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» Kathy McCabe

A Favorite Florence Restaurant: Cammillo Trattoria
Published on Thursday, August 18, 2011 by I first ate at Cammillo Trattoria more than 15 years ago during my first visit to Florence; I have since returned again and again, mostly to taste their excellent pappa al pomodoro (bread and tomato soup) or tortellini and enjoy the homey, if bustling atmosphere. This trattoria, a few blocks from the Ponte Vecchio, on the Oltrano side of the river, has been around for...
Santa Maria Capua Vetere: A Treasure in Campania
Published on Thursday, August 11, 2011 by If you're planning a visit to the Campania region of Italy and want to take a journey far back in time, head to Santa Maria Capua Vetere, once the site of the ancient city of Capua, once the richest city in southern Italy. (Modern Capua was founded nearby in 857 by inhabitants forced out by the Saracens.) This is where Spartacus, a Thracian slave, launched a two-year ...
Don’t Miss the Secret Itineraries Tour of the Doge’s Palace in Venice
Published on Sunday, July 31, 2011 by Once the seat of the government of the Venetian Republic, the palace of justice, and the residence of the Doge (the head of republic), the Palazzo Ducale or Doge's Palace is an incredible piece of history in Venice. The building is decorated with works by numerous Italian masters, including one wall entirely taken up by Jacopo Tintoretto's Paradiso. From the main bu...
Where To Stay in Rome: The Rose Garden Palace Hotel
Published on Saturday, July 30, 2011 by One of my favorite hotels in Rome is the  Rose Garden Palace Hotel.  Just off the famous Via Veneto, and a stone’s throw from the American Embassy, it enjoys one of the best locations in the city. The hotel is partly owned by Steve Perillo, the third generation owner of Perillo Tours, the world’s largest tour operator to Italy. Perillo and his Italian partn...
City Cards Can Help You Save When Visiting Italian Cities
Published on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 by Who wouldn't like to save a few dollars -- or euros -- while visiting Italian cities? Special city cards for tourists, which usually include discounts on public transportation and museum admissions, can be worth using when you are visiting Italy. For example, the Roma Pass which is valid for three days at the cost of 25€ gives you free admission to your first two...
Where to Go in Abruzzo: Sulmona and Coculla
Published on Monday, July 25, 2011 by You practically can't get more different experiences than a small city famous for its almond candies and a town famous for its snakes. Where to find these experiences? In the region of Abruzzo... Ever wonder where those colorful sugar-covered almonds called confetti come from? Sulmona is their birthplace and you can’t walk the city’s main street, Corso Ovidio, ...
Eating in the Italian Region of Puglia
Published on Friday, July 15, 2011 by So you think you've eaten well in Italy? Suspend all judgment until you've visited the region of  Puglia, where the Mediterranean sun waves its magic wand to produce a true bounty of magnificent, flavorful gifts. Here are some examples of the fresh ingredients Puglia produces and how they combine in simple, yet mouth-watering ways: Olive oil: The ancient  olive t...
Visit Turin to Eat Your Way Through The Very First Eataly
Published on Wednesday, July 6, 2011 by When Eataly, the giant Italian food and wine emporium and experience, opened in New York last year it got tons of buzz. But for the true and bigger Eataly experience, I recommend you visit the very first Eataly which opend in Turin in 2007. Located in the former Carpano Vermouth production plant, Eataly was founded by Oscar Farinetti in alliance with Slow Food, the...
Enjoy Summer Opera Festivals in Italy
Published on Sunday, June 5, 2011 by Italy and opera are so intertwined, one would almost think that the form was born in Italy. If you're a music buff and traveling to Italy, especially during the summer, don't miss the chance to see a live performance in the country that has given so much to the art form. Opera began in Italy around 1600 and the Italian language came to be so perfect for singing that m...
Traveling by Train in Italy
Published on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 by If you’re traveling between Italy's cities, you should consider going by train. Enjoy the ride, look out at the lovely countryside and even take a nap while you’re whisked from one city to another. If you’re traveling between Italian cities, the train is definitely the way to go. For major city routes, hop on the Eurostar train, which will get you where you’re...