Category Archives: Italian Travel

Home Away

As business travelers, we’re no longer tourists. Creating a small network of places where we can do business and feel at home is the ultimate. And anyone can do it. Responsive. We begin at Villa San Michele, a charming hotel … Continue reading

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La Primavera: Part I

Wisteria Season March 20 is the first day of Spring. It is also my birthday. We leave Maine’s four-foot snowdrifts knowing it’s full-on primavera in Italy. There’s nothing I like more than eating my birthday dinner on a plastic tray … Continue reading

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Tuscan Wines Shine

Among my favorite Italian expressions is, “Anni e bicchieri di vino no si contano mai,” or “Years and glasses of wine should never be counted.” Here at Enoteca Athena in Brunswick, I am eager to begin a relaxed, uncounted evening … Continue reading

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BEST BITE NYC 2016 – The Clam Sweet clams piled in white bowls, or served stuffed, in chowder, over linguine, or rough-chopped on pizza. Lobster “Louie” style and briny oysters chilled on beds of pebbled ice. My soul sister Seeky … Continue reading

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Roman Holiday

We arrive in Rome on Halloween, la festa di zucca. Our Roman reentry is smooth despite a brief frightening blackout on the subway. Three short stops from Termini, we emerge blinking in the bright sun of the Piazza di Spagna … Continue reading

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Caccia di Blu!

Italy’s terra-cotta landscape is rustic, golden, timeless. But tell me, do you sometimes miss the color blue?  Let’s go “caccia di blu!” We serve our espresso in blue, with a splash of modern stripes. Our alpaca-blend “Maggie” shawl warms WWII … Continue reading

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La Primavera 2016

Tile roofs. Terraced, unfussy gardens. Wisteria in bloom everywhere, along with pansies, peonies, tulips and iris. The sun is hot. Lake views are blinding. Weekend-warrior cyclists in black spandex speed past in a blur. Tiny fishing boats sputter by with … Continue reading

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