La Giostra del Saracino (Arezzo Jousting Match)

Happy Victoria Day, Canada! I hope everyone is enjoying the day off! If you’re wondering what to do next month (or in September), here is something to put on your “must see” list! The good news? There’s still time to book your trip to Italy! I’ve been to Arezzo many times and, as you know,… Continue reading La Giostra del Saracino (Arezzo Jousting Match)


I know, it will be my fault if you end up singing the Phil Collins song Sussudio as you walk around Gubbio. I know I do: Gu-Gu-Gubio, whoa-oa! Besides the fact that the name is a heck of a lot of fun to say (Gu-Gu-Gubbio!), Gubbio is a stunning medieval town of steep winding walkways and… Continue reading Gu-Gu-Gubbio

1000 Miglia

Zoom! Zoom! If you live in Toronto, tomorrow (February 17 – 26, 2017) is the start of the Canadian International Auto Show, a great event for car enthusiasts and potential new car owners. However, if you need an excuse for a trip to Italy in May, and you are an antique car buff, the 1000… Continue reading 1000 Miglia

Checking Out Cecchini’s

If Fionn McCool was the giant of legend said to have built the “Giant’s Causeway” in Ireland, I think Dario Cecchini might be the giant of legend that put Panzano in Chianti on the map. How else can you explain the daily pilgrimage of foodies and fun-lovers who take the winding road to end up… Continue reading Checking Out Cecchini’s

Putting Le Calandre on the Calendar

In the Veneto region of Italy, there sits a little town called Rubano. It lies 40 km (25 miles) west of Venice and about 7 km (4 miles) northwest of Padua. The population is around 16,000 and the town itself is only about 15 square kilometres (about 5.6 square miles). Why with all the amazing places… Continue reading Putting Le Calandre on the Calendar

Scary Monsters (Bomarzo Monster Park)

I have to admit to a little false advertising here. While the park in Bomarzo is often referred to as the Bomarzo Monster Park, as well as Parco dei Mostri (Park of Monsters) and the Bosco Sacro (Sacred Woods), there is nothing scary about it. In fact, it is absolutely lovely and a great “off… Continue reading Scary Monsters (Bomarzo Monster Park)

The Dying City

  I don’t know who first called Civita di Bagnoregio “The Dying City“, but that name certainly grabs your attention. I know that when I first heard about it, I certainly took notice. For about one year I’ve been sending notes to Pete saying “Hey, check this out, we have to go here”. We finally… Continue reading The Dying City