Italy

The Best Paintings in Europe

The Best Paintings in Europe

“I don’t want to spend part of my holiday standing in front of a painting!” Having spent practically my entire college career studying art from the world’s great scholars, A little part of me died when my dinner partner uttered those words last week. Then…

Best Bits of Parma & Modena, Italy

Best Bits of Parma & Modena, Italy

A tour of the Italian region of Emilia Romagna is more than just a stop to eat in Bologna. Parma & Modena must be on the list as well! These two small towns have exactly what you want from a trip to Italy: a fabulous…

Best Bits of Bologna, Italy

Best Bits of Bologna, Italy

All American Gen-Xers or older can’t help but see the word Bologna and hum the Oscar Mayer theme tune dedicated to America’s favorite lunch meat. We enjoyed it with another Emilia Romagna-inspired treat, the sickly, sweet vino, better known by its commercial, “Riunite on ice, that’s nice.”…

Best Bits of the Verdi Festival, Parma, Italy

Best Bits of the Verdi Festival, Parma, Italy

Every trip needs a soundtrack – a few songs that evoke the spirit of the place: driving Route 66  with radio blaring Born to be Wild, New York wouldn’t be New York without New York, New York, Chicago has Chicago. The question is how do…

Best Bits of Basilicata, Italy

Best Bits of Basilicata, Italy

Most people aren’t really quite sure where Basilicata is… usually I say, the instep of Italy between Puglia and Calabria. They start exploring further afield only after the greatest hits of Rome, Venice & Florence, but I see no reason why not to head down south…

Best Bits of Capri and Anacapri, Italy

Best Bits of Capri and Anacapri, Italy

One boat ride from Naples and the Amalfi Coast and you are in the world famous Island of Capri. Then it’s only ten minutes away by car from the Marina Grande to Anacapri, the other village on the Isle of Capri, which is just as…