Zuppa di Zucca e Spinaci – Squash and Spinach Soup

Zuppa di Zucca e Spinaci – Squash and Spinach Soup

Zuppa di Zucca e Spinaci – Squash and Spinach Soup I found this delicious recipe from Mary Ann Esposito on...

Vernazza Update flood – mudslide before and after video

Video showing Vernazza before and after the flooding and mudslides. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnVRwdx_w0c&feature=player_embedded] Probably the best footage from the center of town...

Top Ten:  My Favorite Italian Themed Movies

Top Ten: My Favorite Italian Themed Movies

10.  Under the Tuscan Sun The reason this movie isn’t any higher on my list is that I get mad...

Italy in the News – Vernazza Update, An Ugly Christmas tree, The Pope Mobile on the Move and much more

Headlines from the week of Dec 4-10 (OLT) – Today Save Vernazza founders Michele Lilley, Ruth Manfredi and Michele Sherman spent...

Reflections of My Travels to Italy

Reflections of My Travels to Italy

Change.  The only constant in this life.  This week I have found myself thinking about the people and places that...

Versatile Blogger Award

Versatile Blogger Award

I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by Sam at TwoBlackDoggies and then again by Nicole at Cultural Comments. What...

Venice – Bridge of Sighs restoration done at last.

Venice – Bridge of Sighs restoration done at last.

Three years ago Venice thrust itself into controversy during its restoration on the Bridge of Sighs by selling advertising on the space that...

Italy Travel Planning Packages, including Cinque Terre|Vernazza Special

Travel Planning Packages and Specials As an Italian travel planner, I will meet your individual expectations while helping you avoid...

Top Ten:  My favorite photos of Italy

Top Ten: My favorite photos of Italy

My very favorite photos from my travels in Italy, in no particular order. Copyright 2011  Andi Brown,  Once in a...

A Thousand Days in Venice by Marlena de Blasi

A Thousand Days in Venice by Marlena de Blasi

December 2011 A Thousand Days in Venice by Marlena de Blasi. The first book of several chronicling the author’s adventures...

Vernazza, Cinque Terre: A personal account of the flood damage

Vernazza, Cinque Terre: A personal account of the flood damage

I would like to pass on a very moving article from one of the co-founders of Save Vernazza as she visits her...

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La Bottega dei Vasai

There are moments when traveling that are so rare I hesitate to breathe in too deeply for fear of breaking the...

Cinque Terre Flood:  Vernazza Clean Up Progress

Cinque Terre Flood: Vernazza Clean Up Progress

**For continuous updates, check out my Vernazza page here*** Many people have been wondering how the clean up is progressing...

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Top Ten: Reasons Traveling with Kids is Cool

If I had a dollar for every time someone told me I was crazy to take my toddler to Italy...

Cinque Terre flood: Save Vernazza ready for Donations

Cinque Terre flood: Save Vernazza ready for Donations

I am happy to announce that donations are now being accepted through Save Vernazza ONLUS, a non-profit Italian organization established by four...

Vernazza Flood Tragedy-A personal account from Valentino Giannoni

Vernazza Flood Tragedy-A personal account from Valentino Giannoni

An Incredible Story of Courage in the Face Of Death – A Personal Account of Tragedy Caused by the Vernazza...

Cinque Terre Flood: Vernazza Relief Video

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufMtG4w2hgU] I put this video on youtube to try and spread the word and inspire people to help with the...

Cinque Terre Flood:  Assistance from Italian Notebook

Cinque Terre Flood: Assistance from Italian Notebook

Many people have been coming together to help the people of the Cinque Terre over the last week.  I wanted to...

Cinque Terre, Vernazza flood update: Disaster Relief

Cinque Terre, Vernazza flood update: Disaster Relief

Just one week ago Vernazza and Monterosso of the Cinque Terre along with several lesser known villages were devastated by massive flooding and mudslides.  The...

100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go by Susan Van Allen

100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go by Susan Van Allen

November 2011 100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go by Susan Van Allen. I LOVE LOVE this book.  With...

Rachael Ray’s Carbonara

Rachael Ray’s Carbonara

Rachael Ray’s Carbonara This is a super easy classic Italian recipe (and inexpensive).  I will substitute bacon when good pancetta...

October Book of the Month: Playing for Pizza

October Book of the Month: Playing for Pizza

October 2011 Playing for Pizza by John Grisham  I don’t know about you, but football fever is in full swing...

Cinque Terre, Vernazza Flooding:  Before and after photos and videos

Cinque Terre, Vernazza Flooding: Before and after photos and videos

For the most recent updates and news plus dramatic photos and videos please click here to go to my Vernazza flood page. These...

Cinque Terre: Vernazza Flood Update

I have had a chance to make more contact with people from Vernazza, what did we do before the internet!  Unfortunately...

Cinque Terre Floods: Update from Vernazza

Cinque Terre Floods: Update from Vernazza

I just heard back from one of my friends in the village.  Most everyone has returned and they are starting...

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