The best ice cream in Venice

ice cream Venice Some Venetian ice cream stands never say die I was just in Venice and checked out these two ice cream spots that I first visited about a decade ago. I have returned regularly. Now, after a decade, I can say these are still two of the best in the city. Italy is...

Sicily — Food, Nature, and Archaeology

Sicily, Italy, Sicily is a wonderful blend of the modern and ancient worlds “You can steal my money, but not my food.”  “If lunch or dinner doesn’t have at least five courses, it’s just a snack.”  “If you want things to go exactly as planned, don’t come here.” These words, spoken by...

10 ways to save money in Venice

work email 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

farmhouse 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

Umbria 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...