“Rome-ing” Rome with ItalyXP!

Let's Go to Italy Together!When I contacted ItalyXP about being sponsored for a tour in Rome this fall (2014), I was quickly obliged.

They had space on their 3-hour “Tour of Christian Churches and Basilicas of Rome”, a tour I was very excited to take!

Throughout my travels, I always love visiting churches and basilicas but, when possible, it’s far more rewarding for me to visit with a local guide, one of many reasons I love tours!Rome fall 2014Rome has over 900 churches, the most famous being (of course) St. Peter’s. This tour was appealing because they focused on four of Rome’s most significant churches and basilicas and because I would have the benefit of learning more about each firsthand from a knowledgeable local expert.

Needless to say, capturing the beauty  and details of these gorgeous churches is virtually impossible…you just need to see it for yourself!

Please Note: Due to the sanctity of these sacred spaces, in many cases taking photos was not allowed or appropriate so most of my photos are from our our visit to St. John in Lateran.Rome fall 2014

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Tour of the Christian Churches and Basilicas of Rome with Jeannette

Arriving early at our meeting point, St. John in Lateran, I looked for my “group”. After approaching several strangers and checking and double-checking the instructions, I was a bit concerned until I found my guide, Jeannette, and learned that I was the group!Rome fall 2014Jeannette and I spent the next three hours together exploring four of Rome’s most renowned and significant churches and basilicas!Let's Go to Italy Together!Rome fall 2014Rome fall 2014We began at the Basilica of St. John of Lateran (San Giovanni in Laterno) and the famous Scala Sancti. Magnificent and impressive, St. John’s is not only the oldest church in the west but it is the church of the Diocese of Rome and official ecclesiastical seat of the Bishop of Rome, who is the Pope. Needless to say, it is dazzling in its elegance and scale…

Rome fall 2014Rome fall 2014Let's Go to Italy Together!Our next stop was the nearby Baptistry of St. John. However, it failed to open on time and, not wanting to risk seeing the other venues, we decided to move on… Let's Go to Italy Together!The Church of St. Clemente (Basilica di San Clemente) is  a small but lovely medieval church built in the 12th century. It is made more fascinating because of it’s Underground. It was built on top of a 4th century church which was built over the original Roman streets and pagan temples. Descending to the now rather damp and dank lowest street level is literally stepping back thousands of years to the alleys and temples of ancient Rome. Fantastic! Let's Go to Italy Together!I had been to St. Peter’s in Chains (San Pietro in Vincoli) many years ago and was delighted to return.  Originally built in the 5th century and renovated over the centuries, it is famous for Michelangelo’s glorious statue of Moses (part of Pope Julius II’s tomb) and for being the home of the relic of the chains that bound Saint Peter when he was imprisoned in Jerusalem.

I just can never get enough of Michelangelo’s masterpieces – always breathtaking. Such genius…

Let's Go to Italy Together!St. Mary Major (Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore) is the final stop on our tour.  St. Mary’s, built in the 4th century on Esquilino Hill,  is the largest church in the world dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

Over the centuries it has been embellished and renovated and, today it is truly splendid and magnificent. When we arrive there is a service in a side chapel. We take time to sit and be surrounded by the sounds of a choir and murmurs of prayers… a welcome and peaceful respite from the heat and noise of the city…

Jeannette and I part after a very special and very moving tour together…

Grazie, ItalyXP!Let's Go to Italy Together!

If you’re heading to Italy, please take a look at the tours offered by ItalyXP! You’ll be glad you did!

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“Rome-ing” Rome with Through Eternity!

Let's Go to Italy Together!When I planned my stay in Rome in spring of 2014, the Sistine Chapel, Vatican Museum and St. Peter’s was a must and I wanted to go with a tour company that would get us early access to the Sistine Chapel.

My tour with Through Eternity was exactly what I was looking for. Caterina, our expert guide, ushered us through four informative and fascinating hours. Needless to say, early access to the Sistine Chapel (before the hordes arrived – and I do mean hordes!) was phenomenal. One could literally spend days wandering through the Museum. It is vast!

