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  • In the nutcracker collection of Metropole Venice
    A collection of memories at Hotel Metropole Venice
    You are in Venice, and a choice has to be made. Is it pizza or dinner at a Michelin-star restaurant? I chose the former so I could share my past pizza-loving experience with my sister, Cheryl, who traveled all the way to Italy with me to stay at...
  • 'Softy' tours a big hit with families
    'Softy' tours a big hit with families
    Exciting-but-safe places like Costa Rica, the Galápagos Islands and Iceland are becoming increasingly more attractive for family vacations. Mix equal parts of adventure – like bicycling around centuries-old villages – with comfort and...
  • Between the pillars of Venice
    Venice: On the wings of the legendary lion
    Just because it’s high tourist season in Venice, Italy, you don’t have to avoid this unique destination. Situated along canals off the lagoon of the Adriatic Sea, the architecture and history of Venice and its 100 islands is astounding...
  • Single Drops
    Luca Bash: Single Drops ep review
    Luca Bash is a singer-songwriter haling from Rome Italy. His latest album, Single Drops, dropped May 18th. The EP is a compilation disc of past material, one song from each EP released in 2014: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Key Black. The Single...
  • 5 Must see places when visiting Venice, Italy
    5 Must see places when visiting Venice, Italy
    Arriving in Venice by train from Rome offers an incredible view of the Italian countryside. It is a city of 118 small isles that make up the city that is linked together by 400 bridges and surrounded by 160 canals including the Grand Canal with...
  • Soave
    Soave: Making a sensational comeback
    In Italy Soave is considered one of Italy’s leading white wines. Soave received it first real recognition in 1931 when Soave was one of the first of two areas to be recognized geographically delimited wine region. Its popularity in Italy is...
  • Enzo at the cheese station at Forma Restaurant & Cheese Bar
    LA Chef concepts Forma Restaurant & Cheese Bar
    The chef, Piero Topputo, and general manager, Mario Sabatini, at Santa Monica’s new restaurant Forma Restaurant & Cheese Bar both came to California from Italy. Mario, born in Villa Santa Maria, started working in his brother’s...
  • German bombers attack Allied ships off Gela, Sicily
    'The Day of Battle' review: Atkinson covers the '43-'44 Med campaigns
    The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944By Rick AtkinsonThe sun beat down on the stained white city, the July sun that hurt the eyes and turned the sea from wine-dark to silver. Soldiers crowded the shade beneath the vendors&rsquo...
  • Mirah Carey got a new billionaire beau from down under
    Mariah Carey choreographing sea legs these days yachting with billionaire beau
    Mariah Carey has a new beau on her arm and it turns out the man she's vacationing with in Capri, Italy, is Aussie billionaire, James Packer. Reports put the 45-year-old Carey on a European vacation, but nothing was said about a companion...
  • Opera at 51 proudly presents 'L'Elisir D'Amore' for one weekend only!
    Concord's Opera at 51 presents popular romantic comic opera, 'L'Elisir d'Amore'
    Add a little love and laughter to this weekend for a good cause.As part of Friends of the Performing Arts in Concord’s annual fundraiser, Opera at 51 proudly presents Gaetano Donizetti’s romantic comic opera, ‘L’Elisir d...
  • Half Moon Bay, California
    Airfare deals from Southwest, escape to Half Moon Bay, explore Tuscany
    This week’s travel deals include great airfare discounts from Southwest Airlines, an adventure in Tuscany, and 40% off rooms at Half Moon Bay, California.Southwest Airlines is having a three-day sale on flights out of Denver. One-way airfare...
  • The Grand Canal in Venice
    Vacationing in Venice
    The city of 150 canals and 400 bridges – Venice – is a must see if you are touring Italy.This famous Italian city found in the north is known as the city of water, the city of bridges and the city of lights. Everyone who has ever been...
  • Pasquale Scotti: Mafia crime boss caught after 31 years on the run
    Pasquale Scotti: Italian crime boss caught after 31 years on the run
    On May 26, police in Recife, Brazil, reported capturing an Italian crime boss who’s been on the lam for 30 years. Pasquale Scotti, 56, was convicted of killing in excess of 20 people back in the 1980s. He was arrested following getting...
  • Lobby
    Room Report: Comfort Hotel Rome, Italy Fiumicino Airport
    Arrival Experience: Guests can find the free airport shuttle for the Comfort Hotel Fiumicino in the arrivals area of the terminal, which whisks guests to the hotel in downtown Fiumicino. This small city, for which the airport is named, is charming...
  • Silver Spirit
    Silversea adds Italy hiking tour to luxury cruise
    Luxury line Silversea Cruises has added an optional land tour to a dozen cruises out of Venice this year – Hiking in Cortina – a three-night pre- or post-cruise program that explores Cortina d'Ampezzo, a picturesque Italian town at...
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