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The Blog Roll Notes From Laura

That’s Baloney!

Are you craving a new horizon? Can you taste your next big getaway? Do you long for delicious destinations? Isn’t it funny how we mention food when we talk about travel? Travel feeds us… or… we hunger for escape. Thankfully, food needs no translation. It’s something locals and visitors can bond over. And, when it comes to edible travel,… Read More »

You’ve heard it, but do you believe it?

You’ve heard that so and so is the best but do you really believe it? How big is the gap between hearing something and believing it for you? Somewhere between the width of an eyelash and the width of the Grand Canyon, I would think… How often do you hear people telling someone that they look beautiful,… Read More »

Do you want a second helping…?

You’ve ambled Amalfi. You’ve feasted in Florence. You’ve vacationed in Venice. You’ve roamed through Rome. You’re not what we’d call an Italy newbie. You’ve tasted Chianti in Tuscany. You’ve perused Pompeii. You’ve gazed at the Blue Grotto off Capri. With so much Italy under your belt, the usual sights — Michelangelo’s David in Florence or a St.… Read More »

Palermo: 2018 European Cultural Capital

All sorts of things are happening in Palermo this October, just like they are in many other Italian cities. October is the month of festivals and parties and the unofficial ‘Welcome back from your long summer vacations” throughout the country. Italians, true to our basic nature, are social and we love to get together and just be… Read More »

Fall Hard for Italy…

In Italy’s rural countryside, green hills are molting into a sea of yellow and red. Olives and grapes – after sunning all summer – are ripe now. Small villages buzz with festivals devoted to the flavors of fall – from truffles to squash, from chocolate to wild mushrooms. By the end of October, popular seaside… Read More »


My stay in Sicily and to be more precise, in the busy town of Palermo, has reminded me once again that relationships are everything! As you know, we recently moved from San Diego to Sicily and while starting our new life in Palermo we’ve had to find resources for everyday things that we need in order to settle… Read More »

I want you to know this…

If you’re anything like us, you get flooded each day with marketing e-mails. Luxury hotels. Airfare offers. Cruise specials. When marketers inundate your inbox, it can feel like you’re drowning in a sea of “special deals” and “last-minute” promotions. You probably wonder, “Do they even know me or are they just fishing for a sale?”… Read More »

Would you like a local Italian concierge?

Isn’t it a horrible feeling to find out, after the fact, that your clients had issues during their trip? You know what I’m talking about, that nauseating, awful feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when something bad happens to you that could have been avoided. It’s like being late for an appointment and… Read More »

Do you love pasta?

Fall in Italy is my favorite time of year. Towns bustle with festivals and fairs. Grapes get picked on foliage-draped hills. And, the air turns crisp and clear. In the fall, travelers might enjoy: * wine tasting and lunch at a small family vineyard * exploring the Tuscan countryside with a private driver * nibbling… Read More »

The Real Stuff!

When you travel through Italy it won’t take you long to realize how authentic Italy truly is!The people are real, the food is real and there is real sh#t (stuff) too. It’s real in every sense of the word! When traveling through Italy you can’t help but notice the good, the great, and sometimes even the… Read More »

What’s for dinner?...Autumn means one thing — pumpkin season! Gourds abound in local markets and fairs. In Italy, pumpkin is used in savory plates, like tortelloni. So, in honor of Thanksgiving, See Italy is sharing with you once more our Italian twist on the all-American squash: penne con la zucca or pasta with pumpkin. This dish is sure to please the pickiest of eaters. You simply 1) roast the pumpkin, 2) stir with cheese, 3) toss with pasta, and 4) serve. Roasting brings out the squash’s sweetness. Impress your guests by serving them a heaping helping of pumpkin-and-parmigiano pasta. We promise they'll be shouting "Mamma mia!" at the first bite. Below you’ll find our 100%-Italian approved recipe. Be sure you let us know how it turns out! INGREDIENTS: 8 oz. penne or rigatoni,cooked al dente 1 – 1.5 cups of parmigiano, fresh grated 4 oz pancetta, cubed (optional) 1 tablespoon butter (optional) 1 – 1.5 lbs kabocha pumpkin 1 onion, rough diced Preheat the

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