May 31, 2018

From Boar to Bufala - Gladiator Glories to Royal Remainders

All worth sampling in the Campania region Less than an hour north of the chaotic and vibrant...

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Detail view of Neptune fountain in the Boboli Gardens, Florence
April 9, 2018

A Medici Garden Tour in Florence

A client recently asked me to organize a full day tour of gardens in Florence and in the immediate...

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Glimpse into Michelangelo's paintings at Palazzo Buonarroti, Florence
March 27, 2018

Michelangelo Gems Many Won't See

Buonarroti palazzo in Florence is home to some Michelangelo gems many won't see. If you're feeling...

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Two glass of red wine toasting with Lake Como in the background
March 27, 2018

Accolades for Lake Como Abound

"The Lake of Dreams." "The Looking Glass of Venus." "The Coast of the Divas." Accolades abound for...

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Statues line the border of Prato della Valle in Padua, Italy
March 27, 2018

Ancient Padua offers a wealth of precious frescoes that helped define Italy's & Europe's artistic achievements

For excellence in fresco art, Padua, one of the country's most ancient cities, will enthrall and...

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View of complex of shops and buildings at Trajan's Market in Rome
March 26, 2018

Celebrating Trajan: Rome fetes emperor's anniversary with an impressive exhibition

Anniversaries are fitting occasions to review a life, and Rome is doing exactly that with a...

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Purple flowers blooming during Spring in Italy
February 27, 2018

Carmen's Corner - March

It’s March! This is the time one starts dreaming and planning a trip to Italy. I’m often asked, “...

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View of the front facade of the Cathedral of Santa Agatha in Catania, Italy
February 26, 2018

Baroque Architecture in Sicily's Southeastern Hill Towns

Baroque architecture, on a grandiose scale, and with whimsical features, delight visitors in Sicily...

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Looking up at the interior mosaic ceiling of Basilica San Vitale in Ravenna
February 26, 2018

The Byzantine Glory of Ravenna

Ravenna in all its Byzantine glory rivals the mosaics of what was Constantinople. Ancient, Medieval...

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View of rocks with mountain backdrop at Favignana Beach, Sicly
February 1, 2018

Sicily Invites Exploration

Sicily invites exploration on so many fronts -- cuisine, art, architecture, archaeology -- all...

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