Interesting Italian Tidbits

I took a tiramisu class last weekend that blended some Italian language lessons and culture.  Our teacher, Fabiana, has Italian in her blood and has spent a descent amount of time in Italy.  She shared some of her experiences with us, and there were two that blew my mind. I am so used to how…

Burano, Italy

Burano is one of the islands in the Venetian Lagoon.  Enjoy the scenic, and often refreshing 45 minute boat ride to the color palette village.  In the crushing heat of the summer, I know nothing better (other than gelato) that cools like a vaparetto ride. Burano is a fishing village with brightly colored buildings to…

Hiking in the Cinque Terre

The five villages that make up the Cinque Terre have unique personalities.  One of the best ways to see each village is by hiking the trail that connects them.  These trails are not for everyone though.  If you are a beginner, or are looking for more of a stroll, I recommend the Via dell’Amore which…

Canals in Photos

Water and cities make for a flattering composition.  Here are some of my favorite canal photos.

Cinque Terre in Photos

I spent two days in the Cinque Terre, and it is a place I know I will return to.  Hopefully you can see why after looking at my photos.

Venice in Photos

Here are some of my favorite photographs from the Venetian Lagoon.

Step up to the Cicchetti Bar in Venice

Food is good.  Food in Italy is divine.  This seems to be as true as the sun setting and rising. Cicchetti is the tapas of the Italian world.  Savor samples of the freshest dishes by hand selecting your personal desires.  Suppress your hunger or make it a meal; cicchetti is an affordable way to sample…

Unexpected Lessons in Venice

I wrote this piece a couple years ago after reflecting on an encounter in Venice.  It is a simple example of how traveling has broadened my perspective over the years. Ring the Bell We arrived at San Giorgio Maggiore to find that we were alone.  Where were the other visitors for the Gregorian chant?  We…