An American in Italy

The aperitivo, Italy’s wonderful happy hour-like, drink with buffet, doesn’t get much better than at Kitsch.

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

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_9724 La Fenice is one of the most famous and renowned opera houses in Italy and is located in Venice not too far from San...

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_8325 Sometimes you stumble upon the most amazing things!

IMG_8044 I can never let too much time pass without writing about Piazzale Michelangelo.

IMG_7700On the San Frediano side (Oltrarno, east of the Ponte Vecchio), there is a lovely bar by the river.

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.

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_6101 Rigoletto is an opera by Giuseppe Verdi that is set in Mantua.

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

IMG_5080 This was another fabulous year for Christmas concerts.

IMG_3942 The sunsets are getting more early, and the crowds this weekend at Piazzale Michelangelo were incredible.

IMG_3881 There are fantastic Fall festivals in the outlying areas all around Florence.

IMG_3487 There is still time to get out to the Cascine Park and enjoy music, great food, and a fun atmosphere.

a href="">IMG_2978 Even though the summer is not my favorite time in Florence, I still love the city and love to spend time outside when it’s...

IMG_2894 The Opera of Florence has a summer program and tickets are really inexpensive.

DSCN1677 Recently my wonderful friend, Franca (and excellent teacher of Italian) invited me to attend a concert of the Filarmonica Potere e Volere (philharmonic) of...

IMG_0693 This theater in Vicenza was constructed in 1580-1585 and is a design of Andrea Palladio.

DSCN9779 People often ask me when the best time to visit Florence is.

IMG_4674 Every April 25th, Italy celebrates Liberation Day.

IMG_0421 Who would have thought that I would be lucky enough to see James Taylor two times in my life in Italy!

IMG_3092 Florence is a city full of universities.