La Locanda di Bagnara

best bed: La Locanda di Bagnara, Bagnara di Romagna,  Italy

La Locanda is a historic gem in a tiny medieval town, definitely off the beaten track. Yet situated at the crossroads of a magic, underappreciated  area of Italy that encompasses Bologna, Ravenna, Faenza and Imola. This cluster of buildings began…

Rome

Rome: 6 things to do

Ah Rome… the Eternal City, The City of God, Love & Seven Hills. Where all roads lead. And the home of La Dolce Vita. Where the rights of cats are enshrined in law, flamingo tongues were once a delicacy; there…

Villa Spalletti Trivelli

best bed: Villa Spalletti Trivelli, Rome, Italy

Finally! The chance to live like a noble. Villa Spalletti Trivelli was, until recently, the Villino Urbino of an aristocratic Italian family. A country house in the heart of the city. The last one left in private hands; many have…

raw seafood at SushiBar

my favorite things….Palermo

Decadent, decrepit and elegant, Palermo is the most conquered city in history, chock full of UNESCO heritage sites and a WOW. It is crowded, crumbling and loaded with beautiful people. This capital of modern Sicily also served as the capital…

The Grand Hotel Majestic, Bologna

best bed: The Grand Hotel Majestic, Bologna, Italy

Dream location meets amazing history at  the Grand Majestic, Bologna’s only five star property. Local born, Pope-to-be Benedict XIV built this 18th century palazzo as a seminary. It sits atop an old Roman road. In basement, near the loo, you can still…

travel in the time of covid

travel in the time of covid

A month on the road. Was it worth it? Would I go again? What was it like? Here’s what I learned. Three weeks in Switzerland wasn’t enough. The country has so much to offer. The French German and Italian parts…

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