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A city out of time: what do we dream of when we dream of Rome?

On a writing grant to the eternal city an Italian-born Australian encounters its two faces – the tourist’s fantasy and the residents’s realityMy desire to live in Rome germinated on a European holiday almost 20 years ago. I exited Trastevere train station, bleary eyed after the long-haul flight, and was instantly revived by the sight of women in tight skirts and stilettos zooming past on their Vespas. Men at the local bar made fun of my Italian pronunciation. Come si dice ‘tre’? they would tease...
Tags: Travel, Art, Europe, Books, Environment, Religion, Race, World news, Australia news, Rome, Culture, Art and design, Catholicism, Sculpture, Pope Francis, Italy

Italy threatens to ban Ryanair alleging Covid-19 guideline violations

Dublin-based airline, previously criticised by German health authorities, denies accusations of non-complianceCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageItaly’s aviation regulator has threatened to ban Ryanair from its skies, alleging that the airline has not complied with rules brought in to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.The Italian civil aviation authority Enac accused the Dublin-based airline of “repeated violation of anti-Covid-19 health measures drafted by the Italian gov...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Business, World news, Infectious Diseases, Italy, Ryanair, Airline Industry, Michael O'leary, Dublin, Flights, Coronavirus outbreak

New SiteMinder Study Reveals Italian Hotel Guests Will Arrive At The Last Minute

A new study by SiteMinder, the global hotel industry's leading guest acquisition platform, reveals an increased preference for spontaneity among Italy's local travellers, a segment currently crucial to the country's accommodation industry as international travel continues to rebuild. SiteMinder's Changing Traveller Report, which combines the survey responses of nearly 600 Italian residents, shows a staggering 68 percent will book their accommodation less than a month before their holiday ...
Tags: Travel, Italy, Siteminder

Ligurian Island of Gallinara Sold to Foreign Investor

Gallinara, the turtle-shaped island 1.5 kilometers off the western coast of Liguria, has been sold to a single owner. Ukrainian aerospace tycoon Oleksander Boguslayev, a resident of Monaco who holds citizenship in Grenada, purchased the 11-hectare island for just over 10 million euro. Although the island has been in private hands off-and-on for centuries, the sale has sparked a controversy in Italy, where the island is known chiefly for being a protected nature preserve. Italy designated the Ri...
Tags: Travel, Grenada, Italy, Monaco, Liguria, Dario Franceschini, Italy News, Ligurian Island of Gallinara Sold, Oleksander Boguslayev, Aldo Cazzullo, Ligurian Island

The Lingering Pain of Leaving Italy

If you have ever lived in Italy and had to leave it, this post may hit a nerve.The post The Lingering Pain of Leaving Italy appeared first on Italofile.
Tags: Travel, Featured, Personal, Italy, Essay, Featured Articles

Along the River

I wrote this post and two more on June 14th. A lot has happened since then including my excursion to Italy. I’m now back in Paris and thought I would post what I had saved as nothing has changed as far as walks along the Seine. Today it is going to be over 100 degrees in Paris so I for sure won’t be going out for photos. It will be cooler tomorrow, thank heavens. More things seen as we walked along the Seine: The Institut de France seen from Pont des Arts. Ile de la Cité begins t...
Tags: Travel, Photos, France, River, Paris, Italy, Seine, River Levels, Seine River, Institut de France, Pont des Arts Ile de la Cité

Last But Not Least

I ended my time in Italy in Vicenza, a city 30 minutes by train from Venice. Palladio, a famous Renaissance architect, did a lot of work here. It was an interesting city to roam around in. It has one of the prettiest squares I’ve ever seen-not grandious like Venice but charming. The white building is by Palladio. A beautiful building on the other side housing a museum. I stopped for a late lunch under a beautiful arcade. Across the square. How Italain is t...
Tags: Travel, Architecture, Italy, Venice, Photographs, Vicenza, Palladio, Venice Palladio


Since I was in the area I had to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa once more. I’ve been before and even went to the top which I didn’t this time. It’s pretty quicly seen. There it is. I read that they have done some support work to keep it from falling or leaning even more. I’ve seen other towers leaning too but this one is a beauty. It only cost 20 million Euros to straighten it by 18 inches returning it to its 1838 position. The beautiful baptistry. Note that the tiling on the roof was...
Tags: Travel, Italy, Pisa, Baptistry, Leaning tower

