Italian Easter Traditions

By: Joanne Natale Spigonardo April 3, 2021 One of the fondest memories of my childhood is celebrating Easter with my family. On the day after Ash Wednesday, my Mother would start planning for the festivities. Lent was always observed diligently with no sweets to be consumed until Holy Saturday at noon. Her planning was trulyContinue reading “Italian Easter Traditions”

Private Boat Tour to the Blue Grotto

By: Linda Thatcher Raichle March 2021                                                                    In June 2019, we had the pleasure of spending 11 magical days cruising from Rome throughout the Mediterranean Sea including stops in Italy, Malta, Greece and Croatia. Anticipating our stops along the Italian coastline, we pre-arranged a small, private boat tour for ourselves and 2 other couples. OurContinue reading “Private Boat Tour to the Blue Grotto”

International Women’s Day — The Struggle is Real

By Pam Lazos March is Women’s History Month in the U.S. and March 8th is International Women’s Day, a day whose roots stretch back to places across the globe beginning in the early part of the 20th century when the first such gathering was held on February 28, 1909 in NYC. Women took to theContinue reading “International Women’s Day — The Struggle is Real”

International Women’s Day – A Hidden Treasure of Italy – March 8th

By: Joanne Natale Spigonardo If you have ever been to Italy on International Women’s Day, you know that it is an extra special day in many ways.  Most regions celebrate women by honoring them with sweets and mostly with mimosa flowers, which are some of the first to bloom in Italy in the spring.  LandscapesContinue reading “International Women’s Day – A Hidden Treasure of Italy – March 8th”

Italy, February, Valentine’s Day, and love.

Due to COVID, the opportunity to travel to Italy is limited to many so I sit daydreaming of how fabulous it would be to in Italy during the month of February, celebrating the month of love. Whether it is a romantic love, family love or love for oneself, or maybe all of them? There areContinue reading “Italy, February, Valentine’s Day, and love.”

My 50th Birthday Gift – A Singles European Cruise – Featuring Hidden Treasures of Italy

By:  Judy McMurtry January 10, 2021 As I reflect on past travels, I reminisce about my special trip on Norwegian Epic cruise ship to Western Mediterranean. It was a 7-night cruise that started and ended in Barcelona with stops in Naples/Rome (Civitavecchia)/Florence & Pisa (Livorno)/Cannes/Palma, Majorca. Of the three countries that I visited my favoriteContinue reading “My 50th Birthday Gift – A Singles European Cruise – Featuring Hidden Treasures of Italy”

Niente di Grave – A Hidden Treasure of Italy

Niente di Grave January 1, 2021 By: Pam Lazos           What is it about Italy that makes our imaginations soar and our spirits run free?  Is it the incredible array of art and architecture?  The notion that many of the world’s most renowned painters, sculptors and thinkers were domiciled there?  The amazing Italian wines orContinue reading “Niente di Grave – A Hidden Treasure of Italy”

Pinocchio – A Hidden Treasure in Orvieto

By Joanne Natale Spigonardo December 1, 2020 As the Holiday Season begins, I have fond memories of my trip to Orvieto, many Decembers ago.  Orvieto is located in the Umbria region of Italy.  It is rich in history and the town has numerous artists that sell their wares to locals and to tourists. The cityContinue reading “Pinocchio – A Hidden Treasure in Orvieto”