An American in Italy

IMG_1204 Today, we are leaving for Salerno. I am reposting this blog from our honeymoon a little over two years ago. Salerno is...

IMG_2008 It’s amazing how you can discover so much about a place in such a short time!

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

The Pharmacy of Santa Maria Novella, located on via della Scala, behind the church cloister, is a piece of heaven on earth.

img_9701 This is definitely one of the hidden treasures in Venice. Located in a small private piazza close to Campo Manin, you will definitely...

img_9373 When Ben and I visited San Fruttuoso, there was a plaque in honor of the Pamphijl family who had contributed large sums...

img_8821 We took a bus trip outside the city to visit the Mon Repos Villa and a tiny floating monastery.

img_8671 I’m so excited about this new bar/restaurant just across the Amerigo Vespucci bridge in San Frediano.

img_8440 Castello Buonconsilgio is the most important castle in the Trentino region.

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_7949 Jan Fabre is a Belgian artist, showing his work in Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio, and on the hilltop at Forte Belvedere.

IMG_7398 Standing in via Capello is the Casa di Giulietta.

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_6782 The winery of Capezzana has produced wine in Carmignano, just outside of Prato for over 3000 years.

IMG_6654 The Rougemont Castle or Exeter Castle as it is now called was built along the Roman wall around 1068 following England’s battle with William...

IMG_6565 On a recent visit with a friend to visit her friends and family in Southwest England, we came upon this English Mansion, Athelhampton, which...

IMG_6233 Piazza Santo Spirito in the center of the Oltrarno is one of the most beloved and beautiful piazzas in Florence.

IMG_6082 Inside the Church of Santissima Annunziata there is a courtyard, not often seen called “Il Chiostri dei Morti” or the Courtyard of the Dead....

IMG_6238 If you have been reading my blog for more than a little bit of time, you know that one of my favorite places in...

IMG_6219 The Palazzo di Te, on the outskirts of Mantua, was built for Frederico II Gonzaga, Marques of Mantua in 1524-1534.

IMG_6101 Rigoletto is an opera by Giuseppe Verdi that is set in Mantua.

IMG_5573 Although I had been into the Badia Fiorentina many times before, I recently had the pleasure of going on a tour there.

IMG_4391 Poggio a Caiano is a small town located about 6 miles outside of Prato.

That’s Prato is back in business with several new itineraries!