Skip Lake Como

While most visitors to Northern Italy flock to Lake Como in hopes of catching a glimpse of the island’s most famous resident, George Clooney, many are missing out on what is truly the region’s most impressive lake, ...more

A Perfect Day in Tuscany

A Perfect Day in Tuscany Every now and then, I experience a ...more

Romancing the Stone: Reunited with Michelangelo's "David"

Romancing the Stone: Reunited with Michelangelo's "David" ...more

Guest Villa Vita blog: Ciao for Now, Il Borgo

Guest Villa Vita blog: Ciao for Now, Il Borgo Sharing the Beauty of Travel in Italy and Beyondby Gina Ruggiero, Villa Vita Blog I am sitting on the plane en route back to the U.S....more

Rome's Tourist Tax - Are you Flippin' Kidding Me??!!?!

Dear Mayor Alemanno:...more

Art of Chianti

The Art of Chianti Sharing the Beauty of Travel in Italy and Beyond  by Guest blogger Gina Ruggiero, Villa Vita Blog ...more

Good News for Travelers to Italy

You may have noticed I’ve been playing hooky for awhile, but, hopefully all will be forgiven as I have been picking up great experiences for the blog…But first, the good news (which does not include finding snackpack-sized Oreos in every airport and bar these days. Although it was seriously about time. I think Marco Polo even with his 20 year stint in China brought noodles here sooner). ...more

Italy: Wearing a Cement Boot?

While I'm still in vacation mode, I thought I'd give you The Best & Worst of Italy's beaches. While Italy has over 7600 kms (4722 miles) of coastline attracting all us turisti, it would appear that the Italians believe that overrunning that same coastline with cement is a good business prospect. Anyone who has ever been to Acapulco will tell you that that's probably not such a good idea. ...more

Wait, I was on Giglio a few years ago and loved it. What's happening there? I don't see the ...more