Appreciating timeless beauty...

Appreciating timeless beauty…

Having an expert lead us to the highlights of the various galleries made the visit far more worthwhile and far less challenging that trying to go it alone!Let's Go to Italy Together!

So when I was going to return to Rome in fall (2014), I turned to Through Eternity for another tour I wanted to take, a tour of the Capitoline Museums.

This time, I asked if they would sponsor my visit and they graciously agreed. I’m more than happy to share about my second experience with Through Eternity and to absolutely encourage you to consider their tours in Rome!

 The Capitoline Museums: The Wonders of Greco-Roman Art Tour with MarioRome fall 2014

The Musei Capitolini, Capitoline Museums, sit majestically on Capitoline Hill. Capitoline Hill has always played an important part in Rome’s history–from its founding through the middle ages to today. Once where the most important buildings of Rome stood and where the senate of Rome met, even today city hall is here.

Our meeting place is by one of the statues at the top of the stairs. Well, I wouldn’t exactly call them stairs…it’s a quite impressive cordinata, which is Italian for graded ramp, which leads to the main piazza.Rome fall 2014

The main square, Piazza del Campidolgio, is truly magnificent. In the 16th century, Pope Paul II wanted to redesign the square and the buildings surrounding it. He enlisted Michelangelo but the project stalled when Michelangelo died and  it wasn’t completed until the 17th century. It’s so magnificent, one can only hope that Michelangelo is looking down upon his heavenly design.

There are three buildings in the Piazza: Palazzo Senatoro, Palazzo dei Conservatori (now the Capitoline Art Museum), and Palazzo Nuovo (now the Capitoline Museum with the stunning Greco-Roman antiquities collection).Rome fall 2014

In the center of the square stands a tremendous bronze of Marcus Aurelius (a copy, the original is in the museum) ready to lead another victory march through Rome!Rome fall 2014

And now we’re ready to follow Mario back to ancient Greco-Roman times. Starting in the Palazzo Nuovo and finishing in the Palazzo dei Conservatori, he shares and encapsulates thousands of years of fascinating history into two hours – whew! No small task!Rome fall 2014

We are introduced to statues, mosaics, paintings, artifacts…a remarkable collection including: the famous she-wolf suckling the twins Remus and Romulus (for whom Rome was named)…Rome fall 2014

…massive pieces from a giant statue of Emperor Constantine II, the touching sculpture of the “Dying Gaul” and, of course, the original bronze of Marcus Aurelius

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There is just so much to see! You could spend days here! But our two hours is just perfect. Rome fall 2014

Rome fall 2014Seeing and learning about the highlights was an ideal way to be introduced to the Capitoline Museums.Let's Go to Italy Together!

Grazie,Through Eternity!

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Great Travel TipZ: “Just in Case” Insurance

Travel TipZ You Will Thank Me For!

V-luggage & ticketNone of us wants to ever think that something could foil our best laid plans… all that time and money invested in our long-awaited vacation and then…the unexpected (and not in a good way, like winning the lottery!)…something unexpectedly happens and we have to either cancel or abort our plans…

And that something isn’t always predictable much less avoidable…strikes, “acts of nature”, a family member gets sick or injured…maybe you get sick or injured? Whatever the case, if you aren’t insured, the bottom line is that you’ve not only lost your vacation but you’ve lost your financial investment.

Sure, you might be able to recoup anything that was refundable or get a credit/voucher of some sort, but…why take the chance?  

Just in case….why not be safe rather than sorry?

Here’s why I think you should include travel insurance in your travel planning budget.  Won’t you please take a few minutes to read and consider…

But, What Could Go Wrong?

 

travel tidbitzWon’t you… Send Me a Postcard? Just Comment Below! Do you get travel insurance? Have you or someone you know ever had to cancel a trip?

 

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Great TipZ to Get the Most from Sightseeing!

Travel TipZ You Will Thank Me For!

