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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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  • Spring 2011 Newsletter

    May 3, 2011

    Let’s travel “slowly” in Italy! by Cheryl Alexander Owner, Italian Excursion Italy and I have been fast friends for over fifteen years. My first trip there was a whirlwind for three weeks, stopping in all the major cities for a day, a week, a few days, having the most delicious time of my life. Three friends of mine, ... Read more
  • Winter 2009 Newsletter

    December 9, 2009

    Season Greetings to you all. Now is the time I begin to think about trips to Italy. for the new year. When I talk to people about this they get very excited, too. I keep running into folks who say I saw The Da Vinci Code or Under The Tuscan Sun or even Roman Holiday, which ... Read more
  • Fall 2009 Newsletter

    September 12, 2009

    It’s been more than twelve years since I first started vacationing in Italy. What was once an adventure in travel for me has become so much more. The little village of Bagnoregio, outside Orvieto in the tri-corner of Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio, has become a second home for me. I now make time to go ... Read more
  • Spring 2008 Newsletter

    March 16, 2008

    Italy in April!!! April is such a lovely time in Italy. It is a bit unpredictable weatherwise but as long as one brings clothing that can be layered or an umbrella then it is not a problem. Springtime may manifest itself with showers or just budding beauty. But the verdant freshness is evident everywhere one ... Read more
  • Fall 2007 Newsletter

    October 8, 2007

    One of the best reasons to travel to Italy repeatedly is that there are always new places to visit. It’s doubtful anyone could see every nook and cranny of this unbearably beautiful country. Two or three times a year I get the privilege of visiting there as well as sharing with a small group of ... Read more
  • May 2006 Newsletter

    May 20, 2006

    This year I spent most of May in my favorite spot in Italy, the northern Lazio area that just touches Tuscany and Umbria. I can visit all three regions in a matter of minutes during my stay, which makes for a bit of diversity and assures that I won’t tire of the area.   Spring was much ... Read more
  • March 2005 Newsletter

    March 14, 2005

    March in Italy is always a surprise. It can’t always decide if it’s still winter or should be blooming into spring. This March trip for me was a lovely surprise of early spring, bringing warm weather, sunshine, flowers and trees in bloom. Didn’t wear my winter coat once! The local folks in Bagnoregio, where I stayed, ... Read more
  • April 2004 Newsletter

    April 21, 2004

    Just returned from the northern Lazio countryside, which borders the regions of Tuscany and Umbria. It is a lush green agricultural area that soothes the soul, being so richly colored. Everywhere one turns there are rolling green hills, deep brown earth, or dirt hillsides dotted with caves, sheep, wild boar, and sometimes small herds of ... Read more