I met Bianca Del Bello by pure chance when searching for experts in Palermo Jewish history. After a few email exchanges, I knew that I met not only a superbly knowledgeable historian but also a friend with a big heart. Bianca and I designed a Palermo Immersion Experience for our small group: my husband and I, and our four friends.Continue reading “Discovering Palermo and Sicily with Bianca Del Bello”
Our exploration of Sicily began in Palermo, the main city of the island. Irene’s heroic efforts to prepare me for the trip paid off: I read Lonely Planet’s Sicily cover to cover, but Palermo came to life only when our friend and guide Bianca Del Bello took our small group on a walking tour of Palermo.Continue reading “Palermo Italy”
A quick look around Milan Piazza del Duomo
Take a quick look around Milan famous main square, Piazza del Duomo, with its Duomo Cathedral, Victor Emmanuel II statue, and Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. Milan is a perfect stop on a European vacation trip.
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The Best-Kept Secret in Rome: Maestro Enzo Samaritani and his Arciliuto Theater
Rome has so much to offer! We were advised by our new Roman friend Marco, the owner of Arco dei Tolomei B&B in Trastevere, to celebrate Alex’s approaching milestone birthday at L’Arciliuto Teatro near Piazza Navona. “A very non-traditional place, “said Marco. “You will be enchanted.” And we truly were.Continue reading “The Best-Kept Secret in Rome: Maestro Enzo Samaritani and his Arciliuto Theater”
Travel Tips: Where to stay in Milan, Italy: it is all about choices
Milan is a big city and most travelers to Italy do not visit it, which is a pity. From the beautiful Duomo to SforzaCastle to – of course – The Last Supper and La Scalla, Milan has a lot to offer. We strongly advise you not to miss it in your Italian itinerary! However, museums, castles, and arguably the best opera house in the world are not the only attractions. The place where you stay can be a destination in its own right.Continue reading “Travel Tips: Where to stay in Milan, Italy: it is all about choices”
Travel Tips: Where to find the best B&B in Rome, Italy
Alex and I are experienced travelers, travel consultants, writers, and photographers. Over the course of 30 years, our travels took us to more than 50 countries. BUT – we do not think we ever experienced the level of professionalism and sensitivity to clients’ needs and wants as we did at Arco dei Tolomei in Rome. The owners, Marco and Gianna, made us feel like we were old friends and the housekeeper Joseline was truly exceptional going above and beyond her regular duties of serving breakfast. She was humorous, attentive, and her smile lighted up the house.Continue reading “Travel Tips: Where to find the best B&B in Rome, Italy”