Holiday Travel Tips

Here in America, Thanksgiving is more than Turkey and all the fixings, it also means delays and long lines at the airport.  The number of Americans traveling by air this holiday season is expected to increase by 3% based on TSA report, which raises concerns about airport checkpoints.  Even though TSA plans to fully staff […]

Italy’s Finest Olive Oil

“60 Minutes” this past January reported that Italy’s olive oil production has been corrupted by the Mafia.  Many young Italian olive growers are defying the Mafia to produce genuine extra virgin olive oil.  The segment brought to our attention that 75-80% of olive oil bought and sold in the US is fake or at best […]

10 Reasons to Travel

Food Who doesn’t love trying new things? By journeying to new places, you get to try all sorts of new foods, flavors and spices! Whether or not the food is enjoyable matters less, at least you can say you tried it. From escargot, to caviar, to edible insects, it is all available once you start […]

Top 10 Reasons to Ski the Alps

The sheer size and beauty of the legendary Alps stretch across the northern part of Italy connecting Switzerland and France.  There are a multiple of possibilities and options for dedicated skiers.  Whether you are a solo traveler, a couple, a family or group of ski-loving friends, you are sure to find the Alpine experience all […]

The Best Time to Visit Italy

Over the years, I’ve visited Italy every month.  Depending on where you go, Italy reveals a different side of herself.  There are several factors to keep in mind: weather, crowds and personal activities.  Whether you want to ski, hike, bike, swim, boat or lounge on the beach, location and timing are essential. Here at Via […]

Market Day in Sicily

Markets are an excellent way to understand the Italian lifestyle in Sicily where vendors sell their products and locals challenge their value.  The interaction is played out beautifully between the seller and buyer.  Over the centuries, the performance has been perfected. The only way to truly experience the authenticity is to take part in the […]

Your Guide to the Best Beaches of Italy

A few days of beach time during your vacation will give you the opportunity to wind down after a jam-packed itinerary full of sightseeing and cultural experiences. Whenever possible, we create beach stays to add to your vacation so you can relax along some of the finest beaches in Italy. Have a look at our […]

How To Experience the Best of Italy This Summer

Summer is upon us! With that said, summer travel is crazy in Italy making it especially important to plan ahead.  We’ve come up with some great tips to assist you with your travels for a smoother, relaxing vacation.  Here are proven strategies and solutions to avoid common mistakes and get the most out of your […]

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 [...]