March-ing In

Italy, and the spring and first love all together should suffice to make the gloomiest person happy. — Bertrand Russell About this time every year, I start to get antsy. I drag out the suitcase and start making piles of the things I plan to bring to Italy in May, just about six weeks away. I can’t help myself. When…

Staying Put in Trastevere

How is it possible to say an unkind or irreverential word of Rome? The city of all time, and of all the world!  Nathaniel Hawthorne It was time for our last two nights in Italy after an unusually long five-week stay, and we chose to spend them in Rome. I reserved a fantastic-looking, very hip apartment for us in the…

A Calling to Campania: Eboli and Paestum

We Greeks sit around the sea like frogs around a pond — Plato There are a lot of mysteries surrounding my nonna’s family. Her name, for instance: was it DeAngelis or Iaccovazza? I’ve heard both. But until I get to the little town hall in her (fingers crossed) village near Salerno, I won’t have a chance of knowing for sure.…

Thinking about going to Italy?

Here are a few reasons to travel with Travel Italy the Write Way Tours and Linda and Tim Jenkins: We create unforgettable experiences for small groups of travelers (never more than 12 people) who don’t like tours. Why “the write way?” Writing is something Linda does all the time when we travel; if you would like some journaling tips, just…

Thinking About 2019

If you’re going through hell, keep going – Winston Churchill   That’s what I’m doing now, I suppose. Keeping going. Trying to put down on paper how I became Italian. Sounds funny, no? If you’ve been reading these posts over the years, this might come as a surprise. When was I not Italian? And what does “being Italian” even mean?…

The First Time I Saw Italy

Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book.  — Cicero   It’s true. I’m at it again. I’m writing a book. This public admission is what I am counting on to inspire my getting to the finish line in my lifetime. It is not a travel book, per se, but the excerpt here…
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Our Tiny Italian Flat

I was offered a free villa in Hollywood, but I said no thank you, I prefer to live in Italy — Ennio Morricone   This is our tiny flat in Italy. Stone and tile and wood in a 70 square meter structure that comprised the western wall of the city some 1000 years ago, with a lower level rumored to…

Gabriele, the Dog, and the Genius

I just returned from leading a glorious tour up north in Italy, to Vicenza, the city of Palladio, and Venice, La Serenissima. In addition to having a blast with a return group of travelers — plus two new friends — I had some nice inspiration time on trains and in my room. Here’s the first story to emerge . .…
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GUEST POST: Precautions To Ensure A Relaxing Vacation

Thanks to Jane Moore for this terrific and useful post. Jane’s mantra is: travel, eat your greens, move your body. Commit for a month and drop her a line to let her know how you feel! She loves exploring unfamiliar places and writing about her experiences on FitWellTraveler. There are many reasons to take a vacation. Visiting old friends and family,…

Autonoleggio: The Worst Thing About Travel

No, no, no. There’s no such thing as cheap and cheerful. It’s cheap and nasty and expensive and cheerful -Jeremy Clarkson I’ve been traveling for quite a while now, and no matter where I go — Italy, the UK, France, Belgium, San Francisco — the absolute worst part of the trip is dealing with car rental agencies. And, when we…

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March-ing In

Italy, and the spring and first love all together should suffice to make the gloomiest person happy. — Bertrand Russell About this time every year, I start to get antsy. I drag out the suitcase and start making piles of the things I plan to bring to Italy in May, just about six weeks away. I can’t help myself. When I’m here, I miss Italy. When I’m in Italy, well . . . I’m glad I’m in Italy. That said, some pretty amazing things are going on right here and now. Stateside. And I wanted to share them with you. First, and maybe most important, I have successfully finished the first completed draft of my new book (working title: Becoming…

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