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Italy Travel

16
Jul

Guest Blogger Joanne: Mariannina from Celano

In the mountains of Abruzzo there is a town with a rich history … not all of it in text books. This is the town my mother and my husband were born in, Celano, once a principality now a town that embraces its past while struggling to find its way into the 21st century. Yes, I...
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03
Jul

Guest Blogger Robin: Ode to Italy

Oh Italy how I love thee…let me show you the ways…. lemons the size of softballs that make limoncello biscotti to go with the robust espresso served on Italian pottery Deruta is my fav the history, especially Rome and the Colosseum Florentine leather shoes and gloves the green rolling hills dotted with cypress trees cafe...
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12
May

Save Money This Year in Florence with the Fiorino Effect

The Province of Florence and the local tourism board recently announced a new campaign to ensure Americans continue to visit the Tuscan capital. The Fiorino Effect will begin May 15 and is scheduled to run through the end of 2008. Eligible tourists will receive discounts such as 10% off hotels and meals, 15% off theatre performance,...
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23
Apr

The Ruins in Tindari, Sicily

Loyal blog readers might remember my recent girls’ getaway to nearby Sicily. Michelle and I ventured out, armed only with the clothes on our back (and all the clothes we could cram into our cases) and her mini corno, you know, to ward off the malocchio! And, it worked! One of the most picturesque sites we...
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04
Mar

Il Padrino in…Savoca

otherwise known as “The Godfather Village.” That’s right, folks. Believe it or not, everything you see in the movies IS NOT REAL. Hollywood would try to trick and confuse us? Sad, I know. But, the small Sicilian village of Corleone, the quaint, close-knit town we all longed to visit when we watched The Godfather, is...
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03
Mar

The Ding Dong, The Lion’s Roar and Ave Maria

Madonna della Lettera isn’t the only interesting thing to see in the port city of Messina, but she makes her presence known throughout the town, as evidenced in one of the more charming city attractions. The Bell Tower of the Cathedral contains the most complex mechanical clock in the world, and it shows off it’s...
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29
Feb

Madonna of the Letter

Like most – if not all – Italian towns and villages, the port city of Messina, the entranceway to Sicilian civilization, is blessed with a patron saint. For Messina, Madonna della Lettera, is that saint. Standing boldly and shining like a beacon (in all of her gold-toned glory) Madonna of the Letter is the first...
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28
Feb

Ti Amo, Too

For all of those “babies” and “Peppes” out there who are 1) too shy to emblazon their love on a public walkway 2) afraid of breaking the law (and getting caught) -or- 3) who don’t have a steady enough hand… Directly from the street facing the Duomo in Palermo… These are for you! Can anyone...
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22
Feb

Scaredy Cat on Vaca

Oh, yes, friends. It is true. I am a BIG ‘OLE fifone. Or, for those of you who prefer English – A BIG ‘OLE WEENIE! It’s true. I am scared to death of the Mafia. Seriously. So, why oh why am I leaving today on a jet train and heading towards the land of the...
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10
Apr

Announcing…

For the first time in history, or well, in my memory, at least Almost Non-Stop Flights (you don’t really have to get off of the plane in Bologna) from Lamezia Terme, Italy to New York City, U.S.A That is right, you heard me… www.eurofly.it now has direct flights to the homeland, right from our little...
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