Category Archives: Italy

Florence, Italy: Rustic Beauty and Unmatched Cuisine

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Florence; the mear mention of the city brings visions of Renaissance art and statues.  David, Michaelangelo’s masterpiece is center stage.  You may even envision walking across Ponte Vecchio and browsing the vast array of gold adornments in the high-end jewelry shops.   One should not miss however the rustic beauty around every corner.  Additionally, Florence has unmatched cuisine of any place I have visited.  So much so, I even took an Italian food cooking class where I learned to make a four-course authentic Italian meal.

Rome Italy: A Walk through Trastevere

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Rome is one of the quintessential cities everyone should visit at least once.  It’s full of history, mystery, and the most delicious food and wine in the world.  At every turn, there is a ruin of historic nature to explore. However, while seeing the major points of interest, one shouldn’t overlook other interesting aspects of a city, the neighborhoods, and people.  For me, one of Rome’s best neighborhoods is Trastevere just across the Tiber River. Its name means “across the river” and refers to its location on the west bank of the Tiber or Tevere in Italian.

Going on a Sea Cruise

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Going on a Sea Cruise – Part 1

There are many factors that go into taking a cruise versus flying to a city to visit.  There are many benefits to just flying to a city, such as staying overnight and enjoying nice restaurants, nightlife, or just seeing the city at night.  There is just more time to “get a feel” for the city and enjoy its culture.

Bellagio, Lake Como Italy

Italy: Bellagio, Lake Como

Bellagio, Lombard is a province of Como. It is located on Lake Como, also known by its Latin-derived name Lario, whose arms form an inverted Y. The triangular land mass at the base of the inverted Y is the Larian Triangle: at its northern point sits Bellagio, looking across to the northern arm of the lake and, behind it, the Alps.

Pisa, Italy- An Excursion from Livorno

Piazza del Duomo di Pisa

Piazza del Duomo di Pisa

A multi-city cruise can be amazing. It is one of the greatest benefits of cruising; being able to visit a city without making a full commitment.  This is perfect for Pisa.   Livorno is not only a port serving Florence and Pisa but also cities such as Lucca, San Gimignano, Siena and Cinque Terre.  For us, it will be our entry to the cities of Florence and Pisa.  If only there was more time, I would visit some of these other beautiful villages.