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I am borrowing the title of a book by Michael Tucker who also fell in love with Italy and has always loved food. Italian food and Italian meals are to be savored and enjoyed. His book was great and you can find copies on Amazon. Also recommended is “Living in a Foreign Language” also by Michael Tucker which is similar to Under the Tuscan Son, but with more humor and a bit of attitude.
We are on the island of Ischia, a small island off the coast of Napoli. We stayed in a small hotel with great views of the area and had a pleasant lunch of Prosciuto e Melone.
We also hand Insalata Capresse with fresh mozzarella di buffala
At anolther ristorante in ischia we had frutti di mare. As fresh as you can get.
While staying on Lake Carda in the town of Brenzone we had a waterfront dinner of Cacio e Pepe
Lunch at a winery in Vicenza
Below is home made pasta in Milano, I took a pasta making class.
Felt is was time to lear how to do it, I had a pasta making machine at home that my bother bought about thirty years ago.
Nothing like your own fresh pasta
Pasta alla Norma
Mixed fruit that we bought at the market in Siracusa Sicily
Below is beefsteak Florentine
You start with aged meet. This is from Il Pandemonio, Florence Italy
It comes rare to medium rate, It is a think steak, about 1.5 to 2.0 inches.
There is nothing like it.
Back in Catania, Sicily
An entire meal of antipasti
My wife Angel and I after a wonderful meal.
Il Torre Del Mangia, Siena
Piazza del Campo
There are more to come. This Brunello from 2011 met it Demis in 2020 as we reminisced about Italy.
Three years ago I had the idea of doing a blog about Italy travel. I already had a web site ( http://www.gregsitaly.com) but it did not allow me to narrate travels as easily as WordPress does. It allows posting from iPad, iPhone, and Mac with access to all my 20,000 photos of Italy. So thanks to all those who have stopped by and I hope to share some more thoughts and photos during these difficult time. This is not a commercial site, Lo faccio per condividere il mio amore per l’Italia, I do it to share my love of Italy.
View from Fondaco dei Tedeschi.
Free entrance to some of the best views of Venice. You can reserve a time slot online.
Visit their web site
A bridge in Vicenza
From the Grand Canal, Norwegian may not return.
To me nothing is more beautiful than the way Italian markets display their food. The quality is overwhelming, the aromas intriguing, and the tastes are fantastico.
Fish Market In Catania, Sicily
Catania Fish Market
Stall in Amalfi
Fruit and Vegetables
Lemons, Catanzaro Calabria
A Pasticciera in Erice
Blood Oranges, Palermo
Melenzanie – Eggplant
Artichokes, Carciofi Roma
Fresh Bread, Roma
My banana harvest, Vero Beach, FL
Not Italy but this came from a Tree in our front yard.
AT THE MARKET IN SIRACUSA, SICILY
Cipolla di Tropea.: The Calabrese cuisine is a reflection of its history – it is not refined or elaborate, normally simple, using most of the time vegetable such as the onions, in particular the red onion, the red onion of Tropea. These famous red onions are grown in an area which stretches in both directions along the coast from Tropea. Important enough to be sold in Sicily. (Google)
View from our Airbnb, Plemmirio Sicily, just outside of Siracusa
A Bridge In Vicenza
Villa Carlota, Lake Como
I follow a Facebook group which features posts on traveling to Italy. This morning I woke up to a post by Keith Mountford featuring a view of an Italian town and I knew I had been there.
I quickly went to my photo library and found the photo I took from the same spot. Keith had painted an amazing watercolor from the same spot.
We both stood on the same spot, and we saw the beauty that was there.
My photo is below. We are taking you to Bellagio on Lake Como.
Lake Como is in the background. This was taken in September 2019
This is Keith’s water color. It is beautiful
Visit Keith’s web site at
Keith has signed limited edition prints for sale on his website.
With everything going on and our all being restricted in what we can do and where we can go, seeing the post of Facebook mad my day a bit brighter. Ciao,,
We have been to Rome 5 or 6 times. Have lost count. Never see enough of the beautiful city. In October we walked most of the city and never stall the trash buildup that was posted on some news sites and in some newspapers in the US. It is a large city, but residential areas and tourist areas were clean. We can to wait to return. Here are some photos of the days in Rome.
Via Cappellari, out Airbnb was 100 feet away from this photo. The street was made into an art gallery for several days,
Art was hung all along the street.
\iew from the Tiber to St. Peters
A wedding im Trastevere
Museo di Roma
Piazza Navona from Museo di Roma
Then and Now
Coppede Neighborhood Roma
This area is know for it’s different and beautiful architecture
Below scuderie del Quirinale, the stables of Quirinale
We first came to the Scuderie del Quirinale three years ago for an exhibit by Picasso.
This time Pompei and Santorini both suffered volcanic eruptions.
Plaster casts from Pompei
Below a breathtaking view of Rome from the Scuderie del Quirinale
Milan Italy, September 2019
It is hard to believe this city was alive and well when we visited in September. Vibrant, crowded, and totally alive with people.
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, Milan September 2019
The Apple Store, Milan September 2019
Starbucks, Milan September 2019
Street Vendor Blowing Bubbles, Milan September 2019
It is hard to believe this country has been hit so hard. Hopefully we will return to an Italy that will recover. I have visited Italy 20 times in the last thirty years, and I will return again.