Grape Harvest at Val delle Rose,Tuscany

Welcome sight at Val delle Rose, Tuscany

Getting invited to participate in a grape harvest in Tuscany was something I couldn’t refuse. For several years I have expressed my desire to be part of vendemmia and when I received the invitation from Cecchi, a winery which history dates back to 1893, I was beyond excited. Along with a few other fabulous bloggers […]

24 Hours in the Cinque Terre

Manarola in the Cinque Terre

I have never been to the Cinque Terre before this trip and have always heard how it’s very similar to the Amalfi Coast. As we are very familiar with the Amalfi Coast, I was keen to visit the Cinque Terre only to see if it is that similar. With plans to stop one night half […]

Day trip to the stunning town of Civita di Bagnoregio

Civita di Bagnoregio - Featured

As striking as photos are of Civita di Bagnoregio, they don’t do this place justice. Catching a glimpse of this jaw-dropping town in person is an overwhelming and awe-inspiring moment that is difficult to describe in words. Founded by the Etruscans and dating back 2,500 years ago, Civita di Bagnoregio is today desperately clinging to its […]

Weekend in Amelia, Umbria

Stunning panoramic views from Amelia, Umbria

We are fortunate to have awesome friends who often extend an invitation for us to stay at their lovely country house in Amelia. Prior to this, I had never heard of Amelia though I am very familiar with Umbria. However, Amelia had never crossed my mind and I assume that many others would probably not […]

Hidden Gems in Lazio

Hidden gems in Lazio - Villa Lante Bagnaia

Lately, I’ve had the opportunity to explore more of the Lazio region and while Rome has plenty of amazing gems, the region has stunning places that are absolutely worth a visit. Off the beaten path, you often have these places to yourself. One pleasant Saturday in November, we visited Palazzo Farnese in Caprarola and Villa […]

Day trip from Rome: Monte Soratte and Abbazia di Sant’Andrea in Flumine

Day trip from Rome: Monte Soratte - View of the town Sant' Oreste

With autumn in full swing, we do our best to make the most of non-rainy days. As November 1st was a holiday here in Italy, we had a nice long weekend and instead of planning a trip away, we decided to stick to day trips from Rome.  I finally got the chance to visit Ostia […]

A Day in the Lazio Countryside

Gorgeous view of Lake Nemi - Featured

“Are you sure? It’s a 17-km (10.5 miles) walk!” That was the answer I got when I told Luca about the walk at Lake Nemi which is about a 40-minute drive southeast of Rome. To be honest, I didn’t read the details of this guided walk/hike and had my doubts when I heard “17-km”.  However, […]

Traveling through Sicily: Erice, Agrigento and Piazza Armerina

Traveling in Sicily - Road Trip to Erice, Agrigento and Piazza Armerina

After a week in San Vito Lo Capo, it was time for our road trip where we’d drive from San Vito Lo Capo to Taormina in a span of a few days.  While plotting out the trip, it took a lot of convincing before Luca agreed to it as we would be on the road […]

Eating Our Way Through Sicily – Awesome Sicilian Food

Sicilian Food - Busiate with Pesto alla Trapanese

Now back in Rome, I am reminiscing as well as missing the awesome Sicilian food we had while on vacation there.  You are spoilt for choice in Sicily and while we tried to pace ourselves in those two weeks, it was a real challenge. We literally ate our way through Sicily, starting in Palermo where […]

August in San Vito Lo Capo, Sicily

San Vito Lo Capo - Weekday

No availability, nothing available, all full. Those were the replies I was getting from hotels, B&Bs, holiday rentals in San Vito Lo Capo.  I didn’t get it especially when the news constantly remind us that there is a crisis in Italy and more people are staying home for their summer vacation.  The rest, it seemed, […]

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