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

My 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 – a city with so much […]

An Island of the Dead

May 4, 2012 10 Comments »

cemetery cross

If 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 get to it is via boat.  […]

Shopping at the Rialto Market

May 3, 2012 6 Comments »

blood red orange

The Rialto Market is buzzing with activity; boats pull up to docks and burly men unload crates of blood red oranges and artichokes, locals laugh and socialize with the shop keepers, and the fish mongers scale and prepare the fresh catches of the day.  This is the main market for locals on the island of […]

Breaking Commandents at St. Mark’s Basilica

May 2, 2012 8 Comments »

san marco venice

“Thou shall not steal” is known as the eighth commandment – Christianity is built on the Ten Commandments. Yet somehow the most holiest of places in Venice, St. Mark’s Basilica, exists thanks to people breaking the 8th commandment! To my surprise I listened to our guide Giussepina talk about how everything we were looking at […]

Secret Politics in Venice

May 1, 2012 7 Comments »

Doges Palace

Put 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 set foot in Venice, then you’ve […]

Gondolas – Photo Documentary

April 27, 2012 17 Comments »

They are everywhere you look in Venice; you will spot them by their blue stripes and spastic leg movements.  Some of them even have a special song they sing.  However, they are quite rare as only about 400 of them exist in the wild…the wilds of Venice that is. Gondoliers maneuvering their sleek, black gondolas […]

Venice Travel Tips

April 24, 2012 11 Comments »

venice sunset

My arrival in Venice was a bit bleak as I looked out the train window. “It can’t rain on my short 4 days in Venice! I have too many fun tips to do for it to rain!” I thought. Venice was the second stop on my Go with Oh Blogger Tour and I had chosen […]

Naples Photography

April 20, 2012 13 Comments »

glass roof

I never spent longer than 30 minutes in Naples prior to this trip; however that 30 minutes did yield one of he scariest cab rides I’ve ever taken! Since Bethany and I were on a quest to have the best pizza in Naples, we got to spend more then 30 minutes in Naples this time. […]