Rome Testaccio Market Visit & Cooking Lesson with Daniela

October 27, 2011

October 17 Wonderful day with Daniela visiting the Testaccio market in Rome and then walked to her home in the beautiful Aventine Hill area to cook our lunch.  Joined another student, Monica from Houston.  We made some amazing dishes using local and fresh ingredients.  Pictures speak a thousand words……. Now for the Secondi and Dolce…. […]

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Rome – Apartment Living

October 23, 2011

October 18 Arrived via train on Saturday during the “World Peace” demonstrations.  Demonstrators filled the streets along one side of the Termini (train station).  We could hear and see the crowds and thankfully made it to our rental apartment just fine.  Only a couple of incidents where cars were burned by a small group of […]

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Visit to Herculaneum – Ercolano

October 22, 2011

Herculaneum (Ercolano) October 15 Visited the ruins of Herculaneum, a seaside resort which was buried after the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D.  Most people visit Pompeii due to the size of the excavation.  Herculanium, about 1/4th the size of Pompeii & receives about 20% of the visitors, making it a more intimate site. […]

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Mamma Agata Cooking School – Amalfi Coast

October 17, 2011

October 12th – Beautiful morning drive from Positano up the coast.  Recommend having a driver to enjoy the views and towns of Priano, Amalfi and Ravello dotting the coastline. Cooking class with Mamma Agata & Chiara from 10:30 – 5:00 with a fun group of 12.  Started with lemon cake & cappuccino, demonstration and tasting […]

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Days in Positano

October 17, 2011

Took time to adjust to jet lag and walked the town of Positano.  The bright sun, beautiful blue sky and sea have a serene effect and makes you want to stay forever.   Walking is the only way to see the town and be advised not to have too much luggage!  There is a good range […]

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Positano Italy – First stop

October 12, 2011

Arriving at Naples airport is a convenient port of entry for visiting the Amalfi Coast.  Our private driver Alfonso navigated with the ease of a local and gave us an education of the land keeping us awake to enjoy the beautiful scenery.  The views are amazing and much easier to enjoy when you have someone […]

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Designing Italy by Ginger -A journey though Italy Fall 2011

October 10, 2011

Leaving today for a one month journey through Italy visiting my valued vendors, inspecting properties and uncovering new gems for designing customized itineraries for Italy.  1st stop Naples with a private transfer with my great drivers to Positano along the Amalfi Coast.  First big event will be a cooking class with the famous Mamma Agata […]

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Overnight Accomodation Tax in Rome

February 18, 2011

Beginning January 2011 there will be a fee applied to lodging in Rome.  Introduced as an “overnight accomodation tax”  the fee charged  will be 2 euro per person, per night and applied at the end of the stay.  Children aged 10 years or younger will be exempt from payment.  The fee is intended to financially […]

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Mount Etna awakens in 2011

January 13, 2011

New activity from Mt. Etna in Sicily created spectacular fire fountains and lava flows on the eastern flank of the Southeast Crater.  It started January 11 and stunning photos were captured.  It closed the Catania airport for a short time but has reopened today, Thursday, January 13th.  Read more about this amazing event along with […]

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Florence covered in Snow

December 21, 2010

A very rare event when Florence and much of Italy received snow!  As you can imagine, motorways, rail, air and local traffic around Tuscany were at a standstill.  Rome also had snow for the third time in 42 years.  Check out some great pictures from Living Venice blog…amazing photos!

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