Whether you’re day tripping close to home, taking a long weekend or traveling afar for that long-awaited vacation, odds are that you’re planning to “do” and “see” something special, something that appeals to you, maybe even something you’ve always dreamed  of visiting or experiencing… And when you arrive at your destination, whether it’s an event, an exhibit or historical sites, etc.. the bottom line is that you’re sightseeing and odds are that you will have company!

Whether it’s a local festival, national forest or a world famous museum, it also means that other folks will be interested and planning on attending as well… And if you’re not fond of crowds or lines, you may be disappointed. (Darn those tourists! LOL)

It’s no fun to be excited about something and then get there to learn that; it’s not open or has limited hours that day, that it’s sold out or that you could’ve purchased tickets and/or made reservations in need advance to save $$ and avoid long lines …

Soooo, my advice? Do a little planning and research beforehand to avoid frustration and expense.

Sure, it’s great to be spontaneous and flexible, but sometimes it just doesn’t work to our advantage. Timing your visit and having your reservation/ticket, etc. in advance will help to guarantee that you will have the experience you hoped for…

Trust me, I don’t want you to learn the hard way like I did!

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Enjoying Another Delicious Foodie Day in Rome!

Last spring (2014) I took a fabulous tour of ancient Rome and the coliseum with Walks of Italy. When my plans were going to bring me back to Rome in fall, I contacted them about taking another tour as their guest and they generously obliged…

Let's Go to Italy Together!When in Rome…

Eat and Drink Like the Romans!!!Rome Walks Food 2014

If you read and enjoyed my post about my delightful culinary amble through the Testaccio neighborhood with EatingItaly, then you’ll enjoy following me today to another famous foodie destination…

The “Parione” with Walks of Italy

Yes, I took two food walking tours in Rome! And I loved every bite! Both the Testaccio and the Campo de’Fiori and Historic Center (known as “Parione”) are touted as the places to eat like a Roman and I decided to find out for myself… Continue reading

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Rome: A Delicous Walk Through the Testaccio

Spacer-LaDolceVitaExploring Testaccio: My Eating Italy Food Tour in Rome

When I returned to Rome this fall (2014), I was the recipient of generous opportunities to experience some of her neighborhoods and sites in greater depth. My first experience was with Eating Italy Food Tours.

If you’ve read any of my blog pages and posts and looked at the photos, you know that I love to eat! So, the opportunity to eat (and imbibe) in the Testaccio neighborhood of Rome was, to say the least, a no-brainer!

My fellow foodies and I met our guide, Kate, and reviewing the seven (7) Tasting Locations, it was apparent we were in for a savory day!

Our 7 Tasting Locations!

Our 7 Tasting Locations!

Kate has been doing this tour for 3 years and although she is not a native, she is certainly a foodie after living in Rome for 14 years and now married to an Italian chef. Sharing a wealth of information, great stories and anecdotes, her love for Rome and her work were infectious.

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Our meeting point, a good start!

And may I say each stop turned out to be a food revelation so unbuckle your belt, hide the scales and let’s begin! Oh, I do want to issue a warning – these photos will absolutely make you ravenous, envious and ready to book your flight to the Eternal City!

Before we set out, a word about the Testaccio. Testaccio is in the heart of Rome and is considered to be “true Roman” and traditional working class. The businesses are family owned and operated, usually 3rd, 4th or even 5th generation. This area has always been about food and we’re talking from the 2nd century AD! Rome had 1-1/2 million inhabitants and being near the Tiber port where 90% of the city’s food arrived, it was a very busy place!Spacer-LaDolceVita

Stop #1: Barberini for Cornetti & Tiramisù

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The Italians begin their day with a cappuccino and a sweet (dolci). We began ours with 2! Everything here is made on site – OMG!

Buttery, flaky, light, and delish, the cornetta was a tease. Then came the tiramisù, which means “pick me up” and, served in a chocolate cup, WOW! How do you translate “mmmmmmmm”? Well, you just had to be there!

