Category Archives: Explore Italy

Pasta Fritta: Frittatine in Napoli

We have friends visiting from California right now, and it seems that every time I suggest something that they just *have* to eat, it’s fried. Example: “Hey guys! Let’s go get cheesey pasta in a bowl made of fried cheese!” or “Hey guys! Let’s go get the best fried fish in the world! Ever! It’s […]

A Weekend Retreat to Procida

Last year for my birthday, I was given a surprise party, booked a ticket to California, and then scampered off to Ischia. This year for my birthday, I had a delicious pajama brunch party, booked a ticket to Budapest, and then scampered off the Procida. Procida and Ischia are Capri’s less famous (and less crowded) […]

Easy Day Trip from Rome: Orvieto

A girl can only take so much of Rome’s noise before the urge to spend a Sunday outside of the city begins to take hold.  An old stand by for an easy day trip from Rome is Orvieto.  The Umbrian hilltop town is a short train ride away and offers a completely different feel from […]

Day trip from Rome: Naples

I love Naples. Sometimes Rome pretends to be a little fancy-pants, when it is in fact a little bit insane.  There is none of that in Naples. Naples is straight-up unapologetic, in-your-face chaos. I was in Naples this time last year, on Palm Sunday, and it seemed to be a free for all.  The shops […]

Pizza in Naples: Da Michele

Recently, we had a craving for pizza.  There are no shortages of great pizzerias in Rome, but we decided that the only thing that would do was a trip Naples. A 9 Euro train ticket and a 2 hour ride later, we were standing in front of Da Michele. Da Michele is not a highly […]

The Etruscan Philosopher

This carving is called The Philospher because he has large ears to listen with, but a very small mouth to limit how much he speaks. This sculpture is on the private property of an agriturismo in Pienza- Podere San Gregorio.  It was incredible to be in the private presence of something so ancient.  It felt […]