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Stopping in Subiaco

February 25, 2014
The Basilica of Sant'Andrea in Subiaco, Italy

Walking along cobblestone alleys that twist and turn down the hillside from Subiaco’s old town to the commercial center, Alan looks at me and says, “This is the real Italy.” Ochre-colored buildings with stone accents line the narrow streets. The delicious smells of lunch preparations waft through an open window. Is this how you picture […]

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Walking With History in Matera, Italy

December 2, 2013
Sassi settlement in Matera

This article is part of a paid series that I’m writing as a brand ambassador for Michelin Guides. On a visit to Matera, Italy, history grabs us by the hand and says, “come walk with me.” And it’s not hard to do. Peering from the edge of the historic center in modern-day Matera, the caves […]

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Scenes from the Sea: Crossing the Atlantic Week 1

November 15, 2013
Breakfast view of Livorno, Italy

After 12 days touring Southern Italy, Alan and I have boarded the Silversea ship, Silver Spirit, for our ride back to the U.S. On this first week’s segment, we’re exploring Mediterranean ports from Rome to Barcelona. We hope you’ll enjoy our photo essay of Scenes from the Sea: Crossing the Atlantic Week 1. And stay […]

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Scenes From the Road: Southern Italy Week 2

November 8, 2013
Alan and Donna Hull in Trani, Italy

Authentic food, small town ambiance and off-the-beaten-path discoveries best describe this week’s photo essay from our visit to Italy’s heel. During southern Italy Week 2, Alan and I experienced slow travel at its best. Enjoy our photos as a teaser for articles to come: We couldn’t stop smiling in Trani. Beautiful weather added to a […]

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Scenes from the Road: Southern Italy Week 1

October 26, 2013
Explore Subiaco

While Alan and I are traveling on our Visiting Italy’s Heel adventure (#bellaitalia), we’ll be posting weekly photo updates. Since time and internet connections are tight, we won’t waste any precious seconds introducing you to Southern Italy Week One: Claudia Fontana from Italy A La Carte met us in Rome for the drive to southern […]

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Visiting Italy’s Heel

October 22, 2013
Toasting Southern Italy on Air Berlin

Here we go on a road trip to Italy’s heel and beyond. Alan and I are teaming up again with Claudio Fontana of A La Carte Italy Tours  for a trip that will take us through southern Italy all the way to the heel.  You may remember that Claudio drove us around Northern Italy a couple of […]

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Top Five Apps For Italian Travel

October 3, 2013
orta san giulio

Is it just me or is everything in Italy mind-numbingly gorgeous? Wandering through any Italian city and its oodles of cathedrals, artwork, churches, bridges and endless landmarks is bound to result in mouths agape and eyes apopped. Whether you’re enjoying the dusty chaos that is Rome or the splendor of the Italian coast, everything is […]

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Saturday’s scene: leaving Venice

August 2, 2013
The view of Venice from the top deck of Royal Princess

When visitors to Venice, Italy, walk the winding streets or cross bridges that arch over the canals, mountain scenery doesn’t come to mind. But the top deck of a cruise ship offers a new perspective with a Venice view that you might not expect. As Royal Princess glides down the Grand Canal in the quiet […]

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Saturday’s scene: hanging out in Monterosso

May 11, 2013
Neptune statue in Cinque de Terre

On the Cinque Terre coast of Italy, this statue of Neptune in Monterosso hangs from a cliff face at the end of Fegina Beach. The giant version of the Roman God of the Sea (Poseidon in Greek mythology) was built in 1910 and holds up the terrace of Villa Pastine. Il Gigante, as the sculture […]

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Saturday’s scene: Storm clouds over Pisa

September 22, 2012
italy-road-trip-leaning-tower-of-pisa

Alan and I hadn’t planned a visit to the Leaning Tower of Pisa on our Boomer Road Trip to Northern Italy. But, we were running ahead of schedule so our guide Claudio Fontana of A La Carte Italy Tours suggested that we stop to take a few photos of the famous bell tower. Scaffolding surrounded […]

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