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Barberini is located on Via Mamorata, 41Spacer-LaDolceVita

Stop #2: Volpetti for Prosciutto di San Daniele, Salame al Barolo, Pecorino al Tartufo, Parmigiano Reggiano

Kate sharing about the family tradition of Volpetti

Kate sharing about the family tradition of Volpetti

Volpetti is owned and operated by two brothers, Emilio and Claudio. It’s considered the “Prada” of food shops. With over 150 cheeses and 30 salami, prosciuttos from all over Europe and balsamics ranging from 5-100 years old…well, we came to the right place!

Time for a sampler of some salumi (cured) meats and formaggi (cheeses). Just looking in the window was enough to make us salivate! Sweet and delicate prosciutto di San Daniele which virtually melts in your mouth, salami cured with Barolo wine, the pecorino (sheep milk) with subtle truffle overtones and the parmigiano reggiano (cow milk) from Emilia-Romagna were divine.

We are educated about our tasty bites and then given the opportunity to walk through Volpetti, enjoy a taste of balsamic and meet the congenial owners as well as Gino and Alessandro.

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Volpetti is located at Via Marmorata, 47

Spacer-LaDolceVitaStop #3: Volpetti Più – Tavola Calda for Pizza Margherita

Volpetti Piu's Tavola Calda

Volpetti Piu’s Tavola Calda

An extension of Volpetti, at Volpetti Più Tavola Calda you choose from an eye popping array of hot dishes, salads and, of course, pizza by the slice which is weighed (luckily they don’t weigh us!) and then sit and dine.

With the incredible and enticing selection, I’m not sure how anyone can decide! I want to taste everything…but alas, we were only there for pizza margherita and Otavio was more than happy to serve us!

In case you didn’t know it, pizza was invented in Naples and only came to Rome after World War II–but not from Rome, from New York City! The pizza here is very thin and served al taglio (by the slice). There are 5400 pizza shops in Rome – I think we had the best! We certainly had the pizziaolo (pizza maker) with the best personality!

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Volpetti Più is located on Via Alessandro Volta 8Spacer-LaDolceVitaSidetrip to a Cemetery

Rome's Cemetery for Non-Catholics

Rome’s Cemetery for Non-Catholics

This may sound like an unlikely stop for a food tour but, in fact, it was quite fascinating. This cemetery, L’Antico Cimitero per Stranieri Non Cattolici, for non-Catholics is actually where you will find many luminaries who died and requested burial in Rome.

One of the more famous “residents” is John Keats. Among many touching sites is the Angel of Grief dedicated by a grieving spouse to his wife. Quiet, serene, peaceful.

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Spacer-LaDolceVitaStop #4: Testaccio Market for Insalata Caprese, Bruschetta al Pomodoro and Cannoli

Let's Visit the Testaccio Market

Let’s Visit the Testaccio Market

Over 100 years old, the Testaccio Market has undergone a transformation and reopened two years ago. It took some time for locals to adapt and adopt but now it’s definitely a favorite. What was once a neighborhood to avoid is now the hub of a bustling local social scene.

As we are guided through the Market, it’s hard not to be distracted by the beautiful selections and displays. We want to touch, smell and taste everything!

First a little insalata caprese made with fresh fresh fresh tomatoes and mozzarella – oh my! And we don’t want to waste any of those tomatoes so we pick up some fresh toasted bread and have a little bruschetta al pommodoro with Lina and Enzo. They have been married for 41 years and he has been a butcher since he was 11!  Simple, fresh, delicious!

Our last stop here is a bit of Sicily where Costanza and Roberto make fresh cannoli (my favorite!) from their grandmother’s recipe! Heaven!

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Testaccio Market is located at Via B. Franklin

Spacer-LaDolceVitaSidetrip to the Slaugherhouse

The slaughterhouse of Testaccio employed 2000

The slaughterhouse of Testaccio employed 2000

Another unlikely stop for a food tour but, again, interesting and certainly a huge part of Testaccio’s story. The slaughterhouse, which operated from 1890-1975, was 16 football fields large with 2,000 workers! That is BIG! At the time, it was on the outskirts of Rome but as residential Rome grew, it was closed and now the pavilions are used for museums and cultural events.

