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  • What makes me happy in Italy?

    October 1, 2017

    So many things that I can’t mention them all.  In the 23 years I’ve been traveling to the countryside in Italy each trip is unique.  There is always more to discover and though I make the trip twice annually the excitement of arriving is always new.

    Of course the heart of any country is its people who have created the culture.  And that culture, which is so diverse in Italy, creates its past.  I never tire of hearing stories, new and old, of the creation of that past.  Knowing that mythology can be based in fact I am always prompted to explore the myths that are offered by the residents of small villages.  On our last trip in May we visited a restored castle which had a fascinating history.  Part of the story, as in all stories of castles, tell of a visit by some famous artist or notable historical character.  Sometimes it’s Michelangelo or Leonardo da Vinci; sometimes one of the noble Medici.  But no story is complete without a famous visitor!

    In about two weeks I will travel back to my second home country.  People always ask if I have some tie to Italy like family or heritage but no, it is a connection of heart, nothing more.  What makes me happy to be there is the pace of life, the appreciation of small things like a garden or greeting from a neighbor.  A walk among Etruscan or Roman ruins, paintings by the Masters, an orchard of olive trees or a vineyard.



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  • My Italian Villa, Chapter Three

    January 24, 2013

    OK, six months passes and I return to Italy for vacation, tour leading and to finish the sale of a lovely piece of agricultural property in Bagnoregio.  If you recall, I had completed the first step in the process of the sale by paying a deposit of half the amount of the agreed upon price.  ... Read more
  • My Italian Villa, Chapter Five

    January 24, 2013

    It occurs to me that this tale may not be finished before the end of the year!  In fact, even if I choose to end it on this blog, there are still ongoing subtexts that I am working  on.  But then, since this is all taking place in Italy, it’s no surprise that the story ... Read more
  • My Italian Villa, Chapter Four

    January 24, 2013

    The end of Chapter Three in this epic saga left me with my chin on the floor and my heart somewhere south of it’s usual resting place!  I had just been told by one of the relatives of the couple I was purchasing a piece of property from that she would not sign the paperwork ... Read more
  • My Italian Villa, Chapter two

    January 24, 2013

    So, once we settle on a price for the property we must hire a “notaio”, a sort of para-legal professional, who handles the creation and filing of contracts between the buyer and seller.  Bruno was a handsome, shy Italian man in his late thirties with an office in the center of Bagnoregio.  He spoke about ... Read more
  • My Italian Villa!

    January 24, 2013

    About ten years ago I came upon an opportunity to buy a small piece of property in the beautiful farming community of Bagnoregio, Italy. Having vacationed in this funny little town for several years, I’d made many friends of the locals and word of mouth is a powerful tool in small Italian towns. This can ... Read more
  • Register now for your 2013 Trip!

    January 10, 2013

    Happy New Year, friends!  We made it through 2012 and avoided most cliffs.  Now it’s time to plan for the fun in our lives.  Our tours this year reflect many of the requests we have had from travelers over the years to add a dash of something “more”.  Look what we’ve come up with for ... Read more
  • Last Minute Christmas Shopping!

    December 12, 2012

    Orvieto, Civita Castellana, Bagnoregio, Otricoli, Bomarzo, Lake Bolsena, Caprarola, Bagnaia may not be names familiar to many Italian travelers.  We enjoy seeking out places that are not over-run by tourists, thus we have come up with tours that are “off the beaten track”.  There are times that we are the only visitors to an archeological ... Read more
  • The Gift That Keeps On Giving

    November 24, 2012

    What could be more wonderful to experience than traveling to Italy? How about the gift of a week-long tour in Italy from someone you love? Holiday shopping has started and many people are tired of the same old Christmas presents like ties, sox, chocolates and sweaters. (OK,maybe not chocolates)! We suggest the gift of travel and ... Read more
  • New Tours, New Friends!

    November 21, 2012

    Italian Excursion is excited to present the new look of our website.  It has taken more than a few months, many talented people and “outside the box” thinking to bring more interesting and exciting tours for your pleasure. Niki d’ Sant Phall’s mosaic statuary It is delightful to offer new faces and activities for our small group ... Read more
  • Peek of Archeological Site

    November 21, 2012

    Wow! Ciao!  We have not blogged in quite awhile.  But that’s because we have been re-designing our websites and adding some wonderful things to our tours.  We have been listening to our guests as they ask for more and more “off the beaten track” Italy.  There are new sites to see, new wines to taste ... Read more