Category Archives: Explore Italy

The Siena Palio: More Religion than Race

I have something that I affectionately refer to as my Italian Bucket List. Hiking the Stromboli Volcano? Check. Battle of the Oranges? That was on it, but is now complete. Siena’s Palio? I have yet to fulfill my dream of experiencing the tradition first hand. The race is controversial because it is also dangerous. Siena’s […]

Da Adolfo: Beach Restaurant in Positano

From the moment we pulled into the port in Positano and I spotted a boat with a little red sign, I knew I was going to love Da Adolfo. You see, the only way to reach Da Adolfo, which is nestled on a private beach, is by boat. The view of Positano as you pull […]

Day Trip to the Tenuta Monteti Winery in Southern Tuscany

One of the reasons that I am thankful I moved to Italy is the pace of life. Though even here it’s hard for me to avoid getting caught up in the daily grind. When a friend asked me to hit pause and join her for lunch in Tuscany, of course I said yes. No matter how busy […]

Eating Lampredotto: Cow Stomach Sandwich in Florence

Senti. Listen. I love food, but I am not one of those people who will eat anything. I don’t take some perverse pleasure in enjoying the weirdest edible I come across. But I am someone who will TRY to eat anything. I ate bugs in Mexico City. (Some were ok. Some made me want to […]

Taking the Ferry from Salerno to Amalfi and Positano

Salerno to Amalfi Ferry

When we visited the Amalfi coast, we stayed in Salerno. I am so happy with that choice. Salerno has a new high speed train station, so it is easy to get there from Rome in 2 hours. Staying in the historic center of the city at the cusp of summer was intoxicating. Everyone was out […]

Day Trip from Venice to Murano

You could easily spend a lifetime on the small alleyways and back canals of Venice. But it would be a shame not to explore slightly farther afield, across the lagoon. On our last trip to Venice, we finally made it to Murano for the day. And to be honest, we didn’t need allllll day.  We […]