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Spacer-LaDolceVitaStop #5: Flavio al Velavevodetto for a traditional Roman pasta lunch; Cacio e Pepe, Amatriciana & Carbonara

Time for Roman pasta & some vino!

Time for Roman pasta & some vino!

Pasta pasta pasta…and vino, of course! Cacio e pepe (cheese and pepper) is  spaghetti prepared with Pecorino Romano, and lots of freshly ground pepper while our Amatriciana and Carbonara were rigatoni slathered in delicious traditional sauces.

Our lively group enjoys the tasty traditional lunch and wine in a congenial setting. Oh, we have two more food stops???

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Flavio al Velavevodetto is located at Vial del Monte, 97

Spacer-LaDolceVitaStop #6: 00100 Pizza for Supplì alla Genovese

Rome Eating Italy 2014How on earth is there room for one more taste? Somehow we managed! 00100 offers sublime street food– Pizza and Trappizzino. Our taste is of his own version of arancini or supplì - an arborio rice ball made with beef stock and delicately coated and deep fried. Steaming hot, it literally falls apart with freshness and flavor…

Street food with a twist!

Street food with a twist!

00100 Pizza is located  at Via Giovanni Branca, 88

Spacer-LaDolceVitaStop #7: Giolitti for Gelato

Giolitti - 100 years of deliciousness!

Giolitti – 100 years of deliciousness!

The perfect finale to a perfect experience! We are educated about gelato - the real thing vs. the impostors- and then treated to two flavors of our choice!

Giolitti has been making gelato for 100 years so tradition and pride are certainly included ingredients every day! Fabio serves us with gusto and enthusiasm – oh, what to choose?? I decide on menta (mint) and nocciola (hazelnut)…with panne (whipped cream)! Oh, why not? I’m not counting calories today, are you?

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Giolitti is located on Via A. Vespucci, 35Spacer-LaDolceVitaGrazie to My Hosts!

Roman Food Lover!

Roman Food Lover!

I was so thrilled to meet Maria Pasquale, Rome Marketing and Social Media Director for EatingItalyFoodTours.com. Maria was my gracious contact and responsible for hosting me on this divine tour.

Grazie Maria, Kate and all of the hosting businesses!

I’m am truly a Rome Food Lover now!!Spacer-LaDolceVitaFor more information on this and other tours offered by EatingEurope and EatingItaly, please click here!

 

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Returning to the Heel of Italy’s Boot…Puglia!

Let's Go to Italy Together!We Fell Head Over HeelZ for Puglia Together!!

Only a few short weeks ago, more fellow travelers and myself fell in love with Puglia, the charming heel of Italy’s boot!

Puglia Fall 2014 - Grp Ostuni

Joining me this fall were Cheryl, Ginny, Carol & Miriam.

For me, it was my second visit and I was more than excited to return! I’m already looking forward to returning in Spring and Fall 2015 with YOU!Let's Go to Italy Together! Continue reading

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My Road Leads Back to Rome…

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I was in Rome in spring and feel very fortunate (and very excited) to be returning again this fall.

If you read my previous post, you know that I’ll be in Puglia again…then I hope you will follow along as I revisit the Eternal City, Roma!

In spring I did a lot of walking and exploring, but, along with my incredible 5 Star Day with Baglioni Hotels , the highlights were my guided tours with Walks of Italy and Through Eternity!

My road leads back to Rome!

My road leads back to Rome!

I’m a firm believer in investing in quality tours. I did a lot of research to find the tours that offered what I wanted to see/do and were available on the dates I would be there. It had been a LONG time since I had been to Rome and I had never invested in tours…this time it was different and I’m so glad I did invest (and implore you to do the same!).

With Through Eternity, Caterina took us on a 4+ hour fascinating tour of the Sistine Chapel (with early entry–do it!), the Vatican Museum and St. Peters. So enriching and interesting…phenomenal!

Appreciating timeless beauty...

Appreciating timeless beauty…

On another day, I joined Walks of Italy for a tour of Ancient Rome including the Forum and the Colosseum with special access to the hypogeum and 3rd tier. This tour, with Jon, was equally fascinating and informative.

