Author Archives: Lea Ramaswamy

Bidets in Italy

What comes to your mind when someone says ‘Italy’? Handsome animated plumbers? Rolling hills and white wine? Maybe a bright red Vespa? For many amused American travelers, the answer often comes down to the humble bidet一 the butt of many a joke. Bidets, a French invention, are essentially large sinks that users can squat over. […]

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 […]