Postcards from Umbria

We followed our friends to our rental car at the beginning our short vacation together, feeling a palpable sense of freedom and relaxation. The source of our contentment was easy to pinpoint:...

I get to talk to lots of travelers who are planning their Italian vacations. Whether you’re getting ready for a late summer trip or starting to dream about your 2017 vacation, my Top Tips...

On our recent visit to Benano, Paul and I made a new friend — Alessandra. She’s looking forward to meeting our guests. She doesn’t speak a word of English, but that’s...

Antiques don’t particularly excite me, yet I love the Arezzo Antiques Fair. I planned this trip around a visit to the Antiques Fair, even though it meant shaking off jetlag and jumping...

Until the open office revolution reared its ugly head, I never gave much thought to workspaces. Though unremarkable, my offices were always just fine. And then Corporate America became besotted with...

Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact. – William James When I asked my mother if she wanted to...

I felt my heart race in frustration as I slumped onto the green park bench. On one of the last days of our vacation, we had very little time to get...

Now that TIME magazine has named Pope Francis its person of the year, it’s official: I’m not the only one with a little crush on Il Papa. So it’s time to tell the story of...

Our friend and travelmate Brendon remembers a day at Rocca di Benano: We’ve been back from Benano for about a month now, and I’m still thinking every day about this wonderful,...

I always offer to help our guests plan their trips, and I’m happy when they accept some help. And when my friend Katie accepted my offer, I was thrilled. Katie had...