Florence Part 1
This incredibly beautiful city is one of the most visited in all of Europe, for good reason. Florentines take such pride in their city's role in history and the achievements of their fellow artists, philosophers, scholars and architects. The car free historic center allows you to roam the streets and feel as though you were sharing the sidewalk with Michelangelo...well, during the off season anyway!
21 Jul 2021
Costa Smeralda Sardenga
The Emerald Coast in Sardinia is nature at it's best. Blue-green waters with white sandy beaches, a dramatic rocky coastline, an archipelago of 7 islands and rocks that date back millions of years! It also happens to be one of Europe's most expensive playgrounds, but that's more in terms of the very large yachts and villas owned by those that want to take advantage of this beautiful area. We share how to enjoy all of it within your budget.
6 Jul 2021
Vezzanello to Cinque Terre Part 2
We continue with our road trip to Cinque Terre from the Tuscan mountaintop village of Vezzanello. After the breathtaking hike above the five villages on the Ligurian coast, we return to the beautiful northwestern corner of Tuscany, which isn't quite as popular as other parts of the region. And that makes exploring the surrounding medieval villages all that much sweeter! Lets go!
29 Jun 2021
Vezzanello to Cinque Terre Part 1
We take you on a little road trip from the teeny Tuscan village of Vezzanello to Cinque Terre on the Ligurian Coast. However, first we share with you why you need to go to local festivals that celebrate just about anything, from mushrooms to snake catchers. Vezzanello and it's neighboring villages are gems where you may be the only tourist. How sweet is that? Then onto stunning Cinque Terre, where we suggest what not to do!
22 Jun 2021
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Lake Como Part 3
Hear about the stunning mountains that surround Lake Como, and all they have to offer. You can choose from a variety of trails: easy walking paths through medieval villages slightly above the lake, or more athletic hikes up to idyllic mountain accommodations that serve regional cuisine and the best night sleep you might ever have! A bird's eye view of the lake, fresh mountain air and alpine cuisine make for a very memorable trip.
9 Jun 2021
Lake Como Part 2 ...Lake Como is MAGIC!
We share more of our favorite idyllic villages that you can reach by boat, and those to visit by car, if you can hold your own driving with Italians! From the grandeur of Villa d'Este in Cernobbio to the botanical gardens in Varenna, there is so much beauty to discover on Lago di Como. Incredibly friendly people, delicious cuisine and breathtaking beauty is what makes it such a special place.
25 May 2021
Lake Como Part 1
Lago di Como – la mia favorita! It's renowned for it's beauty for good reason, but there's much more to it and that is exactly what we'll discuss. I'll share where to find the perfect lakeside trattoria for a well deserved meal after walking the historic foot paths through ancient villages. Then you can call my friend Giacomo who will pick you up in his classic boat. And that's just day one!
10 May 2021
Milano Part 2 of 2
A bit more of the city that started my long love affair with bel'italia. I'll share with you a few tidbits of what not to order, why you should climb the 919 steps to the rooftop of the Duomo, how walking through the main cemetery is almost as good as a museum, and how to spot the red flags (that I missed) when befriending someone associated with the mafia... Life in Milano is anything but dull!
20 Apr 2021
Milano Part 1 of 2
Milano is often overlooked compared to the more well known Italian cities, and that is fine with the locals! It's big and busy, but filled with beautiful architecture and very well dressed people thanks to the fashion industry that fuels the city. Try speaking the few words or phrases you know in Italian to a Milanese and the next thing you know, you are having a cappuccino with them and politely being corrected on your Italian.
12 Apr 2021
Kimberly Holcombe will introduce you to her long standing love of Italy and the Italian people. She explains how she moved to Milan many years ago to further her fashion photography career, and how those years impacted her life to this day. A few hysterical stories of finding her way pre-internet, and the life changing cappuccino, only enriched her love affair the country and the people, who in her mind, truly know live la dolce vita.
12 Apr 2021