Each time I visit Italy, I learn more ways of travelling smarter, and after 6 visits over the past 9 years I am excited to share some of my experiences and knowledge.

Before I travelled to Italy for the first time, I could never have imagined that I would be able to return several times. I always thought it would be the unattainable dream and I feel so blessed that I have not only travelled there several times but I can also do it comfortably, rather easily and without running up the national debt. Each time I become more confident which seems to make it easier.

My first 2 visits included organised coach tours seeing many parts of Italy, north, south, east and west. From these tours I learned where I wanted to return to and where I would like to spend extended time.

After the first 2 trips, I knew that Italy was under my skin, I just could not get enough of everything and anything Italian. Once back home I decided to study the Italian language. Of course this just heightened my love affair with all things Italian. I love the country, the food, the music, the wine, the people and their outlook on life. Italians just seem to have the love and appreciation of life no matter how simple. They can enjoy the most simple things – everything is bella. They call it La Dolce Vita. The good life.