Tarantella – Music from the South

The traditions, the food, and the culture that characterize southern Italy offer unexpected surprises. We absolutely love one of the most evocative types of traditional music and dance, which harken from the south.  There is ancient lore that women goin [...]

Paths in the New Year

Lots of great dreaming can take place from a chair, or a walk around the block, or on a path up the hill behind the house. We have been thinking about the wonderful possibility of travel opening up again in 2021, and so have scouted some new locations a [...]

Marche, Umbria & Walking in the Rain

Let’s reflect on these two lesser known regions in Italy and take a deeper look at Le Marche, Umbria, and, as spring sometimes surprises us: hiking in the rain. Why not? After all, it is that time of year! A march, or mark, in the Middle Ages meant a bo [...]

The Magical Sicilian Easter & The Arches of Bread

Spring represents a rinascita, or rebirth, of nature… and for us at Journey Through Italy Sicily is one of our favorite places to travel this time of year. Sicily does not have very cold winters, so spring arrives and nature reawakens here earlier than [...]

How Journey Through Italy Touches Lives

For more than 25 years, Journey Through Italy has welcomed and touched the lives of thousands of guests. But if we examine what it means to touch a person’s life or how exactly an experience of such elevated quality and meaning is achieved in the world [...]

Puglia: The Heel of the Boot

Imagine this: stone-walled lanes, endless vegetable gardens, infinite groves of olive trees (some known to be thousands of years old)––filling the horizon and reaching out to the subtle waves of the sparkling Adriatic Sea. While we weave our ways in and [...]

Hiking the Amalfi Coast in April 2019

“Closer to heaven than to earth” is how the Amalfi coastline has been described.  It certainly feels that way to us, waking in lovely towns perched on high, or alongside the sea. Fragrant lemon trees are everywhere, and colorful bougainvilleas accentuat [...]

Sicilian Markets

Sicily is well known for being a place where theater comes to life— even  in everyday living. This can easily be seen at their numerous colorful outdoor  markets, a tradition dating back to the 9th century Saracen rule of the island, which explains thei [...]

Back From Our Chianti Tour!

We just got back from our Chianti Tour and once again are reminded how marvelous Tuscany is in the autumn! We all met in Florence for a fascinating tour of some small Renaissance jewels with Lise, our favorite Florentine art expert, and then made the pi [...]

Tania’s Picnics

Tania, our chef, works her magic every day by preparing exquisite picnics for our guests. Each morning before our day starts she sets out in search of fresh local vegetables, meats, cheeses and whatever the surroundings may offer. While our guests are o [...]