Postcards from Umbria

The first time we rented a villa was on a vacation we took with another couple to Positano, on Italy’s beautiful Amalfi Coast. The view from this 2-bedroom / 2-bathroom apartment...

Part I:  Wherein The Passport Gods Giveth When I suggested that we go to Italy early next month, Mom jumped at the idea. Then she groaned in misery. Her passport had...

I asked my friend Lynn to write this post based on her recent experience coming to visit Benano. Traveling by train while jet lagged in a foreign country may seem like...

At the end of each rental season, I have to cull the collection of brochures, maps, and business cards that have accumulated on Rocca di Benano’s bookshelves. I hate throwing these...

I’m lucky to have Paul with me, at least for the first third of this trip. His company is enough – his willingness to write a blog post is icing on...

Don’t get me wrong: I’m thrilled with the strides I’ve made learning Italian. I even fought a traffic ticket in Italian, for crying out loud.  (Sort of – watch this space....

Paul is here! This will be way too long if I describe how happy I am to be with him again. Longer still if I describe my race to the airport...

What most visitors know as ‘the Italian experience’ is the Italian summer experience. This article in yesterday’s New York Times describes rural Italy in the winter. It features a part of southern Tuscany...

It didn’t take long for me to get comfortable driving here.  Dad, because I love you, you can interpret that as “I lost my abject terror of driving here and am...

When I was a business traveler, I hated to pack because it was part of being a business traveler, which I didn’t like being. Packing for my trip to Umbria is...