Welcome to Our Italian Romance!

 

Ciao Amici!

 

Let us inspire you to plan your trip to Italy.  Discover for yourself this land of beautiful vistas, amazing food, rich culture and love of life.  Why?  Because life is short. Go out and broaden your life experiences, it will enrich your soul.

Our goal is to expose you to and guide you through some of the Italian adventures we have had the pleasure of experiencing while discovering this incredibly diverse country.

We will recommend places for you to see and accommodations we’ve enjoyed.  We’ll offer up tips, share photos and talk everything Italy to help make your trip a success.  We truly want you to enjoy your trip to Italy like we have on ours.  If we can give you some good advice and save you some headaches along the way, then we’ll consider this blog a success.

With a little pre-planning you will insure yourself a vacation with much less stress.  Trust us, stressing out on a train platform while buying tickets is not a highlight!

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Let’s get started, your dream trip to Italy is waiting!

 

Agriturismo – Antico Borgo Poggiarello

This awesome agriturismo awaits you
Antico Borgo Poggiarello

 

Agriturismo (a-gree-two-reez-mo).  What’s an agriturismo you ask?   Google translate refers to it as a farmhouse or a farm holiday.  We just call them Fantastic!  In a nutshell, an agriturismo is a family run farm which opens their doors to guests. Doing this helps the family subsidize their income allowing them to keep their farming way of life alive and well.  To qualify as an agriturismo the farm must produce 51% of its income from farming.  The remaining 49% of income can be generated by hosting guests.

 

Not only are agriturismos good business for small farms in Italy, they are equally good for us as travellers.

 

There are rewards for leaving the big cities of Italy to relax in one of these hillside country farms. “Tell me more Peter!”
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Christmas Wishes & a Happy New Year Amici

Have a great Christmas Amici
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

We would like to wish all of our friends a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in 2018.

 

We hope that this Christmas and holiday season will be the beginning of a great new year.  It is our wish for you, that a trip to Italy will be in your future… sooner than later!

In the coming year, we will be bringing you more stories from places we have loved like Verona, Ravenna, Camogli and many more wonderful locations we’ve visited.  In addition to our favorite places, we look forward to sharing some of our top accommodations with you.

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from us at OurItalianRomance.com

 

Nightwalkers of Milano… we walked among them

 

Milano by day
The Wonderful Light of Day

 

There is a sense of security that comes with travelling in the light of day.  Sunlight has a way of easing our anxieties when we are out and about in strange lands.  It gives us courage to wander down narrow cobblestone lanes in the hopes of finding some hidden secret nook. Read more

It’s Our 1st Anniversary!

 Thank you for sharing it with us

It's Our Anniversary
One Year & Counting…

Exactly one year ago today, we launched Our Italian Romance ~ the blog.  What we can honestly say is, it’s been a steep but rewarding learning curve!

We certainly enjoy sharing our stories with you and welcome your feedback.  The thing we have going for us is we are enthusiastic about sharing our experiences and we have tons of ideas for upcoming posts. However, with this said, there are unfortunate realities we are faced with.

  • The staff writer is slooooow!  (me)
  • Our editor (Tamara) is overworked from proofing a multitude of drafts
  • We are easily distracted by Netflix, Facebook, Google and sleep

This summer we will be returning to Italy, the land of vino, cappuccino, pasta and margherita pizza.  Even though this trip is primarily for pleasure, we will be actively searching for stories of interest to share with all of you.

Thanks again for your support, come back and visit us often… and bring friends!  We are trying to grow our blog. 😉

Ciao Amici

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Dreaming of Seafood in Vernazza… a very fishy story

 

On second thought.... wanna trade?
Check out my mussels

 

If seafood is your weakness, then Vernazza will bring you to your knees.

As seafood lovers go, I would consider myself to be a part time lover.  There are a number of dishes that I am sweet on, but only one or two of them have my heart.  Tamara on the other hand is a seafood connoisseur.  She is far more adventurous than I could ever be. While she looks forward to eating things like octopus ink pasta, I just find it hard to look at.

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Our Top 10 List of Italian Churches

Magnificent Mosaic
Looking to the Heavens

 

Here we go, our first top 10 list of churches.  Well… it’s our first top 10 of anything for that matter!

We chose churches,  aka – Chiesa, Cattedrale, Duomo, Basilica for our first top ten list because they are the central attraction of any city, town or village throughout Italy.  You’ll be hard pressed to pass by these magnificent symbols of faith without taking at least one sneak peak inside.  The need to see what lies behind their impressive doors is hard to ignore.

A beautiful thing about these churches is that they are welcoming to all travellers regardless of your own personal faith.  All that is required is for visitors to be respectful while they are inside and to speak softly since there are many who have come to worship.

 

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Venice… she made me do it.

 

Traffic Jam
Venetian Traffic Jam

 

Venice was not high on “my” list of places to see when we planned our first ever trip to Italy.

 

In fact, it wasn’t on my list at all.  I’ll let you in on a little something about myself.  It’s been said, at times I may be guilty of prejudging before really giving things their fair chance.  Not always, but in the case of travelling to Venice, it happens to be true.  Let me explain myself.

 

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Cats of Italy – A Purrfect Story

Beware of Italian Cats
Caution

 

Pssst…I’m going to let you in on a little something.  The internet is full of cats.  They’re everywhere!

 

Go ahead, google cats.  I did… 665,000,000 results!!!  That my friends is a staggering amount of cat chat going on.  If each one of those results were a 2″ long coughed up hairball, they would circle the globe 383 or so times laid end to end.

 With that image in your head,  our post “Cats of Italy” is going to be number 665,000,001.  

 

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Gelato is Italy’s Perfect Treat

Come and Get It
Come and Get It

Oooh Gelato, I love you…

Alright I’ll come clean… I love gelato.  Or maybe I should say “I love eating gelato in Italy.”   The ritual of going on an evening stroll along one of the shop lined via’s is one of my favorite ways to wind up the day.  Gelato is also a great way to deal with the mid day heat.  Oh sure, you may think that’s just a quick way to pack on the pounds but truth be told,  after all the walking we do sightseeing,  we have yet to gain weight.  Now if we could only keep it up at home we’d be doing great.

 

 

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Driving in Italian Cities

Heavy traffic on small roads
Cars, Scooters and Buses Oh My

 

So… you’re planning on doing some driving in Italian cities on your next vacation, is that right?

I applaud your confidence but worry about your decision!  Now, I realize you may be a great driver at home wherever that may be but… driving in many of the bigger Italian centers is in a word, Crazy.

 

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