Things to do in Italy :

  • Visit the island cemetery of Cimitero di San Michele and muse about the lives of the people buried there.
  • Tour the secret passages of the Doge’s Palace in Venice and get a glimpse inside the ancient politics and Venice’s role in the world of trading, finance and justice.
  • Take a tour of the Vatican with Context Tours – “tours for the intellectually curious” – and experience the art, architecture and history with an incredibly interesting and knowledgeable guide.

Hotels in Italy :

  • Not quite hotel/not quite hostel, the unique cool vibe of the Beehive has had me coming back over and over again.

Food in Italy :

Pictures of Italy :

Italy is a photographer’s delight. From cities that comfortably combine both the ancient and modern to stunning coast lines to beautiful piazzas. You can see it all and more in my photo gallery of Italy. Ciao Bella!!

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Rome Then and Now

August 30, 2012 19 Comments »

1956 Italians entering the Vatican

+133 Tweet106 Pin54 Share2 Share30 Stumble5.0KShares 5.3KMy parents recently did a European trip which included Germany and Italy. They had a great time and enjoyed all of the cities and sites…except Rome. This was really surprising since I find Rome to be one of the coolest cities in Europe. How could anyone think that Rome […]

An Island of the Dead

May 4, 2012 10 Comments »

cemetery cross

+123 Tweet45 Pin67 Share9 Share8 Stumble22Shares 174If Venice is named the Floating City, then Cimitero San Michele should be named the Floating Dead.  Yes, it sounds eerie, but cemeteries can also be quite beautiful and moving to visit.  The Cimitero di San Michele has no shortage of moving stories and images.  The only way to […]

Secret Politics in Venice

May 1, 2012 7 Comments »

Doges Palace

+118 Tweet50 Pin79 Share14 Share30 Stumble1.3KShares 1.5KPut the word “secret” in front of anything and you’ll get people’s attention. It congers up thoughts of voyeurism, hushed tones, sneaking around, mafia, politics, and religion. Putting the words “Doge’s Palace” behind it creates even more allure…that is if you know what the Doge’s Palace is. If you’ve […]