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Do You Speak Italian Coffee?

By Katherine Ortiz

Who doesn’t need a jolt of coffee at some point during the day? Especially if you’re on vacation and trying to see it all! And who doesn’t have very specific requirements for their coffee (or coffee based drink of choice)? Now imagine being abroad, somewhere you don’t speak not understand the language, and trying to…

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Carciofi alla Romana (Artichokes Roman style)

By Katherine Ortiz

Italian cuisine is very seasonal and nothing says “Spring” in the Rome area as this fantastic dish – Carciofi alla Romana. This is hands down one of my favorites and for the longest time growing up, I only ate the stems and the bottoms, leaving the slightly more chewy leaves on my plate. As a…

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Rubbing Elbows with Lorenzo de’ Medici

By Katherine Ortiz

Walking around for a full day without a plan and taking in the life happening around me is my absolute favorite thing to in Florence.  Especially in the Spring or in the Fall, when the sun is bright, the temperature mild, and everybody practically “lives” outside. Florence never fails to make me feel recharged and…

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The Survival Guide to the Italian Café’s Jungle: An Etiquette Lesson

By Katherine Ortiz

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…

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Confessions of a Leather Addict – Part 2

By Katherine Ortiz

Confessions of a Leather Addict – Part 1 dealt with deciding what to buy and how to spot genuine leather from imitations. You can read it here. Let’s now tackle the next big question: Where do I buy? Oh my, you’ve come to the right place! There are plenty of opportunities and a wide selection…

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While The Alps Keep Watch

By Katherine Ortiz

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…

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My Clients

By Katherine Ortiz

Every year I have the pleasure to work with private clients who want a unique experience while travelling to Italy. Donna and her husband Bijouare one of those couples.  They went on a month long trip to Italy last September.  Though they’d traveled extensively in Italy before, Donna really wanted to experience everyday life in…

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Confessions of a Leather Addict – Part 1

By Katherine Ortiz

Ever heard somebody singing the praises of Italian leather? 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”),…

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The Love Knot

By Katherine Ortiz

Where would I go for the most romantic day in Italy? And what will my beloved and I do to properly celebrate the occasion? Easy! VERONA! 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…

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