Tag Archives: Italy

After Rome…the villages beckon.

We’ve spent hours in Rome, exploring the Coliseum, devouring fresh pasta in Trastevere, exploring the Jewish ghetto and climbing every step to every monument and church. This time around, we discovered a different side of the region– a side that’s not enclosed within its walls and not overrun with tourists slurping gelato that turns to melted slush in the brutal […]

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Panda-monium on the Italian byways

Think you have it rough? Try my life on for size. I’m a 2002 Fiat Panda. Two door, light green, powered by an engine slightly larger than a John Deer riding lawnmower’s. I’m owned by a crazy Italian guy named Ricardo Piccoladite, who drives me like I’m a Ferrari 488 GTB and treats me like I tease him about the […]

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Snips and Stripes, Italian style

I’ve always been a sucker for friendly service and a smile. So, when I went in search of a hairdresser in San Casciano, I decided Paolo was the man for me. Why did I pick him? Because he’d been recommended? Because I’d read about his incredible hairdressing expertise? No.

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Magic, Mystery and Music: Bella Venezia!

The first time I visited Venice, I went with my mum and dad. I was seven. We walked around San Marco Square and visited Murano to watch the glassblowers. My parents shipped a gorgeous set of red cut glass glasses and decanters to our home. My mum still uses them. The last time was 24 years ago when I went […]

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