By Elizabeth Margolis-Pineo © Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram

Cinque Terre – Cliffside Wining & Dining

Bird's eye view of Vernazza

We visited Cinque Terre many years ago and wanted to see if it had changed as much as we have. We say goodbye to Como and the lakes and head for La Spezia and one of the most beautiful stretches of the Italian coast, where steep mountain cliffs drop directly into the azure Ligurian Sea. To read more click here.

Tasting Tuscany

What IS a “Super Tuscan” anyway? That is the question that sent us on a quest for a low-key, low-cost, wine-soaked week in Tuscany.  To read more click here.

Maine’s Tuscan Cousins – Spannocchia

Spannocchia, at last. In the hills of rural Tuscany southwest of Siena, this sprawling tenuta or organic estate has already worked its magic on one of my traveling companions …  To read more click here.

Good From the Ghetto – What’s So Jewish About Rome?

Somewhere in the mid-1980s while wandering Rome’s old Jewish quarter on the Tiber River, we noticed a small door with a red chenille curtain. A hole in the wall, literally, it had no sign and there was no name on the door. Curious, we peeked in and saw a little restaurant crowded with students and locals …  To read more click here.

Sizzling Sicily Cures Maine Winter Blues

We’d had it with winter. We needed to get away. We hadn’t been to Sicily for years. It had to be warmer than Portland. We leave Maine in an ice storm and arrive in Sicily to 65-degree weather. Our hotel is in the busy center of Sicily’s largest city, Palermo, overlooking the Mediterranean… To read more click here.

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