Category Archives: ITALY

First-Timers in Calabria

Italy’s wildest, southernmost region remains a mystery to most Americans. Browsing a bookstore before the trip, I noticed that one of the main guidebooks — Frommer’s or Fodor’s, I can’t remember which — doesn’t even include a chapter on Calabria. … Continue reading

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Sorrento, Amalfi, Capri, Finito

GOOD EATING, staggeringly beautiful scenery, and hordes of other tourists characterized the last few days of my month-long Mediterranean sojourn, winter ’15 edition. From Naples last Friday morning, my cousin Susan and I traveled an hour by train to Sorrento, … Continue reading

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Naples, Pizza and Pompeii

THE PIZZA. It really is that good. My cousin and I randomly entered one of many pizzerias near our hotel in Naples last night — here, they’re actual restaurants with a full menu and a wine list, not counters where … Continue reading

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Milan: Up Among the Gargoyles

BY MY THIRD DAY IN MILAN, I started to feel like I was trapped in a giant shopping mall. Each name brand designer has half a dozen stores here, and every American chain is represented. Tonight, my last in the … Continue reading

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Side Trip: Verona in a Flash

I THOUGHT I WAS RACING THROUGH EUROPE until I met a young California couple in Milan’s central train station, consulting their Eurail map. They are doing nine countries in three weeks. By that standard, my trip — three countries in … Continue reading

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