I love Venice, Italy. And, I love to save money in Venice. I have been lucky enough to spend a month at a time in this dreamlike city four times in the last decade. And, I return as often as possible. This weekend, I head back again to the city of boats and bells. I can’t think of another place I would rather spend time than in Venice. The entire city is a piece of art and a symbol of endurance. It was the home of the longest lasting empire in history, the first assembly line, the first electricity in Italy, and its treasures and islands fascinate and inspire tourists, scholars, artists, writers, and poets.
Our temporary Italian home away from home could have been in an upscale hotel – but it wasn’t. Its two spacious bedrooms, comfortable living room and full kitchen had recently been renovated. The antique furnishings, heirlooms of the family that owns the property, were casual and comfortable. Yet the setting, in the midst of gently rolling hills blanketed by olive trees, was unlike any traditional accommodation my wife Fyllis and I have experienced elsewhere.
Umbria, Tuscany’s next door neighbor, has not been as celebrated and glorified. Yet that often-overlooked region encompasses artistic, scenic and other treasures that reward those who seek them out. For starters, Umbria boasts a setting of magnificent landscapes. The jagged Apennine Mountains lead to rolling hillsides that flatten into lush valleys blanketed by fields of wildflowers.
I just finished a trip to Venice, one of my favorite cities. Here is an updated version of a story about churches in Venice that […]
I’ve been involved in planning a trip to Italy with a focus on Rome and Venice. The grandson of a good friend of mine is […]
This winter, experience the chills, thrills, snow, and ice from a different perspective. Savor the possibilities of a culinary snowsports tour in Italy. Conquer any fear of steep and deep with a specialty ski or snowboard program. View the frozen winterscape from the warmth of an excursion train.
Venice is a tourist town and ice cream stands seem to be on every corner, but after visiting this unique city for years and staying here for extended periods of time, I have come up with my two favorite spots to enjoy what I consider the best gelato in Venice — Gelateria Il Doge and Gelateria Alaska. Both are worth going out of your way to experience.
Wandering the hilly, narrow cobblestone streets in our home base of Montalcino, Italy, a Medieval city of interlocking passageways, steps and alleyways curving around and through and behind and beyond the main square, I reminded myself I was walking through history spanning eight hundred years.