Celebrating Christmas in Calabria: Il Cenone

As I’ve mentioned over the last few weeks, I’m missing my traditional Texas-style Christmas this year and will be celebrating a Calabrian Christmas for the first time since moving to the bel paese. A few years ago I wrote a four-part series on Calabrian Christmas traditions and since I’m most looking forward to Il Cenone … the traditional Christmas Eve…

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Travel Tip Tuesday: Five Tips for Prepping for an Italian Vacation

This website is filled with tips directed at people traveling to Italy. However, most of them are from my perspective … it is my blog, after all, and I realize that after living here four years you can forget some of those early Italy-travel experiences. I think it is a good idea to step back every now and then and…

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Travel Tip Tuesday: Three Tips for Traveling with Your Sweetie

It is hard to believe three years have passed-to the day … Happy Anniversary, Sweetie!-since my husband and I tied the proverbial knot in southeast Texas. In that time we’ve taken more than a few international trips together and picked up some tips for traveling as a couple.

Travel Tip Tuesday: Tips for Helping Your Kids Learn Italian

One of the best things about traveling in southern Italy is the lack of English you’ll hear on the streets, in restaurants, even at main attractions. But this can also be intimidating-especially for kids. Unless you already speak Italian, you’ll probably want to pick up a few basic phrases yourself, so get your kids involved and use this vacation as…

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Five Words That’ll Keep You Warm in Winter

Over the years I’ve written about how to dress when you are visiting southern Italy and I’ve shared-many times over-some of my favorite Italian words. Today’s post combines those topics and fellow expat in southern Italy blogger, Laura of Ciao Amalfi! offers Italy-bound travelers the 411 on staying warm in winter.

Travel Tip Tuesday: International Travel Packing Tips

Last month, my globe-trotting friend Andi from My Beautiful Adventures wrote a guest post for our bed and breakfast website that featured five tips for packing for an international trip. If you’ve been around My Bella Vita, you know I thrive on finding great packing techniques, so today, Andi is back to share four more tips for packing for an…

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Travel Tip Tuesday: Tips for Flying to Italy With Kids

flights with kids. No, no, I’ve been on flights before where other people had to worry about getting their kids to sit still, buckle up and eat their cardboard chicken, but this summer, I was there.

Travel Tip Tuesday: Three Tips for Planning a Chick Trip

For many of us a girlfriend getaway to Italy, complete with Italian wine, local food, bright beaches and a few of our closest female friends is the perfect excuse to head to overseas. When I moved to southern Italy a few years ago, two of my closest gal pals came along and we turned my big move into a once-in-a-lifetime…

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Real Recipe Wednesday: Mollica di Pane

We kicked off this month’s Real Recipe Wednesday series with a classic Pasta Aglio, Olio e Peperoncino dish that had many people, including yours truly, heading into the kitchen. This week, guest blogger, Lisa Fantino of Wanderlust Women’s Travel is taking us to Sicily for an authentic tale and recipe for Italian breadcrumbs.

Real Recipe Wednesday: Pasta Aglio, Olio e Peperoncino

If I had to point out one thing I just hate about living in Italy it is this … the food is so damn addictive. It also ruins your taste for Italian-American food-food you used to love, like Fettuccine Alfredo or Chicken Primavera … things you thought were really Italian. So, all this month we’re featuring classic authentic Italian pasta…

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