Italy

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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What to Eat in Naples, Italy

March 8, 2019 1 Comment »

naples italy food pizza

I know many people skip over Naples in order to get to the Amalfi Coast, however it’s a big mistake! Naples has one of the most vibrant street and food cultures in all of Italy. It wasn’t that long ago that I used to be scared of going to Naples since you tend to hear […]

Departing Venice with Foggy Memories

October 4, 2012 9 Comments »

Venice fog grand canal

The morning air was cool and crisp when I walked out of my apartment in Venice. The chilly air felt like pin pricks on my skin, but I was happy for this cool breeze because in no time I would be sweating from carrying all of my gear.  I was leaving Venice after my 4 […]

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 […]

Cimitero di San Michele – 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 in Venice, Italy

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 Commandments at St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, Italy

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! “Borrowed” Contraband in St. Mark’s Basilica To my surprise I listened to our guide Giussepina talk about […]

The Secret of the Doge’s Palace in Venice, Italy

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. Doge’s Palace Tour If you’ve set foot in […]

Capturing the Venice Gondola Culture in Photos

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. Gondolier – Symbol of Venice Gondoliers […]

Island Hopping in Venice – Visiting Murano & Burano

April 26, 2012 23 Comments »

burano island

“You have to go to the islands! You have to go to the islands!” everyone kept telling me. Clearly they didn’t fully appreciate my neurosis regarding how stubborn I am. I can’t help it, if everyone keeps telling me to do something, then I really am skeptical about it and the less and less I […]