Italy

A Bit of Venice: My Favorite Cicchetti Bars

A Bit of Venice: My Favorite Cicchetti Bars

Venice gets an undeservedly bad rap when it comes to food. Punters shepherd hungry tourists into trattorie along the Grand Canal, serving up the ubiquitous menu turistico of pizza and spaghetti with meatballs.  With just a little bit of extra planning, the best cicchetti in […]

A Bit of Paradise: A Luxury Villa in Italy

A Bit of Paradise: A Luxury Villa in Italy

How lucky can one girl get!  I swear it could not have gotten any better. It was the height of luxury and I never wanted to come down.  One of my dearest friends was spending four weeks in Europe this summer with her family, traipsing through […]

Italian Ceramics in Grottaglie, Italy

Italian Ceramics in Grottaglie, Italy

Walking down along the lovely Via Francesco Crispi in the Puglia town of Grottaglie Italy, I thought maybe I had a little too much pasta and limoncello at lunch. Everywhere I looked – every store in this famous centre for Italian ceramics  – seemed to […]

A Bit of Italy: the Perfect Evening in Rome

A Bit of Italy: the Perfect Evening in Rome

The Piazza di Spagna glimmering at dusk Sofia Loren, Claudia Cardinale, Roma – they are all the same in my book – Italian glamor girls of the 50s & 60s: past their prime, a bit jaded, a bit old-school, but still sexy enough to enjoy a […]

Venice Itinerary for the First Timer

Venice Itinerary for the First Timer

Venice, Venezia, La Serennissima…everyone knows its name…it’s been dreamt of, written about, extolled, lauded, hated (by few) and now it’s your turn to experience it with a little help from my Venice Itinerary for the first timer. THE RULES FOR A SUCCESSFUL VENICE ITINERARY A […]

A Bit of Italy: Venice Revisited

A Bit of Italy: Venice Revisited

Gosh darn, I love Venice!  It is the most enjoyable place to discover new bits.  All the hustle and bustle of a big city but no traffic, no noise, great food….the list goes on.  I could be there a month and not do everything I […]