10 11, 2015
  • Taormina View

Art Spotlight: Taormina Film Fest

Taormina is full of wealthy, gorgeous people. But once a year, even this small town really outdoes itself with the Taormina Film Fest. If you’re around in Sicily in June, come here to rub shoulders with— or at the very least, breathe the same air as— visiting celebrities. As the oldest film festival in Italy, the Taormina Film Fest traces back to 1955. Great stars have graced it over the years, such [...]

6 11, 2015
  • Sicilian Cannoli

Dessert Dive: Cannoli Edition

If you’re going to be in Sicily, you’ve just got to try a cannoli. The iconic pastry of this area, it’s hard to go anywhere in Taormina without seeing these delicious treats in pastry shop windows. It’s even harder to walk by them without going in. Made with sweet fried pastry dough wrapped into a little tube, it is filled with delicious ricotta then sprinkled with powdered sugar; taste one and you’ll [...]

31 10, 2015
  • Perugia view

Top 5 Panoramic Views in Perugia

Be sure to see beautiful Perugia from as many angles as possible. Mercato Coperto: Those clever markets know you'll walk through just to get this breathtaking sight of Perugia. If you're thirsty, grab a drink at La Terrazza while you're passing through.   Ristorante del Sole: Going to the Minimetro? Stop for a gorgeous view of the city you're descending into beforehand. Aqueduct: While you're walking towards or on the aqueduct, enjoy [...]

1 10, 2015
  • Sicily sunset

Sunsets in Sicily

I don’t think it really matters. If you’re somewhere in Sicily between the hours of 8 and 9 pm, you’re going to see a pretty incredible sunset. I’m still waiting for that “green flash” everyone always talks about (I’m skeptical) but this sun-atmosphere combo has figured out how to produce just about every other color in the Crayola box. Deep, dark indigo rules the upper airs and slowly fades to a wispy [...]

26 09, 2015
  • Italian Trains Let's go

Notes From Italian Trains

As I was scrawling out a rough draft of this blog on the penultimate train ride of my route – a four-hour Sicilian coastal jaunt from Palermo to Taormina – the topic changed. Originally I was going to go for a snarky little column about the dirth of snack bars and the lackluster air conditioning on these things. It’s only really “conditioning” in the sense that if you were to go to [...]

19 09, 2015
  • Italy Palermo

Wedding Crashers: Palermo Edition

A few days into my stint in Palermo, I strolled into the tell-it-like-it-is named “Church of Jesus.” The overload of stucco reliefs, red and white marble, and shiny gold crap everywhere was enough to spin me into a tizzy of Sicilian baroque-ness. There was even a red carpet rolled out down the center aisle. “Nice touch, guys.” “Wait, why is there a red carpet in a church? Oh, sheesh, I’ve walked [...]

13 09, 2015
  • trenitalia let's go

Trenitalia 101: 3 Tips for Mastering Italy’s Trains

It’s not hard to train to be a Trenitalia master. That pun was begging for it. But if you’re traveling through mainland Italy and need to get from one city to another (it happens sometimes), Trenitalia will be your new best friend—you know, aside from your copy of Let's Go Italy. It just takes a little getting used to. So after kilometers upon kilometers spent on these kinda comfortable, air conditioned trains, I [...]

12 09, 2015
  • Amalfi Coast Let's go

5 Ways to Avoid Going Bankrupt on the Amalfi Coast

On the Amalfi Coast, the only thing grander than the view is the pricetag. 1) Bring your own umbrella. No one does this, but I’m thinking it’s going to be the next big thing. Open up that umbrella you brought like it’s raining cats and dogs and bury the handle in your own little patch of sand. Voila, free shade. Money saved: 7 Euros. 2) Game the gelato system. There may be [...]

6 09, 2015
  • rimini let's go

Rimini: The Ibiza of Italy

Real talk—I had no idea what Rimini was before I saw it on the list of places I had to go. And I didn't really pay much attention to it until about a week before I had to go there. Then like any sensible researcher, I pulled out an old copy of Let's Go Italy, flipped to Rimini, skipped past all the intros and went straight to the good stuff: the museums! [...]

5 09, 2015
  • Naples Virgil

Naples: A Visit to Virgil’s Tomb

I am part of a smallish, eccentric, and some would say rather confused cohort of individuals that willingly partakes in the study of Latin. Virgil, to me, is a little bit like an old friend. Granted, it’s a one-way friendship, and it’s more of an “I’ll follow you on Twitter but I totally understand if you don’t follow me back” type of thing than a real “chummy” relationship – he kicked [...]

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