Forum Romanum: A glimpse in the past

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The Forum Romanum is one of the most popular attractions in Rome. Being the political, economic and religious centre of the Old Roman Empire, this square was one of the most documented and vivid places of it’s time. Although this square is pretty much a jumble of ruins now, It’s a must-see when you visit the city.

The construction of the Forum began in 700BC – the first dated documentation of the Forum –  and kept on being reconstructed throughout the years. Every Roman Emperor wanted his own version of the square, so a lot of buildings were replaced or reconstructed regularly.

Some of the structures have survived to this day because they were converted to churches throughout the years, such as the ‘Curia Julia’ & the ‘Temple of Antoninus & Faustina’. But, let us be honest, they have lost a lot of their former glory. Other structures were almost completely destroyed by raids during the Fall of the Western Roman Empire, or demolished for recycling purposes.



To me, the Forum Romanum is as close as you’ll get to see and feel the legacy of the Old Roman Empire. The structures still have their genuine antique character and it’s pretty cool to see how everyday life was back then.

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Meet the adorable puppies who survived five days trapped under avalanche rubble

This story touched my heart and I thought I should share this with everyone. It's amazing how these brave and humane firefighters rescued these adorable pups. "Saluto"

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Meet the adorable puppies who survived five days trapped under avalanche rubble
A firefighter embraces one of the rescued pups. Photo: Vigili del Fuoco
As firefighters continued their feverish search for more human survivors of the Abruzzo avalanche, there was a flicker of hope when three puppies were found alive under the rubble.

The three Maremma sheepdog pups had been born in December to the hotel's resident dogs, Lupo and Nuvola (Wolf and Croud) - who had escaped the quake and found shelter in the nearby village of Farindola.

The video below captures the joyful moment the dogs were brought to safety.

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January 31st, 2017

It has now been three weeks since I left the USA to live in Italy. Wow, what a wonderful and yet, challenging, rollercoaster ride.

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January 17th, 2017

I Only Come Out At Night

Today is day 7 since I flew away from the United States and I could hardly be happier. It is still hard to believe that I am actually LIVING in ITALY. It still feels like I am only traveling. It is the honeymoon stage.

January 3rd, 2017

I Am ‘16 Going On ‘17

2016 has passed. So many of my friends are looking backward at their highpoints in the year 2016. One year can change a lifetime. It has for me.

December 27th, 2016

Christmas Day in Black and White with the Ricci Family

Christmas Day on Rose St. in East St. Paul was always wild and loud. It began each Christmas morning with all of us waking early, running into the living room to see what Santa brought us. Lots of giggling, running, fighting for space to get to the toys while Dad would be trying to stop us until he set up his lights and camera.  Mom would be laughing and scolding Dad (rather loudly as I recall) but we would not care one bit. We wanted our GIFTS.

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I have been traveling since I was 4 years old. I have seen the Great Pyramids of Egypt, been all over Europe and North America, even Alaska. I have been to Italy a dozen times or more. Yet, meeting Arianna Cini and Alessio De Genova in Tuscany was definitely one of my top 10 travel experiences.

What do you look for when you travel? Most people want a unique experience where they can feel and enjoy the real life of the location they are in. It is very difficult to find those one of a kind adventures. You can find it with Arianna and Alessio.

Last June I only had 24 hours to visit these two young, Slow Food Movement members. I could have spent a week with them. They are Km Zero Tours and they invite you to share their lives during your interactions.

Arianna is a Tuscan who lived in the Chianti Classico Region all of her life.  She is a wonderful travel guide and offers her stone family holiday home to people like us for rent and for personal interaction (Casa Montrogoli, ) Alessio is a charming Abruzzese man, a sommelier and great chef. He actually cooks for guests in their home!

Km Zero Tours’ belief system is simple: go with the flow of the land you are in. Slow down and experience the local, artisanal craftsmen and share the life they live.  Keep it real, sustainable, and as close to the nature of Chianti as possible. Doesn’t that sound perfect?

