Italy

Little Italy, Small World

Little Italy, Small World

Pittsburgh’s Little Italy is located in the neighborhood of Bloomfield, which gets its name from a note that George Washington made in his journal about the field of blooming flowers close to the settlement. Bloomfield saw an influx of German Catholic immigrants in the late 1860s and a wave of Italians around 1900, specifically from […]

Do You Have a Receipt for That?

Do You Have a Receipt for That?

We put a lot of things in our pockets, especially when we travel.  I find when we are unpacking and getting ready to do a post trip load of laundry that my pockets are particularly stuffed with receipts.  So with that in mind let’s take a look at some of the slips recounting the real cost […]

Inferno, Starring the City of Florence

Inferno, Starring the City of Florence

We know it’s more than evident, especially when reading this blog, we are obsessed with Florence, Italy. So when a major motion picture takes place in our beloved city we of course have to let our opinion be known. The film, Inferno, based on the book of the same name by Dan Brown, gave us […]

A Visit to the Past in Pompeii

A Visit to the Past in Pompeii

On this, our fourth trip to Italy, we started our planning with a mission: to finally make it to the city of Pompeii. The city was famously destroyed in the aftermath of an eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD. It was lost, buried under massive amounts of dust and debris, until explorers rediscovered the […]

The Bridge

The Bridge

We loved our time in Florence and our week living in an apartment in Oltrarno. The small, modern apartment was perfect for us and the view as we’ve mentioned was one of the best in all of Florence. We were able to sit each evening and watch the boats on the river and the pedestrians […]

Personaly Made Pasta

Personaly Made Pasta

I would never describe my cooking skills as lacking. I spent a lot of my time as a childhood and adult life in my mother’s kitchen carefully watching her cook. I’ve spent a lot of the last few years cooking for Amanda each night as well. Still, an Italian cooking class was right up my alley […]

Our Apartment In Florence

Our Apartment In Florence

We mentioned in a previous post that our romantic plans of checking into what we’ve called “our room” at the Pendini Hotel in Florence, where we’ve stayed each time we visited the city, were scuttled by lack of availability even four months out. The inability to spend the week in a room that had been […]

We’re on Vacation!

We’ve been celebrating our 10-year wedding anniversary and visiting our favorite city to celebrate, Florence, Italy. So we don’t have a lot of time to write this week. We decided to give you a moment of zen, watching the crews working out on the Arno River with the Ponte Vecchio in the background. We’ll have […]

With Disappointment Often Comes Opportunity

With Disappointment Often Comes Opportunity

I’m sure we’ve mentioned our love affair with Florence, Italy before. We’ve mentioned how we began our romance there, honeymooned there, and spent our five-year anniversary there, each time staying in the exact same hotel room “our room” at the Pendini Hotel on Piazza della Repubblica. We were deeply saddened when we went to book […]

Making Time for the City Frozen in It

Making Time for the City Frozen in It

We are only four months from our anniversary trip to Italy and we thought we’d share one of the pieces from our itinerary. We’ve tried to incorporate a visit to Pompeii on our previous visits to satisfy our love of history. The time and distance of Naples (Pompeii) from our beloved Tuscany has always become an […]