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what is balsamic vinegar?

what is balsamic vinegar?

  Last month we visited Acetaia Leonardi, a balsamic vinegar producer in Modena, to learn about what balsamic vinegar is and how it’s made. We learned so much and were blown away by the process. True balsamic vinegar can only be made in Modena, Italy because the...

italian summers at the beach

italian summers at the beach

  I truly never loved spending time at the beach until experiencing beaches in Italy. Italy has over 4,5000 feet of coastline and a common sight are the beach resorts or bagni. So what are bagno (or bagni for plural)? Bagni are usually small, family-owned...

three days in milano marittima

three days in milano marittima

  Milano Marittima is a beautiful beach city off Italy’s east coast where you’ll find tree-lined streets, bars open until sunrise, dozens of stores to window shop, and families everywhere. If there’s one thing we’ve learned since living in Italy, it’s that...

three days in venice

three days in venice

  After being on Jaime’s bucket list for almost 15 years, we finally made it to Venice! Venice seems like a city out of a fairytale. It’s a city on water and is, unfortunately, sinking at a rate of 1-2mm a year. Venice has 471 bridges (72 are private), 350...

COVID19 update: traveling to italy during COVID19

COVID19 update: traveling to italy during COVID19

  Last August, Jaime and I booked our first trip back to California to visit our families after a year living in Italy. We flew out right as the northern area of Italy went into lockdown and three days before we were scheduled to fly back to Italy the entire...

COVID19 update: when can we go home?

COVID19 update: when can we go home?

  my hometown First things first, we and our families are safe and healthy. We’re currently stuck in California without a definite date on when we can return home. Jaime and I returned to California in late February for our first visit since moving to Italy in...

four days in london

four days in london

  Every time my mom visits Italy we plan a trip to somewhere in Europe. During her most recent visit this fall we spent four days in London and despite everything being 30% more expensive for the American Dollar the international food scene was great, their...

three days in amsterdam

three days in amsterdam

  The second week of October we had five girlfriends come into town. After their time in Rome, two of them had a trip planned to visit family in Amsterdam and Jaime and I were invited to tag along. This was our first time in Amsterdam and it was such a great time...

how to avoid being pickpocketed

how to avoid being pickpocketed

  The first thing you might’ve learned when planning a trip to Europe is the possibility of being pickpocketed. It can happen almost anywhere you go in Europe, but it’s especially prevalent in Rome and even more so in the touristy areas (Colosseum, Trevi...

four days in piemonte

four days in piemonte

  Not wanting to fly, we narrowed down our list of places to visit during our 4-day 4th of July weekend. Cinque Terre? Amalfi? Sicily? Milan? No, all of them would probably be bombarded with crowds because summertime is high tourist season. Most places south of...

two days in montefalco

two days in montefalco

  After having breakfast at our B&B in Norcia, we drove an hour with a view of Umbria’s valleys and mountains to Montefalco. The city and area are mostly known for wine (two wine names refer to the city: Montefalco Sagrantino and Montefalco Rosso), but like...

one day in norcia

one day in norcia

  Italy is so much more than Rome, Florence, Milan, Amalfi, etc. If this past weekend taught us anything, it’s don’t skip over the small towns. They’re filled with so much history, beautiful architecture, delicious food, and wonderful people. We rented a Smart...

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