A History of Pizza Straight From Naples, Italy

by Rita Cook on February 15, 2012

margherita pizza at Da Michele, Naples, Italy

Some folks eat pizza once a week, once a month, even once a day in some cases.  These days with the smorgasbord of pizza options out there, the history of a good pizza often gets lost. However, the truly modern pizza we eat today begins with the infamous Margherita pizza straight from the pizza capital […]


An Enchanted Island on Lake Maggiore

by Katy Stewart on February 7, 2012

Lake Maggiore may be less showbiz than neighboring Lake Com0,  but it is no less spectacular. Spanning the Swiss-Italian border, Lake Maggiore offers superb scenery, relaxing boat excursions and pretty alpine towns. However, down at the Southern end of the lake, within Italy’s borders, are three exquisite little islands, known as the Borromean islands. All […]


Visiting Pompeii: Italy’s Window into the Past

by Tui Snider on February 6, 2012

Pompeii, Italy (photo by Tui Snider)

From Tragedy to Tourist Attraction One of the world’s most famous natural disasters created one of Italy’s most famous tourist attractions, when in August of 79 A.D. the explosion of Mt. Vesuvius buried the town of Pompeii under a deadly layer of cinders, pumice and ash. No one expected the mountain to erupt, so its […]


Hiring a Gondola in Venice

by Mary Jo Manzanares on February 1, 2012

Gondola on canal in venice italy

Can there be a more iconic experience of Venice than a ride in a gondola? For centuries this flat-bottomed boat was the primary means of transportation and moving goods within the city Venice, but today they are primarily used for sightseeing by visitors, weddings and funerals, and the occasional regatta. So yes, riding on a […]


Photo Friday: Alleyways of Pitigliano, Italy

by Mary Jo Manzanares on September 2, 2011

Alleyways in Pitigliano, Italy

If there’s one consistency of the medieval hill towns in Tuscany, it’s the winding, narrow, and charming alleyways that you follow along throughout the town.  Once you get off the main street, though, they can all begin to look alike and it’s easy to lose your way.  Don’t worry – the towns are small, and […]


Photo Friday: Coliseum in Rome

by Mary Jo Manzanares on May 6, 2011

Coliseum in Rome

The Coliseum was built between 72-80 AD and was the center of the Rome.  The building had four floors, three tiers of arches, an attic, and a cellar area where the lions and other fierce beasts were housed.  On top of the attic was a shade that could be pulled over the arena for protection […]