Somewhere in Italy

californians figuring out life in italy one day at a time

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...

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...

one day in bracciano

one day in bracciano

  Of the four months we’ve lived in Rome we’ve only spent 2 weekends away from the city. Not wanting to deal with finding a dog sitter and overnight accommodations, we looked up day trips from Rome and decided on a small, lake town north of Rome called Bracciano....

four days in berlin

four days in berlin

  Every time mom comes to town we plan to take a journey to a new European city. The first on our list was Berlin, Germany. We spent four days in Berlin doing a lot of walking, sightseeing, eating, and of course, had an occasional German beer. We walked 32 miles...

four days in barcelona

four days in barcelona

  Catedral de Barcelona Las Ramblas A perk that comes with living abroad with the military is that we celebrate American and Italian national holidays. For President’s Day weekend, we spent the weekend in Barcelona enjoying mouth-watering tapas and Gaudí’s...

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