Guest Post: Salento – Love at First Sight in Puglia!

Let's Go to Italy Together!Today’s Guest Post is from my lovely friend and tour collaborator, Ylenia Sambati. Yle and I met via fellow Italophiles and the internet 3 years ago and the idea of offering small group tours to Italy was percolating for me. Ylenia and Puglia came across my radar, we connected, and it has been nothing but fabulous ever since!

Photo Credit - Yle Sambati, YLTOUR PR

Yle Sambati, YLTOUR

My connection and friendship with Ylenia, as well as her partner Michele, and all of the fabulous people I’ve met and worked with in Puglia, is one that I treasure. It is through them that I have come to love and appreciate all aspects of this unique region: the culture and customs, the art and history, the cuisine, the traditions…the people.

Ylenia’s love for Puglia and the Salento sub-region of Puglia is deep and contagious. For this and many reasons, I invited Ylenia to share about her roots and passion… Continue reading

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Guest Post: A Sweet Taste of Genoa’s Traditions

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Genoa, la Superba (“the Proud One”) is the capital of Liguria and the largest seaport in Italy.

I’m so looking forward to my first visit in May. Not only will I meet my tour partners, Emanuela and Anna of BeautifuLiguria but I will be visiting the port where my maternal grandparents set sail for the New World in 1910!

In September, I hope you will join us and experience Genoa and the other gems of the Italian Riviera together…

Here’s a sneak preview from Anna! Continue reading

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Strolling into 2016: Lecce, Bursting with Baroque!

Let's Go to Italy Together!Lecce is often called the “Florence of the South” but it is so much more!

It’s sophisticated, it’s cosmopolitan, it’s stylish, it’s cultured, it’s elegant, it’s welcoming, it’s gracious, it’s friendly, it’s captivating, it’s ageless and it is positively bursting with Baroque!

Photo by Victoria De Maio

In a nutshell, Lecce requires no comparison to warrant our attention, it is absolutely splendid on its own… Continue reading

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Strolling into 2016: Ostuni, the “White City”

Let's Go to Italy Together!Even from a distance Ostuni captures our imagination as it catches the sun light…

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Photo by Victoria De Maio And upon entering the town center and meandering through its medieval alley ways and passages, not only are we charmed and delighted…

Photo by Victoria De Maio…we definitely want to see more!Photo by Victoria De MaioWon’t you join me for a lovely stroll through this captivating medieval gem along Puglia’s spectacular Adriatic coastline?

Spotlight on Ostuni

Let's Go to Italy Together! Ostuni is just one of the picturesque towns we will visit during our time together in Puglia.

We’ll also visit Lecce, Otranto, Gallipoli, and the Itria Valley

Read more about our unique experience and immersion into the lifestyle and culture of Puglia…

May 27 – June 5, 2016

October 7 – 16, 2016

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Coffee Break (Italian Style), Anyone?

Let's Go to Italy Together!I love a good cup of coffee! I’ve been a coffee drinker one ever since I can remember. Yes that long! In fact, since grade school, breakfast was a cup of half coffee and half milk (and once in a while half and half was a treat) along with something on the sweet side.Photo by Victoria De Maio

Yep, you guessed it, I was raised in an Italian family and Italians simply don’t do what Americans think of as “breakfast”… Continue reading

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♥ “When a moon hits your eye…” ♥

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“…like a big pizza pie…”

Photo by Victoria De Maio♥ “That’s amore! ♥

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♥ Looking Back…Looking Forward ♥

Let's Go to Italy Together!“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us…”

From A Tale of Two Cities. a historical novel by Charles Dickens written in 1859

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Similarly an Italian proverb comes to mind:

“Cambiano i suonatori ma la musica è sempre quella.”

(The melody’s changed but the song remains the same.)

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Credit: Free Digital Photography

Credit: Free Digital Photography

If you’ve watched any of the many televised recaps of 2015, indeed, we’ve seen the best and the worst…again. Wisdom and foolishness…again. And, if you’re like me you’ve probably felt the swing between believing and being totally baffled…

The world stage is in our living rooms 24/7 playing out unbelievable scenarios. We share every experience, know every horrific detail. And then there are rays of light and hope –good deeds, humanity at its finest…

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Ultimately we have to shape and mold our own experience and world. Despite personal challenges, when I find myself reflecting upon 2015, I have to do so with gratitude and certainly look forward with hope. Despite the tumultuous uncertainties, what else is there to do?

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Connecting and sharing my passion for travel and especially travel to Italy has been so gratifying. Be it via this blog, social media or writing for other publications, when I can inform, inspire, communicate and even motivate — I feel I’ve done my job.

Always striving to learn and to improve, I can only commit and dedicate to doing my very best to give YOU my very best.

Thank you for that opportunity...because it’s sharing with YOU that makes it all so rewarding and worthwhile… Continue reading

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“Cat”ivated by Deruta!

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Deruta is another of so many picturesque Italian hill towns.

Located in the region of Umbria and province of Perugia in central Italy…

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Made in Umbria: “Fired Up” in Deruta!

Let's Go to Italy Together!I have always loved ceramic ware. I grew up with the vibrant colors and hand painted decorative designs around me and my attraction to and weakness for it has never diminished…

It’s even more special when you meet or visit the talented artisans who have created your pieces and during a recent visit to Deruta in Umbria, we were fortunate to enjoy one of those special visits.

In case you didn’t know, Deruta has long been renowned for its superb earthenware or, more specifically, majolica…

Photo by Victoria De Maio

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♥ Venice Tramonto ♥

Let's Go to Italy Together!Venice Sunset…the sun has set on Venice for centuries and for centuries she has mesmerized us with her beauty, teased us with her mercurial moods and totally fascinated us…

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A picture may well be worth a thousand words, but a thousand pictures aren’t enough to capture la Serenissima.

Proud and self-indulgent, she flaunts her charms, her beauty and even her flaws. She is an unashamed exhibitionist posing for us, eternally admiring herself in the mirror of her reflecting waters.

And for me, she is simply irresistible. It seems that every surface was intended to reveal her ever changing moods… Continue reading

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