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Bologna, Italy, a Center of Culture

Ask Italians which city they most prefer and Bologna will invariably top the list, yet most foreign tourists have yet to discover this charming city located in the center of the Emilia Romagna region.

If you have ever used the Italian autostrada or railways, there is a good chance you've passed through Bologna en route to Venice, Florence, or Milan because of its strategic location at the junction between northern and southern Italy... Read more

GoNOMAD Destination Guide -- Lake Como, Italy

In common with so much of Italy, Lake Como drips charm and romance. European writers, artists and composers 'discovered' the region in the 19th century and have been waxing lyrical ever since.

Italians have always known about the lake however, as for centuries wealthy Milanese and Lombardians have escaped the pollution and the humidity of the cities on a Friday, for weekends spent sailing and sunbathing...Read more

Getting Acquainted With Italy's Piedmont Region

When most people consider traveling to Italy, they think of Florence, Venice and Rome. But if you’re interested in an alternate Italian experience, with great food and wine but without the crowds, look into Torino (Turin) and the Piedmont region.
Mami Camilla's cooking school
Mami Camilla's cooking school

Torino is a vibrant city in Northwest Italy.  Once the seat of immense power under the House of Savoy, Torino was the capital of the newly unified Italy in 1861. 

Bordering France and Switzerland, the Piedmont region is known for fine wine – Barbaresco, Barolo and Barbera, for example - but until the Olympics this area was not so well-known to tourists, and is still a bit of a mystery...Read more

GoNOMAD: Cooking in Italy at Mami Camilla's

"I want you know the simplicity of the Neapolitan cuisine," Giuseppe Longo told us. "It is about the simple way we cook our food and the wonderful ingredients we use here," he said, setting before us a plate of very ripe yellow melon draped in prosciutto paired with the local fruity white wine.

A lemon vendor on Lake Garda
Lemon vendor in Sirmione on Lake Garda
We had stepped off the bus from the Naples airport in Sant 'Agnello, a suburb of Sorrento on Italy's southern Mediterranean coast. We sat under the shade of lemon and olive trees in the courtyard, and contemplated the week ahead at Mami Camilla's Taste of the South of Italy. Read more

Italy's Brescia Province: A Land of Magical Abundance

When I was seven, I had one of those thick cardboard storybooks of the tale of Pinocchio.  What it lacked in extensive storytelling, it more than made up for in illustrations.

One of the most striking images was of a heavily laden table, filled with all manner of brilliant fruits, goblets and bottles of wine, rich meats and desserts, and more importantly, a sense of magical abundance... Read more

Benvenuto! Sicily's Warm Friendly Welcome

Foreigners near and far travel to Sicily as tourists, but leave the island as humbled guests. Sicilians welcome strangers not by a measly crack but with the doors to their homes swung wide open. At first, I was apprehensive about my encounters with
Sicilians while overseas.

“Sicilian men may whistle, make comments, and generally be more aggressive than you may be accustomed to,” a member in my group warned. “Travel in groups.” Read more


Roman paintings and mosaics in Pompeii - photo by Laura Stone
Roman paintings and mosaics in Pompeii

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The Stone People of Pompeii: A Terrible Moment Frozen in History

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Traveling Sicily with Style

Erice, Sicily, Sounds like the Place to Be

100 Places in Italy Every Woman Should Go

A Return to Le Marche: Palaces, Painters and Pilgrims

Portovenere, Italy: A Great Place to Vacation with Kids

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The Phlegraean Fields: A Family Adventure to the Gates of Hell

Riders in the Festa Sant'Efisio in Sardinia - photo by Cindy Bigras
Riders in the Festa Sant'Efisio in Sardinia - photo by Cindy Bigras

Sardinia’s Mamuthones: An Ancient Carnival

Hiking the Italian Alps: Getting to the Top is Worth the Work

Sardegna, A Prized Gem of an Island

Positano: Paradise Italian Style

Walking on Roses with A Saint: Sardinia's Festa di Sant'Efisio

Italy: Learning the Secrets of Tuscan Cuisine

Sardinia: Notes From a Big Wild Island

Roma, Roma, Roma: The Eternal City's Passion for Sport

Sardinia: Serene in Autumn

Roman Roads and Renaissance Castles: Touring Le Marche in Italy

Tuscan Tussle: Six Librarians and an Italian Villa

Eating Up Italy: Voyages on a Vespa

Fontana del Nettuno in the city center of Bologna

Cinque Terre, Italy: A Beautiful Hike by the Mediterranean

GoNOMAD: Gelato Heaven in Italy

Emilia Romagna: The Heart and Soul of Italy

Turin, Italy: Regal Grandeur, Bohemian Nightlife

Lake Maggiore: Fanciful and Fantastic

Bologna, Italy: Conversations and Blogs

Umbria Region: New World Threads in an Old World Cloak

Renting a House in Le Marche, Italy

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GoNOMAD -Milan Destination Mini Guide

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Seeing Sorrento and Ischia

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New Life in an Old City: Living in Rome

Trastevere, the Heart of Rome

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