What museums in Italy’s Major Cities Open On Mondays?

The wish tree in Peggy Guggenheim museum’s garden. What do you wish for yourself or the world? Hang your wish on this tree. I wrote: “I wish no one in the world was hungry.” Conventional Italy travel wisdom cautions, “Museums aren’t open on Mondays. If your focus in visiting Venice, Florence, Rome or any Italian […]

Celebrate Italian Cooking, Wine & Life With Mama Margaret

Celebrate Italian Cooking, Wine & Life With Mama Margaret as your 2nd guide on these special tours where you get to know lots of local people in authentic food and wine experiences! Celebrate Life With Mama Margaret In Sicily: Cooking, Wine & Walking Near Mount Etna & Aeolian Island of Stromboli. Sep 14-20. After our […]

3 Experiences To Deepen Romance In Central Italy

1. Visit the Baci Perugina chocolate factory museum outside Perugia. When Italians think of love and chocolate, Baci (kisses) Perugina chocolates come to mind and heart first. A Bacio’s heart of gianduia—a lovely blend of chocolate and hazelnut cream, is covered by rich dark chocolate. They sprinkle chopped hazelnuts on top and crown it with […]

4 Romantic Experiences In Southern Italy

Want to rekindle, deepen or celebrate romance in your life? Here are four suggestions for experiences in southern Italy! 1. In Taormina, Sicily, breakfast outside on the terrace of Hotel Villa Schuler (hotelvillaschuler.com) looking down at the clear, turquoise Mediterranean and the bay, looking up at snow capped Mount Etna. Freshly squeezed Sicilian orange juice, […]

Top Eight Southern Italy Orange Dishes

fennel, orange and black olive salad It’s orange season in southern Italy! Whisk yourself away to southern Italy using oranges in these Italian salads, pastas, meat dishes and desserts! According to a wonderful article on Italian orange recipes at italianfood.about.com, Italian oranges fall into three main categories:  “Bionde, yellow to orange in color and include […]

How To Experience Just The Italian Cooking & Wine Tour You Want?

Owners of a California winery on their custom designed Barolo wine and cooking tour in Piedmont You can’t find an Italian cooking and wine tour itinerary that you really want. You don’t want a cookie cutter tour like everyone else takes. You want your kind of authentic, insider experiences with local people you get to […]

How To Avoid Crowds In Italy In High Season

local Amalfi Coast boat at Positano Have you ever felt you’d never have room to wave your arms around in the mobs in Venice’s Piazza San Marco? Or stood in line forever to get into the Vatican museums in Rome on a hot June day? The opposite of a relaxing holiday—pretty overwhelming and frustrating, isn’t […]

What are the 200 most beautiful, charming small towns in Italy?

Neive in Piedmont’s Barbaresco wine country (on the 200 list) Sit down on a quiet winter day, glass of Italian wine in hand, and visit over 200 of Italy’s most beautiful small towns in its 20 regions.  The perfect way to dream your way to Italy and plan your next year’s trip to Italy! How? […]

Italian Experiences Make Ideal Gifts For Italophiles

Margaret at Bella Gelateria in Vancouver with owner, James What to give your Italy loving friends? More and more we’re giving experiences that inspire, entertain and inform our friends and family, instead of more stuff they may not want. Better still, experiences they can share with you! Some Italian Style Experience Ideas For You: a […]