Tuscany without the Crowds

Saturday, October 3 – Classical Concert Day In anticipation of our trip to Palermo for a concert at the Teatro Massimo, the largest opera house in Italy, we spent a leisurely morning in town. After a light breakfast, we went out for a long walk to try to get an exercise routine going. Eventually, we […]

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Travels 2 Sicily Through Food

A group of friends made their way to Sicily and spent most of their vacation around Palermo visiting towns, eateries and popular local venues. This entry comes from an italophile, who takes us along the journey through her encounters of food, people and towns. This entry is the first 2 days of a 20 day [...]

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7 Things You Didn’t Know About Italy

The name Italy comes from the Greek word italos, meaning “calf”. In the beginning, it was a Latin word spelled Vitalia meaning calf-land. In ancient times, the land was seen as fruitful in cattle, and the people identified with the creature because it brought them prosperity and riches. It can also be interpreted as a […]

My Trip to Sardinia

My trip to Sardinia was part business part personal.  I mixed hotel visits and guide meetings with boats, beaches and hikes.  After a long layover in Rome, I finally arrived to Sardinia and found this fabulous restaurant on the way to Porta Rotondo.  They use cork platters to serve the dishes. To my surprise, Sardinia has […]

10 Reasons to Travel with Via Mondo

Wellness; Each Via Mondo tour offers the unique options of lifestyle and wellness activities to help you relax and connect with yourself on your vacation. Yoga classes are always offered, and with the beautiful Italian landscape as your backdrop, it will be effortless to become at ease with yourself and your surroundings. Customization; Via Mondo […]

Saratoga Horse Season

Saratoga Hats Off Weekend began on a perfect sunny day. I’ve been traveling to Saratoga during opening weekend for the last few years and I love the festivities. An organized trip over the Whitney Race or Travers Stakes are popular for high stakes sports betting, but the vibe that Saratoga permeates the first opening weekend […]

Ferragosto Celebrations

This 15th of August may come and go to some, but in Italy it is a greatly celebrated holiday. Ferragosto, is a holiday rich in the history of its country. It originally began as a mid August feast in the days of the Romans; and then when Christianity gained popularity, the celebration coincided with the […]

Milan Expo

The Universal Exposition is a growing trend among travelers. It only comes around every five years and has a duration of six months (May-Oct). This year the Expo has chosen Milan as its host country. Recently the tendency among those well versed in travel is to venture to Italy and explore what the Universal Exposition, […]

Top 10 Packing Items

We compiled a list of the 10 must have items for travel this year. Some of them may be unexpected, but all of them are useful.  Before you go away this holiday season, take note of these helpful items we think have a place in your suitcase.  Whether you are traveling far or near, you’ll […]

Top Festival Picks in Italy

Italy in the summer season is a marvelous sight to see and an awe-inspiring place to be explored. Italian culture flourishes in the 70 to 80 degree weather, and the people of Italy love to celebrate all that their country has to offer. Festivals and celebrations are an important aspect of Italian cultures, and the […]