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Italy in February: 7 great places to visit

Italy in February: 7 great places to visit

December 02, 2016

In many places in the world, the month of February is still the depths of winter. It’s cold, snowy, and often dark or foggy. In Italy, it’s low season, and while it is definitely chilly, there are plenty of great…

Getting around Sicily by public transport

Getting around Sicily by public transport

May 15, 2014

As I described during my Sicily podcast on the Amateur Traveler, Sicily is like Italy on steroids. It’s chock-full of the history, scenery, culture and food that you love in the rest of Italy. On the other hand, it’s less….. shall we…

How to climb an Italian volcano

How to climb an Italian volcano

June 12, 2013

According to a recent article in a glossy travel magazine, volcano tourism is a thing now. And while the article listed some impressive volcanoes (Iceland and Hawaii of course both made the list), there was no mention of Italian volcanoes….

Palermo Nightlife

Palermo Nightlife

January 10, 2011

Palermo is Sicily’s biggest city, and there is a lot to see and do. Locals – known as palermitani – eat late, so a 9.30 pm dinner reservation is completely normal. The Teatro Massimo is an incredible place for an…

Italy off the beaten track: A seven week itinerary

Italy off the beaten track: A seven week itinerary

May 19, 2010

How would you spend your time if you had seven weeks to travel in Italy? My husband and I had that opportunity before we moved from Milan to the USA, and because I get the “what should I see in Italy”…

Food and Wine in Sicily

Food and Wine in Sicily

April 05, 2010

I recently created a Sicily itinerary for a couple who wanted a gastronomic theme. Experiencing the food and wine in Sicily was the goal, so their trip included a cooking class, markets, and winery visits, and I put together a food…

A Sicily itinerary: What to see and do

A Sicily itinerary: What to see and do

December 28, 2009

In August I did a podcast with the Amateur Traveler about what to see on the Italian island of Sicily. Here’s the summary of our discussion.   Sicily could be described as: Italy, compact and concentrate. The tourist infrastructure is…

Scala dei Turchi, Sicily

Scala dei Turchi, Sicily

November 23, 2009

  Just 15 minutes from the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, the brilliant white and weather-formed Scala dei Turchi juts into the sea off Sicily’s southern coast. The rock is a perfect diving board for beach-goers and irresistible for…

Unique Rock Formations In Italy

Unique Rock Formations In Italy

September 28, 2009

My favorite rock from Italy is the one I got set at Scavia after my husband proposed on our terrace in Milan. But actually this post is about some very unique and (mostly) natural rock formations worth visiting. Bonus: they’re free,…

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