Revisit Six of Elton John’s Most Iconic Concerts, Streaming in Their Entirety for 72 Hours

Just as Bohemian Rhapsody introduced Freddy Mercury to an unsuspecting generation of young fans, last year’s Elton John biopic, Rocketman, has netted its subject a host of fresh admirers. John's newest fans were born into a far different world than the one that was astounded when he declared, in a 1976 interview with Rolling Stone, that he was bisexual. Now a knight (the first openly gay musician to be so anointed), Sir Elton is using his enormous public platform to encourage youth who m...
Tags: Travel, Google, Music, England, College, Italy, Elton John, Brazil, Edinburgh, John, Henrik Ibsen, Elton, Madison Square Garden, Facebook Twitter, Freddy Mercury, Elton John AIDS Foundation


I wanted to revisit the Leaning Tower of Pisa and heard that nearby Lucca was a great place to stay to do this. It tuned out to be a really charming place and it was a thirty minute train ride away from Pisa. A glass of the local wine when I stopped for a late lunch. This was on the side of a house. Did it mean Mary had to spank Jesus to keep the devil out or was she getting ready to wack the devil? There was no one around to ask. This square which is actually round just sort ...
Tags: Travel, Italy, Jesus, Mary, Lucca, Pisa, Roman Amphitheater, Guinigi Tower


Art is everywhere in Florence from sculptures outside to paintings in museums. I made a quick visit to the Uffizi Gallery to look at some art famous from the Renaissance period. This was outside the Uffizi. I took the photo because of the clouds. It didn’t look this vivid in person. I did some adjudtments afterwards. It is said Michelangelo stood in front of this statue and said it was a waste of a large piece of marble. It certainly lacks the magic of Michelangelo. One of the very l...
Tags: Travel, Photos, Art, Italy, Florence, Mary, Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Botticelli, Uffizi Gallery, Lippi, DaVinci, Medicis, Botticelli Venus

More Florence

More photos around Florence. The beautiful courtyard of the Vecchio Museum. A pretty fruit and vegetable shop. A blocks long covered walkway. Sculpture of Saint George by Donatello at the beginning of the Renaissance in art. Wild boar fountain. Florence is packed with high end designer shops. This is the grand entrance to the Ferragamo shop. A very small electric car which can park just about anywhere it wants.
Tags: Travel, Italy, Florence, Electric Car, George, Donatello, Vecchio Museum, Vegetable Store


After Venice I went to Florence. At first it seemed dirty and noisy but that’s because I had just been in clean uncrowded Venice with only the noise of boats on the water as traffic noise. After a while I found Florence to be very beautiful. Starting with the stunning Florence Duomo. The famous Gates of Paradise by Ghiberti on the baptistery by the Duomo. This was as the Renaissance was beginning. Not too far away is the statue of David by Michaelangelo. This is a copy to pro...
Tags: Travel, Art, Europe, David, Italy, Venice, Florence, Sculptures, Ghiberti, Duomo, Gates of Paradise, Pont Vecchio, Michaelangelo This

How coronavirus is reshaping Europe's tourism hotspots

The collapse of visitor numbers amid the pandemic offers cities a new opportunity to rethink their business modelCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBarely a year ago the graffiti on the walls of Barcelona read Tourists Go Home. Now that they have gone, the city – along with others that are heavily dependent on the tourist trade – fears an economic meltdown and is hastily drawing up plans to lure visitors back while placating tourist-weary residents.Trade associations pre...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Spain, Barcelona, Italy, Netherlands, Coronavirus outbreak

Venice Shots

Oleander is blooming all over Venice. I have this for breakfast every morning: hard boiled eggs with olive oil and black pepper, along with artichoke hearts. A pretty corner. The gorgeous floor at the Gallerie Academy. From a painting there of God creating animals. Do you think this is a unicorn? Just thought this was pretty. An aperol spritz across the place where they make and repair gondolas.
Tags: Travel, Photos, Painting, Italy, Venice, Floor, Gallery Academy

