• Le Infiorate di Spello

    For almost three years now (since we moved to Italy), I have had Le Infiorate di Spello on my “must-do” travel list and this year we finally made it!  Le Infiorate is a manifestation/festival that takes place every year on the ninth Sunday after Easter, celebrating the Corpus Domini feast.  Although there are similar demonstrations… [Continue Reading]

    Le Infiorate di Spello
  • Umbrian Race Weekend – Corsa delle Carrette

    Bobby and I planned a weekend trip in Umbria around the Infiorate Festival (stay tuned for the next post!), but we ended up stumbling into another great festival of sorts.  La Corsa delle Carrette, a type of soap-box race for grown-ups, took place in both Narni and Spoleto last weekend.  On Saturday, the qualifying races… [Continue Reading]

    Umbrian Race Weekend – Corsa delle Carrette
  • Southern Italy Road Trip

    Today marks our three month mark from leaving Italy.  I cannot believe it!  Last week, Bobby and I took our final road trip to southern Italy, where we visited Bobby’s sister Eva and caught some rays on the beach.  Okay, to be honest, it was several beaches.    Even though the southern regions of Puglia,… [Continue Reading]

    Southern Italy Road Trip
  • The Croatian Coast

    After Bobby took over duties for the last few blogs, I figured I should get back to my normal blogging routine (although he is a better writer than me)!  Last week, we took a ten day trip down the coast of Croatia, through Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and then back to Italy.  It ended… [Continue Reading]

    The Croatian Coast
  • Sicily – Stepping Back in Time [Part 2]

    Carrie is currently working some other web tasks so I decided to pinch hit for her again.  Now that you’ve officially been warned, let’s talk about Sicily! Our western loop continued with a trip to the Scala dei Turchi (the Turk’s staircase), a stark white rock formation that juts into the Mediterranean.  On our last… [Continue Reading]

    Sicily – Stepping Back in Time [Part 2]
  • Sicily – Stepping Back in Time [Part 1]

    I’ve been a bit slow about blogging lately, so here’s to catching up!  In mid-April, Bobby and I took a nine-day trip to Sicily and it was our second time visiting the island.  On our first trip, we visited some pretty amazing places – Taormina, Siracusa, and Agrigento (to name a view), which are located… [Continue Reading]

    Sicily – Stepping Back in Time [Part 1]
  • Florentine Birthday

    Yesterday marked the beginning of my last year of my twenties.  Yikes!  Luckily, I had some pretty great people to celebrate with.  Our friend Eva, who happened to be in town from Belgium, and our Italian friends Tatiana and Francesco joined Bobby and me for dinner at Piazza del Vino here in Firenze.  It was… [Continue Reading]

    Florentine Birthday
  • Viareggio Carnevale 2014

    This is our third year heading to Viareggio’s Carnevale celebration and each time, the floats and costumes never cease to amaze us.  The parade of Carnevale 2014 presented 15 floats, with some reaching heights as tall as 20 meters (over 65 feet)!  Over 1,000 people in 25 different artisan firms worked an entire year to… [Continue Reading]

    Viareggio Carnevale 2014
  • Skiing the Dolomites

    For the past month or so, the weather in Florence has been very mild.  We’re talking temps in the mid-to-high fifties.  Conditioned by our surroundings, we were skeptical of the snow conditions for our upcoming trip to the Dolomites.  Thankfully, we hit the jackpot.  We had clear skies and near freezing temperatures (great skiing weather!)… [Continue Reading]

    Skiing the Dolomites
  • Cavalcata dei Magi – Epiphany in Florence

    The Feast of Epiphany is celebrated on January 6th.  Epiphany marks the 12th day of Christmas when the three wise men (or magi) arrived at the manger bearing gifts for Baby Jesus and it is traditionally one of the most important holidays in Italy.  In Florence, the day is celebrated with the “Cavalcata dei Magi,”… [Continue Reading]

    Cavalcata dei Magi – Epiphany in Florence

Perugia…the land of Chocolate and Deruta!

I think hot chocolate man thought we were a little old for a photo with him.....

Perugia is a town in the Umbria region of Italy, about 150 km southeast of Florence.  A few weeks ago, we saw an advertisement online for Eurochocolate, an international chocolate festival.  Because I figure you have to be crazy not to like chocolate (sorry mom!), it was an easy decision to make the trek.  Also, Perugia has some personal history with Bobby’s family.  Bobby’s mom, Terri, lived in Perugia and Bobby’s brother, Jim, was born there.  Perugia ended up being a beautiful city and much bigger than we expected.  [Read more…]

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