How To Make The Plane Ride Home From Italy Special

Don’t like the food on the planes?  Who does, unless you’re in the first class section.  When in Rome, grab some good Italian bread and cheese at a local market before heading to the airport, or grab one of the … Continue reading

Shop Until You Drop Without Breaking The Bank

So many stores so little time and especially if you’re on a budget. I explain how bringing home some great gifts for yourself, and others, doesn’t mean you have to break the bank.      Photo: RossHelen/Shutterstock

To Tour Or Not To Tour? That Is A Common Question

So many people traveling to Italy say they don’t want to be restricted by tours and want to do their own.  That sounds like a great idea until one realizes if you don’t book a group tour or hire a … Continue reading

Gelato: Insider Tip on Italy’s Delightful Frozen Dessert

Ciao Amici.  A stop to the gelato shop is a must for visitors to Italy. Dazzled by the beautiful displays of Italy’s favorite frozen dessert, many people don’t know the differences between the ice cream Americans are used to eating … Continue reading

Meet The Real Santa Claus: St. Nicholas

I’m a big fan of St. Nick.  And no, I’m not talking about the red, chubby Santa Claus; the over commercialized version we see everywhere at this time of year. I’m referring to the real St. Nicholas; the one who … Continue reading