Taormina, Sicily

The Muse of Taormina

Taormina! Breathtaking crazy cliffs rising from the Ionia Sea. Mount Etna's flanks visible in the background. View from our Taormina...

Riveting Rome

We were two kids in a candy store, surrounded by boundless treats. We grew up learning about Rome, we studied Rome in school, we were influenced by...

Is Mt Vesuvius going to erupt again?

Is Mount Vesuvius going to erupt again? That thought was going through my head as my sister Marina and I walked up this stirring dark mountain...

Naples silk connection

In the land of pizza, sfogliatella, fried spaghetti, limoncello, in the land of fine art, frescos, architecture and artifacts, its refreshing to...

Venice and the Polo’s

Venice, what can I say about her that has not been said already. Let’s just put it this way: when my sister and I got off the train and saw her for...

Genoa, Italy: A book is born

We enjoyed our leisurely pace in our overnight ferry from Split, Croatia to Ancona, Italy. But that pace was about to go into hyper-drive. We arrived...