Italy travel

Italy Travel: 4 Reasons to Stay in a Private Villa

Italy Travel: 4 Reasons to Stay in a Private Villa

As much as I travel, I still find it very taxing to wade through all of the hotel reviews to really get a feel for the comfort of the accommodations. On this last trip to Umbria, we decided to rent a private villa for the week […]

A foodie guide to Tuscany

A foodie guide to Tuscany

Being a former Italian expat, I SO miss the foods of Italy, and especially the down-home comfort foods of Tuscany. So when I came across this post from Charlotte’s Kitchen Diary, it made me long for “home”.  Read her recent post, “A foodie guide to […]

Italian cooking classes with Nonna Marcella in Umbria

Italian cooking classes with Nonna Marcella in Umbria

The number one reason I love to travel? To experience new foods, cooking techniques, and have a culinary adventure. When I travel, I look forward to eating in the restaurants, shopping at the local street markets, and I always try to schedule at least one […]

Cooking lessons in Italy

Cooking lessons in Italy

My first trip to Europe was tagging along on a trip to Paris with my brother and my mother when I was 30-something. I come from a foodie family. Growing up in the South, family life revolved around long leisurely meals of Southern classics. So it […]

My favorite Italian memory…Pappardelle al ragù di cinghiale

How many times have you eaten something that, even days later, you just can’t seem to get off your mind? I’ve eaten cinghiale, or wild boar, in Italy dozens of times, but this last trip to Umbria really had me craving it unstoppably since I’ve […]

The Lungarotti Family

As an Italian expat, I have fallen in love with Umbria, and with Umbrian wine. Last fall, I had the pleasure of enjoying a day at the Lungarotti winery in Torgiano, a quaint town between Perugia and Assisi in the rolling hills of Umbria. I often talk […]



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