10 ways to save money in Venice

Enjoy the best of Venice and save money, too. 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...

A farmhouse in Umbria

Rooms to Explore visits an Umbrian farmhouse 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,...

Umbria and its medieval gems

Discover Umbria’s hidden medieval gems In 1996, a book titled Under the Tuscan Sun recounted how author Frances Mayes purchased and restored an abandoned villa in the Tuscany region of Italy. The best-selling volume helped establish that area as a popular...

In Venice, every church tells a story

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 posted back in 2011. Too many churches – not enough time. While I haven’t actually researched the figures, after more than...

A teenager’s trip to Rome

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 coming along. He is in 7th Grade and just entered his teens. So, this trip is going to be filled with monuments of wonder for a 13-year-old....