Varenna – A Mesmerizing Village on Lake Como

Perched high above Lake Como is the quiet and atmospheric small town of Varenna. Because of its beauty, tranquility and train accessibility, I made this lakeside village my travel destination in northern Italy. Surrounded by mountains, Varenna’s steep walkways meet at the lakeshore, near the midpoint of the lake, making Varenna a convenient location for […]

Varenna photo by Margie Miklas

A Delightful Venetian Aperitivo at Baglioni Hotel Luna

Elegance and tranquility were on the menu, served up with delicious glasses of sparkling Aperol Spritz delicately carressed with orange. As guests of   Baglioni Hotel Luna, my friends and I received the royal treatment with a colorful aperitivo at the bar. Situated across the lobby from the  Canova Resturant, we had the opportunity to enjoy  […]

Aperitivo at Caffè Baglioni Venice Photo by Margie Miklas

20 Italy Bloggers Share Favorite Photos of Milan

The world’s attention is focused on Milan as  more than 20 million visitors are expected for EXPO 2015 between May 1st and October 31st. Italian Talks asked Italy bloggers and photographers to share their best photos of Milan. Please enjoy these 20 images selected for this post. People often forget  that Milan is home to […]


Behind the Scenes with the Head Chef at Luna Hotel Baglioni

Venice is most certainly a magical place and my latest visit was made even more so by being a guest for two nights recently at the Luna Hotel Baglioni, an unforgettable experience. The attention to detail and friendliness of the team was the epitome of luxury in this historic family-owned Venetian hotel. Of several encounters […]

Chef Cosimo - Photo by Margie Miklas

Turin: Italy’s Best Kept Secret

I first laid eyes on Turin twenty years ago. It was grimy; all the buildings were blackened; cars parked haphazardly in all the large squares. It was truly an industrial city that nobody wanted to visit. A bit more than ten years later, a miracle occurred. The Winter Olympics came to Turin! Buildings were cleaned; […]

Piazza Grand Madre - Photo by Lisa Watson

The Charm of Scuola Grande di San Rocco

Venice houses many treasures. San Marco, the Ducal Palace and the Rialto Bridge are just some of the best. But there are others that are tucked away, out of sight. They hide in amongst the trees and stone facades of Venice. One such gem amongst the treasure trove of Venice is the Scuola Grande du […]

VENICE Photo by Brandan Dolan Gavitt

Immerse Yourself in Ancient Roman Life at the Maffeiano Museum in Verona

It so often happens that we discover unheralded works of art in those museums that escape the attention of tourists. Until some time ago, I for one had never actually set foot in the Maffeiano Lapidary Museum in Verona, which boasts treasures of Greek and Roman art and is just an hour away from Milan […]

Photo by Giulia Zanoletti

Puglia’s Gem – Alluring Alberobello

Any trip to Puglia, the heel of the Italian boot, should include a visit to one of the most unique cities you will ever see. Famous for its unique cone-shaped houses, called trulli, Alberobello has a population of about 11,000. The city consists of two main areas, Rione Monti which has 1,030 trulli and the […]

Alberobello Photo by Karen Henderson
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