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Archive for May, 2017

What do you consider STEALING?

What do you consider STEALING?

I realize that the subject title for this week’s newsletter can be considered somewhat provocative. I can hear some of you saying, “The newsletter is supposed to be all about Italian travel Laura. Why bring up this heavy subject?” My reasoning is simple, if I am having to deal with an issue, then in all likelihood you… Read More »


eating in Italy

11 Rules for Eating in Italy

If you’re lucky enough to dine with Italians, the topic will sooner or later turn to food. After all, Italy boasts a proud culinary culture. You’ll hear mythic tales about nonna’s Sunday suppers — feasts filled with… Fresh focaccia. Hand-shaped pastas.  Slow-simmered sauces. Dining in Italy can delight your taste buds. Heck, food is a BIG… Read More »


Are you ready to Stand OUT?

Are you ready to Stand OUT?

When I was growing up I struggled with feeling that I was different, often missing a sense of belonging. I never felt like I was part of something. Now, as an adult, I’ve overcome those feelings and have become part of everything by being a citizen of the world!  When I grew up I spent a… Read More »


Summer Showtime, Italian-Style

Summer Showtime, Italian-Style

Folk festivals in Europe were once local affairs. Today, popular festivals lure millions of visitors. With so many travelers at events like Carnival or Oktoberfest, you might be wary of Europe’s bigger festivals. Thankfully, towns — big and small — host celebrations all year. Some fête beloved regional foods. Others reenact historic events or honor time-tested traditions. Crowd-averse travelers can escape the… Read More »


FIRST CLASS VS. COACH

Have you ever stayed in a hotel where the pillowcases have been monogrammed with YOUR initials? Have you ever been greeted by your first and last name, by a staff member that you’ve never seen before only to wonder, how did they know my name? Have you ever been escorted to the front of a… Read More »


Tuscany Is Waiting

Tuscany Is Waiting

Medieval towers.  Rolling green hills. Timeless traditions.  Tuscany — the real Tuscany — is waiting for you. Stone farmhouses dot the hilly horizon here. Renaissance squares fill the cities’ winding, stone streets. Vineyards, plump with grapes, drape the countryside. Millions of tourists come to Tuscany each year — drawn by stunning scenery and rustic towns. But, most tourist never experience the true Tuscany. Sure,… Read More »


Horses and Palio and Siena…OH MY!

Where do we shine? We shine in the middle of an Italian fair, in the middle of a crowd, we shine anywhere the word Italy is spoken. We shine because we LOVE what we do and it shows in everything we do…people know authenticity when they are fortunate enough to experience it. We shine because when building customized itineraries… Read More »


italian food

Italian Food Doesn’t Exist

When in Rome, the saying goes, do as the Romans do. Translation: when you travel far, the rules of home no longer apply. Italy-bound travelers salivate over all the food they’ll try once there. The pizza? Yes. The pasta? Yes.  The chicken parm? No.  It shocks many Americans that what they call Italian food doesn’t actually… Read More »