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Rome’s Villa Borghese Gardens
March 7, 2012
Rome’s Villa Borghese Gardens

Comprised of the grounds of a seventeenth century pleasure palace, the Villa Borghese Gardens is a large park in Rome with a widespread area that includes a lake, lots of manicured green grass and a number of museums and attractions. The second largest public park in Rome after Villa Doria Pamphili, the Borghese Gardens is [...]

Lake Orta, Italy – A Place for Sublime Moments
December 9, 2011
Lake Orta, Italy – A Place for Sublime Moments

One of the smallest and least known of Italy’s sub-alpine lakes, Lake Orta lies to the west of Lake Maggiore in northern Italy. This little jewel, just eight miles long and less than two miles wide, has an atmosphere that is peaceful, relaxing and a far cry from the chaos of the cities. Orta is [...]

Handmade Pasta in Florence
October 26, 2011
Handmade Pasta in Florence

Recently, I stumbled upon the fact that October 25 is World Pasta Day: a day to celebrate one of the world’s favorite foods. Pasta is convenient and easy to make, yet it can be so varied. Not only can pasta be accompanied by many different sauces, but the pasta itself can vary greatly in shape [...]

Venice and Verona Make a Great Pair – Romantic Italy
October 13, 2011
Venice and Verona Make a Great Pair – Romantic Italy

The mere fact that Venice sits in the middle of the sea gives it the feeling of being a fantasy island. People that have stayed in Venice apartments would confirm the magic of this city. Casanova or the Bridge of Sighs (Ponte dei Sospiri) adds to the mystic and romantic reputation of Venice. To this [...]

2 Good Burger Joints in Rome, Italy
September 15, 2011
2 Good Burger Joints in Rome, Italy

Some might consider what I am about to write about a sin, but I believe that you need a little break from even the best thing to appreciate it more. It’s just like they say (in a more metaphorical sense, of course): “Distance makes the heart grow fonder.” I adore Italian food and I can’t [...]

Offbeat Things to Do in Florence, Italy
August 17, 2011
Offbeat Things to Do in Florence, Italy

It is a well-known fact that Florence was one of the most important cities during the Renaissance and tourists from all over the world come, some renting Florence apartments, to admire the art and architecture of this grand time. Every now and then it’s nice to avoid big touristy crowds for a change of pace. [...]

The Best Beaches Near Rome, Italy
July 7, 2011
The Best Beaches Near Rome, Italy

Summer has finally arrived and we are getting ready for summer vacation. Among the most popular summer vacations are the beach get-aways and the city-hopping. Apartments in Rome, Barcelona, Paris or Berlin are already booked and the cities are expecting many tourists during the summer months. But of course with the high temperatures even the [...]

“Jersey Shore” Set to Turn Italy Upside Down
January 25, 2011
“Jersey Shore” Set to Turn Italy Upside Down

MTV today announced the Season Four greenlight of its record-breaking series “Jersey Shore.” Set to begin production Spring 2011 in Europe, the hit show will film in Italy and air later this year. America’s most talked about housemates are leaving the boardwalk behind to turn “the beautiful country” upside down. According to TMZ, “Sources connected [...]

The Trulli Houses of Alberobello
January 18, 2011
The Trulli Houses of Alberobello

A small town in the Italian region of Puglia, Alberobello is famous for its unique and fairytale-like trulli houses. The trulli are very unusual houses and an example of a building technique that has survived from prehistoric times. Built by simply laying the stones on top of each other, without using mortar, they are characterized [...]

Things to Do in Florence, Italy
December 3, 2010
Things to Do in Florence, Italy

The city of Florence is home to some of the most adored artistic treasures in the world. Some of the many fine museums and treasures include the Medici Chapels, the Uffizi gallery (one of the top three art museums of the world) and the Galleria dell’Accademia which is home to Michelangelo’s famous statue of David. [...]

Secrets of Longevity from Around the World
March 11, 2010
Secrets of Longevity from Around the World

I’m always intrigued by stories of Okinawa and its reputation for having the healthiest, longest living people in the world. My grandmother lived here for several years and is still going in her late 90s. Perhaps some of this island’s lifestyle rubbed off on her. This got me thinking about other spots around the world [...]

Livigno – A Laid Back Ski Resort in the Italian Alps
December 3, 2009
Livigno – A Laid Back Ski Resort in the Italian Alps

While not as popular as Switzerland and Austria, skiing in Italy can be a very memorable experience. Located in the Italian Alps, the Italian ski resort of Livigno in the region of Lombardy is a favorite of ours. One of the largest and highest ski areas in the region, Livigno is very close to St. [...]