Enjoying coffee in Italy is an essential part of the Italian experience. For me, I know I’m home again when I stop at the Bar Euclide in Rome on my way from Fiumicino airport to my parents’ house and get my first latte. Despite what you may think, it’s not for the coffee (granted, its taste cannot be replicated in the US);
it’s for the art of ordering and getting served (before you grow old) in an Italian café that reminds me in an instant where I am.Read more ›
Where do I buy?
Oh my, you’ve come to the right place! There are plenty of opportunities and a wide selection of venues to get your fix.Read more ›
I have passed by Trento many times when growing up. Normally, it’s on our way to an annual family week of skiing in the Alps. We just zip by without stopping, and without a second thought in the excitement to hit the slopes.
Now for the second time in so many years, and driven by external circumstances, I find myself spending an extended period of time in this city nested by the Majestic Alps. AND, what a pleasant surprise!Read more ›
Every year I have the pleasure to work with private clients who want a unique experience while travelling to Italy.
I consider myself very lucky to have encountered so many wonderful people in my line of work. But I know I’m truly blessed when clients like Donna and Bijou choose to be part both of my professional and personal life and become cherished friends.I’m happy to introduce them to you, so they can share their memories on their latest Italian adventure and their tips to fellow travelers.
Leather and its use in fashionable accessories for both men and women (like shoes of course!) are one of the most renowned Italian crafts.
Like everywhere else in the world, there is a lot of imitation leather or faux leather (“similpelle” in Italian or now “ecopelle”), a lot of “Made in China” (or elsewhere) and a lot of counterfeited merchandise.
So if you’re in the business of shopping for leather while visiting Italy what do you need to know to avoid the faux and get the real thing?Read more ›
Where would I go for the most romantic day in Italy? And what will my beloved and I do to properly celebrate the occasion?
What city would be more appropriate than Juliet and Rome’s hometown? Historic accuracy aside, Verona offers a great opportunity to mix all ingredients of Italian lifestyle and culture and more than a fair bit of romanticism.Read more ›
When a smart soul came first up with the idea of Carnival, the main idea was to “stock up” on happiness, playfulness and self-indulgence to fight the “winter blues”. Get it all out of your system before entering Lent, a long period of inner focus, spirituality and service versus others.
Not sure if my version is historically accurate, but I’m sure that the original idea of Carnival sparked a multitude of seasonal recipes for sweets – a big no-no during Lent – for which, I’m eternally grateful.Read more ›
The Moscatello Muliner property has been in the Vischioni family since 1931 when the grandparents of the current owners bought their first mill. An additional mill and a cattle farm were added to the property in the 20th century.
The current Vischioni generation completely restructured and re-purposed this traditional property at the beginning of the new millennium. Today Giovanna , Rosalba and their gifted painter and chef extraordinaire Lorenzo welcome Cives Urbe clients in this heaven just minutes away from the majestic Lake Garda.
Nested on 30 hectares of countryside with a swimming pool shaded by enormous trees, the Moscatello Muliner swaddle guests in quiet, peace and comfort.
Their artistically appointed condos – Lorenzo’s paintings are featured throughout the property – all have a fully-furnished outdoor patio and direct access to the pool.Read more ›
You can’t be happy in Tuscany without sitting at a table with a bottle of Chianti Classico wine and a bowl of Ribollita. This hearty, peasant-style beans and vegetables soup has been a staple on farmers’ tables for centuries and will warm your hearth while delighting your taste buds.
Nobody could make Ribollita better than “Nonna” Zaira, my cousin’s maternal grandmother.
The succulent smells coming off her kitchen quickly drew us in to feast on her traditional Tuscan fare and be warmed by her gentleness.Read more ›
During our Christmas break in my hometown, my husband and I were planning a day trip to Rome, when my dad claimed to have never visited the Vatican Museums.
This claim was met with skepticism from the rest of my family, as my older brother and I distinctly remember visiting the Vatican Museums as children (along with the Coliseum, the Forums and every possible historic site, church and museum in a 60 miles radius from my hometown).
Nevertheless, what a perfect opportunity to treat my parents to a private tour of the Vatican Museums!Read more ›