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Local food in Venice: moeche

Local food in Venice: moeche

October 30, 2017

When it comes to food in Italy, we tell our travelers to focus on local and seasonal. Foods that are local are of course from the surrounding area but – just as important – they are often steeped in tradition and…

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…

Lace shops in Burano: excerpt from ’50 Places in Rome, Florence, and Venice Every Woman Should Go’

Lace shops in Burano: excerpt from ’50 Places in Rome, Florence, and Venice Every Woman Should Go’

March 02, 2015

I loved Susan Van Allen’s book “100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go“, so was happy to hear about her latest book, “50 Places in Rome, Florence, and Venice Every Woman Should Go”. Susan has graciously shared an excerpt…

Luxury in Venice

Luxury in Venice

January 09, 2015

Venice is an incredible destination for a luxury experience, and not just because the city boasts some of Italy’s most expensive hotel rooms. The traditional definition of “luxury” is not hard to come by in Venice, but in my experience,…

Wine tasting in Italy: Amarone in the Valpolicella

Wine tasting in Italy: Amarone in the Valpolicella

November 12, 2014

We spent a wonderful July day wine tasting in Italy’s Valpolicella region, just north of the city of Verona. Heading out of the B&B (scroll down for photos) after breakfast, we drove through the picturesque countryside, explored a couple small towns,…

Grand Hotel Trieste & Victoria in Abano Terme

Grand Hotel Trieste & Victoria in Abano Terme

August 25, 2014

I was invited to stay at the Grand Hotel Trieste & Victoria as a guest of the hotel, and while I did not pay for my stay or spa treatments, all opinions in this post are my own.  Thanks so…

A Venice river cruise: exploring the Brenta canal on a Burchiello boat

A Venice river cruise: exploring the Brenta canal on a Burchiello boat

August 13, 2014

Spending a day on a Venice river cruise along the Brenta canal has been on my Italy want-to-do list for years, and this summer I finally booked it. The canal that links Venice and Padova has interesting bridges, locks that work…

A luxury Italy itinerary

A luxury Italy itinerary

June 05, 2013

The luxury travelers I work with aren’t necessarily looking for VIP treatment. Rather, they are down-to-earth and well-traveled, but they want their luxury Italy itinerary to be about service and comfort while getting to know the locals as much as…

Venice boats: Nine ways to ride a boat in Venice

Venice boats: Nine ways to ride a boat in Venice

May 21, 2013

When planning an Italy itinerary that includes Venice, there are three things I always recommend: spend some time getting good and lost; see Venice from above, and see Venice from the water. Since Venice is built on 117 islands – connected…

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