They found me the B&B Art of San Casciano in Val Di Pesa, a lovely town above Florence. We dropped my luggage and headed out on our adventure!

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It was emotionally difficult to leave Tellaro. I could have spent a weeks there. However, logistically it was a breeze to travel to Portovenere.

After a warm farewell to my host, I bought a bus ticket to Lerici, another lovely town near Tellaro. There I walked along the pier to the Ferry for Portovenere. It was sunny and warm with a good breeze. Even though I could have explored Lerici, I only took a few photos of the castle and pier before boarding my transportation.

As I joined a few locals at the prow of the ferry, the wind kept me cool. It was so exciting to approach this gorgeous peninsula jutting into the Bay of Poets, so named because of the Poets who chose to live in Tellaro, Lerici and Portovenere.

It is said that Lord Byron once swam from Portovenere to Lerici to visit his friend Percy Shelley who, with his wife, lived in Tellaro. Byron is honored in Portovenere, especially at his grotto, where he loved to think and swim.


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August 17th, 2015

This is a very nice story that I read and wanted to share.

We have all been at the airport and seen a small family pick up 8 pieces of luggage, each one bigger than a ten year old. What is in all that stuff? Chi sa! Who knows!

After many years of traveling only in the USA, I chose to take a tour of Egypt. It was a 17 day trip and I brought a 26” and 22” rolling carry on plus a huge shoulder bag. When I had to drag that luggage down the hall or to the bus I wanted to leave it for the Bedouins! All I needed was a sundress and a shower. Why did I bring all that stuff?

Family in Canada

I was a traveling turtle. I needed to bring everything to feel secure. I wanted to carry my home on my back. What I discovered was the wasted effort of having my own shell when I could have been having Fun! Never again.

If you are a traveling turtle, take another look at your motivation and your needs. I advise all my clients to cut back on what you think you need. You are traveling to Italy, a civilized country that has shampoo and deodorant if you run out. You can buy clothing there—you should buy clothing there! You can even go to a farmacia (pharmacy) if you feel under the weather. They also have laundromats (una lavanderia) where you can wash clothing if you do not want to hand wash items in your hotel bathroom. If that doesn’t sound like fun you can drop off clothing to be cleaned and laundered. Some hotels have this service.

I travel with a 21” suitcase no matter how long I am traveling. I use Zip Lock bags in quart and gallon sizes. These work as my “drawers”—not fancy but organized.

Family in Canada

  • I take one bag and roll up maybe 5-7 pair of undergarments and zip it tightly shut.

  • I use gallon bags for tops and roll them and zip.

  • Pants and skirts are harder--if you can't get them in a bag lay them flat and on top. You can also fold them with pants under your bags and over the top.


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By  TAKE ME HOME ITALY    January 17th, 2017

Today is day 7 since I flew away from the United States and I could hardly be happier. It is still hard to believe that I am actually LIVING in ITALY. It still feels like I am only traveling. It is the honeymoon stage.

Other than the fact that my flight from Seattle was severely delayed, it was a marvelous experience. British Airways in Business Class is wonderful. The flight staff was fantastic and funny. The food and adult beverages were great. The seats went completely flat and there was a modicum of privacy between seats. Even the headsets were noise dampening.

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Amazing Places "Italy"

I came across this article which gives you a lot of information on why the below destinations stand out from the rest. Please visit the Author's site to Read more as I have just tagged a tiny bit of info.


#1 in Best Places to Visit in Europe

Why go: Roma is a can't-miss spot on your European tour. The aroma of fresh Italian cooking wafts through alleys and historic sites sit at every turn. The Colosseum, St. Peter's Basilica and the awe-inspiring Trevi Fountain are essential attractions for any traveler.



#2 in Best Places to Visit in Europe

Why go: Paris is filled with iconic museums (like the Louvre and the Musée d'Orsay), monuments (like the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe) and churches (like the Sacré-Cœur and Notre Dame). Still, save some time for drawn-out meals and relaxing at sidewalk cafes.



