Today, on the first day of spring, Florence got its snow. Tuscany is not a region of Italy where snow falls very often, so the flurry of white flakes has […]
I must admit, as far as travel experiences go, visiting the Colosseum never ranked highly on my list of favorites. Until recently, that is. The mass confusion entering the […]
Big cities can be quite a puzzle to get to know, and Rome is no exception. Even tougher still, Rome’s huge tourism economy makes it tricky to discover how to […]
As the host of the oldest university in the western world, Bologna has been a second home for young people from across Europe for centuries. And with the saturation of […]
After a long stay with family in the United States, I’ve recently been back in Bologna, and I’ve been getting to know Vine and recording some of my favorite moments and favorite times of day in this showy city.
A beautiful city with lots to offer and well-known to Italians, Bologna is a bit off the beaten tourist track. So I was thrilled when a recent Huffington Post travel article suggested a trip to Bologna instead of Rome. What a great idea! Yes, please come. We would love to have you here in Bologna. 🙂
April 25 is known in Italy as the Anniversario della Liberazione d’Italia, or the Anniversario della Resistenza. It was during these last weeks of April, 71 years ago, that one by one the cities of Northern Italy successfully renounced 20 years of fascist dictatorship, and five years of war.
Working as an on-site program coordinator in Italy for CISabroad, I have a steep learning curve, but I’m loving the work, especially learning and sharing my newly acquired travel tips about Rome.
After spending most of the last five years of my life in Bologna, Italy, the day after Valentine’s Day will never be the same. With the same pioneering, rule-breaking spirit that the Italians have brought to art, fashion, engineering, architecture, and crime, they’ve also brought to Valentine’s Day by creating their own holiday celebrating singles everywhere (everywhere meaning: the more the merrier) called Saint Faustino’s Day. Happening annually on February 15th, the holiday would more appropriately be described as “clandestine lovers day.” Since today is Saint Faustino’s Day, and you might not find yourself anywhere near Italy, here’s a little story to get you inspired for next year’s party planning.
This photo is perhaps the most “illustrious” of my “instants” so far. The photo isn’t meant to demonstrate fabulous composition, color, movement, etc. The photo taking is normal, but the […]
It was 11pm and I was standing alone outside the Lecce train station with two luggages, two bags, no ride, no money, and Lecce’s Wikitravel entry loaded on my iphone, […]
I’m on a train bound for Kufstein, Austria. I’ve made the trip once before, in the winter, and it was a magical winter wonderland. Now it is an Eden of […]
It snuck up on me…exactly one year ago today I left Bologna to return to family, friends, and career in the US. It hasn’t been an easy year, but […]
As I start out on this new adventure to Italy and beyond for the summer, I can’t help thinking it is going to be a good one. But really, I’ve […]
Mattia is one of our own, a member of the Gracefully Global traveler team, and now he boasts his own blog, “Sicily Life.” A handsome southern Italian himself with a […]