The Design and Furniture Show had the entire city sold out of hotel rooms and the city was decorated with streets filled with giant lampshades hanging over head. Milan has a very easy and accessable subway/metro system costing a reasonable 1 euro a ride – favorite stop Via Montenapoleone.

See what I mean?


Every time I go to Rome I stay at the same hotel near the fashion & shopping area Via Condotti, but this time a friend suggested Lungarno Hotels, Portrait Suites (Via Bocca di Leone, 23) – also located in the fashion area.  Its theme is Ferragamo Shoes…how is woman to resist?        

amalfi beach

Amalfi Coast, Italy

The drive to the Amalfi Coast from Rome takes 3 hours and 20 minutes. It’s not quite the same as driving thru Tuscany: less cypress trees, more urban apartment buildings with laundry hanging off balconies, but in a different way – it is interesting. After struggling with on and of traffic, the reward is the coastline … Read More

The incredible view at Restaurant Terrazza Belvedere in Palazzo Sasso Hotel


With limited time in Amalfi, I wanted to find an ideal spot for lunch somewhere outside, on a cliff and enjoy the view. Happiness is at Terrazza Belvedere in Palazzo Sasso, a 12 century Italian Villa in the hilltop Villiage of Ravello, 1000 ft above the Mediterrainean. The view is spectacular and the meal. The … Read More

Capri from water

Isle of Capri, Italy

The first thing I learn is that locals pronounce Capri like this – long on the CAP, short on the PRI – Caap -ri. Ferries leave for the Isle of Capri from Napoli, Positano, Sorrento…I took the ferry from Sorrento, a cute seaside town. It costs around 14.50 Euros and is beautiful. I stayed overnight, but I am not … Read More

Hotel Cipriani Venice


Sorry for the poor quality pictures of Venice, but I wanted to show the Hotel Cipriani – an  ideal place to stay in Venice. I had always heard mixed reviews of Venice, some say it’s dirty and the canals are smelling water etc etc…I thought it was storybook-like, a charming place to stay for a day … Read More