Santa Margherita Ligure
Italy 2018 / Liguria / Travel Notes

Santa Margherita Ligure

The not-too-big, not-too-small seaport town of Santa Margherita Ligure, situated on the sparkling Mediterranean, has proven the ideal home base to start our Italian adventure. An easy two-hour drive from Milan and just 30 minutes from Genoa, Santa Margherita  is connected to nearby towns including Camogli and Rapallo by ferries and a train station. The next town … Continue reading

A Home for the Italian Language
Art, History & Culture / Italian Language

A Home for the Italian Language

On the outskirts of Florence sits Villa di Castello, country home of Cosimo I de’ Medici (1519-1574), Grand Duke of Tuscany.  Sandro Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus and Primavera once adorned the walls of the villa, and Castello’s elaborate garden — renowned throughout Europe — influenced other famous gardens including Florence’s Boboli Gardens. Villa di Castello has seen … Continue reading