#3 in Best Places to Visit in Europe

Why go: Exploring the world-class British Museum, seeing a musical in the West End, touring the Tower of London and gorging on fish and chips at a local pub are all part of the London experience. However, London's high hotel prices can make budget travelers cringe.



#4 in Best Places to Visit in Europe

Why go: Venice may conjure images of romantic gondola rides down the Grand Canal, but this City of Water isn't only for swooning lovebirds. With an abundance of theaters, churches, historic sites and notable eateries, all types of travelers will enjoy Venice's charms.



#5 in Best Places to Visit in Europe

Why Go: Compared to Rome, Firenze gives visitors a taste of a more authentic Italy. Florence boasts renowned museums, stunning architecture and mouth-watering cuisine. You can't miss admiring Michelangelo's David and climbing to the top of the Duomo.


Cupini's Italia Press release.


Cupini's Italia Continues to Celebrate the Authentic Italian Culinary Experience With Rome and Florence Tours Coming Up. Experts agree, there's next to no better way to experience Italy's rich culinary world than being shown the sites and tasting the tastes alongside an elite Italian chef. Recently, Cupini's Italia announced they are continuing to offer just these kind of tours, led by acclaimed Chef Franco Cupini. Rome and Florence tours are open for registration and scheduled for July through October 2017.


January 19th, 2017 It's a great time for people who love Italian food, culinary culture and its deep, rich history.

Italian culinary tour leaders Cupini's Italia recently announced new dates and locations for their ongoing tours with renowned Chef Franco Cupini, with July through October 2017 dates scheduled.


Rome and Florence are on the list to visit on the exciting tours which will include cooking classes in kitchens throughout Italy, a wine making event, truffle hunting and full concierge services. “Franco wants to show you extraordinary Italia, culinare and culture ‘through my eyes’,”commented a spokesperson from Cupini's Italia. “This is a wonderful opportunity for a unique experience that will be cherished for a lifetime.”Chef Franco and Cupini's Italia has been widely featured in the media including spots on the Food Network. Franco currently owns Cupini’s in Kansas City – which has received national acclaim by USA Today and been the spotlight of a handful of culinary television programs. For more information be sure to visit


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When most people decide to make a visit to Pisa in Tuscany, Italy, it is no secret they’re heading here for that iconic photo in front of or holding up the world-famous leaning tower of Pisa. When I was seventeen years old I travelled to Europe for the first time with my dad, and insisted we travel all the way by train from Rome in a day to do just that. Now, some eight years later and a few more destinations under my belt, I travelled back to Pisa to discover the city beyond the tower. Discover for your in this quick guide to Pisa! Introducing Pisa! If you come to Pisa insistent that all you want to see is the leaning tower (for which this city is oh so famous for), I can assure you that you’ll miss the beauty of this small city. Recently Pisa has become another gateway to Tuscany, with the introduction of direct flights with Qatar airways, making it possible to reach Pisa in just a couple of flights from almost anywhere (you’ll need to fly to Doha first, then direct flights are available daily to Pisa). The city of Pisa is undeniably best explored early morning or late (…)

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What’s an Osmiza? Short Journey Through the Karst by Stefano

November 17, 2016


Trieste, North-East Italy. On the hills overlooking the sea, on the Karst upland, it can happen to find a bunch of twigs tied together hanging on road sign posts, fences and hedges. What does that mean? We are close to an osmiza. When I first arrived in Trieste few years ago, I had no clue about what an osmiza was. When … Read More

An Afternoon in Porto Venere, Italy by Stefano

  January 16, 2017

Are you planning a visit to Italy? Then Porto Venere and the Cinque Terre should definitely be on your list. Here I write on how to spend an afternoon in Porto Venere – it’s such small that if you decide to spend more time is just because of its endless beauty.

Porto Venere (along with the Cinque Terre) is one of the 51 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Italy. (We are actually the country with most of them, and it’s a pity many are not given the value they would deserve). Porto Venere has also been awarded the Blue Flag. This recognition is given by the Foundation of Environmental Education when stringent standards regarding the quality of seawater, safety, and the environmental management are met.

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