If you haven’t heard of Matera—a small town carved into a canyon in Southern Italy’s region of Basilicata (the instep of the boot)—you will soon. This year, the city of caves is waking from a long hibernation and making a splash as the European Union’s Capital of Culture. For good reason too:Read More
For December, I knew I wanted to feature a red wine from a mountainous region in Italy that is big enough to warm the heart, but still balanced and versatile to go with all of the food that accompanies the holidays. En route to the Castkills, I stopped in to Kingston Wine Co., just a few hours north of New York City, where owner Michael suggested this beautiful wine from the Dolomites in northern Italy.Read More
I had the opportunity to sit down with writer Dianne Hales earlier this month over a couple of cappucini at Emporio Ruli in Larkspur, California, and talk with her about her new book, La Passione: How Italy Seduced the World.Read More
From my years of experience living, working, and traveling in Italy, I have found that the Italians are an easy-going people, happy to connect with visitors and to share their incredibly rich culture. That being said, there ARE some things that get under their skin. If you want to be considered a traveler and not a tourist, then don’t do these 10 things:Read More
One of the questions that come up on almost every tour I do is "Why are roses planted at the end of the vine rows?". So, to answer this question once and for all (or until my next tour): drum roll please...