Courge musquée

This variety of winter squash is called "muscade." It will look like a tan-colored pumpkin when mature, kind of the same color as a butternut squash, another related variety. Like the rouge vif d'Etampes, I've grown these before. We should have a nice pumpkin patch this fall. And a big job of processing the flesh for the freezer. This one's got a lot of growing to do! I had a good market day on Saturday, bringing home a melon, some radishes, and some tomatoes. I also stopped into a charcuterie...
Tags: Travel, Europe, France, Italy, Portugal, WCS, Garden Flowers Plants, Food And Cooking, Parma Spain Serrano, France Bayonne

Island of Color

I made a quicktrip to Burona while on Venice-known for it colorful buildings. A look down an alley. We stopped for drinks and they gave us the cookies shaped like the Grand Canal of Venice when they saw us taking photos of our drinks. A picturesque display. A perfect photo setup. I think the people who live here like yellow. A great lineup Swans, which surprised me. The one with its mouth open was hissing at a man. Worth a photo.
Tags: Travel, Photos, Color, Italy, Village, Venice, Grand Canal, Burano, Burona

Off the Beaten Trail

A friend recommended a place to eat in what was once the Jewish Ghetto where Jews were forced to live until Napoleon conquered Venice and gave them the freedom to live where they chose as well as being allowed to build synagogues. I’ve been here before and don’t find it especially interesting compared to the rest of Venice but set out to try a new place called Gom Gom, a kosher Jewish restaurant, which turned out to be very good. An image seen in a window of an art gallery of a wedding in a...
Tags: Travel, Italy, Canal, Venice, Napoleon, Stefano, Madona, Saint Mark Square, Jewish Ghetto, St Stefano church

Coronavirus brings tension and prejudice to Italy's beaches

Tempers fray over social distancing and visitors from Lombardy tell of discriminationCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageTensions have broken out on beaches and holidaymakers from Lombardy reported instances of discrimination as Italy’s first summer since the coronavirus outbreak gets under way.Residents of Codogno in Lodi province, the first town in the country’s badly affected Lombardy region to be quarantined, have claimed attempts to book holidays elsewhere in Italy w...
Tags: Travel, Europe, World news, Italy, Lodi, Lombardy, Coronavirus outbreak, Codogno

Venice 3

Exploring Venice is such a treat, especially if you love photography. The Fondaco dei Tedeschi is a beautiful high end shopping mall. I went there for this view from the terrace. It’s free but you have to have a reservation. It’s near the famous Rialto Bridge. The church right across the way from my hotel, the Santa Maria de Giglio, has the only Rubens in Venice. Look at this incredible interior! It sells clothing-Dolce and Gabbana. Only in Italy. The Acqu...
Tags: Travel, Cat, View, Italy, Venice, Rialto Bridge, Dolce, Rubens, Venice Look, Fondaco dei Tedeschi, Acqua Alta, Acqua Alta Bookstore, Santa Maria de Giglio

Panini Girl In Lucca May 2021

It’s heartbreaking to announce, but the September 2020 tour has been canceled due to the pandemic. It seems like a long way off, but I’m already  dreaming of my return to Lucca next spring. Come along and be prepared for amazing food, new friends, stunning scenery and lots of laughs. I’m available to help you with […]
Tags: Travel, Cooking, Friends, Italy, Lucca

G. Kero Pop-Up Store Le Marais

On my way home from meeting a friend for coffee on Monday in the haute Marais, I found a delightful pop-up shop with the coolest and colorful summer clothes. G. Kero is an artist-based clothing line, and the mix of animated prints of summer with bold colors will have you dreaming about the seashore. The cheerful prints are featured on men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing, scarves, shoes, and of course, face masks.   It was dangerous for me to look through the racks of men’s clothing, a...
Tags: Travel, Fashion, Shopping, Italy, Portugal, Kate Moss, Brazil, Marguerite, Philippe, Richard Nahem, Cap Ferret, Bay of Arcachon, G Kero, Marguerite Bartherotte

More Venice

I’m here in Venice until Sunday (this being posted on Wednesday) so I have many more photos. I’m having a fabulous time but, my, is it hot! Almost 90 degrees one day. There are beautiful arcades around SaintMark Square where I walked trying to keep out of the sun. I found this on my last visit to Venice and was able to find it again. Why an elephant with an angel I have no idea. A look at the square. The famous lion representing Saint Mark and Venice on its column. ...
Tags: Travel, Italy, Venice, Rialto Bridge, Bridge of Sighs, Saint Mark Square, SaintMark Square

