Italy Will Change You, Too…

When is a vacation more than just a holiday from routine? What is there that allows it to rise to the level of life-changing? The answer lies in people. Cultural travel allows us to escape the ruts worn between Rome, Florence, and Naples by thousands of 'tour groups.' For most, an Italian holiday is a … Continue reading Italy Will Change You, Too…

The Birth of Modern Architecture

Italy is known for many things, but ranked high among them is the remarkable architecture of the edifices that fill her cities and towns. From great cathedrals to small churches, railway stations to public buildings, Italy shows off the skills of her sons and daughters. Once the great basilicas were sculpted a stone at a … Continue reading The Birth of Modern Architecture

New Speaking Tour in the Works

As an author, I enjoy meeting my readers, and bringing the pages to life with them. Libraries, bookstores, cultural centers, and other intimate venues offer an ideal atmosphere to share stories. Please see the right side-bar for a list of locations where it will be possible for YOU to meet me, and hear straight from Italy! … Continue reading New Speaking Tour in the Works

The Venice of Dreams

Our first encounter with Venice had been put off as long as possible. Fear of disappointment, perhaps, fear that the stories might be accurate, made us hesitate. Was there any truth to the rumor that it was a dirty, smelly relic, jammed with tourists and kitsch? We were afraid that our dreams of a lovely … Continue reading The Venice of Dreams

The World’s Most Unique Nation

Tourists often travel to see things: scenery, art, architecture, the cities themselves. Many people sign themselves up for a tour, and in a few days pay whirlwind visits. They see Rome's Coliseum and the Vatican, Florence's Ponte Vecchio and Michelangelo's David, and then they are bused to a rendezvous with a Venetian gondola, where for … Continue reading The World’s Most Unique Nation

The Ghost City of Basilicata

Basilicata is an ancient land, with traditions and superstitions that date far back into the dusty pages of history. Here, long before the arrival of Christianity, people were aware of the close connection of both men and animals to the land. The stories of terrible beasts and dragons were passed down from generations long ago. … Continue reading The Ghost City of Basilicata