Ciao Bella! Leaving Italy

Remembering Italy-Pt. III… Cute servicemen to walk beside, market places filled with vibrant fruit and fish, sweet perfume on the air, catcalls from behind, dogs meeting each other shyly or wrestling each other for domination on the sidewalks while their owners chat. This is Italy. Visited downtown Naples. An explosion of sounds, smells, and colorful…

Last Weekend in Italia

Remembering Italy-Part II—-Vatican Experience Excerpt from my journal… (Unfortunately, my pictures were lost) This weekend was great! Went to Rome and the Vatican, plus got to souvenir shop and drive thru Rome once more. Love that city. I was hanging with G. who is very laidback and pleasant. Some interesting thing that were told to…

Beachside Celebrities-Remembering Italy pt.1

I must, must finish my time in Italy. Today I want to write about the cities of Positano and Sorrento on the Amalfi Coast. Last fall, when I arrived with a tour group to the city of Sorrento, it was a vision of candle- lit restaurants nestled underneath graceful trees, walk-ways fit for weddings and…

Italian Art-Florence

Though I have been gone from Italy now for over two months, I still must tell a few more stories. I took a trip to Florence, the heart of Tuscany, with colleagues one weekend in the fall. We rode the train up from Naples, snacking and talking the whole way. Once there we got to…

An Island Holiday at Villa Marinella

American living in Italy appreciates quiet calm of the island  BY TABI UPTON -CORRESPONDENT Outdoor patio at Villa Marinella Southern Italy is known for its sunny skies and gorgeous terrain, but on this day, the sun won’t even get out of bed. I planned on escaping to an island off the coast of Naples to…

Grapes, Coastlands, and Pizza

 Good Winds My very first outing in Italy was to a vineyard in Benevento, which means “good wind.” We saw gorgeous views, watched a machine crush a batch of grapes, and drank the liquid fruit. After viewing the winery and learning about the fermentation process, we entered the bottom floor for a tasting and several…

Florence-Tuscany

Chapter V: Mama and Daddy Go to Italy Saturday we caught a train to Florence, which is situated in the heart of Tuscany. After spending the night in a sculptor’s apartment, Sunday morning we joined an all-day tour of Tuscany. We boarded a large bus with lots of tourists from around the world: Brazilians, Australians,…

Mama and Daddy Go to Italy – Pompeii

Chapter III Thursday was our last day in the Naples area, so I arrived again in the afternoon to take them to the ancient ruins of Pompeii, a city destroyed suddenly by nearby Mt. Vesuvius several thousand years ago. They had watched the movie on Netflix before coming. But first–the hussle. We approached a sign…

Jet Lag – Mama and Daddy Go to Italy

Chapter II Next day, I visited the parents in the late afternoon. They were still in bed. “Ready to eat?” I asked. Just then, a coworker who had given me travel tips called to see if they had arrived. “My parents are still in bed,” I told him. “Leave them alone!” he yelled. “Let them…