Touring the colossal Colosseum!

Touring the colossal Colosseum!

You can read guide books and study all about it (and I do!) but the real icing on the cake is to then take a tour and be walked through these sites with knowledgeable experts…fabulous!Spacer-LaDolceVitaSO, with that in mind, I am very VERY excited to be taking four (4) amazing tours in October!

As the guest, I will be enjoying, taking zillions of photos and sharing all about them during and after. Here’s what I will be doing!Victoria ebook wine & gelato

Walks of Italy
Rome Food Tour: Pizza-Making, Markets & Tastings   
The Trastevere neighborhood is famous for its food and uniqueness. We’ll enjoy 3-1/2 hrs of exploring, tasting & savoring the best it has to offer! Then pizza-making!

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Eating Rome
Taste of Testaccio Food Tour
Si, another fantastic walking/eating tour in another fabulous neighborhood, Testaccio. 4 hours featuring nine authentic food stops with 12 delicious tastings! Buonissimo!

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Now to give my spandex a break….

ItalyXP
Tour of the Christian Churches and Basilicas of Rome
Have you ever walked into a church or basilica and wondered about the history and art? I have! And in this 3 hour walking tour we will visit and learn about: St. John in Lateran, the Baptistry of St. John, San Clemente Church and the underground, St. Peter’s in Chain (with Michelangelo’s famous statue), and, St. Mary Major.

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Through Eternity
Capitoline Museums: The Wonders of Greco-Roman Art Capitoline Museum is home to many of the treasures of ancient Rome and I have wanted to visit it for ages. This 2 hour tour is a wish fulfilled!

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I want to thank all of these amazing and generous tour companies in advance. I look forward to returning to and seeing more of Rome with you!

What more could a gal ask for, besides gelato and new shoes???

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Here I Go Again…!!! Italy Calls…

Let's Go to Italy Together!Cercare, gustare, amare la dolce vita…con passione!

Seeking, savoring, loving the sweet life…with passion!

Victoria -Vespa

The irresistible siren’s song of la dolce vita calls! And I answer! Why would I resist returning to Italy?? It’s my heart’s home after all…

First, back to the heel– Puglia –with another fun group! We’ll be “kicking up our heelZ” in the heel of Italy! I took my first group in spring and it was my first time there–it was absolutely favoloso!! (And if you don’t understand Italian, that means fabulous!!)

10 Fantastic days with Yle, Michele and Mamma Giulia at Masseria Provenzani !

Warm & welcoming...

Warm & welcoming…

I can’t wait to return to the exquisite “farmhouse” where we will enjoy cooking and eating organic and simply divine local regional cuisine together; wine and olive oil tasting with Valentino and Donato; touring  medieval cities and seaside towns of the Salento area; visiting local artisans...

Maybe you’ve never heard of Puglia or the Salento area? I can guarantee that you will!

Food & Wine, NY Times, Huffington Post, Lonely Planet and Conde Nast–to name a few–have all touted Puglia as the next place to go! And the only way to go is to come with us! Si???

I’m so excited to be returning to this unique and very special region of Italy. I can’t wait to see the friends I made in spring and to revisit Lecce, Otranto, Gallipolli, Ostuni and Alberobello, to name a few of the friendly, interesting, and historically fascinating places we will enjoy together.

I Wish You Were Coming, Too, Don’t YOU??

Here’s a sneak preview! Maybe next spring or fall, YOU will be here with me? I hope you will say “Si”!

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For now, please follow us on Facebook , Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest? I’ll be sharing a lot more when I get back…

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Tis the Season…to Travel!

 When is the best time to travel? Well, like anything else, it’s a matter of opinion. Certainly, there are many factors to consider. Spring and fall, which are often referred to as the “shoulder” or “off” seasons, are typically considered the best option and we’re advised to avoid “high season”. However, that may or may not be true or possible for you…

Let’s talk about why and, depending on your circumstances, what the upsides and downsides of shoulder and high seasons are…then decide for yourself!

When IS the Best Time to Travel?

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When Do YOU Prefer to Travel? Why? 

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