A half dozen reasons why Italy may not be paradise, and a reminder that being an expat here, or anywhere else, probably isn't for everyone. For me, however, Italy remains glorious, and (almost always) worth the effort!
Were you born here?" I ask Michael, the stonemason who repairs the flagstones along my driveway. They are in shambles because of the constant freezing, thawing and refreezing in recent weeks.
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We allowed 17 days. As a friend remarked before we departed for this Euro-adventure in a rental car, our plan could have inspired the script for a Chevy Chase movie.
Cruising at 40,000+ feet above the Atlantic Ocean, I feel strangely at peace. Halfway between the two places I call home, I want to hover here for a while. It's the place where I don't feel torn, neither heading towards, nor leaving behind, the places and people I love.
No question, France is more expensive than Italy. Italy could be the cheapest destination in Western Europe right now. Something else that's arguably better in Italy than in France is the olive oil, a thing that folks in this part of the world take seriously.
One of the best things for a vacationing food-lover to do is to set an early alarm, roll out of bed and visit a great market like the Boqueria in Barcelona, Tsukiji in Tokyo or the Rialto market in Venice.
Tourists flock to Florence, Italy for good reason. It is a magnificent city! Filled with world class art, architecture, fabulous food and wine, millions stop by the city each year. Given that time and money are the precious commodities of traveling, knowing what to avoid in Florence can be as important as knowing what to see and do.
Not all Italian meals are red wine and spaghetti with meatballs--but if that's the closest you've come to an authentic Italian dinner, this cheat sheet will help you navigate Italy's varied dining options.
A few weeks ago, I headed up to Alba in search of the tartufo bianco, that coveted white truffle so hidden in the hard dirt of the Langhe region that finding even a small one is like striking gold, the edible kind.
Sure, it'll cost a few euros more than the place around the corner that sells Nutella crepes, but you'll continue your day of tourism with the happy feeling that lunch was almost as beautiful as the Villa d'Este itself.
The Euro at its lowest value against the US Dollar since July 2012 - currently exchanging at $1.26 - and hotel rates in many of Europe's most popular cities are lower in winter, which means that it's time to seriously consider taking a trip across the Atlantic.
While traveling troubles can happen to anyone, here are five steps for better preparation, and five steps to keep in mind if the worst does happen to you when going overseas.
A tour can be a great way for first-time visitors to get an idea of what Italy is all about, while more experienced travelers have the opportunity to dive deeper into the local culture they've learned to love.
We are living through a boom era for Italian regional cuisine, all around the world.
The world's most historic sites have a storied past -- some really show their age, while others don't look a day past 500. From the Acropolis to the Arc de Triomphe, take a look at the then and now of history's celebrated structures.