Category Archives: Explore Italy

Melaleuca Bistrot in Florence

cake on a plate with a foamy cappuccino and yellow flowers

Florence is well known for its many culinary delights: bistecca alla Fiorentina, hearty ribollita, and savory lampredotto sandwiches. However, while it honors its Tuscan traditions well, it also has a surprisingly contemporary dining scene given its size relative to cities like Milan and Rome. My favorite example is the gorgeous Melaleuca. Melaleuca is an airy […]

How to Get to Sorrento from Rome

Sorrento is a picturesque town on the far end of the Bay of Naples known for its lemons, ceramics, and, well, tourists. Located south of Naples and just before the Amalfi Coast, the city has long drawn international visitors who are charmed by its beauty and sea views. The lure is understandable. While Sorrento is […]

Traveling to Italy in 2021

view of colorful houses in corricella procida a top place to stay on the island

Mario Draghi, the Prime Minister of Italy, and other government officials have recently announced a “Green Pass” for people hoping to travel to Italy from countries such as the United States. It was rumored that those who can show proof of vaccination, a negative test, or proof of recent recovery from COVID-19, can enter Italy […]

Staying at Villa Parisi in Sorrento

villa set in garden

Available for booking on Airbnb, Villa Parisi is an 18th-century house that has been in Mario’s family for generations. It is the star of the Sorrento skyline, a gorgeous red house at the top of Colle Parisi, its namesake hill, visible from the historical center and the port. The villa was purchased by Mario’s great […]

Should You Stay in Venice Mestre

piazza ferretto in venice mestre

Venice Mestre is located on the mainland side of the lagoon, an 11-minute train ride to Venice. More residential and industrial, Mestre offers tempting low prices on accommodation for those visiting Venice on a budget. While Mestre is close to Venice, it is definitely not the same as Venice. The trouble with staying in a […]

The Veiled Christ in Naples

christ marble statue

Naples is best known for its chaos and pizza, but it is also home to quite a few artistic treasures. One of my favorite sculptures in all of Italy is in a small chapel in the center of Naples: the Veiled Christ by Giuseppe Sanmartino. View this post on Instagram #CristoVelatoNotebook Per la rubrica #CristoVelatoNotebook […]