An American in Italy

IMG_2278 The Festa di San Giovanni happens every year on June 24th.

Pietrasanta is a tiny town located on the northern coast of Tuscany. It takes about one and a half hours to get there...

The call to prayer woke me every morning before six. It was incredibly haunting and exotic. It seemed to go on for...

IMG_3625 For the past few years there has been a light show on the face of the Santo Spirito church.

IMG_4960 I don’t think there is anything more beautiful, romantic, or that will put you more in the Christmas spirit than Florence in December. ...

img_9659 The San Miniato Truffle festival is taking place now! You can visit on Saturday or Sunday, November 26-27 or December 3-4th.

img_8556 We had a little extra time when we were in Trento and decided to revisit another of our favorite cities in Trentino Alto-Adige, Bolzano...

IMG_3682 This is absolutely my favorite wine festival in September!

img_8639 When we returned to Florence, we went straight to Piazzale Michelangelo and found a new restaurant/bar called Flower (For Living On a Wonderful Ecological...

img_8285 After visiting Tereglio, we decided to go on to Barga, which is not too far away.

IMG_8195 The tiny village of Tereglio is located in the Province of Lucca, in the Garfagnana region.

IMG_0323 The Florence Youth Festival, another free event that takes place every year in Florence started on June 30th and runs through July 27th.

DSCN0205 The Arena of Verona, located in Piazza Bra was built in the 1st century.

IMG_7609. Sorry but this event has already passed, but put it on your calendar for next year.

IMG_7203 There are many, many wonderful beaches in Italy. Italy is 14th in the world for length of coastline in the country.

IMG_6872 I always love my return trips to cities because it means that I have already done most of the “touristy” things and have more...

IMG_5939 Recently, we went to Arezzo. I’ve been there many times before but we specifically went to see the Antique Market that takes place...

Cathedral of Santo Stefano, Prato, Italy This program started in 2015 and we went to almost all of the itineraries. This year, there are...

IMG_5849 This festival has been held the last few years around Valentine’s Day even though, traditionally, Italians don’t celebrate this holiday.

The twelve days of Christmas are celebrated vigorously in Italy and it all comes to an end...

IMG_5178 Like most people, I have spent New Year’s Eve in many ways over the years.

IMG_4960 The city lights of Christmas were at an all time extraordinary level this year in Florence!

IMG_5080 This was another fabulous year for Christmas concerts.

IMG_3435 The Florence Christmas Tree Lighting was held on December 8th, a Monday, and the day that we also celebrated the Feast of the Immaculate...