Travel to Italy in the time of the Coronavirus

(Editor’s note: Below is an account of my friends Robert and Dori and their recent flight from San Francisco to Italy ending up in their Lucca condominium (ownership of which along with their residence permits allows them to bypass the restrictions of travel from the US to Italy. I’ll let Robert and Dori tell the rest of the tale.) Dori and I just finished our air travel to Italy and I can share some impressions with you. We started from San Francisco. The crowd of people there was much thinn...
Tags: Travel, Germany, US, San Francisco, Eu, Rome, Frankfurt, United States, Italy, Sfo, United, United Airlines, Robert, Lucca, Dori, Autostrada

Mille Miglia 2018: Colorful Classics Come to the Lunigiana

(Editor’s note: Below is an account of my friends Robert and Dori and their recent flight from San Francisco to Italy ending up in their Lucca condominium (ownership of which along with their residence permits allows them to bypass the restrictions of travel from the US to Italy. I’ll let Robert and Dori tell the rest of the tale.) Dori and I just finished our air travel to Italy and I can share some impressions with you. We started from San Francisco. The crowd of people there was much thinn...
Tags: Travel, Germany, US, San Francisco, Eu, Rome, Frankfurt, United States, Italy, Sfo, United, United Airlines, Robert, Lucca, Mille Miglia, Dori

Eye Prefer Paris 15th Anniversary Prize Winners

First, I would like to thank you for your kind and generous comments and emails about the 15th Anniversary of Eye Prefer Paris last week, and I especially want to thank those who took the time to take the quiz and for their answers.   Below are the correct answers to the quiz, highlighted in red.   2006 What department store had an exhibit of dolls that Christian Dior, John Galliano, Kenzo, Christian Lacroix, Valentino, and Versace designed costumes for? A. Le Bon Marche B. Gal...
Tags: Travel, France, Los Angeles, Paris, Italy, Eiffel Tower, Monaco, Bill, Contests, Taylor, Meredith, Lyon, Gardens, Christian Dior, Jessica Simpson, Monet


Once the confinement was over, the first place I wanted to visit was Venice. I wanted a chance to see it without hords of tourists. I’m so lucky to live in France and get there without any problems. Everyone on the plane had to wear masks and fill out a form saying they weren’t sick. Our temperatures were taken before boarding too. My hotel required masks in the lobby and they sprayed my suitcase too. I arrived on a Sunday and I have to say that the vaporetto was crowded but as I listened to the...
Tags: Travel, France, Architecture, Italy, Venice, Rialto, Canals, Aperol Spritz

How not to do Covid: Kazakhstan first country in the world to fully return to lockdown

Kazakhstan will on Sunday become the first nation in the world to re-impose a country-wide lockdown after its easing in mid-May of largely successful measures to counter coronavirus sparked a surge in infections. The central Asian country, which borders Russia in the north-west and China in the east, appeared to have contained the disease after a two-month lockdown with just a few thousand confirmed Covid-19 cases. But Kazakhstan, home to 18 million, embraced its re-discovered freedoms with gust...
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England publishes list of countries travellers can go to without being quarantined on return

No 10 accused of ‘shambolic’ handling of air bridge list after publication beset by delaysCan Britons book a summer holiday now?Coronavirus – latest updatesA host of popular European tourist destinations are on a confirmed list of 59 countries and territories English holidaymakers will be able to visit in so-called “air bridge” arrangements without having to quarantine for a fortnight on their return.Passengers arriving from France, Spain, Germany, Italy and Greece are among those who will be ex...
Tags: Travel, Europe, England, Greece, France, Germany, UK News, World news, US news, Italy, Air transport, Portugal, Transport, Rail transport, Coronavirus outbreak, France Spain Germany Italy

England's quarantine to be dropped for Spain, Italy, France and Germany

Rule change to come into effect on 10 July, with full list of countries published on FridayCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageEnglish holidaymakers will be able to visit Spain, Italy, France and Germany without having to quarantine for 14 days on their return and travel restrictions on up to 60 other countries and territories are also set to be lifted.The government’s rule change will come into effect on 10 July with the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, describing it a...
Tags: Travel, Europe, England, France, Germany, Spain, UK News, Italy, Grant Shapps, Spain Italy France, Coronavirus outbreak

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