A summer retreat for over 1,000 years, Tivoli, Italy, hosted ancient Romans and the Renaissance elite in its rolling hills just 20 miles from Rome. Here’s a look inside its two most famous sites — Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este.
There are few places in the world that can match Italy as a travel destination. Much of what the world has for culture or civilization has come from or through it at one point in time. The Venetians and the Romans were pioneers of global navigation, international commerce, and conquest. Much of what the world has in terms of wine and viticulture can be attributed to the Italians. And then there’s the Renaissance and art! All of this makes the country one of the most dynamic and interesting to experience.
From our first trip to Milan, we were smitten. On subsequent trips to Rome we developed a lust for this country. And during our explorations of the hills of Tuscany around Saturnian and San Gimignano, we fell madly in love. From food and wine to the incredible art and history, there is much to explore and love about Italy. There are many great travel destinations, and then there’s Italy.
There’s just something special and cozy about cooking with someone’s grandmother in a real apartment in Rome. Her training ground was cooking with her mother and grandmother and her goal was loving her family with food.
Imagine the most fabulous photo you’ve ever seen of the Italian countryside. Then, add a series of pools to those hillsides where you can gaze out across the land and lose yourself in the serenity. This place is real. It’s Villaggio della Salute Piu.
Rome is one of our favorite cities in the world. Nearly everyone visits the Colosseum, but intrepid travelers need to visit the Appian Way and the Catacombs of San Callisto.
The natural Saturnia hot springs in Tuscany, Italy is visually striking and physically relaxing to visit. See photos and details from our visit to Saturnia.
It’s Wednesday. And that means it’s market day in Siena, Italy. We love local markets around the world and we were excited to see this one. We left the hotel mid-morning headed for the Fortezza. This is was an absolutely horrible decision and landed us in traffic for nearly an hour as we tried to
The Wine Check offers an easy way to bring back wine and spirits from around the world. It’s perfect for traveling lushes like us.
In which we got all access to some of the best wineries in Tuscany! During the Cantine Aperte wine festival in Italy, wineries open their doors to the public and reveal their secrets.
It’s interesting to think that without a rather dramatic flaw in engineering, Pisa wouldn’t be nearly the tourist center that it is. Nevertheless, Pisa is one of those places you almost feel like you have to visit, especially when you’re only 45 minutes away in Florence. The attractions in Pisa are concentrated within a few
San Gimignano, Italy is a beautiful little walled town that was declared by UNESCO to be part of the World’s Architectural Heritage. Its striking architecture is straight out of the 1200s, and is “the epitome of a Tuscan hill town.”