An American in Italy

IMG_1022 The Boboli Gardens are something that I always include on my must see list.

Caffe’ Ricchi used to be my “everyday haunt” for my morning coffee and pastry. Located in Santo Spirito it was usually my first stop on my daily rounds. Now that I...

Figs became one of my new favorite fruits the first time I tasted them.

IMG_2739 It won't be long now before it will be time to start the Fall Art History class with Elaine Ruffolo.

San Miniato stands high on a hill overlooking Florence in one of the most spectacular views...

Even though I will always be a sucker for sunsets, this year, I was also captured by the moon.

I go here often to browse and see what there is that I can’t live without.

The Mercato Centrale is a large covered building that opened in 1874 to house vendors of all types. At...

Via Tournabouni is one of the premier shopping streets in Florence housing the likes of Salvatore Ferragamo, Pucci, Gucci,...

Mercato Sant'ambrogio is a smaller more locally used market similar to Mercato Centrale.

In Italy, you will see Pinocchio everywhere.

Yesterday Ben and I took the Sita Bus to the Chianti region to visit Greve in Chianti.

It is definitely gelato weather in Florence. With temperatures well into the 90's and even up to 100,...

The symbol of Florence adopted in the 13th century is the giglio, or “lily”.

I am not one of those women who are attracted to men in uniforms, so this is for you Linda!

Using the bus in any city might seem like an easy thing, but really, it takes some knowledge and...

Located in the Piazza Santissimi Annunziata, this statue is another work by Giambologna.

Most all of the churches in Florence have some type of incredible and interesting history. This one located...

Now that I have been in Florence for a while and have walked the streets visited the museums,...

Pienza, the small Tuscan village where Pope Pius II lived is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The Archeological Museum located in Naples is a “must see” if you are planning to go to Pompeii....

Pompeii, once a city of over 20,000 people of Greek and Etruscan origin, and founded...

Naples is not for the weak of heart or those unwilling to be adventurous! It is raucous, dirty, vivacious,...

IMG_1188 Well, 30 days past pretty quickly and now it’s time for the second step of the limoncello making process.

IMG_0853 I remember the first time I drank Limoncello.