Lake Como or Amalfi Coast? 10 Things (x2) to Consider

You may have heard the notion that in Italy the further south you go, the more intense your experience.   “If you like Italy as far south as Rome, go further south. It gets better. If Italy is getting on your nerves by the time you get to Rome, think twice about going further. Italy intensifies…

Lake Como or Amalfi Coast?

A short question I was recently asked by one of my closest friends, “which do you suggest for us: Lake Como or the Amalfi Coast?” Although seemingly straightforward, for me, a proper answer requires some weighing of options and preferences. The differences in the regions are too varied to just pick without a bit of…

Snapshots from Italy: Favorites Across the Years, Part 1

A very rough (and probably low) estimate of pictures of Italy I have in my personal files is around 2500. So, in what seems like a perfect way to avoid post-Christmas clean up and neglected laundry from the holidays, I thought it would be fun to showcase some of my top favorites this month. Enjoy…

Contrada Bella

Just a peaceful stone archway, encountered during our summer stroll (passeggiata) in Varenna. Through the archway on one of the nearby buildings was a tile marker etched with the name of the neighborhood, fittingly named: …beautiful district The book giveaway contest is open through this Sunday, November 27! Please click here for more details on how…

Marvelous Menaggio

Between the northern shores of Lake Como and the border of Switzerland is nestled lovely, marvelous Menaggio. On a cool and cloudy July day we hopped a ferry from Bellagio, just across the lake, in search of the golf club, Menaggio and Cadenabbia Golf Club, which we found at the top of a steep, curvy…

While Wandering Varenna

Varenna is a quiet little spot on the shores of Lake Como. We stayed in nearby Bellagio and took a quick ride on the traghetto (ferry) to wander and lunch in Varenna. Here’s some snapshots of what caught my attention during our passeggiata (stroll). I invite you to sign my guest book or join me on Facebook!