65 Days In Italy

Why We’re Here

Map of Italy Trip

John Steinbeck and his dog Charley took a trip to re-discover America – maybe you’ve read the book? In it Steinbeck writes, “I saw in their eyes something I was to see over and over in every part of the nation – a burning desire to go, to move, to get under way, anyplace, away from Here.  They spoke quietly of how they wanted to go someday, to move about, free and unanchored, not toward something but away from something.  I saw this look and heard this yearning everywhere in every state I visited.”

Maybe you feel this way too? We do, and it’s not about being unhappy ‘Here’ – we love ‘Here’. But our hearts flutter at the thought of going. And this trip is not just going anywhere – it’s going to Italy! For 65 days! And we want to share it with you – that’s why we’re here. We’ll do our best to show you each city we visit; show you with words and photos what it’s like to be right there with us.

~Keith and Marissa

Our Italy Trip


Treviso Waterway

We Made It!

The Courage to Feel Welcome

Regional Recipe: Campari Spritz


Marissa on Venice Bridge

A Walk in Venice

Little Red House with a Bridge

La Biennale – ILLUMINations

Redefining Normal

Doge’s Palace and St. Mark’s Square

Murano, Burano, and Feline Nobility

What it’s like

Regional Recipe: Campari Spritz


Piazza Maggiore Bologna Italy

Modern Antiquity

Then we sat down for a feast

And if you ask me why I’ll say…

Whip, Knead, Roll, Cut, Fill, Shape, Dry

Last day in Bologna

Regional Recipe: Traditional Bolognese Ragu



Driving in Italy and Sampling Cheese

Palio di Asti

Villa on a Hilltop

The Wines of Asti

Royal Turin and the National Cinema Museum

The Harvest, Stomping Grapes, and Eating Lunch

Regional Recipe: Bagna Cauda

Levanto (Cinque Terre)


The Via dell’Amore and a Wardrobe Malfunction

Levanto and The Oasi Hotel

Porto Venere by Sapphire Sea

Regional Recipe: Classic Basil Pesto



A Bump in the Road

Florence Revival

David and the Dome

Bistecca Fiorentino

A Few Hours in Siena

Peeping Dome

Civitella Marittima


sanh jee-meen-YAH-noh

Casina di Rosa

Closer to Italy

A Day, both Wonderful and Sad

Update on Charlie

Of Windsurfers and Castle Ruins

Brunello, Pecorino, and a Church on a Farm

Regional Recipe: Authentic Italian Ragu



Italy through the Windshield


Assisi and St. Francis

Gubbio and Dangling Cages of Death

Day Trip to Deruta

Storm the Castle

The Road to Rome

Regional Recipe: Bucatini with Black Truffle Sauce



We’re In Rome Baby!

Hideaway in Monti

Giochi di Strada – Street Games!

Lace Up Your Walking Shoes

Titian, Bassano, Caravaggio, Bernini – The Borghese Gallery

Castel Sant’Angelo

On Rome, The Vatican, and Home

The Netherlands


Bonus Post – Zandvoort, The Netherlands

Sweet Home

Mid Pleasures and Palaces…


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