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Admit it – it’s been on your mind since that first viewing of “Under the Tuscan Sun” … owning your own magical villa in the lush Italian countryside surrounded by singing birds and plentiful wine. After all, who amongst us …

The bombs’ reverberating thunder blended into hellish harmony with the fighter planes ripping the skies above. Crashes, blasts, and clenched-fist fear were the almost daily accompaniment to the rumblings of her family’s empty stomachs. “I’d clutch Nonna Luisa’s skirts while …

Time machines — how many of us have imagined strapping into one, flipping a few switches to then find ourselves whisked into a whirling vortex — finally plopped into some ancient land of long ago? Only in our dreams or …

Separated by a mere two miles of sparkling sea at its shortest distance, the island of Sicily sits off the toe of Italy’s “boot,” looking somewhat like a football readied for the punt.  Italian by association, yet distinct and unique …

If offerings of Italy’s best attributes enjoyed without the hustle-bustle fervor of too many crowds appeal to you, Le Marche may be just what the travel agent ordered. A diverse region encompassing about 3,700 square miles, Le Marche (or Marche) …

There are those brands that rise above, morphing into a name that stands for an entire category of products. Kleenex, Chapstick, and Jacuzzi – all stand the test.  Whether it’s an innovative product or merely a great marketing scheme, when …

Gucci. Even if the name doesn’t immediately conjure up images of iconic green and red wide stripe motifs on everything from watches to leggings to luggage, unquestionably the name is instantly recognized by most anyone tuned into high end fashion.  …

As “resta a casa” mandates and travel bans continue to be the new normal, many of us have found extra time to daydream, to get lost in thoughts that whisk us away from reality. For me, those dreams often center …

It almost seems like a distant memory. Plan a trip? No problem. Is that person smiling or scowling? Pretty obvious to me. Enough toilet paper on the grocery shelves? What kind of crazy question is that? And now – it …

As soon as I boarded my flight home, I was scheming and plotting on how to return, how to get myself back to this enchanting land that had captured my heart. That first experience in Italy left an indelible mark …