Ferragosto – The Great August Return

rientro [ri-én-tro] s.m. 1 Ritorno: il r. dalle vacanze; r. in squadra dopo una lunga assenza; restituzione, in campo monetario: favorire il r. dei capitali dall’estero “A return from vacation, or to your team, following a long absence…” Italians are once again feeling that peculiar pang of “reentry” from summer vacation. For most of us,…

Heels heels heels

Italian women do love their heels. They wear them to the store, to the park, on their motorinos, and to work, undaunted, across cobblestone. Luckily, the ballet-flat trend appears to be holding strong, even in Italy, so we can get a free pass as we pack for a weekend getaway. I think the foldable flat…

Traveling lite

Packing the right clothing is essential to being able to travel lite. Italians can make fashion statements out of the simplest of clothes – a plain t-shirt and some elegant silver jewelry or a scarf. I’m taking my cue from them in suggesting key garments to pack for a summer weekend getaway, or if you’ve…

Taking the bridge

  To kick off our summer posts, let’s talk travel. Years of budget mini-breaks in Italy have taught me what you need, and what you don’t need, to pack for a fun weekend getaway.First, though, some advice. Travel wherever you like, with whomever you please, but I’d be remiss – if we’re wanting to be truly…