Articles about Italy

Travel ideas, information and inspiration for women planning to travel to Italy.

Instagram of the Week: Santa Maria Maggiore, Italy

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The #historic town of Santa Maria #Maggiore, #Italy near the border with #Switzerland is located in the #Vigezzo #Valley in the #Piedmont region. The surrounding area is sometimes called the “Valley of the painters.” A range of leisure activities, from the #energetic to the #relaxing such as #Nordic #skiing in winter and #hiking are available […]

Italian Destinations for Your Personality Type


When visiting Italy, pick the destinations that best suit your personality Italy is a country that has it all. From sprawling metropolis to charming countryside there is a place for every type of traveler to have the adventure of a lifetime. Italy’s got you covered whether you’re a beach bum, artist, hopeless romantic, urbanite or […]

The Best Pizza in Rome

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Who doesn’t want to find the best pizza when visiting Rome? Visiting Rome serves as a long-searched-for open invitation to eat pizza every day: a practice usually only employed by American college age males. This delicious dish has been enjoyed for over a millennium. There may be no better way to dive into the history and […]

The Ruins of the Real People of Ancient Rome

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When in Rome it is always fascinating to follow the lives of ancient Romans. We read and see so much of corporate grandeur that it is easy to forget that individual Romans were real people with families. Families who had a preference for staying together in life as well as in death. When the inevitable happened the remains were often kept in mausoleums so the living could gather in memory of the deceased.

The best preserved of these memorials is the Vatican Scavi underneath St. Peters, where the wealthy went to their eternal rest. But if you want to wander in the sun among the middle class and common people’s tombs, a visit to the Necropoli di Porto is a place to spend some time. That is, if you can find it and get reservations. The Necropolis is located between the airport at Fiumicino and the mouth of the Tiber River on Isola Sacra and is not well signed. The famous ruins of Ostia Antica are a few miles away. (The whole ancient port area is now part of an enormous archaeological project called the Portus Project. The website is if you are interested in knowing more.)

A Day with Emperor Hadrian

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Rome is so filled with treasures that it is often hard to know where to start. Sometimes it is easier to concentrate on one artist like Caravaggio or architect such as Bernini (who is almost impossible to avoid anyway). The last time we were in the city we decided to give one day to a Roman emperor, Hadrian, who ruled from AD 117 until his death in AD 138.

One of the few emperors who still gets good press as an administrator, he was a great traveler and builder, particularly in Rome. We began with one of the greatest architectural triumphs of all time, the Pantheon. Despite the inscription over the portico saying that it was built by Agrippa, Hadrian oversaw its reconstruction after it was twice nearly totally destroyed by fire.

The concrete dome at 142 feet across is larger than the dome at St. Peters and still the largest ever built of that material. The only light comes from the oculus, a hole in the center of the dome 30 feet in diameter. We stood to one side watching the sunlight slowly make its way across the floor, illuminating clumps of visitors. What would Agrippa, who originally built …read more

A Late Afternoon Picnic at Santa Maria Castellabate, Italy

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Today I am longing for the beach, the hot sun of Italy, for lazy afternoons with dear friends, so we’re heading down memory lane to Santa Maria Castellabate for a late afternoon picnic.

Of all the places I’ve been in Italy, this is one of my very favorites.

My girlfriends and I arrived in early Spring, long before hordes of Summer tourists cover every square inch of sand with towels, baskets, and book bags.

It was just us and a few locals, catching the first golden rays of Italian Spring sunshine that warms you to your very bones.

Late afternoon is my favorite time to visit for everyone is relaxing after a long day of work. No one’s in a hurry, and the luscious gold of the setting sun is pure balm to the soul.

Bare-bottomed toddlers squeal as they dip their toes in the water, leather-skinned old ladies soak up even more sunshine, and old men fold their arms over their bellies and sit back to watch the world go by.

It’s wonderful.

Santa Maria Castellabate beachI like laying back on a lounger and looking up at the gorgeous …read more

Wearable Luggage and Other Things I Love this Week


History of travel – an animated view of the story so far (Infographic), Tnooz, by Kevin May via HotelClub This is an absolute travel and history lover’s dream! Shared over on Tnooz this week, this fantastic animated infographic highlights the History of Travel. The graphic proposes 1863 as the year marking the dawn of modern tourism. […]

Around the Belle-es-sphere: March Edition

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Good morning from Queensland, Australia! In this month’s edition of  Around the Belle-es-sphere we’re heading to  Provence, Budapest, California, and Italy through the words and photos of our Belle friends from around the globe. We start with a beautiful weekend getaway in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence by Tuula: Weekend in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence Belle Provence Travels, 16 February 2014, France […]

Meandering through Montepulciano, Italy

Montepulciano, Tuscany

The weather right now boasts cool mornings and gloriously hot, sunny afternoons, just like Tuscany in late Summer. So today I want to don a favorite sundress and strappy sandals and join you in an amble through the shady streets of Montepulciano, Italy.

Our first stop will be for coffee, of course, thick, dark and strong with luscious crema swirled on top just so. Or perhaps decadent Italian hot chocolate, so thick and lustrous you can spoon it up. We need such fortifying beverages to strengthen us as we climb the steep, cobbled streets.

We will go anywhere we like, turning off down side alleys, some dark and cool, others brilliant with sunshine warming hanging baskets of red geraniums.

I will have to stop at the scarf shop for I cannot leave Tuscany without a soft, beautifully patterned scarf to take with me. Scarves are my memory carriers, the items I turn to on hard days when I need reminders of wonderful moments.

Montepulciano scarf shopWith many stops to catch our breath, we will finally emerge at the summit of Montepulciano and find a cool spot under …read more

Brodetto alla Vastese: Fish Soup from Abruzzo, Italy


Travel anywhere along the Adriatic Coast and you cannot ignore the traditional fish cuisine. Each locality has its own speciality such as stuffed mussels and stuffed squid, pasta with clams, fried fish, pasta and chickpeas, seafood soup and so on. Not least, the Gulf of Vasto, where many dishes are still prepared by local mums in the traditional way.