecture that went with it. Since they had already been to Rome, Florence and Venice, this time Emilia Romagna – the foodie capital of Italy – was a perfect…

Posted by on Dec 21, 2011 in Bologna & Emilia-Romagna | 3 Comments

5 Spectacular Castles near Parma

  Foodies flock to the Parma area for cheese, ham, and more, while cyclists love the area because it’s relatively flat compared to much of the rest of Italy. But there’s another great reason to visit the area: there are some incredible castles near Parma. Here are five of my favorites.    Torrechiara Castle Almost 600 years old,…

Posted by on Nov 10, 2010 in Bologna & Emilia-Romagna | 3 Comments

Brisighella Italy: A Medieval Gem

  A summer in Brisighella Italy Back home in Canada after my AFS exchange to Italy, I was finishing my first year of university and pining for anything Italian, when I got The Letter. “Come to Italy this summer”, it said, “we’ll send you a plane ticket, give you room and board and a small stipend…

Posted by on Jun 22, 2009 in Bologna & Emilia-Romagna | One Comment

San Marino

First and foremost: San Marino is not actually in Italy, but is its own country. It happens to be the oldest sovereign state and constitutional republic in the world, having started out in the year 301. It's not that obvious you're entering another country on a visit to San Marino: you won't need a passport,…

What to do in Parma

What to do in Parma

If you love food, music, art or architecture, deciding what to do in Parma is easy. Foodies and music lovers descend regularly on the city of Parma and with good reason: home of parmesan cheese and Parma ham, or prosciutto, Parma is also home to the Teatro Regio, one of the best opera houses in…

Posted by on Jan 19, 2009 in Bologna & Emilia-Romagna | No Comments

What to see in Bologna

What to see in Bologna

What to see and do in Bologna? Easy: Walk. Eat. Walk. Eat. Walk. Eat. That pretty much sums up what I like to do in Bologna.   Why I love walking in Bologna Bologna is a mid-sized city, so it’s easy to get around on foot, and there are literally miles and miles of covered arcades, so it doesn’t…

Posted by on Nov 10, 2008 in Bologna & Emilia-Romagna | No Comments

The Mosaics in Ravenna

  If you like mosaics or early Christian monuments, consider including the the 2000+ year old city of Ravenna in your Italy itinerary. The city has eight early Christian monuments that are included as UNESCO World Heritage sites. The mosaics in Ravenna are all of a religious nature, unlike for example, the mosaics in the…