Italy travel

A Visit to the Baracchi Winery in Umbria

A Visit to the Baracchi Winery in Umbria

As a former Italian expat, I was excited to go back “home” and tour some of the luxury wineries and resorts in Tuscany and Umbria. When people think Italian wine, their first thought might be the robust Chiantis of Tuscany. Having lived in Italy, I […]

36 Hours in Milan

36 Hours in Milan

Since I lived in Milan, I often get asked, “What are the top attractions I should see in Milan?” Milan may be the world’s fashion capital but there’s much more to this city than haute couture. Milan is home to some of Italy’s most famous architecture […]

Lake Como’s Breathtaking Rival: Lago Maggiore

Lake Como’s Breathtaking Rival: Lago Maggiore

When I lived in Italy, my favorite day trip was to Lago Maggiore. While most of our visitors begged to visit the iconic Lake Como, I always insisted a trip to Lake Maggiore would not disappoint. And it never did. Here’s the story I shared […]

Lake Como’s Breathtaking Rival: Lago Maggiore

Lake Como’s Breathtaking Rival: Lago Maggiore

  While most visitors to Northern Italy flock to Lake Como in hopes of catching a glimpse of the island’s most famous resident, George Clooney, many are missing out on what is truly the region’s most impressive lake, Lago Maggiore. Surrounded by mountains and a […]

4 Reasons to Stay at an Agriturismo in Italy

4 Reasons to Stay at an Agriturismo in Italy

People are “flocking” to the countryside of Tuscany and Umbria (pun intended) to experience the typical Italian lifestyle, and also to escape the tourists. And instead of choosing traditional hotel accommodations, which are sparse in this part of the country, they’re opting to stay at […]

Italy trip planning: Rome, Florence, Venice, Tuscany, Umbria

Italy trip planning: Rome, Florence, Venice, Tuscany, Umbria

Because I lived in Italy, people are always asking for my advice on where to go and what to see in their Italy trip planning. I pulled several emails I’ve sent over the years and culled all of my advice into this post. The first […]



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