Photos from Florence, Italy during the shutdown

  What is happening in Italy today? Italians have been under stay at home orders for weeks leaving the streets empty, stores closed and tourists returning home to wait out the pandemic. As a few of the strict rules are being changed or lifted, Italian cities are seeing a few signs of life.       Continue reading “Photos from Florence, Italy during the shutdown”

CookinPuglia Italian Cooking lessons: live

                             CookinPuglia!   Ylenia Sambati We offer private 2 hour workshops for up to 6 people, via Zoom and Skype in the comfort of your kitchen with every day classes. The class is designed for everyone who wants to enjoy a cooking classContinue reading “CookinPuglia Italian Cooking lessons: live”

Itailan Stories is bringing you chats with artisans in Italy A great way to pracitice your Italian!

Meet several Italian artisans though the efforts of Italian Stories.   You may want to practice your Italian at the same time! From tomorrow 18 April until 24 April we will be live instagram on the profile of Italian Stories, entering the laboratories of 7 amazing artisans who will tell you the secrets, peculiarity and difficultiesContinue reading “Itailan Stories is bringing you chats with artisans in Italy A great way to pracitice your Italian!”

Italy: Life in Lockdown

ITALY:  Life in Lockdown  We have all followed the horror and terror that has engulfed Italy during the past weeks. The heartbreaking news updates are hard to read and harder to watch as many people suffer in Italian hospitals. As of March 10, all of Italy was placed on lockdown. Tourist travel was halted andContinue reading “Italy: Life in Lockdown”

Rome offers Surprises: You just have to search

Basilica di Santa Prassede, Romea photo review of a glittering interior Via di Santa Prassede, 9 I spend my weeks Home to Italy, walking the side streets, neighborhoods, cemeteries and marketsI discover in each part of the city I explore.   Often a small, plain entrance can offer an amazing surprise and on this dayContinue reading “Rome offers Surprises: You just have to search”

Pugatory: a small museum to the Souls in Purgatory

Burned images, one of the exhibits of contact with souls in purgatory Museum of the Holy Souls in Purgatory    A new addition to on my list of experiences that tourists may never visit Located in the Chiesa del Sacro Cuore del Suffragio a small Roman church just past the Castel Sant’ Angelo is a one room ‘museum’Continue reading “Pugatory: a small museum to the Souls in Purgatory”

Venice: roof top views

Exploring Italian cities, villages and fortified towns     Walking the lanes and streets of charming Italian villages or the larger avenues of major Italian cities, I can experience Italian lifestyle from ground level.  To appreciate the scope of the city and the surrounding countryside you must climb.     While Italian towns usually have a major church, someContinue reading “Venice: roof top views”

Venice: What do gondoliers wear on their feet?

What do gondoliers wear on their feet?      When you think of Venice, the first thought may be the iconic gondola ride along the grand canal or on one of the quiet canals traversing the many islands that make up this city.   .  You can enjoy watching the approximate 400  glossy black gondolas silently passing from theContinue reading “Venice: What do gondoliers wear on their feet?”

Italy: Tivoli Villa d’Este in the rain

Traveling does not always have sunny days…………….Often your schedule may not be that flexible or allow you to ‘go another day’.  You may plan a museum day if the forecast is rain unless it is the only day you can visit the famous garden in Tivoli Italy. My day to see Tivoli, after 5 years of saying ‘IContinue reading “Italy: Tivoli Villa d’Este in the rain”

Rome: taking the Green Tube instead of the bus

Not a bus, Not a train:   the Green metal tubes that can take you around Rome without a tourist in sight………………..TRAMS You can find the older green trans outside the Termini station    Rome:  This trip Home to Italy found me at a WWII Nazi interrogation center, Mussolini’s rented home during the war and my firstContinue reading “Rome: taking the Green Tube instead of the bus”