Category: Italy

10 Good Things about Holiday Inn Express Rome

Holiday Inn Express Rome–San Giovanni Photo credit: Michael Ciavardini

Have you been in a Holiday Inn lately? I had not, but find myself staying in Holiday Inn Express Rome–San Giovanni (not far outside the walls of the old city) as part of a package that mostly involves incredibly low…

An Italian Itinerary

When in Rome, will there be sufficient time in your itinerary for all of your must-sees? Photo credit: Michael Ciavardini

Any vacation in Italy is only hampered by time and by goals: how much and how many you have. Some may prefer to take a religious pilgrimage of sorts, others might prefer learning about ancient life or about art during…

Street Art, Rome

Better than beige, as seen on the street in Rome Photo credit: Michael Ciavardini

In case a traveler needs to see just a little bit more art on any given trip to Italy: enjoy the fizzy pink lady in Rome. You can find her on Via Assisi not far up from Via Tuscolana before…

What Happens in Italy Stays in Italy

A Mid-Life Road Trip Everyone Wants to Take Looking for escape on a chilly mid-winter day, one might reach for a copy of The Trip to Italy (2014), starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon playing themselves on a high-end road…

Katharine Hepburn’s Summertime Romance

Turned on to an oldie by Alice Steinbach’s Without Reservations: The Travels of an Independent Woman (Random House, 2000), I quickly add the Katharine Hepburn film Summertime (1955) to my Netflix queue. Lured by the prospect of Venice from an…

Appreciating the Riace Warriors

Continuing to reminisce about my first trip to Italy, I think about my brief, hot stay in Reggio di Calabria one August. I am making my way by train from Sicily back up to Rome to meet a friend, but…

Flashback Friday: Circling the Palatine

What I love about travel, aside from actually visiting a place, is the anticipation beforehand and then the memories afterward. I’m years and years past my first trip to Rome, and my memories of my solitary adventure there are a…

#TBT Remembering the Italian Lake District

It’s Throwback Thursday, so here is a photo from a 1989 month-long trip to Italy. What I have learned since that trip: label your photos while you still remember where you went. I’m pretty sure this is Lake Maggiore, but…